BOHICA… bend over here it comes again!

Supplementing the previous post dedicated to 1337 5p3@k, I would also like to write this one.
Its about abbreviations and acronyms!

So, the following list shows the “frequently used” ones, commonly found on forums, IRC channels and other websites alike.


AFAICR: as far as I can recall
AFAICT: as far as I can tell
AFAIK: as far as I know
AFAIR: as far as I recall
AFK: away from keyboard
AIUI: as I understand it
AKA: also known as
ASAP: as soon as possible
AWOL: absent without official leave
AYBABTU: all your base are belong to us
BBL: [I’ll] be back later
BBS: be back soon
BBT: be back tomorrow
BFD: big fucking deal
BIAB: back in a bit
BIAF: back in a few
BIALW: back in a little while
BIAS: back in a second
BIAW: back in a while
BOFH: bastard operator from hell
BOHICA: bend over here it comes again
BRB: [I’ll] be right back
BTDT: been there, done that
BTTH: butt to the head
BTW: by the way
CMIIW: correct me if I’m wrong
CNP: continued [in my] next post
CYA: see you around
DNDK: don’t know, don’t care
DTRT: do the right thing
DTWT: do the wrong thing
DWIM: do what I mean
EG: evil grin
EMSG: email message
ETLA: extended three letter acronym
EWAG: experienced wild-ass guess
FAQ: frequently asked question
FIIK: fuck [ed] if I know
FIIR: fuck [ed] if I remember
FOAD: fall over and die
FSDO: for some definition of
FSVO: for some value of
FUBAR: fucked up beyond all recognition (or any repair)
FUD: fear,uncertainty and doubt
FWIW: for what it’s worth
FYI: for your information
G: grin
GFAD: go fuck a duck
GMTA: great minds think alike
HAND: have a nice day
HHIS: hanging head in shame
HTH: hope this helps
IANAL: I am not a lawyer
IHAFC: I haven’t a fucking clue
IHNFC: I have no fucking clue
IIANM: if I am not mistaken
IIRC: if I recall correctly
IMCO: in my considered opinion
IMHO: in my humble opinion
IMNSHO: in my not so humble opinion
IMO: in my opinion
IOW: in other words
IRL: in real life
ISTM: it seems to me
ISTR: I seem to recall
ITYM: I think you mean
JIC: just in case
JK: just kidding
JMO: just my opinion
JTLYK: just to let you know
KISS: keep it simple, stupid (or sane, straightforward)
KITA: kick in the ass
KNF: kernel normal form
L8R: later
LART: luser attitude readjustment tool (ie, hammer)
LJBF: let’s just be friends
LMSO: laughing my socks off
LOL: laughing out loud
LTNS: long time no see
MOTAS: member of the appropriate sex
MOTOS: member of the opposite sex
MOTSS: member of the same sex
MTF: more to follow
MYOB: mind your own business
NBD: no big deal
NFC: no fucking clue
NFI: no fucking idea
NFW: no fucking way
NIH: not invented here
NP: no problem
NRFPT: not ready for prime time
NRN: no reply necessary
OIC: oh, I see
OTL: out to lunch
OTOH: on the other hand
OTTOMH: off the top of my head
PFY: pimply faced youth
PITA: pain in the ass
PNG: persona non grata
POC: point of contact
POLA: principle of least astonishment
PPL: pretty please
QED: quod erat demonstrandum
RFC: request for comments
RL: real life
RLC: rod length check
ROTFL: rolling on the floor laughing
RP: responsible person
RSN: real soon now
RTFB: read the fine / fucking book
RTFM: read the fine / fucking manual
RTFMP: read the fine / fucking man page
RTFS: read the fine / fucking source
SCNR: sorry, could not resist
SEP: someone else’s problem
SFA: sweet fuck all
SHID: slaps head in disgust
SMLSFB: so many losers, so few bullets
SMOP: simple matter of programming
SNAFU: situation normal, all fucked up
SNERT: snot-nosed egotistical rude teenager
SO: significant other
SOB: son of [a] bitch
SOL: shit out [of] luck
STFU: shut the fuck up!
SUS: stupid user syndrome
SWAG: silly, wild-assed guess
SWAHBI: silly, wild-assed hare-brained idea
TANSTAAFL: there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch
TBD: to be {decided, determined, done}
TIA: thanks in advance
TLA: three letter acronym
TMA: too many abbreviations
TMI: too much information
TTFN: ta ta for now
TTYL: talk to you later
TYVM: thank you very much
UTSL: use the source, Luke
VEG: very evil grin
WAG: wild-ass guess
WIBNI: wouldn’t it be nice if
WOFTAM: waste of fucking time and money
WOMBAT: waste of money, brain, and time
WTF: {what, where, who, why} the fuck
WTH: {what, where, who, why} the hell
WYSIWYG: what you see is what you get
YKWIM: you know what I mean
YMMV: your mileage may vary

Off course it’s worth mentioning some acronyms are also used in the Linux/Unix world such as:

WINE: Wine Is Not Emulator
GNU: GNU is Not Unix
UNIX: Uniplexed Information and Computing System (It sounds so oldie!)

Have fun with acronyms! Oh and BTW! A great acronym finder website can be found here.

l337 5p34k <– – Leet speak

What on earth is leet? When did it started? Where did it originate? Why was it used and sometimes still does?

r u leet?

Browsing through the world’s websites it is certain that you ‘ll encounter, especially in chat rooms, forums and on-line games, some words that would make any graduate of English Literature to rip apart his certificates! What the hell do words like “pr0n”, “n00b”, h4x or “m4d sk1llz” mean and in what language exactly? All these years of studying are gone, wasted!

No, no, no, don’t worry. I am just talking about a new online format of the English language (?) called leet and it can be found in many websites.

When and most importantly… why?

Some long, long time ago (not when man lived in caves, just recently) in the late ’70s and mid-early 90s, there was the BBS (Bulletin Board System, also know as Usenet). BBS was computer networks that allowed users to connect via landline and  download-upload files, news, programs, etc., one of the first forms of the Web as we know it. The more someone used the system, the more his status quo increased and with more access to all available records, obtaining the so-called Elite Status. You can imagine at that time, files exceeding certain “limits” of legality were not accessible to everyone: porn, cr@ck3|) software, instructions for making viruses, drugs, explosives, and… my goodness… noone knows what else beyond this. These things were not always tolerated by sysops (short for System Operators, owners of BBS), who scans with special software all the files and conversations searching for keywords of illegal activities. In addition, users of the primitive internet feared that they were being watched by government authorities, ready to put the behind vertical iron bars on their every false step. Solution was found by those who belonged to the elite and it was the encoding of words in a way that could not be understood the program stalker. Symbols replacing letters and letter reordering came into place: scanners do not understand that “pr0n” means “porn”, but the elite user has already got the point. The logic of the elite, leet or 1337 is to replace letters with similar symbols, naturally found on the keyboard. Number “1” is very similar to the “L”, the “@” involves “a”, Number “5” is a bit similar to “S”. Which letters will be changed and how much is not always made in the same manner (“a” can be “@”, “4”, “^” or whateverwhat else one can think of). We could say, somewhat arbitrarily, that there is “hardcore” and “light” 1337: In the first form all letters are replaced by symbols, while in the second just a few.

Changes were in accordance with the phonetic pronunciation of the words: “You” becomes “j00” or “u”, “later” becomes “18r” (L + eight + r), the “fear” to “ph3 @ r”. In 1337, all sorts of expressions and words of on-line and colloquial slang were added, eg “Warez” (pirated software), “w00t” (like yeah), “sploitz” (as exploit, security holes that the hackers exploit – or “h4ck3rz” to be precise), “N00b” (from “newbie”, a novice with the militaristic term, especially in games), the suffix “z” instead of “s” (rulez!).


Lol… be careful this guy ^^ knows everything!


Nowadays the buzz in the millions (if not billions) of IRC channels, forums, blogs, facebook, twitter (the list goes on forever) “whispers” of illegal discussions litterally disappear. Today,  1337 is primarily used as a demonstration of a “deep knowledge” of the subculture in a user’s perspective. Its a different thing to play an online game as “mad killer” and another as “[V]@[) k!113r”! – “Wow, I think this guy has been playing the game for ten years, not less!” Some people off course may over do it, as it could lead to the opposite, in a such unreadable text, so hard to read even from the experienced, while in the same time, on the other side of the network, a 15 year old boy is trying to do the show.

leet vs noob

Therefore, be aware and remember: 1337 r0x0rz j00r b0x0rz!



A: /\
B: |3 , 8
C: (
D: |) , [)
E: 3 , <-
F: |[ , |=
G: 6
H: |{ , [-] , {-}
I: | , !
J: _|
K: |<
L: |_
M: |V| , ^^ , [V]
N: |\|
O: 0 , ()
P: |0 , |*
Q: 0,
R: |) , |2
S: 5 , $
T: 7 , +
U: |_| , (_)
V: \/
W: \|/ ,  \/\/
X: ><
Y: `/ , \-/
Z: “/_

1337 LIGHT

A: 4, @
B: 8
C: (
D: D
E: 3
F: F
G: 6
H: H
I: 1 , !
J: J
K: K
M: M
N: N
O: 0
P: P
Q: Q
R: R
S: 5
T: 7
U: U
V: V
W: W
X: X
Y: Y
Z: 2

For those looking for an on-line converter I have found this excellent web page, which supports english and german, with both advanced and light layouts, customizations and many available charsets, including braille!

Follow the link here. Robert Ecker’s homepage also has some other interesting tools!