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You may have seen various acronyms used on the forums and wondered what they stood for. This non-exhaustive list is to clarify their meanings:

 

 

IOW - in other words

 

IMO - in my opinion

 

IMHO - in my humble/honest opinion

 

IIRC - if I remember correctly

 

AFAIK - as far as I know

 

ATM - at the moment (also "atinymonkey" on this site in particular)

 

POV - point of view

 

 

Please feel free to add relevant acronyms or query the meaning of any I have missed off.

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BTW = By the way

 

J/K = Just kidding

 

OTOH = On the other hand

 

PM = Personal Message

 

IRC = Internet Relay Chat

 

LOL = Laughing out loud

 

ROFL = Rolling on the floor laughing

 

WTF = Where's THAT from?!? :D

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Some common IRC ones:

 

BRB - Be Right Back

 

BBIAB - Be Back In A Bit

 

AFK - Away From Keyboard

 

Also, a very useful one for the CS forums is RTFM - Read The Fine manual :P

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Here's a couple more FYI

 

AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact

AFAIC - As Far As I'm Concerned

AFAICT - As Far As I Can Tell

ASAP - As Soon As Possible

BAK - Back At Keyboard

BBL - Be Back Later

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

FYA - For Your Amusement

FYI - For Your Information

GTG - Got To Go

ISP - Internet Service Provider

LMAO - Laughing My Arse Off

L8R - Later

OIC - Oh I See

TTFN - Ta Ta For Now

TY - Thank You

WB - Welcome Back

YW - Your Welcome

 

I had a slighter different interpretion of WTF PHI

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I had a slighter different interpretion of WTF PHI
Let's go with mine so younger member's parents continue to view us as an educational resource.

 

And for you parents of teenagers who are reading this, we want you to know that certain vulgar words like ****, ****, ***** and **** will automatically be blanked out, replaced by asterisks in the actual post. You can't protect your children from all of the internet's vulgarity, but you can rest assured they won't get that **** here.

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idk=i don't know

 

lolly roffles=lol+rofl (not an acronym, but dave's sig proves that some don't know it's meaning)

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FTL = faster than light

 

Units:

c = speed of light

m = mass

n = newtons (measure of weight)

kg = kilogram (measure of mass)

Δ = delta, change in

e.g it is 10C outside and warms up to 25C, Δtemperature or change in temperature is 15C

G = giga, thousand million

M = mega, 1,000,000,000

m = milli, thousandth

µ = micro, millionth

n = nano, 0.000 000 001

p = pico, 0.000 000 000 001

M, n, p, depends on if you are going by long (billion means a million millions) or short (billion means only a thousand millions) scale.

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sr-special relativity

gr-general relativity

bh-black hole

qm-quantum mechanics

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OP = original post/point, or original poster (took me ages to work that out)

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GD = General Discussion ;p

 

RTFM = Read The Freakin Manual

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IANAL = I am not a lawyer

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Can I remind all users that this thread is for common acronyms, which one is likely to come across on these forums and which may affect the meaning of posts. It is meant to be a resource.

 

It's not for any old junk like "IAGTRNSL - I am going to Raymond's Now, Speak Later".

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Some users here at SFN:

IMM-In My Memory

AP-AzurePhoenix (I think)

YDOAPS-Yourdadonapogos

 

I have refered to insane_alien as IA, but that one really isn't official.

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merg.

 

somebody explain what BIKINI is an acorym for, in terms of British Military Defence.

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According to wp, it's not an accronym, it's a code-word.

 

according to here, it was randomly chosen as a code-word by a computer.

 

not that it's a common accronym :P

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ISTM= It seems to me

Tanstaafl=There ain't no such thing as a free lunch <---Heinleinism

YEC = Young Earth Creationist.

TE = Theological Evolutionist

OEC = Old earth Creationist

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AFAIK - As Far As I Know

AFK - Away From Keyboard

AISB - As I Said Before

AKA - Also Known As

BBL - Be Back Later

BCNU - Be Seeing You

BRB - Be Right Back

BTW - By The Way

CUL8R - See You Later

CYA - See Ya/You

FYI - For Your Information

HTH - Hope this Helps

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion

IMNSHO - In My Not So Humble Opinion

IMO - In My Opinion

LMAO - Laughing my Ass off

LOL - Laugh Out Loud

NP - No Problem

ONNA - Oh No, Not Again

OTOH - On The Other Hand

OTTOMH –Off The Top Of My Head

ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Ass Off

ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing

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You may have seen various acronyms used on the forums and wondered what they stood for. This non-exhaustive list is to clarify their meanings:

 

 

IOW - in other words

 

IMO - in my opinion

 

IMHO - in my humble/honest opinion

 

IIRC - if I remember correctly

 

AFAIK - as far as I know

 

ATM - at the moment (also "atinymonkey" on this site in particular)

 

POV - point of view

 

 

Please feel free to add relevant acronyms or query the meaning of any I have missed off.

 

 

 

OHT: Over Head Transmission

BFN: Bye for Now

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IMO - in my opinion

 

Please feel free to add relevant acronyms or query the meaning of any I have missed off.

 

addition

IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad )

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GOD = Grateful On Delivery

DATE = dimensional aspects of time eternal

 

Umm, the title of the thread is Common Acronyms, reaffirmed in post #13. I submit that one hit on Google between them (zero, if we exclude your use of the term) does not qualify. (Soon to have additional hits once this page is crawled, but I trust the point is clear)

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