Confessions of AttyArj

cyber dum(b) dum(b) | October 31, 2008

One of the downsides of being a neophyte blogger is that, half the time, you don’t know what your fellow bloggers are talking about. 

Just the other day, Dai posted a comment in “A”s blog and used the abbrev “TMI”.  TMI?  Huh? Obviously, I didn’t get it so I spent about a minute or two analyzing her post.  Finally, it hit me, TMI simply means “too much information”. 

Minutes after that, while blog hopping, I saw an entry wherein the blogger spoke of her being a SAHM.  A what???  Is that a job or something?  After rattling my brain cells and coming out with nothing, I consulted my all time favorite, good ol’ reliable Google.  According to the Google entry that I found, SAHM means “stay at home mom”.  Haaayy, ang hirap nang shonga, thank goodness there’s Google.

Because of that incident, I started searching for a site that can help me understand alien language.  After a few minutes of searching (through Google of course!) I found a very helpful (parenting) site,, and found a cyber lingo guide.  I went through it and realized that I’m soo dum(b) dum(b) I’m not even qualified to surf net, let alone attempt to maintain a blog site.

Having accepted the fact that I’m cyber stupid, it’s time to learn some more highfaluting cyber lingo.  My goal is to learn at least five acronyms per day.  Tama na yun noh, my brain cells are already way past their peak.


When I was still in school, I’m the highlighting queen with a pencil case full of colored pens, markers and highlighters.  Naging stockholder ako ng Stabilo Boss, Highlighter, Dermatograph (yung binabalataan), Pilot at MyGel.  So, in the spirit of studying, I color coded.




Blue – those I actually know.

Purple – my favorites

Red – WTF! (what the f_ ck!)

Yellow – ho humm..boring…

Black – can live w/o it





The ABCs of Cyber Lingo

A Guide to Internet Acronyms

By Tammy Ruggles, BSW, MA




AAK: Alive and kicking

AAR: At any rate

AAS: Alive and smiling

Addy: Abbreviation for e-mail address

ADN: Any day now

AFAIK: As far as I know

AFK: Away from the keyboard

AFN: All for now

AOTA: All of the above

ASL: Age/Sex/Location (used to ask a chatter their personal information)

AV: Avatar (a graphic or icon often used by chatters to express looks, personality or mood)


B4: Before

BAK: Back at keyboard (ex.: I’m back at the keyboard.)

BBL: Be back later

BBS: Be back soon

B/F: Boyfriend

BEG: Big evil grin

BFN: Bye for now

Boot: When chatters are kicked out of a chat room due to some technical problem, or have to restart their computers

BR: Best regards

BRB: Be right back

BRH: Be right here

BTA: But then again

BTW: By the way


Chat room: A Web page where people gather using software that allows them to type messages to each other in real time

CU or CYA: See you or see ya

CNP: Continued in next post

CP: Chat post

CUL8R: See you later

CUOL: See you on-line

CYA: See ya


DD, DS, DH: Darling (or Dear) – Dear Daughter, Dear Son, Dear Husband

DEGT: Don’t even go there

DIKU: Do I know you?

DIS: Did I say

D/L, DL: Downloading or download it


EG: Evil grin

EM: E-mail

EMA: E-mail address

EOT: End of thread

EZ: Easy


F2F: Face to face

FAQ: Frequently Asked Question

FISH: First in still here

FUD: Fear, uncertainty and doubt

FWIW: For what it’s worth

FYI: For your information


GA: Go ahead

GAL: Get a life

G/F or GF: Girlfriend

GFN: Gone for now

GGOH: Gotta get outta here

GMTA: Great minds think alike

GR: Gotta run

GR&D: Grinning, running and ducking

GTR: Got to run

GTRM: Going to read mail (leaving chat room to read e-mail)


HAGD: Have a good day

HAGO: Have a good one

HB: Hurry back

HTH: Hope that helps

Huggles: Hugs


IAC: In any case

IB: I’m back

IC: I see

ICQ: I seek you (a computer program used to instantly communicate over the Internet)

ILU or ILY: I love you

IM: Instant Message

IMHO: In my humble/honest opinion

IMO: In my opinion

IOH: I’m out of here

IOW: In other words

IRL: In real life

IYO: In your opinion


JAS: Just a second

JIC: Just in case

JK: Just kidding

JMO: Just my opinion

JW: Just wondering



KIT: Keep in touch


L8R: Later

LMAO: Laughing my ass off

LOL: Laughing out loud

LTNS: Long time no see

LTS: Laughing to self

LY: Love ya

LYL: Love you lots


Message Board: A web page where people type comments, leave messages and communicate, and those comments are posted online for others to read. Used to talk, request information and leave messages.


Newbie or NB1: A person new to computers or technology

NIMBY: Not in my back yard

NM: Never mind

NP: No problem

NRN: No response necessary or not right now

NT: No thanks


OBTW: Oh, by the way

OIC: Oh, I see

OJ or OK: Only joking or only kidding (I thought OJ means orange juice and OK means okay? WTF!)

OL: the Old Lady

OM: the Old Man

OMG: Oh my gosh or God

OT: Off topic (OT is still overtime for me)

OTH: Off the hook (something really wild, hot or unusual)

OTR: Off the rack (saying that something is off the hook)

OTE: Over the edge (beyond reason or normalcy)

OTOH: On the other hand

OTOMH: Off the top of my head (too complicated)

OTW: On the way (when sending a file, meaning, “It’s on the way.”)


P911: Parents are in the room (P=Parents and 911=emergency, meaning stop talking or watch what you say)

PEBCAK: Problem exists between chair and keyboard

Peeps: People, friends, other chatters

Peep This: Listen to this or watch this

PLZ: Please

PMJI: Pardon me for jumping in (when a chatter jumps into a new conversation or thread)

Poof: When a chatter leaves a chat room, as in “Poof! They disappeared.”

POS: Parents over shoulder (as in parents are looking over my shoulder to read the chat text)

POTS: Parents over the shoulder

POTS: Plain old telephone service

PPL: People


QT: Cutie


RL: Real life (as in life away from the computer)

RM: Ready made

ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing

RSN: Real soon now

RT: Real time

RU: Are you?


SH: Same here

SN: Screen name (nickname selected by chatter or for an IM)

SO: Significant other

SOTA: State of the art  (WTF! parang SONA)

SPST: Same place, same time

STR8: Straight (refers to sexual orientation or being free of alcohol or drugs at the moment, also used in “I’m OK” or “It’s OK. I’m satisfied. I’m straight with it.”)

STW: Search the Web

SY: Sincerely yours

SYL: See you later


TAFN: That’s all for now

TC: Take care

THX: Thanks!

TIA: Thanks in advance

TM: Text message (communications with text over cell phones)

TMI: Too much information (learned this from Daileen)

TNT: ‘Til next time

TPS: That’s pretty stupid

TPTB: The powers that be

TRDMF : Tears running down my face (from laughter or sadness) (again, too complicated)

TTFN: Ta-ta for now

TTTT: These things take time (WTF! Too many Ts)

TTYL: Talk to you later

TY: Thank you

TYT: Take your time

TYVM: Thank you very much


UV: Unpleasant visual

UW: You’re welcome

UY: Up yours


WB: Welcome back (said out of courtesy when a chatter returns to a chat room)

WC: Welcome

WEG: Wicked evil grin

WEU: What’s eating you?

WFM: Works for me

WIIFM: What’s in it for me?

WTG: Way to go

WT?: What the …? or Who the …?

WTGP?: Want to go private? (move to IM or private conversation)

WWJD: What would Jesus do?


YAA: Yet another acronym

YBS: You’ll be sorry

YL: Young lady

YM: Young man

YMMV: Your mileage may vary

YR: Yeah, right (sarcastic)

YS: You stinker

YVW: You’re very welcome

YW: You’re welcome






  1. yang cyber speak parang text messages sa akin yan e, both alien languages, hehe. kaya dont worry, hindi ka nag iisa 🙂 welcome sa WPP!

    Comment by kengkay — November 3, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  2. thanks kengkay =)

    Comment by attyarj — November 3, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  3. we’ve been using TMI way before blogging became popular. 🙂 IMHO, i think eventually, language will evolve and this will be “the norm”. SCARY! I agree with the previous comment – txt lingo is as confusing as cyber lingo. I esp. hate it when people write emails using txt words. So F*n annoying! Ang daming space to type actual words, why not just type the whole effin words! Agree? Nice post, btw. TTFN! LOL! bwahahahahahhaha! leche, no?

    Comment by gandadai — November 4, 2008 @ 1:26 am

  4. CYA =)

    Comment by attyarj — November 4, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  5. CYA = Cover Your Ass.

    Comment by gandadai — November 5, 2008 @ 12:48 am

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