OMG BBQ WTF? The Internet can be full of confusing acronyms, illegible shorthand that helps those in the know but leaves everyone else in the dust. There are dozens of little tricks that can save you time online; here are our top 10.
The Internet abbreviation so popular, its made its way onto a major cable network show. LOL stands for laughing out loud and theres no doubt youve seen those adorable pictures of LOL cats, and have maybe even dropped it into a real life conversation or two (you can pronounce LOL luhl). If laughing out loud isnt enough for you, try rolling on the floor laughing with ROFL.
When you just cant wrap your head around something, try this old standby which stands for what the f*%k. Feel free to drop a WTF bomb anytime youre confused, and if you need to say it out loud spell it out: w-t-f. Extra points for exasperation!
As far as Internet abbreviations, this is a relatively new entry with a strong showing. YOLO stands for you only live once, and is usually applied to a dumb thing youve done or are about to do. Most often, YOLO is used by a teenager on the cusp of getting in trouble.
If you dont know, you dont know and thats IDK. Where are we going for pizza? Whats particle physics? IDK, you know?
Certainly one of the oldest abbreviations, BRB is for when youll be right back while chatting. It can be used in tandem with its sister abbreviationAFK (away from keyboard), though you wont see this one nearly as much.
The next time you reach for Infinite Jest, just review with a tl;dr instead; basically, too long; didnt read. Also good for responding to long-winded blog posts.
Youll see this on message boards more than anywhere else, from wives referring to their dear husbands. Its possible to see DD or DS for dear daughter or son, but dont expect a lot of DWs; it seems husbands are just less concerned about their darling wives.
Works well with WTF, OMG stands for oh my god and is suitably used anytime youre shocked, surprised, or exaggerating exasperation.
9. FML or FTW
If youre experiencing extreme lows and highs, try these abbreviations which stand for f*#$ my life and for the win. Did you win the lottery? FTW! Are strangers claiming to be relatives calling up for a handout? FML.
If you have to add in one last unrelated bit, try this code for by the way. Its an oldie but a goodie, quickly changing the subject. BTW, despite the intro, BBQ doesnt mean much on the Internet.
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