The Most Common Acronyms Used Online

Learn what INB4, BAE, BTFO, and tons more acronyms stand for

Internet Slang 2016
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If you've ever been on the Web and come across an acronym that makes sense to everyone but you, this article is here to help. Many websites - from Reddit to Facebook to thousands of message boards, blogs, and other online destinations - seem to have a language that is unique and indecipherable to the casual visitor, but once you figure out what these acronyms really mean, a whole new world is unveiled (plus, let's face it - they just take less time to type).

For example:

BRB is a Web abbreviation commonly used in blogs, microblogging applications, forums, and Web sites.

BRB is an acronym for Be Right Back.

Also Known As:

B4N (Bye for Now), BBL (Be Back Later)

Examples:

Hey, somebody's knocking at the door - BRB!

Or:

AFAIK is a Web abbreviation commonly found on blogs, forums, microblogging services, etc.Many people use this when writing on social media sites, such FacebookTwitter, and Reddit

AFAIK stands for "As Far As I Know."

Also Known As: 

AFAIC (as far as I'm concerned), AFAICT (as far as I can tell), AFAIR (as far as I remember)

Examples:

AFAIK, she picked up carrots on the way home for the salad.

Here is a list of the most common acronyms, Internet slang, and Web abbreviations used online. 

?/10

Funny stats, like "10/10 would snuggle that puppy", or "10/10 that car is amazing"

AFAIC

As Far As I'm Concerned

AFAIK

As Far As I Know

AFAIR

As Far As I Recall/Remember

BAE

Before Anyone Else

BFF

Best Friends Forever

BTFO

Back The F*** Off

CSB

Cool Story Bro (usually said sarcastically)

DAE

Does Anyone Else, Did Anyone Else

FIFY

Fixed It For You (usually meant ironically/sarcastically)

FTFY

Fixed That For You

FTW

For The Win (indicating that something is extremely good)

GG

Good Game, Good Going, Good Guy, Good Girl - usually used sarcastically

HIFW, HIFRW

How I Feel When, How I Feel Right When

IANAL

I Am Not A Lawyer (disclaimer for when giving legal information)

IDK

I Don't Know

IIRC

If I Recall Correctly, If I Remember Correctly

IKR?

I Know, Right?

IMHO

In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion

IMO

In My Opinion

inb4

In Before (used to indicate superiority somehow)

IRL

In Real Life (used to talk about something that is not online)

JFC

Jesus F***ing Christ

MFW

My Face When

MRW

My Reaction When; Me Right When

NBD

No Big Deal

NGL

Not Gonna Lie

NSFB

Not Safe For Breakfast or Bedtime (disturbing content)

NSFL

Not Safe For Life (extremely disturbing content)

NSFW

Not Safe For Work (includes nudity or sex)

OC

Original Content

OMD

Oh My Damn

OMG

Oh My God, Oh My Goodness, Oh My Gosh

OP

Original Poster (original person who posted the story)

SMDH

Shaking My Damn Head

SMH

Shaking My Head

TBH

To Be Honest

TBT

Truth Be Told

TIL

Today I Learned

tl:dr

too long, didn't read (short summary at the end of a very long story)

TMYK

The More You Know

TTYTT

To Tell You The Truth

YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary; usually in reference to a personal anecdote that won't be univerally applicable

These acronyms are some of the most current that you'll come across on the Web. As the Web continues to evolve, and more people continue to interact, communicate, and collaborate online, the lexicon of acronyms will only continue to grow. 

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