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The following is a list of acronyms, mostly used in a computer forum or newsgroup setting.
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Just a small point: an Acronym is an abreviation which can be spoken as a word. For example Cursor = Current Set of Records, or OOP. However, FTP and HTTP are simply abreviations.
Whilst I tend to agree with you, this is debatable - see:
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See also -> TUCAA The Ultimate Computers Acronyms Archive
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  • AAAAA: American Association Against Acronym Abuse.
  • ACRONYMS: A Collective Rendition Of Nauseating Yet Meaningful Sayings
  • AFAIK: As Far As I Know.
  • AFAIC: As Far As I'm Concerned.
  • AHWBGA: All/Any Help Will/Would Be Greatly Appreciated.
  • ASAP (ay'-sap): As Soon As Possible. Typically appears as the "date requested by" entry on various forms and, as a result, later means "as slow as possible".
  • BLOB: Binary Large OBject. Used to refer to any random large block of bits that needs to be stored in a database, such as a picture or sound file. The essential point about a BLOB is that it's an object that cannot be interpreted within the database itself.
  • BOHICA: Bend Over Here It Comes Again (from a book whose title I can't remember, sorry)
  • BOGU: Bend Over and Grease Up.
  • BRB: Be right and Back - often used in chat -- Dragan Nedeljkovich
  • BTW: By The Way.
  • CERN: Conseil European pour la Recherché Nucleaire. The European Laboratory for Particle Physics. The originators of the HTTP and HTML concepts.
  • CUL: C ("see" / "catch") U ("you") Later. Not really an acronym, but still widely used. A left-over from the days when most communications were done by Morse code or teletype, and less letters were crucial to efficiency. -- Michael Reynolds (a 100-wpm teletype communicator in the mid-70's.)
  • CYA: Cover Your Behind. Now, that does not sound right, does it? :) You're right, it's actually California Youth Authority :)) Assets perhaps?
  • DNA: Distributed internet Application. It looks like it was first as 'Distributed Network Application', but now it have different meaning, thus 'Network' replaced by 'Internet' -- Vlad Grynchyshyn
  • DTD: Document Type Definition. See XML.
  • DWIM: Do What I Mean. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, the result intended when bogus input was provided.
  • EAOE: Errors And Omissions Expected. AKA... E&OE
  • FAQ: A list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers thereto.
  • FK: Foreign Key
  • FIFO: First In First Out. the typical queue. In exemple : people at post frontdesk
  • FILO: First In Last Out. the typical stake. In exemple : the dirty clothes in your bedroom. Also know as the 'shangaï tower'
  • FNAR (eff'-nar): For No Apparent Reason
  • FUBAR (foo'-bar): Fouled Up Beyond All Repair | Relief | Recognition ]
  • FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.
  • FYI: For Your Information. Or F You Idiot
  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol, a method of transferring files to and from remote computers over a TCP/IP network.
  • FWIW: For What It's Worth.
  • GDR: Grin, Duck and Run. Also, GDRVVF, Grin, duck and run very, very fast.
  • G: Grin. Also, BG, Big Grin.
  • GIGO: Garbage In Garbage Out.
  • HTH: Hope That Helps.
  • HTML: HyperText Markup Language.
  • HTTP: Hyper Text Transport Protocol, the protocol used by the WWW servers.
  • IAC: In any case
  • IANAA: I Am Not An Accountant. Used as a disclaimer in forum messages when giving (pseudo) tax advice. [Maybe could be Alphabetizer" since it was originally inserted after the lawyer entry.]
  • IANAL: I Am Not A Lawyer. Used as a disclaimer in forum messages when giving (pseudo) legal advice. Isn't this an oxymoron? I would think IANAL is a perfect description of an attorney.
  • IBIWISI: I'll Believe It When I See It (courtesy of Steven Deterling)
  • IIRC: If I Remember|Recall] Correctly
  • IME: In My Experience.
  • IMO: In My Opinion.
  • IMHO: In My Humble Honest) Opinion, which usually has nothing to do with Humility or Honesty.
  • IMNSHO: In My Not So Humble | Honest] Opinion
  • IOW: In Other Words.
  • IRC: Internet Relay Chat
  • ISDN: It Still Does Nothing. Some people say it also refers to Integrated Services Digital Network.
  • ISTM: It Seems To Me
  • JMO: Just My Opinion. (Spotted in the Visual Fred topic. I hadn't seen it before, so here it is. -- Willson De Veas)
  • JOMO: Just One Man's Opinion. Disclaimer that the preceeding was editoral opinion and not established fact.
  • JIC: Just In Case.
  • KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
  • LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off. See: ROFL
  • LOL: Laughing Out Loud. See: ROFL
  • NIH: Not Invented Here, for those who have to do it themselves.
  • NMP: Not My Problem. See: SEP -- Rhodri C Evans
  • NSS: No S... er, Doodoo, Sherlock. Substitution on the second word (you get the idea). I have not seen this one in several years but used to be seen on occasion. -- John Koziol

  • OIC: Not really an acronym; it's what you get if you pronounce "Oh, I see."
  • OOF: Out of Office. Generally followed by a date. Used at Microsoft and possibly other companies to indicate when you're out for a few days.
  • OTOH: On The Other Hand.
  • PDF: Adobe's Portable Document Format. It is often used as a format which allows much more complete, controlled layout of a page and its graphics and text than conventional HTML. It requires a browser plug-in (Adobe Acrobat [$$] or Adobe Acrobat Reader [Free]) to see a Web page in PDF format (.PDF extension).
  • PCMCIA: People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms. How about: Personal Computer Manufacturer Interface Adaptor, or Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America ... Both are valid -- Steve Wolfe Neither is; where's the C? The real definition is Personal Computer Memory Card International Association.
  • PEBKAC: Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair. Also known as the ID-Ten-T error (replace the Ten with the corresponding digits and you catch my drift -> ID10T) Also IO Error, meaning Idiot Operator. Use these acronyms when you don't want to hurt the feelings of that user.
  • PFM: Pure Magic (The 'F' is silent). Used to explain complex black-box behavior simply. See Also, Clarke's Law: Any technology sufficiently advanced is indistringuishable from magic.
  • PK: Primary Key
  • PMFJI: Pardon Me For Jumping In. Used when you enter an on-going online discussion.
  • PMFJO: Pardon Me For Jumping Out. Used when intercourse fails. -- Dragan Nedeljkovich
  • ROFL: Rolling On the Floor, Laughing. Used when a message or email contained something outrageous or funny. See: LOL
  • ROFLMAO: Rolling On the Floor, Laughing My Ass Off
  • RTFM: Read The Fine|Fabulous|Fantastic|Flippin'|Friggin'|that word, take your pick :) ] Manual.
  • SEP: Somebody Else's Problem. Also an SEP field, an area in which everything is NMP -- Rhodri C Evans
  • SCSI: /skuzzy/ System Can't See It. Also refers to Small Computer System device Interfaces.
  • SNAFU (snae-foo'): Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. That is not the definition the Navy taught me.
  • SOFA: Sick Of Freaking Acronyms
  • STFW: Search The Frigging Web - Used when RTFM doesn't cut it.
  • SWAG: 1. [ Scientific | Sophisticated ] Wild Ass Guess. 2. Stuff We All Get -- Used to indicate t-shirts, and other paraphenalia the employees are given to promote a product.
  • SWYP: /swip/ So What's Your Point
  • TANSTAAFL: /tan'stah-fl/ [acronym, from Robert Heinlein's classic "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress"]. "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch", often invoked when someone is balking at the prospect of using an unpleasantly heavyweight technique, or at the poor quality of some piece of free software,or at the signal-to-noise ratio of unmoderated newsgroups. "What? Don't tell me I have to implement a database back end to get my address book program to work!" "Well, TANSTAAFL you know."
  • TIA: Thanks In Advance.
  • TIC: Tongue In Cheek
  • TLA: Three Letter Acronym. 1. Self-describing abbreviation for a species with which computing terminology is infested (especially coming from Microsoft or Novell).
    2. Any confusing acronym. Examples include FTP, SNA, MTS, DDE, OLE, RDS, DAO, ADO, ?XML.
    3. also affectionately referred to as a buzznym by yours truly! -- Roxanne Seibert

  • TTYL: Talk To You Later.
  • TSTWA: Too Small To Worry About. As a former accountant I love this one. How many times do you see someone worrying about 1 penny when the dollar amount is in the thousands.. -- Kip Dole

  • TWAIN: Technology Without An Interesting Name. An interface standard between Scanners (and other image acquisition devices) and computers. (from : "However, the the TWAIN Working Group says that, after the name chosen originally turned out to be already trademarked, an 11th hour meeting of the group came up with TWAIN, deriving it from the saying "Ne'er the twain shall meet," because the program sits between the driver and the application. The name is not intended to be an acronym. ")

  • WRT: With Respect To
  • WWW: WorldWide Wait or possibly WorldWide Web. Both are possible.
  • WYGAC: When You Get A Chance. Usually translates as never.
  • WYSIWYG: /wizzy'-wig/ What You See Is What You Get. Refers to graphical displays (as opposed to DOS-like text screens). It probably originated with graphical word processing software where you could for the first time see the fonts and sizes on the screen as they would look on paper. It was actually a take-off of Flip Wilson's (television comic of the 70's) term used in a repeating skit. Yes kids, there was a time when word processors used 80x25 text columns in beautiful green, white or amber colors (but only one at a time {g}). (You had 25? Lucky you. We only had 24.)
  • YFI: You Frigging Idiot.
  • YOYO: You're on your own. I'd hazard that this would more likely be interpreted as a silly insult "shouted" via all-caps. "Who ya callin' a yo-yo?!" -- Willson De Veas
  • YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary. Often heard in automobile advertising, meaning that individual conditions and the way something is actually used will cause the results to vary somewhat from the laboratory-established values. Whew! I thought it meant You Make Me Vomit...
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