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Computer Slang Terms

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10q: Thank you
10x: Thanks
1337: From the word Leet, derived from the word elite
2: To or too
24/7: Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
2B: To be
3DPD: 3-Dimensional Pig Disgusting, denotes two dimensions are superior to reality
4: For
411: Information

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A

AAF: As A Friend
ABT: About
ABT2: About to
ACDNT: Accident
ACK: Acknowledge
ACPT: Accept
ADAD: Another Day Another Dollar
ADD: Address
ADDY: Address
ADIH: Another Day In Hell
ADIP: Another Day in Paradise
AEAP: As Early As Possible
AF: April Fools
AFAIC: As Far As I’m Concerned or As Far As I Care or As Far As I Can
AFAICR: As Far As I Can Recall or As Far As I Can Remember
AFAICS: As Far As I Can See
AFAICT: As Far As I Can Tell
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
AFAIR: As Far As I Recall or As Far As I Remember
AFAP: As Far As Possible
AFK: Away From Keyboard
AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIGHT: Alright
AIM: AOL Instant Messenger
AKA: Also Known As
ALOL: Actually Laughing Out Loud
AM: Antemeridian
AMAP: As Much As Possible
AML: All My Love
AMOF As a Matter Of Fact
AOL: America Online
AP: Associated Press
App: Application
ASAP: As Soon As Possible
ASL or A/S/L: Age, Sex, Location
ASLP or A/S/L/P: Age, Sex, Location, Picture
ATB: All The Best
ATEOTD: At The End of the Day
ATM: At The Moment
AWOL: Absent Without (Official) Leave
AYBABTU or AYB: All Your Base Are Belong To Us
AYT: Are You There

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B

b/c: Because
b/w: Between
B2B: Business to Business
B2C: Business to Customer
B2W Back to work
B4: Before
BBIAB: Be back in a bit
BBL: Be back later
BBQ: Barbecue. While not Internet slang in itself, it is often combined with other initialisms as a point of satire, absurdity, or a non-sequitur. For example OMG WTF BBQ.
BBS: Be back soon
BCC: Blind carbon copy
BCNU: Be seein’ you
BDAY Birthday
Beast mode: Dominating gameplay
BF: Best friend
BF: Boyfriend
BF4L Best friend for life
BFD — “big f***ing deal”
BFF: Best Friends Forever
BFN: Bye For Now
Bling: Overly flashy jewelry
BLNT Better luck next time
blog: Also known as web log or an online journal
BM: Bite me
BMW: Bayerische Motoren Werke
BOFH: Bastard operator from hell
BOYF: Boyfriend
BRB: Be Right Back
BSOD: Blue Screen of Death
BTDT: Been There Done That
BTTT: Back To The Top
BTW: By The Way
Buck: Dollar
Bump: Bring Up My Post
BYOB: Bring Your Own Beer

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C

C&V — Chapter & Verse. Used in newsgroups.
C|N>K — a Unix -ism meaning “coffee through nose into keyboard”
Cab: Taxi
CC: Carbon copy
CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Chicken: Scared
CIAO: Good-bye
CM: Call me
CMB: Call me back
CMIIW: Correct me if I’m wrong.
CMON: Come on
COB: Close Of Business.
CPR: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CR8: Create
crapplet: A poorly written computer application
crapware: Unwanted software that is often installed with another program
crawl: To retrieve a web page along with the hyperlinks that reference it
CTC: Care to chat
CTN: Can’t Talk Now
CU: See You
CUA: See you around
CUL: See You Later
CUL8R: See you later
CYA: See you or Cover Your Ass
CYAL8R: See You Later
CYE: Check Your E-mail
CYS — “Check your settings”. A phrase often said by technical support staff of a certain Australian ISP.

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D

D/L or DL: Download
DFTBA: Don’t forget to be awesome
DFTT: Don’t feed the trolls
DGAF: Don’t give a f***
DIAF: Die in a fire
DILLIGAF/D/S: Does it look like I give a flip / f*** / damn / shit
DIS: Disrespect
DIY: Do It Yourself
DKDC Don’t know, don’t care
DND: Do not disturb
DNT: Don’t
DOA: Dead on arrival. Refers to hardware that is broken on delivery.
Dope: Drugs
DOS: Dad over shoulder

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E

EMA: E-mail address
EOF: End of File
EOL: End of Life or End of Line.
EOM: End Of Message
EQ: EverQuest
ER: Emergency Room
ESAD: Eat Shit And Die
ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
EZ: Easy
EZY: Easy

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F

f: Female
F9: Fine
FAQ: Frequently Asked Question(s)
fb: Facebook
FBM: Fine by me
FC: Fingers crossed
FFS: For f***’s sake
flamer: Someone who makes inflammatory, abusive or directly offensive comments. Similar to, but not quite the same as an Internet troll.
FMCDH: From My Cold Dead Hands
FML: F*** my life.
FOAD: F*** off and die
FOAF: Friend of a friend
FTFY: Fixed that for you
FTL: For the loss
FTR: For the record
FTW: For the win
FU: F*** you
FUBAR: Fouled up beyond all recognition
FUBAR: F***ed up beyond all recognition / repair (from military slang; pronounced “foo-bar”)
FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (the purposeful spread of misinformation)
FW or FWD: Forward
FWIW: For what it’s worth
FWM Fine with me
FYA For your amusement
FYEO For your eyes only
FYI: For Your Information

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G

G: Giggle
G2CU: Good to see you
G2G: Got to go
G2R: Got to run
GAGF: go and get f***ed
Gamer: Video game player
GB: Goodbye
GBTW: Get back to work
GBU: God bless you
GF: Girlfriend
GF: Great/good fight
GFU: Good for you
GFY: Good For You or Go F*** Yourself
GG: Good Going or Gotta Go or Good Game
GGS: Good Games
GJ: Good Job
GL: Good luck
GLHF: Good luck have fun
GMTA: Great minds think alike
GN: Good night
GNIGHT: Good night
GNITE: Good night
Gotcha: I get you
GPS: Global positioning system
GR: Good Race
GR8: Great
GRATZ: Congratulations
GTFO: Get the f*** out
GTG or G2G: ‘Got to go’ or ‘Good to go’
GUD: Good
GUDNYT: Goodnight

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H

H&K Hugs & kisses
H2CUS Hope to see you soon
H8 Hate
haha: Laughing
HAK Hug and kiss
HAND: have a nice day
handle: Name used in online chat, (AKA nick(name), alias, screen/user name)
HAU: How about you?
HAV: Have
haxor or H4x0r (1337): Hacker
H-BDAY Happy Birthday
HBO: Home Box Office
HF: Have fun
HFAC: Holy flipping animal crackers
hit: A request made to the web server, (noun) the results of an Internet search, (verb) loading a Web page. Hits are not equivalent to visitors of a webpage.
HIV: Human immunodeficiency virus
HOAS: Hold on a second
home page: The website’s introduction page, starting point, and guide. The technical term is “index”
hot list: A collection of publicly available URLs (World Wide Web site addresses), sometimes available as text files.
HRU How are you?
HTH: Hope this / that helps
HTML: Hyper-Text Markup Language
HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol
HUB Head up butt
HUYA Head up your ass
HV Have
HW: Homework

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I

IAC: In any case
IANAL: I am not a lawyer
IANARS: I am not a rocket scientist
IB: I’m back
IBTL: In before the lock
IC: I see
ICYDK / ICYDN / ICUDK — “In case you didn’t know.”
IDC I don’t care
IDK: I don’t know
IHNI I have no idea
IHT: I had to
IIRC: If I recall / remember correctly
IIUC: If I understand correctly
IK: I know
IKR: I know, right
ILU I love you
ILY: I love you
IM: Instant message
IMAO: In my arrogant opinion
IMHO: In my humble / honest opinion
IMNSHO: In my not so humble opinion
IMO: In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IMU I miss you
info: Information
information superhighway: The Internet (AKA: I-way, infobahn)
IONO: I don’t know
IOW: In other words
IRC: Internet Relay Chat
IRL: In real life
IRS: Internal Revenue Service
IRT: In regards to
ISTM: It seems to me
ISTR — “I seem to recall” (i.e. I’m not really sure) c.f. IIRC
ITYM: I Think You Mean
IUSS If you say so
IWSN: I want sex now
IYDMMA — “if you don’t mind me asking”, for ex., “IYDMMA, are you a virgin?”
IYKWIM: If you know what I mean
IZI: Easy (French-speaking, from the group 92i)

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J

J/K: Just kidding
JAC Just a sec
jaggy: aliased computer graphics
JAS: Just a sec
JFTR: Just for the record
JJ or JK (j/k): “just joking”, “just kidding”
JK Just kidding
JLMK Just let me know
Joo: synonym of you. Also spelled j00 with a lower case j and two zeroes rather than two O’s.
JOOC: “just out of curiosity”

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K

k or kk: OK
KEWL Cool
KISS: Keep it simple stupid.
KIT Keep in touch
KK Okay, Okay!
KOS: Kill on sight
KTHX: OK, thanks
kthxbye: OK, thanks, goodbye, used either to cut short a conversation or to express displeasure with being cut short
KUTGW Keep up the good work

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L

L8: Late
L8R: Later
lag: Slang term for slow Internet speeds or high Internet latency; Lag is sometimes due to a server problem, but more frequently due to the connection between client and server. A slow or intermittent connection may often be referred to as laggy
lamer: A know-nothing, one who is lame.
LAN: Local Area Network
leet: Often spelled as l33t or 1337. It originally meant elite
LFG: Looking for group
LFM: Looking for more
LIEK — synonym of like, as in “I like that website”.
LMAO: Laughing my a** off
LMBO: Laughing my butt off
LMFAO: Laughing my f***ing ass off
LMGTFY: Let me Google that for you
LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life.
LMK: Let me know
LOL: Laugh out loud or lots of laughs or Lots of love
LTNS: Long time no see
lulz: Corruption of LOL
lurker: Someone who frequents a community or group without participating in discussions
LUVYA Love you
LYLAB: Love you like a brother.
LYLAS: Love you like a sister.

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M

m: Male
M8: Mate
March Madness: NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament
Mate: Friend
MC: Merry Christmas
Meme: A piece of media that spreads via the Internet
MFW: My face when (Usually accompanied by an image)
MIRL Meet in real life
MKAY “Mmm, okay”
MLB: Major League Baseball
MMB: Message me back
MMO: Massively multiplayer online
MMORPG: MMO + RPG (Massive Multi-player Online Role-Playing Game). The most frequent genre of MMO.
MNF: Monday Night Football
Mooch: Freeload
MOS Mother over shoulder
MOTD: Message of the day
MSG: Message
MTF More to follow
MTFBWY: May The Force be with you
MUD: Multi-User Dungeon
MUSH: Multi-User Shared Hallucination
MUSM Miss you so much
MVP: Most valuable player
MWAH To give a kiss
MYOB: Mind your own business

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N

N/A: Not Available
n0rp: Alternate form of pr0n, intentional misspelling of porn
N1 Nice one
N2M Nothing too much
NBA: National Basketball Association
NBD No big deal
NC: No comment
NE Any
NE1: Anyone
newbie, newb, n00b: An inexperienced user of a system or game, or an annoying person. Usually a derogatory term for someone inexperienced at a game.
NFL: National Football League
NGL: Not gonna lie
NHL: National Hockey League
NIFOC: Naked In Front Of Computer
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NM (n/m) — “never mind” or “not much”
NM Never mind
NM Nothing much
NM: (Sometimes written N/M) Not much, Never mind or no message, used on message boards or in e-mails to indicate that everything is already said in the subject line.
NM: Not much
Noob: Newbie
NOYB: None of your business
NP: No problem
NS: Nice shot. Used in online gaming.
NSFW — “Not safe for work.” Material (pictures, webpages) not suitable for the office, but for the home instead. Used by Fark . See SFW.
NSFW: Not safe for work. Warning about content that may get the viewer in trouble with his employer or co-workers.
NSOH: No sense of humor.
NT: No Text
NT: Nice try
NTN: No thanks needed
NVM Never mind
NVM, NVMD, or nm: Nevermind, not much
NVR Never
NW No way

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O

O: oh
O RLY: Oh really
OB Oh baby
OB Oh brother
od: Overdose
OFN: Old freaking news
OI Operator indisposed
OIC: Oh, I see
OJ: Only joking
OM: Oh, my
OMDB Over my dead body
OMFG: Oh my f***ing god
OMFL — Exclamation, “Oh my f***ing lag!”
OMG — Exclamation, “Oh my God!!”
OMG: Oh My God
OMGWTF: Oh my God what the f***
OMW: On my way or Oh my word
ONL Online
ONOZ: Oh, no
OOC — “out-of-character”. Used on MUDs and other role-playing games . Also, “out of curiosity.”
OP: Original poster / Operator / Outpost / Overpowered
OS: Operating system
OT: Off topic
OTA Over The Air
OTB: Off to bed
OTL Out to lunch
OTOH: On the other hand
OTP: On the phone or One true pairing or On The Piss
OVA: Over
own – to defeat someone (used commonly when playing Counter-Strike ) or to humiliate someone tactically in a debate; something that is extremely cool (ex. BMWs totally own).

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P

P2P: Peer to Peer or Person to Person or Pay to Play
PAW: Parents are watching
PC: Personal computer
PEBKAC/PEBCAK: Problem exists between keyboard and chair
PEEPS: People
perv: Pervert
PFO — “please f*** off”
PHAT: Pretty hot and tempting
PIC: Picture
PITA: Pain in the arse / ass
PK: Player kill
PL: Powerleveling, used in online games.
PL8: Plate
PLMK: Please let me know
PLS: Please
PLZ: Please
PM Private Message
PM: Postmeridian
PMSL: Pissing myself laughing
PO (PO’d) — “piss off” (“pissed off”)
POS: Piece of shit or parent over shoulder.
Pot: Marijuana
POTS: Plain old telephone service
POV: Point of view
PPL: People
pr0n: Intentional misspelling of porn
prog: “computer program” (progz in plural)
prolly — contracted form of “probably”
PROLLY Probably
PRT Party
PTKFGS: Punch the Keys For God’s Sake
PW: Persistent World (gaming)
Pwn — step up of the word own. To “Pwn something” means to have complete control over it, and to be “Pwned by something” means to be dominated by it.
pwn: Own
pwned: Intentional misspelling of owned
PZ: Peace

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Q

QFT: Quoted for truthiness—either to show satire or agreement with something satiric.
QIK: Quick
QL: Quit laughing
qoolz: something that is “cool” in the American sense.
QT: Cutie
QTPI: Cutie pie
Quid: Pound
QWP: (texting) Quit Whining, Please. (gaming) equip verb / equipment noun.

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R

R: Are
r0x0rz — leet speaks for “rocks”
R8: right
RBI: Runs batted in
re: Regarding
Redneck: Uneducated Southerner
rehi (or merely re): Hello again
RIP: Rest in peace
RL: Real Life
RLY: Really
RME: Rolling my eyes
RMS: Ride me sideways
ROFL (or ROTFL) — “rolling on the floor laughing” (a reply to something extremely amusing).
ROFL/ROTFL: Rolling on (the) floor laughing
ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO (or ROTFLMAO) — “rolling on the floor laughing my ass off”
ROFLMAO/ROTFLMAO: Rolling on (the) floor laughing my ass off
ROFLMAOWPIMP/ROTFLMAOWPIMP: Rolling on (the) floor laughing my ass off while peeing in my pants
ROFLOL Rolling on floor, laughing out loud
ROFLOL/ROTFLOL: Rolling on (the) floor laughing out loud
ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
RPG: Role-playing game
RSN: Real soon now (used sarcastically)
RSVP: Répondez s’il vous plaît
RTFA — “read the f***ing article” applies mostly to Slashdot threads, for users who make comments on a story without having read it first.
RTFB: Read the f***ing binary (or book)
RTFM — “read the f***ing manual” (often sanitized to “read the fine manual”). The frequent reply to a request for basic help from newbies who have not attempted to find the answer for themselves.
RTFM/RTM: Read the (f***ing/fine/flippin’) manual or reboot the (f***ing) machine
RTFS: Read the f***ing source
RU: Are you?
RUOK Are you okay?
RX Regards

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S

SBT Sorry ’bout that
SC Stay cool
SCNR: Sorry, could not resist
sec: Second
SFW: Safe for work
SFW: Safe for Work, see NSFW
SIT Stay in touch
SK8: Skate
sk8/sk8r/sk8er: skate/skater
SK8NG Skating
SK8R Skater
SK8RBOI Skater Boy
SMH: Shaking my head
smiley: Another name for emoticons
SMS: Short Message Service
SNAFU: Situation normal: all (f***ed/fouled) up
snail mail: Normal paper mail service
SO: Significant other
SOAB Son of a B*tch
SOHF: Sense of humor failure
SOL: Sooner or later
SOS: Meaning help
SOS: Someone (watching) Over Shoulder
spider: The program behind a search engine
SRSLY Seriously
SRY: Sorry
SS: So sorry
STD: Sexually transmitted disease
STFU: Shut the f*** up
STFW: Search the f***ing web
STR8: Straight
SUL See you later
SUP: What’s up
SUX sucks or “it sucks”
sux0rs — leet speak for “sucks”
Swag: Skills or style
SYL See you later
SYS See you soon

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T

Talking trash: Disrespecting
TANSTAAFL: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch, a quote originally attributed to Robert Heinlein
TBA: To be announced
TBC: To be continued
TBD: To be determined
TBF: Time between failures
TBH: To be honest
TBL Text back later
TC: Take care
TFW: That feel when
TG: That’s great
TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday
THNX: Thanks
THX: Thanks
THX/THNX, TNX or TX: Thanks
TIA: Thanks in advance
TIL: Today I learned
TIMWTK: This inquiring mind wants to know
TINC: There Is No Cabal, a term discouraging conspiracy theories
TINS: There is no spoon
TL;DR: Too Long; Didn’t Read
TLC: Tender love and care
TMB Text me back
TMI: Too much information
TMTH Too much to handle
TOJ Tears of joy
toobs: Internets (refering to the Internet as a series of tubes)
TOS: Terms of service
Troll: Offensive comments poster
TTBOMK: To the best of my knowledge
TTFN: Ta ta for now
TTLY Totally
TTYL: Talk to you later (also spelled TTUL, T2UL or T2YL)
TTYN: Talk to you never
TTYS: Talk to you soon
TU Thank you
tweedler: One who has deep love for all computer related technology and gadgets
Tweet: Twitter post
Twitch: Video game streaming website
txt: Text
TY: Thank you
TY: Thank you
TYT: Take your time
TYVM: Thank you very much

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U

U: You
U2: You too
UFB Un “freaking/f-ing” believable
UFN Until further notice
ugh: Disgusted
UGO: You got Owned
U-L: You will
UL Upload
UOK: You ok
UR: Your or You’re
URL: Uniform Resource Locator
URS: You Really Suck
URW You are welcome
UTFSE: Use the f***ing search engine
UW You’re welcome

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V

VBS: Very big smile
VIP: Very important person
VM: Voicemail
VN: Very nice
VRY: Very
vs: Versus

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W

W/ or W/O: With or without
W/: With
W/B: Write back
W/E: Whatever
W/END: Weekend
W/O: Without
W@: What
W8: Wait
WAH Working at home
WAM Wait a minute
wanna: Want to
WAYF: Where are you from
WB: Welcome back
WB: Write back
WBU: What about you
WC Who cares
WDUWTA —- “what do u wanna talk about?”
WE Whatever
Weed: Marijuana
Whipped: Obedient
Whoa: Expression of surprise
Whoops: Exclamation of a mistake
WIU Wrap it up
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WRK Work
WRT: With respect / regard to
WRU@ Where are you at?
WTB: Want to buy
WTF What the freak
WTF: What the f***
WTG: Way to go
WTH What the heck or What the hell
WTM Who’s the man?
WTS: Want to sell
WTT: Want to trade
WU What’s up?
WUBU2: What (have) you been up to?
WUF Where are you from?
WUG: What you got?
WUP What’s up?
WUU2: What (are) you up to?
WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get

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X

X > * — definition of something [X] is better than everything [*].
X Kiss
XLNT Excellent
XME Excuse Me
XOXO: Hugs and kisses
XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses

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Y

Y: Why
Y2K: You’re too kind
Y2K: Year 2000
YAGNI: You Ain’t Gonna Need It.
YAGTOH: you are going to own him.
YARLY Ya, really?
YBS You’ll be sorry
YGG You go girl
YGM: You’ve Got Mail.
YHBT: You have been trolled.
YKW: You know what?
YMMV: Your mileage may vary
YNK: You never know
YOLO: You Only Live Once
YOYO: You’re On Your Own
YR Yeah right
YR Your
yt: YouTube
YTMND: You’re The Man Now, Dog
YW: You’re welcome

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Z

ZOMG: An intentional misspelling of the acronym shorthand for “Oh My God” and pronounced “Zoh My God” This version is mainly used in jest or to ridicule people who use abbreviations like OMG and OMFG
ZUP: Meaning “What’s up?”
ZZZ: Sleeping
ZZZZ: Bored or asleep

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