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"Cheat Sheet" for PowerBuilder/PFC "Help"

Computer Geek Acronyms

via my wonderful, yet Visual Basic-programming ;-) husband, John

AFK - Away From Keyboard - Means the individual will be off-line and unable to read or reply to messages

BBL - Be Back Later

BBS - Electronic Bulletin Board System

BFN - Bye For Now

BG - Big Grin

BRB - Be Right Back - Usually used during real-time chats

BTW - By The Way

CAD - Control-Alternate-Delete or Computer Aided Design

CIM - CompuServe Information Manager-The program

CIS - CompuServe Information Service

CO - Conference (real-time) On-line conversation

CP - Copy Protection

EG - Evil Grin

EMOK - Email OK - Readers are free to send private mail

F2F - Face to Face - An in-person (v. cyber) meeting

FAQ - Frequently Asked Question(s) - FAQs--text documents--are regularly posted throughout UseNet on specific topic areas

FB - Files Busy

FUBAR - "Fixed" Up Beyond All Recognition

FWIW - For What It's Worth - This acronym is used to modify or tone down the abrasive opinion one is about to issue

FYI - For Your Information

G - Grin - usually in brackets or angles <g> or [g] - Cyberfolk are a happy lot who also laugh aloud and roll on the floor in delight.  See LOL and ROFL below.

GA - Go Ahead - Prompts someone to "speak up" during interactive chat

GD&R - Grinning, Ducking and Running - Wits who make really bad puns feel compelled to flee the listener's imaginary punch.  If the pun is atrocious, they start GD&R,VVF (very very fast).

GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike

HSIK - How Should I Know

IAE - In Any Event

IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer - Writers remind readers that on-line opinions are personal, not legal

INAL - I'm Not A Lawyer

IMHO - In My Humble Opinion - The self-confident writer uses IMO (In My Opinion) or IMNSHO (In My Not So Humble Opinion).

IMPO - In My Personal Opinion

IMX - In My eXperience  (Also IME)

IOW - In Other Words

IRC - Internet Relay Chat - The live-chat area on the Net

JFYI - Just For Your Information

LMAO - Laughing My <ahem> Off

LOL - Laughing Out Loud

NBD - No Big Deal

NOYB - None Of Your Business

OIC - Oh, I see!

OTL - Out To Lunch

OTOH - On The Other Hand

PIQ - the Party (or Person) In Question - You know who you are!

PITA - Not a Middle Eastern bread, but a Pain In The A**

PMFJI or PMJI - Pardon Me For Jumping In or Pardon My Jumping In - Used before sticking one's two cents into others' conversation

PMS - It's the same in any language

POV - Point Of View

PPN - Programmer Project Number; now known as ID# or UserId

PTB - Powers That Be - Usually refers to network management or any governing authority

RL - Real Life (v. cyber-life) - A distinction which becomes increasingly important the longer one surfs the Net

RNA - Ring, No Answer - Communication or telephone term for a problem

ROFL - Rolling On Floor, Laughing - Really giddy types may find themselves 
ROFLMAO (Rolling On Floor, Laughing My A** Off)

RSN - Real Soon Now - A direct descendent of "The check is in the mail"

RTD or RTM or RTFM/RTFD - Read The Documentation, Read The Manual, or (when really annoyed) Read The Fricking Manual/Documentation

S - Smile

SO - Significant Other

SYSOP - SYStem OPerator - The chief administrator of a message board.  May be known as SIGOP (SIGnal OPerator) or WIZOP

SNAFU - Situation Normal, All "fixed" Up

3-D - Three Dimensional, i.e., real life

TANJ - There Ain't No Justice

TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

TBH - To Be Honest

TIA - Thanks In Advance

TIC - Tongue In Cheek

TPTB - The Powers That Be - A nice way of referring to those darned authorities

TSR - Terminate and Stay Resident (Computer Program)

TTFN - Ta Ta For Now

TTYL - Talk To You Later

2-D - Two Dimensional - Refers to cyber reality

VBG - Very Big Grin

WEG - Wide Evil Grin

WOA - Work Of Art

WRT - With Regard To

WTH - What The H---

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get

YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary - Used to indicated that you know others' experiences may differ from yours


You missed BCNU - "Be Seeing You" (say the letters fast) [Rik Brooks]



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