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Special Online Glossary

If you’re a happy computer user and have had experience of loggin’ on & surfin’ the Net or jumping into online chat-room conversations, you have certainly seen words, terms and abbreviations of a very special language.

If you’re a regular computer user you might know many of them. For a newcomer, the whole terminology is not so easy to understand, it needs good training and then you will can get along.

Anyway we are here to give you a hand. So, let’s have a look at it.

As a matter of fact, these symbols are intended to save your time while you’re typing and let you deliver on-line information and ideas of e-mail messages to others faster. Therefore, single letters and shorthand phrases in lowercase such as


i = I, hi = hello, rehi = hi again, u, ya = you, y = why, o = old, c = see, ppl = people make an easy guess for the following:

– how о ru?( how old are you?)

– dunno (I don’t know)

– O . . . i c (Oh . . . I see)

– g/g (gotta go)

– thanx (thanks)

In order to make it short, there could also be numbers in a word or phrase:

18r = later, cyal8r = see you later, 2 = too, to

Uh-h . . . That’s what we’ve got for simple things; now let’s turn on to more complicated ones, which are often met in chat rooms:

GA stands for go ahead

FYI – for your information

BTW – by the way

OTOH – on the other hand

IMHO – in my humble opinion

When someone takes a break and is off for a cup of tea, the following can be in use: BRB (be right back), AFK, ВАК (away from keyboard, back to keyboard)

Say as an answer to jokes:

LOL – laughing out loud

RATFL, ROTL (rolling on the floor laughing)

F2F signifies a private (face-to-face) conversation when there are only two of you

TIА – thank you in advance

Common ways of saying goodbye:

See you later – CUL, с ya

Then, there come symbols known as emoticons, all sorts of them – parenthesis, dots, commas, full-stops, etc. They help express emotions, and people use them to show how they feel about that distant somebody with an e-mail address:


:-) – smile

;-) – wink

:’( – crying

:-( – frown

:-* – kiss

{} – hugs

xoxo – kisses

хохохохохохохо – more kisses

You can emphasize it by putting the whole phrase in asterisks or underscores:

*you* are the one for me

The last popular term everybody should know:

www is the World Wide Web. :)

Well gotta go, I hope you’ll be fine at decoding things in the Internet and studying languages. Go searching around!!!

Cheers, Masha