May 25, 2007

Chat Room Slang and Abbreviations

Posted in Online Tips, Tricks and Tools at 7:03 am by sdjf

If you are new to the world of text messaging, Internet Relay Chat, chat rooms in general, mailing lists, or online forums, you may find yourself getting lost when people use abbreviations for common phrases that you have never heard of.

The quickest way to find out what many of these abbreviations stand for is probably to just look for them with your favorite search engine. All you have to do is enter the abbreviation! Try it for yourself by entering just one word in the search box, either “IMNSHO”, “AFAIK”, “LOL”, “ROFL”, or “RTFM”, for example.

But if you would rather look abbreviations up on single webpages devoted to definitions of chat room abbreviations, that don’t require wading through several pages or bad links, then here are the online resources I use when I need to find out what an abbreviation stands for:

Chat and Usenet Acronyms and Abbreviations

NSW Police Online | Common Chat Room Lingo and Acronyms

Web Slang, lingo, and acronyms used in chat rooms, Instant Messages, and Text Messaging.

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