Some twitter abbreviations that may help you understand just wtf is being said

by Lee Hopkins on September 27, 2010 · 2 comments

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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.

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