Lingo, every place and groups have them.
Have you ever been to a foreign place? You see a group of people and you just want to be included with their conversation but you can't because you lack the knowledge of their lingo and you're afraid that you might offend them by using wrong terms? Well, the same thing goes for chatting online, you'd better know these online chat lingos before you jump into the chatroom.
Instead of impressing your future date you'd end up embarrassing yourself because of your lack of chatting lingo knowledge.
Here are a few common internet lingo that you should know.
These are the "A" acronyms that most commonly used online, so that you don't have to type in "IDGI" every time these come up during chat or in e-mails: AAK - Asleep At Keyboard.
This usually is a reply for when your chat mate suddenly left or isn't replying anymore.
Or when you've gone a long time and the other person on the line gets idle.
And of course, don't take this literally; it's a figure of speech.
AFAIK/ AFAIC/ AAMOF/ AAMOI/ AAR - As A Matter Of Fact/ As A Matter Of Interest/ At Any Rate/ As Far As I Know/ As Far As I'm Concerned.
You'll come across this acronym especially when in the company of online daters or netizens (internet citizens), so you'll be able to tell what they are talking about.
ADDY - Address.
This is the most common acronym when chatting and asking for address, you can also use this when you are texting.
Depending on the context or the usage, it might mean your home address (which you should AFK - Away From (computer) Keyboard.
You will be able to see this on the chat status of your contacts.
Sometimes, a simple "away" is used.
ASAP - As Soon As Possible.
This is a common acronym, not only in the online world but also in common language.
A/S/L - Age/ Sex/ Location.
This is one of the most used acronyms in online dating.
It's also one of the most common acronyms that you'd encounter early on.
When your chat mate asks this, they expect you to answer with the information about yourself.
You can also ask for their A/S/L in return.
ATM - At The Moment.
Doesn't really stand for "Automatic Teller Machine," which is more common to us.
This is used when indicating what one is doing at that time or similar situation.
Can also be used for "I can't reply ATM," or "Busy ATM.
" These are just the "A's" in chat lingo, there are a lot more! You don't need to have a translator with you when just trying to figure out what your chatmate is saying.