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August 31, 2007 / lazybug

The New Internet Shorthand

I regularly read the blog of David Pogue, a tech reviewer on the New York Times. He comes up with some interesting observations about the technology around us, although most of it revolves around the USA, understandably so.

In his latest post, Pogue presents the new set of Internet shorthand or acronyms–on the lines of the now regular lol, AFAIK, IMHO–that he feels will be used in the near future while the older ones will be shunned. Though, again, most of them cover things “American”, some are interesting:

GI — Google it

GGNUDP — gotta go, no unlimited data plan

SML — send me the link

RHB — read his/her blog

KYST — knew you’d say that

WDO? — what are you doing online?

DYMK? — does your mother know?

Personally I never liked using LOL, I am quite sure no one really laughs out loud when they say that. But the others like BRB (be right back), TTYL (talk to you later), AFAIK (As Far As I know), are quite useful and help in reducing time spent on typing them out. For those who are not aware of the full list of Internet shorthand, here is the list.

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  1. Ottayan / Sep 2 2007 2:44 pm

    I am also quiet averse to using LOL.
    The only abbreviation I use is BTW.

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