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"NetSpeak" for "Newbies"

If you're new to the internet, you'll want to know
these slang terms and commonly-used acronyms
that you'll see on the web and in email.

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General Terms

{Items with the 'FAQ' symbol are discussed in greater detail
at the bottom of this page.}

AFAIK (AFAICT)= As Far As I Know (As Far As I Can Tell)

AKA = Also Known As...

AV, A-V, A/V = Anti-Virus, Audio-Video

BOHICA = Bend Over, Here It Comes Again

BTDT = Been There, Done That

BTW = By the way...

COB = Close Of Business

CYL = See you later

D/L = Download

DIY = Do It Yourself

EOD = End Of Day

F/S, (also, FS) = For Sale

FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions (VFAQ = Visual F.A.Q.)

FWIW = For What It's Worth

FYI = For Your Information

HD = Hard Drive

HTH = Hope This Helps (and, "How The Hell...?"; more...)

HW = Hardware

ICBW = I Could Be Wrong

IE6.0 = Internet Explorer version 6.0

IIRC = If I Recall Correctly

IMO = In my opinion

IMHO = In my humble opinion

IOW = In Other Words

ISP = Internet Service Provider

MOF = (as a) Matter Of Fact

MS = Microsoft

MTCW = My Two Cents' Worth...

N/A = Not Applicable

NG = No Good (also stands for NewsGroup)

NP = No Problem

NS = Netscape

OTOH = On the other hand,...

POV = Point of View

PSI = Pounds per Square Inch

QED = What has been proven (Lat.- Quantum Est Demonstratum)

SW = Software

PW = Password

ROWG = Rich Old White Guy

SOTA = State of the Art (the most modern, up-to-date...)

TCB = Taking Care of Business

TIA = Thanks in advance

TLC = Tender Loving Care

TTYL (TTYS) = Talk to you later (Talk to you soon)

URL = Uniform Resource Locator

(Example: The Team3S Home Page URL is

WWJD? = What Would Jesus Do? (Insert numerous others for 'Jesus')

YMMV = "Your Mileage May Vary" (You may get different results)

"Bandwidth" = The data transfer rate of internet communications

"Netiquette" = What is considered 'polite' on the internet

"NetSpeak" = New terms and Acronyms used on the Internet

"Newbie" = Someone new to the internet

"Freeware" = Free software programs

"Shareware" = Software offered on a free trial basis

"Vaporware" = Software or updates that never materialize

"Bloatware" = Software that has become so large that it is slow

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<g> = grin

<G> = bigger grin

<VBG> = very big grin

<BFG> = Big F*cking Grin

LOL = Laughing out loud

ROTFL = Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLMAO = Rolling on the floor, laughing my ass off

:-)  = A Smile (Happy Face)

;-)  = A Wink or Raised Eyebrow

:-(  = A Frown

:-o  = Oh!

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FUGLY = F*ckin' Ugly

POS = Piece of sh*t

SOB = Son of a Bitch

SOL = Sh*t out of luck

WOB = Waste of bandwidth

WTF? = What the f*ck...?

SNAFU = Situation normal, all f*cked up

FUBAR = F*cked up beyond all recognition

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