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Internet Shorthand and Emoticons

Published Feb 2, 1996

Shorthand Messages

Shorthand
Meaning

BTW
By the way

FAQ
Frequently asked question

FWIW
For what it’s worth

FYI
For your information

IMHO
In my humble opinion

IMO
In my opinion

LOL
Laughing out loud (used to show disbelief)

PMFBI
Pardon me for butting in

PMFJI
Pardon me for jumping in

ROTFL
Rolling on the floor laughing

OTF
On the floor

RSN
Real soon now

RTFM
Read the "fascinating" manual (usually in anger)

TIA
Thanks in advance

INAL
I’m not a lawyer

 


 

Emoticons

E-mail users have taken the traditional "smiley face" to new heights as they use variations of it to communicate feelings, or emotions, in their messages. Here are a few:

: - )
grin
: - I
indifference

: - (
disappointment
( - :
user is left-handed

8-)
user wearing sunglasses
: - {)
user has a mustache

;-)
a wink
:-@
user is screaming

:-&
tongue-tied
:-D
laughter

:-O
shocked, or user is yelling
:-/
skepticism

:-<
disappointed
:->
very happy

: [
real downer
B-)
user wears horn-rimmed glasses

 

 

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