Anyone new to online communication, be it Twitter, forums, blogs or even good ol’ IRC (yes, it’s still around), will no doubt be annoyed that they don’t know what the f■■■ some of the abbreviations they see in the conversations actually mean.
So here’s a collection of some of the most-used abbreviations and what they stand for.
Technical Twitter abbreviations:
- MT = Modified tweet. This means the tweet you’re looking at is a paraphrase of a tweet originally written by someone else.
- RT = Retweet. The tweet you’re looking at was forwarded to you by another user.
- DM = Direct message. A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read. IMPORTANT: To DM someone all you need to type is D username message.
Conversational abbreviations (Twitter or otherwise):
- IMHO = In my humble opinion;
- OH = Overheard;
- NFW = No f■■■ing way;
- IRL = In real life;
- NSFW = Not safe for work;
- FFS = For f■■■’s sake!
- FWIW = For what it’s worth;
- QOTD = quote of the day;
- BTW = By the way;
- BFN = Bye for now;
- AFAIK = As far as I know;
- TY = Thank you;
- YW = You’re welcome;
- FTW = for the win;
- WTF = What the f■■k;
- HT = hat tip (a way of thanking someone for pointing out a link or other resource to you);
- via = same as HT;
- AFK = away from keyboard (similar to BRB);
- BRB = Be right back (going to make a coffee, to the loo, etc.,);
- ROFL = rolling on floor laughing;
- ROFLMAO = rolling on floor laughing my ass off;
- PEBKAC = Problem exists between keyboard and chair;
- DEU = Defective end user (common PC tech problem fixing stuff that should never need to be fixed);
- ID Ten T (spoken) reads “ID10T”;
- YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (your opinion may be different from mine, and that’s cool).
Bear in mind that you may also see these abbreviations used in lowercase.