Mike’s Simple Hi-Tech Glossary

Based on recent comments and observations, I’ve come to realize that many of the acronyms encountered in the online world aren’t as well known as as many authors might wish. Herewith is a list of commonly encountered shortcuts, including some that are whimsical, obscure, and even a couple of historical interest:

aob: Any Other Business?

brb: Be Right Back

btdt: Been There, Done That

btdtgts: btdt, Got The Shirt

btw: By The Way

eom: End Of Message

fwiw: For What It’s Worth

hth: Hope That Helps

ianal: I Am Not A Lawyer

imo: In My Opinion

imho: In My Humble Opinion

imnsho: In My Not So Humble Opinion

istr: I Seem To Recall

lol: Laugh(ing) Out Loud

ot: Off Topic

omg: Oh My Gawd! (think Valley Girl)

rotfl: Rolling On The Floor Laughing

rotflmao: rotfl My Arse Off

vbg: Very Big Grin

Given the relationship between Berkeley and unix, you sometimes see this one:

walstib: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Here’s the grandaddy of techno-shortcuts, from Robert Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress“:

tanstaafl: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch