Internet acronyms


It seems we are so entrenched in internet vernacular, that we may have no idea that the slang, the abbreviations we all use in such a cavalier way actually have some history behind them. Here are five such cases. Just something to chew on.

Netizens have had us “Laughing Out Loud” for awhile now. But did you know in lieu of medical terminology, doctors use short hands. LOL used to mean “Little Old Lady.” And LOLFDGB stood for “Little Old Lady Fall Down Go Boom.” Yes, she’s fallen and she can’t get up.

“Be Right Back.” It’s a polite abbreviation letting someone know you’re taking a brief vacation from your keyboard. But traditionally BRB stands for Big Red Button. As in detonation, self-destruction, emergency shut-down, or ejection switch. And the one true rule for the BRB? “Do not press.”

Of course. You know this means “I Don’t Know,” But there was a day it stood for something quite different. You might remember, there was a day when everyone used to take their kids to Wal-Mart to get them fingerprinted. It was called the I-Dent-A-Kid (IDK) program and it was the largest child-identification program in the United States.

Okay, this one is obviously “Oh My God.” Or “Gawd” depending on your religious predilections. But even today, law enforcement officers use OMG to refer to “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.” They’re such a threat that organizations such as the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association (IOMGIA) exist purely to train law enforcement officers on dealing with these biker gangs.

Short for “By The Way” you may well know. But BTW is also an acronym for British Traditional Wicca. Yes, the branches of the Neo-Pagan religion Wicca that have origins in the New Forest area of England.

So. There you go. A little lighter topic this week, but we hope you enjoyed it just the same.

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