December 22, 2008


You know about the names like Google, Yahoo, Live, Ask? Come on, you know it better as these are the big names of the Web World. Now think of a day without internet: No, mail, no surfing and no reading oh, too painful isn’t it? Really that would be a ghastly day. Internet has made inroad into our life in such a way that we cannot think of a day without Internet. It has shaped our daily life and activities. It has shaped our views regarding various things that we use in daily. It has also shaped our language as it has enriched the languages of the world in general and the language of English in particular. It has given many new expressions and enhanced our informal talking. Don’t you chat everyday with your girl friends, your clients, with your boss? I know you do. But with the advent of the Internet and the chatting softwares, the word ‘Chat’ has acquired new meaning and it has broad-based the original meaning. Over the years we have been using many acronyms in our daily informal chatting or writing in forums. Would not you like to know expansions to some of them? So here I am with a new list of acronyms that has entered major English dictionaries. Peoples of English speaking countries use these expressions freely without the fear of being misunderstood. Not only they but people using English as their second language also adopt these informal expressions. And the result is that they have become individual vocabularies.

ASAP: As soon as possible.
AFAIK: As far as I know.
AFK: Away from keyboard.
BRB: Be right back.
BTDT: Been there, done that.
BTW: By the way.
C/C: Comments and criticisms.
EOM: End of the message.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.
FTW: For the win.
FYI: For your information.
GUI: Graphical user Interface.
HTH: Hope this helps.
IIRC: If I recall carefully.
IMHO: In my humble opinion.
IMO: In my opinion.
IOW: In other word.
LOL: Laughing out loud.
NOOB: Neewbie.
OMG: Oh, my God.
OTOH: On the other hand.
ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
TTFN: Tata for now.
TTYL: Talk to you later.
W/e: Whatever.
WOOT: An expression of joy.
WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get.
{g}: Grin.
{BG}: Big grin.

This is but a small list of internet related vocabularies but there are a lot of such expressions that you use with your friends, clients and contemporaries or colleagues. Hope you enjoy this small lesson.

I am yet to return from my holiday. Still, somehow I got a laptop and here I am sharing what I discovered someday ago while holidaying and surfing the internet from my cell phone.

Till we meet at the fag end of this year, it is ta, ta from you. Thank you for going through the post. Enjoy your holidays.

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