By John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young

Part of The Internet For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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