Internet slang has become an essential part of people’s everyday life. New terms originate from various sources, including chat rooms, email, mobile phone text messaging, social networks and others.
The 9th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices has come out with 900 new definitions from various areas and fields, including 25 well-known Internet slang terms that have been now “officially” recognised.
Among these terms are the following:
AFAIK: as far as I know.
AFAIR: as far as I remember.
AFK: away from the keyboard.
BF: boyfriend, best friend.
BFF: best friend forever.
BFN: bye for now.
BRB: be right back.
DD: darling daughter.
DW: darling wife; don’t worry.
HTH: hope this helps.
IDK: I don’t know.
IMHO: in my (humble) opinion.
IYKWIM: if you know what I mean.
MYOB: mind your own business.
NSFW: not safe (or suitable) for work.
OH: other half (a person’s wife, husband or partner).
OMG: oh my God (used to express surprise, excitement, etc.).
ROFL: roll(ing) on the floor laughing (used to show that you find something extremely funny).
TBH: to be honest.
TMI: too much information (used to say that somebody has given some personal information that is embarassing).
TTFN: ta-ta for now (to say goodbye to somebody).
TTYL: talk to you later (used when ending a message to somebody or a conversation).
YMMV: your mileage may vary (used to say that people may experience a particular thing in different ways).
YOLO (often written as #YOLO): you only live once (used especially on the Internet to say that people should take every opportunity to enjoy life, or to excuse something stupid that you have done).