The internet can be a really confusing place even if someone is using it everyday. The reason for it is because of its vastness and the evolution of the internet language on a daily basis. The internet slang words is transforming the language itself undoubtedly, so you need to be updated with them to get by.
So here’s a quick crash course for you of some very commonly used and trendy internet slangs :
Ask Me Anything is a series started on Reddit, where an authority on a subject fields open questions. It is now used more widely on the Internet, with any sort of public Q&A being termed an AMA.
Urban Dictionary says Bae is a Danish word for poop. Unfortunately, the Internet thinks it’s a term of endearment: either an acronym for “before anyone else” or a shortening of “babe”.
Dafuq is the Internet’s way of saying WTF because apparently, the Internet-made WTF was not convenient enough.
DAE is generally a prefix for a question, where the person asking wants to know if they are not alone in whatever they are experiencing.
“DM” is slowly becoming the default way of telling someone to message you privately, much like “PM” in the past for personal message/private message.
It means exactly what it means in English: a crass, emphatic way of saying that you don’t care.
One of the few times the Internet tries to be polite, ICYMI is just a precaution when you aren’t sure if other people already know about something, or when you are repeating something you have said before. It’s a way of saying, “You might have already seen this, but if not, here you go.”
This is another acronym that reduces the number of characters you type, giving you more space to say what you want in the 140-character limitation of Twitter. Typically, HIFW is paired with an image, video, or a hilarious reaction GIF when words aren’t enough.
When someone says or does something monumentally idiotic, you hit your head on the desk to convey your utter loss of faith in humanity.
When someone gives a complex explanation for an event and you need them to dumb it down for you, ask them to “explain it like I’m 5 years old”, or ELI5. Most often, it’s used to explain science or technology in layman’s terms.
As old as this is, it’s still used a lot. The idea is that when you go through an unfortunate event, share it with the world by tagging it with “FML”.
This particular phrase is used in two ways. The first is literal, where if you say something that has an obvious unintentional mistake, another person on the Internet corrects it for you, adding, “FTFY.” The other way is sarcastic.
When someone does something stupid, instinctively, your palm hits your own face or forehead. That entire series of action is now reduced to a single word: facepalm. It can be used to convey dismay, disappointment, ridicule, or disapproval.
Another Internet classic, IMO is the safe way to express your opinions without making it sound like you are proclaiming a universal truth. IMHO is the way to do that while seeming humble, or at least pretending to.
The Internet is the virtual life. People often have a whole second persona online, or keep their real life neatly separated from their online life. If you want to talk about something in your real life, the qualifier “IRL” is enough to let people know.
FYI, if you still use “FYI” to be sassy when schooling someone, you’re old. JSYK is the new FYI, so get with it. End of.
Like HIFW, these are mainly intended as reactions coupled with photos or GIFs. They are also often used to provide a funny caption to an image of a trending topic. Of course, in the case of MFW, the image has to have someone’s face.
If you’re at the office, you don’t want to open a link that has nudity, graphic language, or anything offensive. If the link says “NSFW”, then it’s not safe to open in an environment where someone might see it and be offended. NSFL usually has images, videos or content so graphic that it could be scarring for your eyes, whether around others or not.
Literally that. If kids want to avoid saying or showing something while their parents are around, PAW is a warning to the recipient.
here are two ways this is used. First, when someone says something you agree with so vehemently that you couldn’t have said it better yourself. Second, when someone says something and you want to hold them to it in the future, as proof.
Like headdesk and facepalm, SMH is used to convey your disappointment at someone doing or saying something utterly stupid.
When you learn about information that isn’t new but is novel for you, share it with the world by adding a “TIL”. This is used almost everywhere on the Internet, but mainly on Reddit.
YOLO is a justification for doing something that you probably shouldn’t be doing, but want to do it anyway. It’s also used ironically as commentary on someone else doing something idiotic.
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