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Topic: LOL, IMO, BRB, DER - What's the stupidity?
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Oct 29, 2002 07:02PM)
Here is my gripe....oh wait....brb

And that is my gripe. why is it that people use these "lazy terms"? You are in no rush to post. I use a few in my chats, but in a forum post I see no reson to be so lazy that you cannot type: in my opinion. Does anyone have a just reason?

Jakks :kermit:

Ooh, that sounds harsh......this was supposed to be a light hearted, but gripey post....

Jakks :bigsmile:
Message: Posted by: stevehw (Oct 29, 2002 07:20PM)
It took me a while before I caught on to some of the abreviations that were not self explanatory within the context of the post.
Every once in a while I see one I haven't come across yet.
BTW, IMHO, we should try to get out of this habit.
Message: Posted by: Justin Flom (Oct 29, 2002 10:35PM)
BTW means???

IMHO also means???

Please translate for us not-veterans. :)
Message: Posted by: x-treem (Oct 29, 2002 11:49PM)
BTW- By The Way

IMHO - In My Honest Opinion [b]OR[/b] In My Humble Opinion

I know LOL but what is ROFLMAO?
Message: Posted by: Mr Amazing (Oct 30, 2002 01:31AM)
Actually - how established are these abbreviations? It was only a few years ago that I learned some of them and I'm a little hesitant to use them with normal people (e.g e-mail... I wouldn't use them during conversations). Are any of them mere products of chat boards, or perhaps even [i]magic[/i] boards? (Except for the obviously magic ones like TT, IT etc).

LSHA (Little Swede Humbly Asking)
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Oct 30, 2002 02:39PM)
Well, my pet peeve is IMO or IMHO.....I cannot STAND IT! I feel about it as Eugene Burger feels about the word "patter."

I only use LOL and BRB in chat conversation (because many people who are chatting with me are incredibly impatient).

Message: Posted by: nappa (Oct 30, 2002 03:42PM)
Well, I believe people are just lazy. I'm lazy, too. I do it all the time. It's just easier. But if it's someone I don't know, I'll try typing things out for the reason the people above have mentioned. Not all internet slang is widely known.
Message: Posted by: Dave Le Fevre (Oct 31, 2002 06:40AM)
I don't tend to use such abbreviations, so I'm often bemused by them, too.

Here's a list that I recently acquired -

AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIC As Far As I CanÖ
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BBFN Bye Bye For Now
BFN Bye For Now
BTW By The Way
BYKT But You Knew That
CMIIW Correct Me If Iím Wrong
EOL End Of Lecture
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FITB Fill In The Blank
FWIW For What Itís Worth
FYI For Your Information
GBU God Bless You
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
HTH Hope This Helps
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
ICL In Christian Love
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
LOL Lots of Laughter OR Laughing Out Loud
MGB May God Bless
MHOTY My Hatís Off To You
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh, I See
OTOH On The Other Hand
PTL Praise The Lord
ROF Rolling On the Floor
ROFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RSN Real Soon Now
SITD Still In The Dark
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TTYL Talk To You Later
TYVM Thank You Very Much
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get


PS - What are BRB and DER?
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Oct 31, 2002 09:41AM)
I use ASAP and FAQ frequently :bawl:

WYSIWYG is usually used for website design programs like Microsoft Frontpage or MAcromedia Dreamweaver.

BRB-Be Right Back

Actually I'm not sure of DER....

Message: Posted by: Seance (Oct 31, 2002 01:42PM)
I tend not to use acronyms, since a lot of people (usually older crowds, since the young techie ones get it) don't understand the terms.

I did read a little while back where teachers are bemoaning the fact that with today's instant messaging (IM for the techies), students are mispelling words at a greater rate than before and using IM words in place of their correct counterparts. Interestingly enough, the comments on that story, which was posted on a technical site, sided with the teachers, saying that in order to communicate well, one must learn how to spell and write correctly....

Oh well, every generation will find something wrong with the next generation.
Message: Posted by: Greg Arce (Nov 1, 2002 01:41AM)
Now I know why no one answers me back. I always thought they meant the following:
LOL --- left-over lobster
ASAP --- Aliens Seeking Another Probe
BTW --- Bob's Throwing Watermelons
FAQ --- Frequently Asked Quails
IMHO -- I Might Have Oysters
BRB --- Bad Raisin Bran
Wow, was I off!
Greg :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Nov 1, 2002 04:42AM)
You mean that's NOT what they mean!
Oh, boy, do I feel silly!
ROFL (Ran Out of Free Lobster).
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Nov 3, 2002 07:36AM)
APITA! That is perfect! I will use that as my signature!

Message: Posted by: Mary B. (Nov 3, 2002 07:48PM)
In case anyone missed this, these kinds of abbreviations are not allowed in the main forums. A lot of our international members (and for that matter, our U.S. members) don't know what these things stand for, making them a hindrance to communication.
Message: Posted by: wayman (Nov 3, 2002 07:53PM)
If there is no communication then everything would be FUBAR!

PM me....for that if you don't know.
Message: Posted by: Mr Amazing (Nov 3, 2002 08:15PM)
Regarding FUBAR, I have to ask:

Was it an established expression even before the "Tango & Cash" movie?

Second, is it perhaps really a contortion of the hacker "default word" foo-bar? (A word given as an example when they can't find any other word instead).
Message: Posted by: Missing_Link (Nov 4, 2002 02:53AM)
Tango & Cash was the first time I became aware of the term FUBAR.

On 2002-11-03 20:48, Mary B. wrote:

In case anyone missed this, these kinds of abbreviations are not allowed in the main forums. A lot of our international members (and for that matter, our U.S. members) don't know what these things stand for, making them a hindrance to communication.

What does U.S. mean? Just kidding... :)

Message: Posted by: wayman (Nov 4, 2002 03:16AM)
Ultra Sensative. :rotf:

Just Kidding also
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Nov 4, 2002 05:57AM)
FUBAR, like SNAFU, goes back to World War II; both are acronyms used by the troops.
If you want an explanation, PM me (I'm sure not going to do it here!)
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Nov 4, 2002 09:10AM)
Darn you Peter...you always beat me to it!

Jakks :rotf:
Message: Posted by: wayman (Nov 4, 2002 04:02PM)
Peter I got the "AFU" bit, but I can't work out the "SN."

There's also FRUB but that's just for someone that bothers you, IMHO :rotf:

Again PM me if........
Message: Posted by: Dave Le Fevre (Nov 5, 2002 06:14AM)
SNAFU - System Normal, All Fouled(?) Up
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Nov 5, 2002 10:44AM)
FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recovery/Recognition

Message: Posted by: Jim Morton (Nov 5, 2002 11:01AM)
I used to eat at a restaurant in Los Angeles called Kelbo's. On their napkins was printed the acronym, IITYWIMWYBMAD. When you asked anybody what it meant they'd reply, "If I tell you what it means, will you buy me a drink." :D

Jim Morton
Message: Posted by: Diavo (Nov 6, 2002 11:25AM)
I like "IITYWIMWYBMAD" -- very clever. As an IT (Information Technology) student, acronyms are plentiful. And talking via AIM (AOL Instant Messanger) is fast paced so they're there as well. No one uses these things in talking converstation, but online chat, sure. It's just easier to type, faster. You will comply. :comply:
Message: Posted by: Dr. Jakks (Nov 6, 2002 11:59AM)
The Army/Navy/Marines use TONS of them.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Ed (Nov 6, 2002 07:16PM)
My personal favorite is:
F u cn rd ths u cnt spl wrth a dm

translated for Peter: If You can read this you can't spell worth a dime.