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post #1 of 22
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I recently joined and was amazed by all of the abbreviations people were using in their messages; it was like another language.

Then I noticed other people were having the same difficulty I was in decyphering some of them, leading to some rather hilarious ideas.

Thus this thread: to help us make sense out of all the abbreviations. Heck, supposeedly the US military has a dictionary for all of the ones it uses. We need one, too.

My hope would be that there will be lots of serious submissions and that the silly ones are posted too, as they can be quite creative and entertaining.

As the thread progressees, I will try to "sum up" the serious ones for the newbies out there, and laugh along at the crazy ones.

Let's have some fun, and get some work done.8)

 

Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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post #2 of 22
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To start the list:

IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
FYI - for your information
MS - Microshaft
CE- consumer electronics

 

Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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Your = the possessive of you, as in, "Your name is Tom, right?" or "What is your name?"

 

You're = a contraction of YOU + ARE as in, "You are right" --> "You're right."

 

 

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post #3 of 22
IMNSHO - In my not so humble opinion!

AIO - All-In-One (like the iMac)
FTFF - Fix The efffin Finder
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post #4 of 22
RDF - Reality Distortion Field (referencing the bizarre energy that encompasses Steve Jobs and his vision for Apple)
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
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post #5 of 22
Mac = Macintosh by Apple Computers

... wow, that was lame lol

AS = AppleScript (sometimes, otherwise it might just be "as". As in "as in").
post #6 of 22
STFU = Shut The Fsck Up.
RTFM = Read The Fscking Manual.
OMG = Oh My God! Boobies!
'L'enfer, c'est les autres' - JPS
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post #7 of 22
If you want to be really cool, you might want to have a look at the Jargon File, the encyclopedia of the hackers language.

FUD - Fear, uncertainty and doubt
post #8 of 22
my favorite is OMFG

followed closely by PLBKAC Problem Lies Between Keyboard
And Chair

btw, here's a pretty darn big list

http://www.astro.umd.edu/~marshall/abbrev.html
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
AFZ\t\tAcronym Free Zone

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IANAL - I am not a lawyer...

IANLOL - I am not laughing out loud.

STFU - Shut the fuck up.

STFUOIWSIFY - Shut the fuck up or I will shut it for you.
post #11 of 22
WTF - What the F*ck ? (for expressing incredulity or amazement)

WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get (GUI metaphor)

YGWYPF - You get what you pay for (caveat emptor metaphor)

LOL / ROTFL - Laugh out loud / Rolling on the floor laughing
(to express animated laughter, see also) and
"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them" -Isaac Asimov
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post #12 of 22
BLAH BLAH BLAH -- jargon used by poster, often of opposing political affiliation, in short hand.
"In a republic, voters may vote for the leaders they want, but they get the leaders they deserve."
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post #13 of 22
ATTVIMH-- According to the voices in my head
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
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They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
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post #14 of 22
IIWASIBG: if i were a swan, i'd be gone.

not very common, but its important to have these kinds of phrases covered in this word-y book you speak of.
post #15 of 22
and unless your collection already has it's heinlein quota...

TANSTAAFL - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
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post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by livatlantis
Mac = Macintosh by Apple Computers

...as opposed to...

MAC = Media Access Control, a unique identification assigned to one (and usually only one) device on the internet.

Mac is the computer
MAC is the protocol

Everyone clear?
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post #17 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by CosmoNut
...as opposed to...

MAC = Media Access Control, a unique identification assigned to one (and usually only one) device on the internet.

Mac is the computer
MAC is the protocol

Everyone clear?

Man, I wish that one could be branded onto the brains of every internet user.....

Really drives me crazy.
They spoke of the sayings and doings of their commander, the grand duke, and told stories of his kindness and irascibility.
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post #18 of 22
YTRCBPAYOHATWTL = Your test results came back positive, and you only have about three weeks to live.

Hopefully this one doesn't come up too often in your conversations.
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post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by shetline
YTRCBPAYOHATWTL = Your test results came back positive, and you only have about three weeks to live.

Hopefully this one doesn't come up too often in your conversations.

Wouldn't that need to be YTRCBPAYOHA3WTL since "T" could be two, three, ten, twelve, thirteen, twenty, twenty-one.....
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post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by CosmoNut
Wouldn't that need to be YTRCBPAYOHA3WTL

I don't know why, but there's something distinctly cyrillic about that acronym. That is, if I were walking around the former USSR, I wouldn't be surprised if I saw a big red sign glaring at me with:

YTRCBPAYOHA3WTL!
Cat: the other white meat
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post #21 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by Splinemodel
YTRCBPAYOHA3WTL!

<downs a big gulp of your vodka, hands you your bottle back>

ДA! УTЯCBPAУOHA3ШTЛ!
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post #22 of 22
YMMV - your mileage may vary - (case by case caveat)
"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them" -Isaac Asimov
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