12 Internet Acronyms for TEFL/ESL Students of All Levels


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EOM: end of message
“We’re leaving, EOM.”

WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get
“I’m not dressing up, WYSIWYG.”

AFC or AFK: away from computer or away from keyboard
“Sorry I didn’t reply right away, I was AFK while I made a sandwich.”

AGKWE: and God knows what else
“After that party, we’re out of pop AGKWE.”

AIMB: as I mentioned before
“AIMB, all of my chickens got loose.”

BION: believe it or not
“Olive oil is actually so healthy that some say you should have a spoonful a day, BION.”

CMIW: correct me if I’m wrong
“CMIW, but did you just drive past us?”

IRL: in real life
“IRL, zombies don’t exist. Probably.”

IYKWIM: if you know what I mean
“There’s nothing like a blueberry pie, IYKWIM.”

NUFF: enough said
“Don’t mess around with an angry badger. NUFF.”

BRB: be right back

“Hold on! BRB”

ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing

“Have you seen recent xkcd? ROFL!”

“Gamer” Acronyms
Multi-player internet games have spawned their own acronyms, some blending into “internet speak” and cell phone text messages. Here are a few and where they came from:

OMW: on my way. Gamers able to type back and forth to each other often arrange to meet up in a certain location, and this is easier/quicker to type, especially if a buddy needs some help.

BRT: be right there. A little less common, but basically the same as OMW.

GTG: got to go. Either the player is leaving the group he is playing with or he is “logging out” (turning off the game). This is handy as it can be used on cell phones, such as “I’ve GTG to the store after work”, or “Nice chatting, but I’ve GTG”.

 

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