Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2007

What do BTW, FAQ, FYI, IMHO, RTFM, and other acronyms mean?

These are all abbreviations for specific phrases commonly used in informal written computer correspondence, online forums and boards, and online gaming. Following is a list of some common acronyms and their meanings:

AFAIC As far as I'm concerned
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
BRB Be right back
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BUAG Butt-ugly ASCII graphic
C/C Comments and criticism
EOM End of message
FAQ Frequently Asked Question. When people say "the FAQ", they are generally referring to a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions. These are posted monthly on many newsgroups or mailing lists to reduce discussion of topics that have already been thoroughly covered. It's a good idea to look at a FAQ file for a newsgroup or mailing list before participating in it. For help in finding FAQ files, see the Knowledge Base document Where can I find a repository of Usenet FAQ files? A large list of all known FAQ postings in newsgroups is also posted periodically in the Usenet newsgroup news.admin.
FTW For the win
FWIW For what it's worth
FYI For your information
HTH Hope this helps
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IIRC If I recall correctly
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IOW In other words
l33t or 1337 From "elite". This has become a term used to describe the informal communication of Internet gaming. L33t speak is easily identified by the substitution of number and other characters for regular letters; e.g., hackers becomes h4XX0rz.
LFG Looking for group, usually used in MMORPGs
LMAO Laughing my butt off
LOL Laughing out loud
MMORPG Massive, multiplayer, online role-playing game, such as World of Warcraft or Star Wars Galaxies
MOTAS Member of the appropriate sex
MOTOS Member of the opposite sex
MOTSS Member of the same sex
NG Newsgroup
n00b From "newbie", meaning a newcomer not yet familiar with the rules
OTOH On the other hand
PWN Usage of the term "own", as in "I PWNed you!"
RL Real Life, as opposed to the Internet
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RTFM Read The Fine Manual. This may be interpreted as: "You have asked a question which would best be answered by consulting the manual (or FAQ, or other help files), a copy of which should be in your possession. The question you have asked is clearly answered in the manual and you are wasting time asking people to read it to you." It's good netiquette to mail this type of answer to another user rather than post it in public messages.
SO Significant other, used to refer to someone's romantic partner without making any assumptions about gender or legal status
TLA Three letter acronym
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTYL Talk to you later
w00t An expression of joy
WFN Wrong forum, noob
WTF What the heck
YMMH You might mean here
YMMV Your mileage may vary
{g} Grin
{BG} Big grin

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  • You forgot FFS

    An expression of exasperation, as in For Flip's Sake!

    By Brian Brown, Friday, June 1, 2007

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