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Newsgroup users, have like all new endeavors, have developed sort of a shorthand for expressions all its own.  This  shorthand includes abbreviations, slang, and smileys, or emotoicons.  This page is to give you a list to help in deciphering some of the more common ones.
As you might expect some of the expressions are crude.  Please accept them for what they are.  A part of the world that we have little control over.

 Abbrevaition Glossary
Slang Glossary
Smiley Glossary


     AAMOF     as a matter of fact

     AFAIC     as far as I'm concerned

     AFAIK     as far as I know

     AISI     as I see it

     AKA     also known as

     ANFSCD     And now for something completely different...

     ASAP     as soon as possible

     AWGTHTGTATA     Are we going to have to go through all this again?

     AWGTHTGTTA     Are we going to have to go through this again?

     AYOR     at your own risc

     BFN     bye for now

     BOT     back on topic

     BTAIM     be that as it may

     BTHOM     Beats the hell outta me!

     BTSOOM     Beats the shit out of me!

     BTW     by the way

     BTWBO     Be there with bells on.

     CUA     commonly used acronym(s) OR common user access

     DILLIGAD     Do I look like I give a darn?!

     DILLIGAF     Do I look like I give a fuck!

     DNPM     darn near pissed myself

     FAFWOA     for a friend without access

     (Blush-blush really dumb question coming up)

     FITB     Fill in the blank.

     FTASB     faster than a speeding bullet

     FTL     faster than light

     FU     fucked up

     FUBAR     fucked up beyond all recognition

     FUBB     fouled up beyond belief

     FUD     (spreading) fear, uncertainty, and disinformation

     FWIW     for what it's worth

     FYI     for your information

     GAFIA     get away from it all (SF-CON expression originall)

     GFAK     go fly a kite

     GIGO     garbage in, garbage out

     GIWIST     Gee, I wish I'd said that.

     GR&D     grinning, running & ducking

     HAK     hugs and kisses

     HTH     hope this helps

     HMT     Here`s my turn

     IAE     in any event

     IANAL     I am not a lawyer (also IANAxxx, such as IANACPA)

     IBTD     I beg to differ.

     IIRC     If I recall correctly

     IITYWIMWYBMAD     If I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink?

     IITYWTMWYKM     If I tell you what this means will you kiss me?

     IIWM     if it were me (mine)

     ILSHIBAMF     I laughed so hard I broke all my furniture!

     IMCAO     in my completely arrogant opinion (Use for attracting flames!)

     IMCO     in my considered opinion

     IMHO     in my humble opinion

     IMNSHO     in my not so humble opinion

     IMO     in my opinion

     INPO     in no particular order

     IOW     in other words

     KISS     keep it simple, stupid

     LLTA     Lots and lots of thunderous applause!

     LOL     lots of luck or laughing out loud

     LTIP     laughing til' I puke

     MHOTY     my hat's off to you

     MTFBWY     May the force be with you!

     MYOB     Mind your own business!

     NFI     no friggin' idea

     NFW     no fucking way

     NIMBY     not in my back yard

     NRN     no reply necessary

     NTTAWWT     not that there's anything wrong with that

     OATUS     on a totally unrelated subject

     OAUS     on an unrelated subject

     OBTW     oh, by the way

     OIC     Oh, I see!

     ONNA     Oh no, not again!

     ONNTA     Oh no, not this again!

     OOTB     out of the box (brand new)

     OOTC     obligatory on-topic comment

     OTOH     on the other hand

     OTTH     on the third hand

     OTTOMH     off the top of my head

     OWTTE     or words to that effect

     PITA     pain in the ass

     PMFJI     pardon me for jumping in

     PMIGBOM     Put mind in gear, before opening mouth!

     RAEBNC     Read and enjoyed, but no comment.

     RAW     Rules as written

     ROTFL     roll(ing) on the floor laughing (also, ROF,L; ROFL)

     ROTFLAHMS     and holding my sides

     ROTFLBTC     biting the carpet

     ROTFLBTCUTS      unable to stop

     ROTFLGO     guts out

     ROTFLMAO     laughing my ass off

     ROTFLSTC     scaring the cat

     ROTFLTC     licking the glue

     RSN     real soon now (which may be a long time coming)

     RTFM     read the fucking manual

     SCNR     Sorry, couldn`t resist.

     SICS     sitting in chair snickering

     SIMCA     sitting in my chair amused

     (for something not quite as funny as to deserve ROTFL)

     SITD     still in the dark

     SNAFU     situation normal, all fucked up

     SWAG     scientific wild ass guess

     TANJ     there ain't no justice

     TANSTAAFL     there ain't no such thing as a free lunch

     TARFU     things are really fouled up

     TGAL     think globally, act locally

     TIA     thanks in advance

     TIC     tongue in cheek

     TINWIS     that is not what I said

     TLA     three-letter acronym (such as this)

     TRDMC     tears running down my cheeks

     TTBOMK     to the best of my knowledge

     TTFN     ta ta for now

     TTYL     talk to you later

     TYCLO     Turn your CAPS LOCK off. (Quit shouting.)

     TYVM     thank you very much

     WAG     wild ass guess

     WDYMBT     What do you mean by that?

     WGAS     Who gives a shit?

     WIBAMU     Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle

     WMMOWS     Wash my mouth out with soap!

     WNOHGB     where no one has gone before

     WT     without thinking

     WTH     what the hell

     WTTM     without thinking too much

     YAOTM     yet another off-topic message

     YMMV     your mileage may vary

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  Slang glossary

      an          AND

     em          THEM

     fite        FIGHT

     fiter       FIGHTER

     fitin       FIGHTING

     itll        IT WILL

     k           OK

     ne          ANY

     nother      ANOTHER

     nt          NET

     rely        RELAY

     rite        RIGHT

     saz         SAYS

     suk         SUCK

     sux         SUCKS

     teh         THE

     thou        THOUGH

     thr         THERE

     thru        THROUGH

     tu          TOO

     u           YOU

     ull         YOU`LL

     ur          YOUR

     verses      VERSUS

     werent      WEREN`T

     It`s also normal to remove the g from words like nothing and something.

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  Smiley glossary

       :o}  :o})   :o}D handlebar mustache   Contributed by Dave Naess

     8-) Uses Glasses

     o c 8 Nerd

     (c: I´m pretty

     =o) Hi!

     :-o Wow!

     :-c Real unhappy

     :-| Grim

     :-C Just totally unbelieving

     := | Baboon

     :-B Drooling

     :-v Speaking

     :-, Smirk

     :-V Shout

     :-|| Anger

     :-w Speak with forked tongue

     :-) Smiling

     :-r Sticking tongue out

     :-( Frowning

     :-* Oops!

     '-) Win

     :-T Keeping a straight face

     ;-) Sardonic Incredulity

     :-D Said with a smile

     %-<I> Drunk with laughter

     :-x Kiss kiss

     :-" Pursing lips

     :-[ Pouting

     :-# My lips are sealed

     :-X A big wet kiss!

     :-P Tongue hanging out in anticipation

     :-Y A quiet aside

     8-| Eyes wide with surprise

     >-< Absolutely livid!!

     &-/ Tearful

     |-{ Good Grief!" (Charlie Brown?)

     :-} Thish wine tashted pretty good"

     8-] wow, maaan"

     8-O Omigod!!" (done after "rm -rf *" ?)

     :-, Hmmmm."

     |~( Someone just busted my nose".

     :^D Great! I like it!"

     B-D Serves you right, dummy!!"

     :-) Your basic smiley. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection over newsgroups.

     ;-) Winky smiley. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark. More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smiley.

     :-( Frowning smiley. User did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something.

     :-I Indifferent smiley. Better than a Frowning smilie but not quite as good as a happy smiley

     :-> User just made a really biting sarcastic remark. Worse than a :-).

     >:-> User just made a really devilish remark.

     >;-> Winky and devil combined. A very lewd remark was just made.

     (-: User is left handed

     %-) User has been staring at a green screen for 15 hours straight.

     :*) User is drunk

     [:] User is a robot

     8-) User is wearing sunglasses

     B:-) Sunglasses on head

     ::-) User wears normal glasses

     B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses

     8:-) User is a little girl

     :-)-8 User is a Big girl

    (-_-) Tired

     :-{) User has a mustache

     :-{} User wears lipstick

     {:-) User wears a toupee

     }:-( Toupee in an updraft

     :-[ User is a Vampire

     :-E Bucktoothed vampire

     :-F Bucktoothed vampire with one tooth missing

     :-7 User just made a wry statement

     :-* User just ate something sour

     ;-( User is crying

     ;-) User is so happy, s/he is crying

     :-@ User is screaming

     :-# User wears braces

     :^) User has a broken nose

    v :<) User is from an Ivy League School

     :-& User is tongue tied.

     +-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office

     `:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning

     ,:-) Same thing...other side

     |-I User is asleep

     |-O User is yawning/snoring

     :-Q User is a smoker

     :-? User smokes a pipe

     O-) Megaton Man On Patrol! (or else, user is a scuba diver)

     O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)

     :-P Nyahhhh!

     :-S User just made an incoherent statement

     :-D User is laughing (at you!)

     :-X User's lips are sealed

     :-C User is really bummed

     <|-) User is Chinese

     <|-( User is Chinese and doesn't like these kind of jokes

     :-/ User is skeptical

     C=:-) User is a chef

     @= User is pro-nuclear war

     *<:-) User is wearing a Santa Claus Hat

     :-o Uh oh!

     (8-o It's Mr. Bill!

     *:o) And Bozo the Clown!

     3:] Pet smiley

     3:[ Mean Pet smiley

     d8= Your pet beaver is wearing goggles and a hard hat.

     E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator

     :-9 User is licking his/her lips

     %-6 User is braindead

     [:-) User is wearing a walkman

     (:I User is an egghead

     <:-I User is a dunce

     K:P User is a little kid with a propeller beenie

     @:-) User is wearing a turban

     :-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)

     :-: Mutant Smiley

     The invisible smiley

     .-) User only has one eye

     ,-) Ditto...but he's winking

     X-( User just died

     %\v Picasso

     C=}>;*{O) Mega-Smiley... A drunk, devilish chap with a toupee in an updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

     Note: A lot of these can be typed without noses to make midget smileys.

     :] - Gleep...a friendly midget smiley who will gladly be your friend

     :) - Happy

     :> - hmm, let me think...

     :D - Laughter

     :I - Hmmm, not funny!

     :( - Sad

     :[ - Real Downer

     :< - what pretences!

     :{ - oh boy, the headmaster!...

     :O - Yelling

     ;( - Crying

     [] - Hugs and

     :* - Kisses

     :-` smiley spitting out its chewing tobacco

     :-1 smiley bland face

     :-! "

     :-$ smiley face with it's mouth wired shut

     :-6 smiley after eating something sour

     8-) smiley swimmer

     :-* smiley after eating something bitter

     :-& smiley which is tongue-tied

     :-0 smiley orator

     (:-( unsmiley frowning

     =:-) smiley punk-rocker

     =:-( (real punk rockers don't smile)

     +-:-) smiley priest

     :-o smiley singing national anthem

     :-p smiley sticking its tongue out (at you!)

     :-[ un-smiley blockhead

     :-] smiley blockhead

     :-{ smiley variation on a theme

     :-} ditto

     {:-) smiley with its hair parted in the middle

     }:-) above in an updraft

     g-) smiley with pince-nez glasses

     :-\ undecided smiley

     :-/ lefty undecided smiley

     :-| "have an ordinary day" smiley

     ;-) winking smiley

     :-< real sad smiley

     :-x my lips are sealed" smiley

     :-c bummed out smiley

     :-v talking head smiley

     :-? smilely smoking a pipe

     0-) smiley cyclops (scuba diver?)

     :< midget unsmiley

     :> midget smiley

     :-) ha ha

     ~~:-( net.flame

     |-) hee hee

     |-D ho ho

     :-> hey hey

     :-( boo hoo

     X-( net.suicide

     :-I hmm

     :-O uh oh

     >:-I net.startrek

     :-P nyah nyah

     3:o[ net.pets

     |-P yuk



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