|Everyday Acronyms: Coming and Going
afk Away from keyboard
And about to do goodness knows what.
bak Back at keyboard
Having done goodness knows what.
bfn Bye for now
Tells others you're stepping away for an indeterminate amount of time.
Variations: b4n, bbl (be back later).
brb Be right back
Announces a brief absence, as if you're pausing to read a Shakespeare sonnet.
cu See you
The more formal version of cya (See ya).
ltns Long time, no see
A polite way of saying "I forgot you even existed," which could be abbreviated as ifuee.
ttfn Ta ta for now
What Zsa Zsa Gabor might say when exiting a chat room.
Variation: l8tr (later).
Flaming and Feuding
The exact opposite of hand (have a nice day).
kiss Keep it simple, stupid
An impolite way of saying ot (off topic).
pu That stinks
tswc Tell someone who cares
Hooting and Hollering
Indicates mild amusement in which minimal dental work is displayed.
lmao Laughing my ankles off
The third word can also refer to another body part.
lol Laughing out loud
An appropriate response to a humorous statement. Alas, it doesn't necessarily mean lots of love.
rotfl Rolling on the floor laughing
Use when you couldn't possibly be more amused. Unless you're rotflmao, of course.
Opining and Informing
Though in cyberspace, the fact could just as well be fiction.
afaik As far as I know
Use when you really don't know, but want to appear as if you do.
Variations: afaic (as far as I'm concerned), afaict (as far as I can tell).
btw By the way
A kissin' cousin to fyi (for your information) and fwiw (for what it's worth).
damhikt Don't ask me how I know this
For those obscure factoids your friends tease you for remembering.
eod End of discussion
Use EOD after the 163,456th chat-room message about the new "Star Wars" trailer.
hth Hope this (or that) helps
imho In my humble (or honest) opinion
Commonly used to preface unsolicited advice, such as "If I were you, I would dump your no-account girlfriend immediately."
Variations: imnsho (in my not so humble opinion), imco (in my considered opinion).
ianalb I am not a lawyer, but...
As in, "IANALB I play one on TV."
j/k Just kidding
Best used when combined with the :) emoticon. For more on the world of emoticons, see Everyday Emoticons.
ot Off topic
A polite way of saying kiss (keep it simple, stupid).
otoh On the other hand
Indicates you were once a member of the high school debate team.
Simian slurs are popular everywhere, and cyberspace is no exception.
bbfbbmBody by Fisher, brains by Mattel
Put another way: You have the physique of a Tonka truck and the intellect of Barbie.
cmf Count my fingers
Similar to, though different from, rml (read my lips) or tmt (tally my toes).
dgt Don't go there
Best emphasized by raising your eyebrows, placing one hand on a hip and with the other hand, wagging your index finger warningly -- though, of course, your readers will have to imagine that part.
dqydj Don't quit your day job
Or as they say on The Sopranos, 'fagiddaboudit.'
tmi Too much information