Friday, June 23, 2017

20 Fancy Acronyms Programmers should know?

Do you read blogs on Internet? Do you understand what TL;DR or ITT means, Well I didn't, not until last year. Internet is full of acronyms. Techies, programmers, developers and bloggers has developed a lot more fancy acronyms than you can think of. If you participate or read articles on sites like Reddit, Hacker news or StackOverFlow, you will see extensive use of these mysterious acronyms. If you don't know meanings of acronyms like TL;DR, AFAIK, PSA, YSK or TIL, there is good chance that you will lost in conversation and comments. So when I come across this list of acronyms, I thought to share it with you guys. This list contains lots of popular acronyms, which is been used by many bloggers around internet and community web-sites like Reddit, Hacker News, DZone and StackOverFlow.

Next time, you encounter a fancy acronym, you might not need to Google, to know its meaning and then go back to the thread to read further. By the way, if you know any other fancy Internet acronyms, popular among programmers, web developers and bloggers, then feel free to share with us.

Acronyms are not arranged in any particular order but in my preference of their usage. By the way, there are a lot of acronyms in use on reddit, so this is just a list of some of the main ones you'll see.

TL;DR means "Too long; Didn't read"

IMO/IMHO means "In my opinion" and "In my humble/honest opinion", respectively

AFAIK means "As far as I know"

NSFW means "Not safe for work"

IIRC means "If I recall correctly"

TIL means "Today I learned"

PSA means "Public service announcement"

NSFL means "Not safe for life" (gory or gross content)

YSK means "You should know"

AMA means "Ask me anything"

CMV means "Change my view"

DAE means "Does anybody else" or "Does anyone else"

ELI5 means "Explain like I'm 5 (years old)"

FTFY means "Fixed that for you"

IAMA means "I am a"

IANAD means "I am not a doctor"

IANAL means "I am not a lawyer"

ITT means "In this thread"

MRW/MFW means "My reaction when" and "My face when", respectively

OP means "Original poster" (the person who started the thread)

20 fancy acronyms Programmers Should KnowThat's all on this list of fancy acronyms guys, its already got too long then you want it ideally. Don't worry, you will start picking them by yourself, once you get familiar. Don't forget to share any new fancy acronyms, which you have learned or coined for technical community.


Jaya Wadhwani said...

This is a very interesting post! Thanks for posting.

I hear 'SWAG' quite often at work which means Scientific Wild-Ass Guess! Just thought of sharing.

juzraai said...

FYI - for your information :-)

Anonymous said...

AFK - Away From Kayboard

Javin Paul said...

Thanks @Jaya and @Anonymous, SWAG and AFK is a good edition ;-) ,

Alireza Ahmadi said...

What is wrong with this people?! seriously? :D
I see that often and i can not understand why people doing that! simply say what you want to say. Saying fancy acronyms doesn't make you smart!

Juan Lladó said...

IMHO = In My Honest Opinion

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing meanings of common technical jargons. Somehow, I always struggle to pick them when people use on emails. Btw, you missed an important one

PFA = Please Find Attached

Peace MICHAELS said...

LGTM = Looks good to me
you see it all over github

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