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Vail Tech Bytes: A whole new language

Jessie Williams
Tech Bytes
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – With the continuing rise in popularity of services such as Twitter, IM (instant message), and TXT MSGS (text messages) a whole new language has seemingly emerged, one in which everything is shortened, abbreviated or turned into an acronym to say as much as possible with as few characters as possible.

In this week’s Tech Bytes, I’ve created a list of some of the most commonly used abbreviations and shorthands in order to try and help you CUWTA (catch up with the acronyms).

We’ll start with some of the basics. If you’ve ever talked to NE1 (anyone) via PM (private/personal message) or SMS (short message service) from your PDA, (personal digital assistant) you probably have seen some of these B4 (before). If someone asks how RU (are you) doing, you could respond GR8 (great), BTD (bored to death), or IDK (I don’t know).



IMHO (In my humble opinion), I prefer to use LOL (laughing out loud) to express when I find something humorous, but other PPL (people) say ROFL or ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing). BTW (by the way), if you make a joke that you aren’t sure the other person will understand, it’s best to follow it up with a JK so the other person knows you’re just kidding.

FYEO means the MSG is for your eyes only, and if you get an e-mail with NSFW in the subject, then it’s not safe for work. AYK (As you know), there are quite a few shorthand words you can use to keep your messages concise, with some of the most popular being IC (I see), NE (any), R (are), K (okay), OMG (oh my god), BC (because), w/ (with) and w/o (without).



If I leave you a VM (voicemail) asking if you can PLZ (please) CM (call me) about tomorrow’s MTG (meeting), it’s NP (no problem) if you don’t return the call until a little L8R (later). And, depending on the WX (weather) tonight, we might have to postpone the MTG BC I’d rather B (be) SIP (skiing in powder).

Sometimes, people can get a little too detailed in their MSGS, so don’t be afraid to tell them it’s TMI (too much information) or to KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Besides, you can always RTM (read the manual).

If you’re feeling romantic, you can tell your SO (significant other) LY (love you), MUAH/MWAH (kissing sound) or XOXO (hugs and kisses), FTW (for the win).



BRB (be right back), BRT (be right there), and BTDT (been there done that) are just a few other frequently used acronyms. And of course, there are quite a few choices when it comes time to end the conversation, from TTYL (talk to you later), and EOM (end of message) to the more informal CYA (see you) and G2G (got to go).

Just remember, with most of these TXT abbreviations, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), and new ones are being added all the time, so don’t be afraid to make up a few of your own.

Jessie Williams is the owner of Second October Media, http://secondoctober.com, a Web development and graphic design firm in Edwards. Have a tech question you’d like answered? E-mail her at info@secondoctober.com.


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