Today I learned (TIL) that there is a 83-page FBI “Guide” to Internet Slang full of abbreviations entered by a complete troll or someone totally clueless, as recently reported Input. And yes, TIL is included in the guide, but so are thousands of other abbreviations that I’m convinced someone made up. Because no one actually wears BTDTGTTSAWIO (was there, did that, got the t-shirt, and spent it)… right?
What Input notes, the FBI guide was made available through a 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. If you decide to review it, you should know that it’s of pretty poor quality, but still readable for the most part. the edge actually reported on this when it was first released; It’s been a while since it’s been repeated (and it’s the first time I’ve heard of it). Almost 10 years later, it’s still just as fun.
“With the arrival of Twitter and other social networks on the Internet, the use of abbreviations and acronyms has skyrocketed,” explains the guide. “DI’s Intelligence Research Support Unit (IRSU) has compiled an extensive, but far from exhaustive, list of abbreviations and acronyms used on Twitter and other social media such as instant messaging, Facebook and MySpace.”
He says it contains around 2,800 different examples of slang, which he says “you should find useful in your job or keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren.” The guide also encourages agents to add more words to the list (and then describes how), which makes me wonder if there was some kind of approval process for additional entries.
Here are some of the weirdest ones I found:
- 420: Drugs
- BTWITIAILWU: By the way, I think I’m in love with you.
- DITYID: Did I tell you I’m depressed?
- DBI: Douche Bag Index
- MAP: Man-Alien-Predator
- MSR: Mulder Scully Romance
- NAK: Nursing on the keyboard
- PIMPL: Peeing in my pants laughing
- PMT: premenstrual tension
- SF: surfer friendly (website with few graphics)
- TBM: Tactical Boyfriend Commendation
Some of the words included aren’t even Internet slang; are just straight-up abbreviations that people use in their careers, like DNR (Do Not Resuscitate), DNS (Domain Name Service, and HSPDA (High-Speed Packet Data Access). Others are just completely misinterpretations, like “LUL, “, which apparently means “awkward, lame laugh” and “LOOL”, interpreted as “lots of laughs out loud”. If a more recent guide exists, I’d like to see how things have changed, and if the agents have any ideas how. understand moderation filter bypass”something speaks.”
In any case, though, I’ve found some abbreviations you might want to start using, like IAMA (Has some fun) and maybe even LIMB (laughing in my brain).