I remember when I was in school, somewhere in 1985-86. We were introduced to computer software in school in the form of a subject. I remember some of my friends opting for Dbase and Lotus. Those who opted for computers were considered progressive, high tech and really intelligent. Somewhere in 1990, I too enrolled for a course in C language. Not that anything materialized from it ~ I did not even pass the course !!!
Over a period of the next 10 years. Computers really seeped thru every channel of transaction we made. Ofcourse Microsoft was a revolution in itself. The WWW opened the world like nothing before. We knew what Mrs Peng cooked for dinner far away in a tiny province of china or what programe young Steven was watching in a remote village close to Durban. The world seemed to be magically rolled up and fitted into the gazillions of dots and @ in our computer screens. It is still amazing !! And I am reminded about this phenomeon when my young son asks me, how did you find things or do projects before computers ?? Wow, Now THAT was a challenge. Although it did not seem so then.
This also brings me to the weird and wonderful world of chat rooms, forums, discussion boards etc. Being a typist, I find typing rather easy and convenient but I can understand how impossibly difficult it must be for those who use two forefingers to get around so many keys. My husband for instance has mastered the keyboard with his two forefingers, amazingly.
Probably becoz of this, people have these really short, abbreviated codes in these forums. It is amusing and amazing, and sometimes, its hard to keeep up with the scores of newly abbreviated terms online. Here are some of them for you. Personally, I dont like it. I prefer simple english to communicate. Probably the only word I generally abbreviate, which has now almost become a signature in my articles is ~ becoz for because and thru for through. I have been doing so since school and have got into trouble on several occasions for using them. And what do you know now ~ My cousin sister who is a principal in a school, is using some of these codes to communicate !!!!
So when your on facebook or tweeter and come across so really weird looking word which does not make any sense, please turn to this post to make some sense of it !!! Here is a small collection of them :
Oh, SMH means Scratching My Head or Shaking my head.
1. 73: Best Regards
2. AFAIC: As Far As I’m Concerned
3. AYSOS: Are You Stupid or Something?
4. BAC: By Any Chance
5. BBN: Bye Bye Now
6. BRB: Be Right Back
7. CSG Chuckle Snicker Grin
8. DH: (depending on your mood!) Dear Husband ~ Darned Husband ~ Demented Husband
9. DIY: Do It Yourself
10. EOD: End Of Discussion
11. FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
12. GBTW: Get Back To Work
13. GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
14. H&K: Hug and Kiss
15. HAGU: Have A Good ‘Un
16. Clapping: Hands And Wetting My Pants
17. IAE: In Any Event
18. IMPE: In My Previous/Personal Experience
19. ISP: Internet Service Provider
20. J/K: Just Kidding
21. L8R: Later
22. LHU: Lord Help Us
23. LOLOL: Laughing Out Loud On Line
24. LY: Love Ya
25. MYOB: Mind Your Own Business
26. nOOb: Newbie
27. PMFJI: Pardon Me For Jumping In
28. PS: Post Script
29. QSO: Conversation
30. ROTFLMAO: Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off
31. ROFLCOPTER: Rolling on Floor Laughing and Spinning Around in Circles
32. SIL: Sister In Law
33. SOHF: Sense Of Humor Failure
34. TANSTAAFL: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
35. TOS: Terms Of Service
36. TTYL: Talk To You Later
37. VDW: Very Dear Wife
38. WTH: What/Who The Heck (or H**, or sub an ‘F’ for the ‘H’)
39. WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get
40. YWIA: You’re Welcome In Advance