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Dynamic Chiropractic – May 8, 1995, Vol. 13, Issue 10

E-Mail Acronyms

By Editorial Staff
E-mail has brought us not only quicker and painless communication, but also a shorthand for keystrokes. Talk about impatience. For those who find that typing out certain common phrases is needlessly slow, here is a list from The Elements of E-mail Style, an Internet bible of sorts. Makes one wonder what the meaning of literacy may be in the future: someone who can string together a group of acronyms? FYA & FWIW, CUL.*

ACRONYM EXPRESSION
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BRB Be right back
BTW By the way
CUL See you later
F2F Face to face
FWIW For what it's worth
FYA For your amusement
FYI For your information
GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running
GMTA Great minds think alike
HHOK Ha, ha, only kidding
IMHO In my humble opinion
IOW In other words
LOL Laughing out loud
OBTW Oh, by the way
OIC Oh, I see
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
SO Significant other
TIA Thanks in advance
TTFN Ta-ta for now
WB Welcome back
WRT With respect to
WTG Way to go

  • Some acronyms hold potential misunderstanding or unintended humor in non-English languages. CUL, for example, in French is a curt term for one's posterior.

*The Elements of E-mail Style. David Angell, Brent Heslop. Aaddison-Wesley Publishing Company. July, 1994.

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