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Smiley's, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
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    Smiley's, Acronyms, and Abbreviations

    I'm sure you are familiar with smiley's. You definitely know what acronyms and abbreviations are. But, do you know the many different variations of smileys, acronyms, abbreviations, and their meanings? This issue were gonna go over that whole other form of language that Web culture has become accustomed to.


    Since you usually cannot see the person with whom you are communicating with, you usually cannot be sure if they are joking or serious when you read a particular comment. (Well you can, but that would require additional equipment and software on both ends.) This is where smiley's come in. Smiley's (also called "emoticons" - a cross between emotions and icons) can be used to add emotion to an otherwise plan text message. Here are some of the many variations of smiley. (To view, tilt your head sideways to the left)

    :-) or :)          The classic Smiley
    ;-)                 Winking
    :-( or :(         Sad
    :-o                Shock or Surprise
    :-O              Yelling or Shouting
    :-)~               Drooling
    :-?                Speechless
    :-\                 Mad
    :'(                 Crying
    :->                Devilish Smile
    :-/ or <g>     Grinning :-D Laughing
    :-[                 Bummer
    :-x                Keep Your Mouth Shut
    :-X              Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
                       Invisible Smiley

    Be creative and you can come up with your own smiley's using your keyboard. Here are a few of my personal creations, although I'm sure they have probably existed elsewhere before.

    :^)                Happy Profile
    ;^)                Happy Profile Wink
    8-{              Goggles & Mustache
    :-{~             Lowrider
    <:o)             Clown
    @:-)            Genie
    @)-',-->--',-->-- Cyber Roses



    Acronyms and abbreviation are used to shorten a phrase to two or more letters to save time and space when writing a message.

    For example, typing: "btw, imho"

    is a lot shorter than typing: "by the way, in my humble opinion"

    There are many, many different combinations of acronyms or abbreviations. You may have come across some that you didn't quite understand what they meant. Well, here is a list of the most commonly used acronyms & abbreviations on the Net.

    • 2L8 - Too Late
    • AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact
    • AFAIK - As Far As I Know
    • B4N - Bye For Now
    • BCOT - Be Careful Out There
    • BTW - By The Way
    • CMIIW - Correct Me If I'm Wrong
    • CUL - See You Later
    • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    • FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
    • FWIW - For What It's Worth
    • FYI - For Your Information
    • HTH - Hope This Helps
    • IAC - In Any Case
    • IDM2M - It Doesn't Matter To Me
    • IKWUM - I Know What You Mean
    • IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
    • IMO - In My Opinion
    • IRL - In Real Life
    • IOW - In Other Words
    • J4L - Just For Laughs
    • J4F - Just For Fun
    • KWIM - Know What I Mean
    • L8R - Later
    • LMAO - Laughing My A** Off
    • LOL - Laughing Out Loud
    • MOTOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex
    • MOTSS - Member Of The Same Sex.
    • NN2R - No Need To Reply
    • OTOH - On The Other Hand
    • OIC - Oh I See
    • ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
    • RTFM - Read The F#*&!@ Manual.
    • SIG - Special Interest Groups OR Signature
    • T2UL - Talk To You Later
    • TIA - Thanks In Advance
    • TNX - Thanks
    • TAFN - That's All For Now
    • TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
    • WDYT - What Do You Think
    • WRT - With Respect To

    Keep in mind that it is considered bad netiquette to type ALL IN CAPS, but it is o.k. to use ALL CAPS when using acronyms & abbreviations. All caps represent SHOUTING and can be rude when used in a regular message.

    Copyright 1999 - Ruben Flores - All Rights Reserved

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