Friday, September 7, 2007

#10 How to Speak Geek

Straight Shootin Computin
by Jeff Smith

Hello again reader,
Below are common web abbreviations you'll find in emails, chat rooms, and forums and their meanings.

LOL - Laugh Out Loud
LMAO - Laughing My #&% Off
ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My #&% Off
BRB - Be Right Back
G2G - Got to Go
AFK - Away From Keyboard
W/E - Whatever
NP - No Problem
TY - Thank You
YW - Your Welcome
JK or J/K - Just Kidding
BRT - Be Right There
IMHO - In My Honest (or Humble) Opinion
TTUL - Talk To You Later
IDK - I Don't Know
A/S/L (R/P) - Age/Sex/Location(Race/Picture)
OMG - Oh My God (Gosh if you prefer)
OMFG - You can guess what the "F" stands for.
IDK - I Don't Know

If you have teenager who is using the web regularly, you'll want to be familiar with the following abbreviations. Keeping your kids safe online is a tough job, and being successful at it means having an understanding of the lingo they often use.
CD9 - Code 9 means parents are around
P911- Parents Emergency
GNOC - Get Naked on Camera (webcam)
(L)MIRL - (Lets) Meet In Real Life
MorF - Male or Female
MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
NIFOC - Naked In Front Of Computer
NMU - Not Much, You?
PAW - Parents Are Watching
PIR - Parent In Room
POS - Parent Over Shoulder (or Piece Of $%&@)
PRW - Parents Are Watching
S2R - Send to Receive (pictures)
TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
WTF - What the %$&# ?
As well as these abrreviations, there is also something called Leet speak. Leet is short for "elite" Leet is not another language, its actually English, though it is hard to tell. In Leet, 4's are used for A's, 3's for E's, etc. Below I'll post a short sentence in regular english and again in Leet.
Believe it or not, this is english.
|33L13\/3 17 0r |\|07, 7|-|1$ 1$ 3|\|9L1$|-|.
If you find yourself faced with a lot of leet speak, there's a free translator at It also has lots more abbreviations (these are just the most common), and lots of tips for parents dealing with teens online.
Next week we'll be discussing buying a new computer versus building your own.
Until then, keep those kids safe.


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