These days I figured out (TIL) there’s an 83-web page FBI “guide” to web slang loaded with abbreviations entered possibly by a total troll or another person totally clueless, as just lately reported by Enter. And yes, TIL is actually included in the tutorial, but so are countless numbers of other abbreviations that I’m certain anyone just designed up. Because no a single basically employs BTDTGTTSAWIO (been there, finished that, obtained the T-shirt and wore it out) …correct?
As Input factors out, the FBI’s tutorial was made obtainable by a 2014 Independence of Facts Act (FOIA) ask for. If you decide to check it out, you really should know it is in really crappy excellent, but it’s however readable for the most aspect. The Verge truly noted on this back again when it was initially introduced it has not been rehashed in a even though (and it’s the very first I have read of it). Nearly 10 yrs later, it’s continue to just as funny.
“With the introduction of Twitter and other social media venues on the Internet, the use of shorthand and acronyms has exploded,” the information explains. “The DI’s Intelligence Investigation Assistance Unit (IRSU) has place jointly an considerable — but much from exhaustive — list of shorthand and acronyms used in Twitter and other social media venues these as prompt messengers, Facebook and MySpace.”
It claims it has about 2,800 various examples of slang, which it suggests “you need to find practical in your perform or for preserving up with your children and/or grandchildren.” The guideline also encourages agents to incorporate much more terms to the record (and then describes how), which form of tends to make me speculate if there was any type of acceptance approach for more entries.
Below are some of the most weird types I discovered:
- 420: Medicines
- BTWITIAILWU: By the way, I believe I am in like with you
- DITYID: Did I tell you I’m frustrated?
- DBI: Douche bag index
- MAP: Guy-alien-predator
- MSR: Mulder Scully Romance
- NAK: Nursing at keyboard
- PIMPL: Pee in my trousers laughing
- PMT: Pre-menstrual rigidity
- SF: Surfer-helpful (very low graphics website)
- TBM: Tactical boyfriend point out
Some of the phrases incorporated aren’t even web slang they are just straight-up abbreviations that individuals use in their occupations, like DNR (do not resuscitate), DNS (area name service, and HSPDA (higher speed packet knowledge entry). Other people are just total misinterpretations, such as “LUL,” which seemingly means “lame unpleasant laugh,” and “LOLOL,” interpreted as “lots of laughing out loud.” If a more modern manual exists, I’d like to see how matters have modified — and if the agents have any thought how to recognize moderation filter-bypassing “algospeak.”
In any scenario, even though, I have discovered some abbreviations I might want to commence utilizing, like IAMA (I am mildly amused) and probably even LIMB (laughing in my brain).