Understanding acronyms

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There is nothing more irritating than having a conversation with someone using text chat that you simply don’t understand. Drew shares the most commonly used acronyms and what they mean.

4 = For

2 = Too

2Nite = Tonight

AFK = Away From Keyboard

B4 = Before

B4N = Bye For Now

BBIAB = Be Back In A Bit

BBL = Be Back Later

BFF = Best Friends Forever

BRB = Be Right Back

BTW = By The Way

CYA = See You

FYI = For Your Information

GF = Girlfriend

GR8 = Great

GTG = Got to Go

ILY = I Love You

IMHO = In My Honest Opinion

IMO = In My Opinion

IRL = In Real Life

K = Ok

LOL = Laugh Out Loud

LMAO = Laughing My Arse Off

LMFAO = Laughing My [email protected]#&ing Arse Off

OMG = Oh My God

PLZ = Please

ROFL = Rolling on the Floor Laughing

RUFR = Are You For Real

THNX =  Thanks

TMI = Too Much Information

TTYL = Talk To You Later

TYVM = Thank You Very Much

U = You

WTF = What The [email protected]#&

YOLO = You Only Live Once

Is there an acronym that you use regularly which is not listed above? Please share it in the comments box below with an explanation.

Norton suggested acronyms for keeping seniors safe online
Internet security company Norton has released several suggested acronyms to help keep online seniors safe.  

AST(Always Stop and Think) – before clicking on links, opening attachments, sharing personal or financial information, think logically and rationally. If it doesn’t seem 100 per cent right then it most likely isn’t.

DACS (Don’t Add Complete Strangers) – if someone wants to be your friend but you don’t know them, don’t add them.

SIP (Strengthen and Install Passwords) – make sure to create strong passwords and change them regularly. It’s also important to have a password protecting your smartphone and tablet for added protection. If these devices are lost, anyone could access a whole range of personal and very private information.

SWISS (Secure With Internet Security Software) – check that you have comprehensive internet security software installed on your all your computer and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Norton 360 Multi-Device offers comprehensive internet security for up to five devices, any combination of PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.

TBYC (Think Before You Click) – Don’t blindly click on links within your social network and avoid clicking on any dubious content you may see with sensational, attractive titles. Norton Safe Web for Facebook is a free tool which uses site rating technology to scan people’s Facebook news feeds for malicious web links so that you know what’s safe and what isn’t.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Total Comments: 9
  1. 0

    LOL..Yhis used to mean ..Little Old Lady!! Does this show my age???


  2. 0

    CU (see you)
    LOL also means lots of love or used to …
    IMHO also means in my humble opinion would not want to suggest I have any other opinion than honest…
    xo a kiss and a hug
    🙂 smile
    🙁 sad
    also if you like to trade or talk stox be careful of ones like GTG,or WTF….

  3. 0

    I hate to be pedantic, but the definition of acronym is “an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word”. I’d like to hear Drew or anyone else pronounce the vast majority of his so-called acronyms as a word – it would make for some hilarious lip-twisting…

  4. 0

    Ummm. How about 4YRIs (for your eyes [only])?
    Or FO (Far out!) or FFO (Far [email protected]#&ing Out)?
    Or GMAB (Give Me A Break..)
    Or NSS (No S#*T, Sherlock) Stating the bloody obvious…

  5. 0


  6. 0

    TTFN = TA-TA FOR NOW………….very old, was written on letters, the old-fashioned sensible way of communicating.

  7. 0

    What about HTBUTEL…or How To Bugger Up The English Language

  8. 0

    There are several acronyms which I use. 2F4U-Too Fast For You, AFAIK- As far as I know, AFAIR-As far as I remember / recall, AFKtAway from Keyboard, AKAtAlso known as
    DSWS- dissertation writing services , B2K BTK-Back to Keyboard, BTT-Back to Topic, B/C-Because, C&P-Copy and Paste, CU-See you, CYS-Check your Settings.



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