Have you ever found yourself lost in a conversation online after seeing a combination of letters you simply couldn't define? Test your lingo knowledge with our handy quiz and see if you can guess the correct acronym to use in any given situation!
What could you use to express your disbelief or disagreement with a statement?
SMH, or "Shaking My Head," is meant as a text representation of that physical act, which is a widely used stand-in when no words can be found that aptly fit.
What can you say to let those know your post is related to the offline reality?
IRL, or "In Real Life," is used to describe events taking place in the real world. It is commonly used as part of an explanation of how something being discussed may not be possible or likely to occur in the real world.
What could you use if you want to offer advice to someone in a legal bind but aren't qualified to do so?
IANAL, or "I Am Not A Lawyer," is typically used when an individual has first-hand experience with a potential legal case and is able to give advice. However, the writer knows their advice may not be applicable, as it is a personal anecdote that my not be legally sound.
What could you use to request info on how to do a task?
SOP, or "Standard Operating Procedure," is used when describing the set method, or the exact rules, for how to do a task. This is commonly used when asking how to do something new, or asking a more experienced commenter if they have any unique twists for how they do something. "What's the SOP for how to put these away?"
How can you let someone know you didn't reply to them quickly enough?
SFLR, or "Sorry For Late Reply," can be used when you are responding to a message after a large chunk of time has passed, whether intentionally or by accident. This is perfect for expressing regret about missing a message and is a quick way to tell people you care.
How can you make it known that your statement is from memory?
IIRC, or "If I Recall Correctly," serves to let others know that the statement being given is straight from memory and is subject to the risks present with recall. Try not to let nostalgia cloud your memory!
OT, or "Off Topic," is used when what you are about to say is not directly related to the discussion at hand. Most often, this occurs when a given discussion has caused you to think of a relevant question about a partial piece of the discussion, but not the whole thing. "OT, how good are you at digging holes?"
How can you make it known that a picture is an honest portrayal?
WYSIWYG, or "What You See Is What You Get," is used almost exclusively when selling an item. It's meant to represent that the item is being sold as-is, and that any question about the item could be answered in the picture presented. "Pieces may be missing, WYSIWYG."
How can let someone know you want a private conversation?
DM, or "Direct Message," means to write someone in private instead of putting the message in the chatroom for all to see. This is typically used as to share information you may not want to be seen in public. "I'd be happy to share this with you, DM me for it."
How can you let someone know you don't need an answer?
NRN, or "No Response Needed," serves as a closing statement on a message to let those reading it know that you won't be around for - or don't want to see - any potential replies. "We will be meeting Friday at 6. NRN about availability."
What is an easy way to request a simple explanation of a subject?
ELI5, or "Explain Like I'm Five," is used to request a simple explanation of a complex topic. It's a tongue-in-cheek way of asking for someone to explain the topic in its simplest terms. "ELI5: How do magnets work?"
How can you ask someone to get ahold of you later?
HMU, or "Hit Me Up," is most commonly used at the end of an open request or invitation to let others know anyone is free to get ahold of you later, if they happen to be headed the same way you are. "I'm going to be at the game, anyone else coming should HMU."
How can you let a forum know you are posting for the first time?
LTRFTP, or "Long Time Reader, First Time Poster," is a quick way to let everyone else know that, while you may have been reading the chat a long time, this is the first time you've felt the need (or courage) to post. This can also help to ward off anyone who may want to nitpick about how you chose to post your thoughts.
TIL, or "Today I Learned," is used as a way to show you have learned something from a post or comment, and can serve as a complete message to show you understand and accept what they've said. It's also a neat way to convey uncommon facts.
How can YMMD let someone know you've enjoyed their post?
Your Mid Month Date
You Make Me Deaf
Year Month Day
You Made My Day
YMMD, or "You Made My Day," is a simple way to let another person know that they've said or done something that helped to brighten your day. Typically, this is used as a quick acknowledgment after asking for advice and having another person come through. "All I had to do was reboot it? YMMD!" This acronym could also follow a compliment.
FWIW, or "For What It's Worth," is used when adding a personal fact or opinion to another person's content, whether to assist with the point being made or to offer a dissenting view. "FWIW, it isn't worth doing that unless you can make time every day to see it through."
TLA, or "Three Letter Acronym," is an acronym used to describe other acronyms. It's coined as a rather sarcastic term, at times when too many acronyms may be used. Commonly, this occurs in an office environment when making fun of a document too heavily laden with buzzwords.
TCO, or "Taken Care Of," is used commonly when letting someone else know that you completed a task or errand that had previously been mentioned. It can be used by almost anyone, in many situations. "Planning for the trip? TCO"
FYI, or "For Your Information," is used when you are trying to give helpful advice or a useful tip to a person or group that hasn't been discussed before. "FYI, if you do it the way you've been planning, it's likely to fail."
FOAF, or "Friend of a Friend," can be used when trying to introduce friends to friends, or when asking about bringing someone to an event that may be lesser known. "I may have a fourth for our team who can play, but it's a FOAF."
When you want to do something but you're stopped by TPTB - who can they be?
The People That Banter
Those Pitiful Thoughtless Blokes
The Pointy-Tipped Boss
The Powers That Be
TPTB, or "The Powers That Be," refers to anyone, or any group, that can and will prevent you from doing something. It's typically used in an office environment, or when you are hopeful for an event to occur. "If TPTB let me, I'll be able to make it out Friday afternoon for the game."
LMK, or "Let Me Know," is used most when asking a person or a group to get a hold of you after a given time or event has happened. Basically, it is a way to ask someone to write you back later with the answer to a question.
GOAT, or "Greatest Of All Time," is commonly used to refer to an individual or group who may be the best that ever was, for a given genre. It's used commonly to refer to a musician, an athlete or an unbeatable team.