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July 11, 2010
5:49 AM
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Saw this on Mashable and thought it was interesting about what some of these acronyms stood for before the internet and texting took over.

July 11, 2010
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Karen: Is this what you're talking about?

http://mashable.com/2010/07/10/internet-slang-acronyms/

If so, it's pretty amusing.

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July 11, 2010
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Very funny… it's interesting how physician used LOLFDGB and LOLINAD… it's hilarious.

 

…and other things like IDK which stands for I don't know, is actually Ident-a-Kid! Never knew…

 

Then ROFL, I mean who invented ROFL anyways? But ROFL is actually one of the “clans” in a video game. Quite interesting.

 

One thing that's a bit puzzling is “lmao”. What's the history behind that anyways?

July 11, 2010
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I love acronyms, one of my fav areas being those used by nurses and ambulance officers (and presumably med students & doctors). Acronyms like PFO (pissed [drunk] and fell over), FOSIA (foreign object stuck in a**) and AFUNDY (absolutely f***ed, unfortunately not dead yet) always make me smirkCool.

 “One thing that's a bit puzzling is “lmao”. What's the history behind that anyways?” 

Terms like LMAO, PMSL, ROFLMAO, are just more emphatic recognition of laughter (laughing my a** off, pissed myself laughing). LOL became so overused and has become more like a polite smile in recognition of humour or light-heartedness, so the more descriptive terms are used to show real laughter or that something is genuinely funny.

 

I think the article referred to was a bit underwhelming – I got the impression they are unaware how far back they were being used in bulletin boards before the web really took off. Many (most?) acronyms have more than one meaning and are contextual anyway. They are usually used by people in the same way as jargon generally, that is partially as shorthand but often more importantly to include/exclude people from a group – a quick way to tell the 1337 from the n00b5 Wink

July 11, 2010
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WobblyWombat said:

I love acronyms, one of my fav areas being those used by nurses and ambulance officers (and presumably med students & doctors). Acronyms like PFO (pissed [drunk] and fell over), FOSIA (foreign object stuck in a**) and AFUNDY (absolutely f***ed, unfortunately not dead yet) always make me smirkCool.


 

I laughed when I joined the fire department here and found out one of the acronyms our department uses: DRT. It's not as good a PFO or the other two you mentioned, but still it's accurate. DRT = Dead Right There.

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July 12, 2010
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Wheezer said:

Karen: Is this what you're talking about?

http://mashable.com/2010/07/10/internet-slang-acronyms/

If so, it's pretty amusing.


Thanks!

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Wheezer said:

Karen: Is this what you're talking about?

http://mashable.com/2010/07/10…..-acronyms/

If so, it's pretty amusing.


 

Who uses “bc”? Never seen that one before Surprised.

July 13, 2010
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Ashraf said:

Who uses “bc”? Never seen that one before Surprised.


 

IDK, I've heard bc before.  Maybe it's bc I go to ICHC???

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