AFAIK - as far as I know
AFAIR - as far as I remember
AFK - away from keyboard
aka - also known as
ASAP - as soon as possible
*bg* - big grin
btw - by the way
cu - see you
fyi - for your information
*g* - grin
GIGO - garbage in, garbage out
HTH - hope this helps
IIRC - if I remember correctly
IM(H)O - in my (humble) opinion
(I)RL - (in) real life
LMAO - Laughing my ass off
LOL - laughing out loud
OT - off topic
ROFL - rolling on the floor, laughing
RT(F)M - read the (f***ing) manual!
SCNR - sorry, could not resist
TIA - thanks in advance
WE - weekend
WTH, WTF - What/why the hell/f***
You'll find more abbreviations and special terms on the following sites: iLexikon.net
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