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As you browse the internet, you have probably come across some abbreviations. What are all these abbreviations people are dropping into email and chat? Here are some of the most common:
  • AFAIK: As far as I know

  • BTW: By the way

  • DR: Didn't read — write something shorter next time

  • FWIW: For what it’s worth

  • IANAL: I am not a lawyer, (but. . . .)

  • IMHO: In my humble opinion

  • LOL: Laugh out loud (not lots of love)

  • ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing (or ROFL)

  • RSN: Real soon now (that is, any time in the next century)

  • RTFM: Read the manual — you could have and should have looked it up yourself

  • TIA: Thanks in advance

  • TL;DR: Too long; didn’t read — write something shorter next time

  • YMMV: Your mileage may vary

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John R. Levine is a recognized technology expert and consumer advocate who works against online fraud and email spam. Margaret Levine Young is a technology author who has written on topics ranging from the Internet to Windows to Access.

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