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Jargon and Abbreviations on the Internet

Jargon and terms used for talking about the internet

Acronyms often used in chatrooms and newsgroups

Emoticons or smileys

Jargon and terms used for talking about the internet:

ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line - fast way of moving data through phone lines

attachment - file send attached to an email

browser - program for looking at web pages

bounce - when an email is returned undeliverable

bookmarks - web pages you have bookmarked so that you can go back to them quickly (also called favorites)

cookie - small file sent to your computer by a website - useful for remembering you when you go back to the site

domain name - a unique name a web site has, like

download - import a file from the internet to your computer

email - electronic mail - messages posted via the internet

FAQ - frequently asked questions

favorites - web pages you have bookmarked so that you can go back to them quickly (also called bookmarks)

firewall - software that forms a security screen to protect your computer

flame - abusive message

FTP - file transfer protocol - method of transferring files via the internet

gif - graphic interface format - type of image file

home page - (1) the web page that your browser always starts with - or (2) the first page you normally arrive at on a web site

HTML - hyper text mark-up language - code used for writing web pages

http:// hyper text transfer protocol - method of transfering files on the internet - the way web pages reach your browser

Internet - global network made up of thousands of smaller networks of computers

IRC - internet relay chat - on-line chat rooms

ISP - internet service provider

jpeg - joint photographic experts group - file type used for photographs

link - text or image you can click to go to another web page

login name - name used when you sign in to a restricted access website

lurker - person who reads messages in newsgroups without posting any

MIDI - a digitised music file

modem - device that links a computer to a telephone line (modulator, demodulator)

MP3 - a compressed recorded music file

netiquette - code of good manners used on the internet

network - computers and other devices connected together so that data can be passed between them

newsgroups - world-wide discussion groups - also called usenet

on-line - connected to the internet

off-line - not connected to the internet

password - secret word or numbers used with your login name to enter a restricted website

plug-in - small program added to a larger program to give it an extra function

POP3 - post office protocol - method used by an email program to receive emails

search engine - on-line program to help you find web pages

server - computer that performs functions for other computers connected to it

SMTP - simple mail transfer protocol - method of transfering emails

spam - junk advertising email - often sent out in large quantities

URL - uniform resource locator - a website address, often starting with www.

usenet - world-wide discussion groups - also called newsgroups

warez - software that might be pirated

www. - world wide web - often used to begin web site addresses

zip - a compressed file format - useful for downloading big programs

Acronyms often used in chatrooms and newsgroups:

AFAIK - as far as I know

ATM - at the moment

BFN - bye for now

BRB - be right back

BTW - by the way

cya - see you

g - or <g> - grin

FYI - for your information

HAND - have a nice day

HTH - hope this helps

ICBW - I could be wrong

IIRC - if I recall correctly

IMHO - in my honest/humble opinion

ISTR - I seem to recall

ITYM - I think you mean

IYSWIM - if you see what I mean

IOW - in other words

LOL - laughing out loud

LMAO - laughing my a*** off

OIC - oh, I see

OTOH - on the other hand

RL - real life

ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing

SO - significant other

TIA - thanks in advance

TIC - tongue in cheek

WB - welcome back

Extensive list of abbreviations


Emoticons or smileys - convey intention or mood
(turn your head anti-clockwise to see)

:)     :-)    :o)
happy faces
- show pleasure or may indicate that remark was meant as a joke

:(     :-(    :o(
sad faces
- show sorrow or may indicate that a remark was not liked

Be careful how you use acronyms and emoticons!
If you use too many, other people may not know what you mean!

Learn more about emoticons  Extensive list of emoticons

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