Sunday, October 30, 2005

AO!

You might all wonder at what AO means! It means abbreviation overkill. I was visiting various blogsites this morning and I saw a lot of abbreviations like IMHO, LMAO, LOL, ROTFL etc. I was so confused at what IMHO was and finally found out that it meant "IN MY HUMBLE OPINION". I searched the internet for such abbreviations and found them in plenty. I find it ridiculous that we have resorted to using such abbreviations and sometimes it can become very difficult to decipher what someone is saying if you do not know what the abbreviations mean just like the title of this post.
For the convenience of the chat jargon illiterate I have included a list of abbreviations that I found in my search this morning (YEAH! seems like I have plenty of time in my hands after going through the ordeal of my comprehensive exams this thursday and friday:P)

AFAICT
As Far As I Can Tell

AFAIK
As Far As I Know

AIUI
As I Understand It

BST
But Seriously Though

BTDT
Been There, Done That

CUL
See you Later

DWISNWID
Do What I Say, Not What I Do

DYJHIW
Don't You Just Hate It When

ETLA
Extended Three Letter Acronym

F2F
Face to Face

FOAF
Friend Of A Friend

FWIW
For What It's Worth

FYI
For Your Information

GA
Go Ahead

GAL
Get A Life

GIGO
Garbage In, Garbage Out

IANAL
I Am Not A Lawyer

IIRC
If I Recall Correctly

IME
In My Experience

IMNSHO
In My Not-So-Humble Opinion

IMO
In My Opinion

IOW
In Other Words

IRL
In Real Life

ISTM
It Seems To Me

ITRO
In The Region Of

IWBNI
It Would Be Nice If

IYSWIM
If You See What I Mean

JAM
Just A Minute

KISS
Keep It Simple, Stupid

MOTOS
Member Of The Opposite Sex

NALOPKT
Not A Lot Of People Know That

OIC
Oh, I See

OTOH
On The Other Hand

OTT
Over The Top

RTFM
Read The F****** Manual

RUOK
Are you OK?

SITD
Still In The Dark

TANSTAAFL
There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

TIA
Thanks In Advance


AFK
Away From Keyboard

ASL?
Age? Sex? Location?

B4
Before

BAK
Back At Keyboard

BBL
Be Back Later

BCNU
Be seeing you

BRB
Be Right Back

BTW
By The Way


FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions

IMHO
In My Humble Opinion

L8R
Later

LOL
Laughs Out Loud

MOF?
Male Or Female?

NM or N/M
Never Mind (or Not Much)

NP or N/P
No Problem

OMG
Oh My God

ROFL or ROTFL
Rolling On (The) Floor, Laughing

TTFN
Ta Ta For Now

UR
Your / You're

W/
With

Distorting the english language like this isn't right especially for people like me who do not know the chat jargon. At this rate, I am afraid that we are going to stop using complete sentences. I hope we stop this before it grows and develops into a language of its own.

9 comments:

Adaengappa !! said...

Thats a cool list Robbie ,TTYL..

.:: Rosh ::. said...

Wonder i can type LOL after reading this :)), i couldnt guess most of the abbreviations listed here. I think i'll blink less coz now i know what these really mean.
'TFSTI'..in case you are wonderin its "thanks for sharing the info", just made it myself...lol..

Ganesh said...

LOL ROFTL ennamo po ;)

Narayanan Venkitu said...

ellam indha Messenger, SMS ellam pannina velai.!! Very funny though to read your collections...!! GIGO..!! I liked that.!!

HAPPY DEEPAVALI.!!

thennavan said...

New acronym HDR.

Puriyallai?

Happy Deepavali Robbie :-)

Eshwar said...

dude...wishing you a very happy diwali.

Arvind said...

IA - I agree ;)

Ganesh said...

GJR- good job Robbie!!
Congratulations on your best performance in your final exams!!We always knew you would make it to the top,brother.

Mrs and Mr.Ganesh

donthecat said...

robbie, I read your post in Chinmaya's blog about aping Kirubakaran's prank. I dunno if you realise that the stupid guy actually committed an ID theft and can be punished under law.

I saw that you are upset that you were not able to do the same. I only wish that you dont do it, cos you would be digging your own grave by creating a loophole for scammers and con artists apart from committing a crime.

Just a thought process. I'm sure you realise the repercussions..