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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an ‘acronym’ as a word that is formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term. The use of acronyms has been amplified lately. With regular use, the list of acronyms has also got bigger, and while the commonly used abbreviations are known to many of us, the meanings of less common acronyms are still unknown. In this post, I have tried and accumulated a list of some commonly used acronyms along with some lesser known ones for my readers’.

AFAIC– As Far As I’m Concerned

AFAICT– As Far As I Can Tell

AISI– As I See It

AKA– Also Known As

ASL– Age, Sex, Location

AWOL– Absent Without Leave

AWGTHTGTTA– Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again?

BLOG– Short for Web Log As In Weblog

BCC– Blind Carbon Copy

BRB– Be Right Back

BFT– Binary File Transfer

BTW– By The Way

BUDWEISER– Because You Deserve What Every Individual Should Ever Receive

CAD–  Ctrl-Alt-Delete

COB–  Close Of Business

CC–     Carbon Copy

CTS–   Changing The Subject

CAPTCHA– Completely Automated Public Turning Test To Tell Computers And Humans Apart

DAC– Digital Analog Converter

DBMS– Database Management System

DQMOT– Don’t Quote Me On This

DND– Do Not Disturb

DYLAN– Dynamic Language

DYK– Do You Know

EOD– End Of Discussion

ECC– Error Correction Code

EEPROM– Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory

EDI– Electronic Data Interchange

FAQ– Frequently Asked Questions

FIFO– First In, First Out

FISH– First In, Still Here

FOFL– Falling On The Floor Laughing

FSN–   Full Service Network

FWIW– For What It’s Worth

FYI– For Your Information

G2G–  Got To Go

GSM– Global System for Mobile telecommunication

GSN– Gateway Services for Netware

GUI– Graphical User Interface

GAS– greetings and salutations

GBY– god bless you

Hz– Hertz (frequency unit equal to one cycle per second, also kHz and MHz for kilohertz and megahertz)

H&K– Hug and Kiss

HD– High Density or High Definition (see HDTV)

IDC- I don’t care

IDK- I don’t know

IMO– In My Opinion

IP– Internet Protocol

ISDN– Integrated Services Digital Network

ISO– International Organization for Standardization

ISIS– Internally Switched Interface System or Investigative Support Information System

J AVA– Java Software by Sun Microsystems

JPEG- Joint Photographic Experts Group

KB– Kilobyte or Kilobit

Kbps– Kilobits Per Second

KHz– KiloHertz

LAN– Local area network

LED– Light-Emitting Diode

LLC– Logical Link Control

LU– Logical Unit

LOL– Laughing Out Loud

MB– Megabyte or Megabit

Mbps– Megabits per Second

MS-DOS– Microsoft Disk Operating System

MSN– Microsoft Network

NAP– Network Access Point

NEWS– Novell Electronic Webcasting Service

NFC– Near Field Communications

NP– No Problem

ORG-  As in .org Non-Profit Organization Web Site

OMG- Oh My God / Gosh / Goodness

OOC- Out Of Character

OT– Off topic / other topic

OTOH- On The Other Hand

ONE– Open Network Environment

PIXEL- Picture Element

PAH- Parents At Home

PLZ- Please

PPL– People

PS- Post Script

PSA- Public Show of Affection

QC– Quality control

Q4U- Question For You

QSL- Reply

QSO– Conversation

RAM- Random Access Memory

ROM– Read-only memory

RCed– Reconnected

ROFL– Rolling On Floor Laughing

RSVP– Répondez, S’il Vous Plaît,

SPAM– Stupid Persons’ Advertisement

SRY– Sorry

SAP– Service Advertising Protocol

SLA– Service Level Agreement

TA-Thanks Again

Tbps– Terabits Per Second

TGIF– Thank God It’s Friday

TTYL– Talk To You Later

UAC– User Account Control

UNIVAC- Universal Automatic Computer

URL- Uniform Resource Locator

UV– Ultraviolet

VAN- Value-Added Network

VGA– Video graphics array

VPN– Virtual Private Network

WAP- Wireless Application Protocol

WAN– Wide Area Network

WI-FI– Wireless Fidelity

WIFM– What’s in It For Me

WWAN– Wireless Wide Area Network

WWW– World Wide Web

W8- Wait

WRT- With Respect To

WTG- Way To Go

XHTML– Extensible Hypertext Markup Language

YAHOO– Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle

Y– Why?

YP- Yellow Pages

ZB- Zettabyte

I hope next time you encounter any of these acronyms, you will know their meaning. There are many more acronyms that are used around the globe. Some of which, are specific to certain geographic locations. The above is a comprehensive list of commonly used acronyms for enhancing readers ‘knowledge.

 

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