BTW: If you ever see someone TYPING AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that means SHOUTING!
It is not proper netiquette to TYPE IN ALL CAPS (even in email), in fact, it's annoying.
Net Lingo is also tracking a global list of worldwide text terms and international online jargon!
Acronyms have always been an integral part of computer culture, and they have since spawned a new language on the Internet.
Online enthusiasts are learning that shorthand are in fact called acronyms, but this is incorrect.
The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, (for example, 'ESP' is an initialism for 'extra sensory perception' whereas 'esp. The online practice is to refer to shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.
This is a list of the most common abbreviations and acronyms on Mumsnet. ADHD attention deficit & hyperactivity disorder AFAIK as far as I know AF Auntie Flo (old-fashioned schoolgirl slang for period) AIBU am I being unreasonable?AS Asperger's syndrome ASD autistic spectrum disorder ATM at the moment BBS be back soon BC before children BF breastfeeding (or best friend or boyfriend, depending on context) BFP big fat positive (refers to a pregnancy test) BIL brother-in-law BLW baby-led weaning BM birth mother or boss mum (what a nanny might call her/his employer) boak Not an acronym, of course. BRB be right back BTW by the way bump Not an acronym, of course.The majority of the expressions you see above are not acronyms, but rather shorthand used while text messaging or IMing.There are several terms to describe different kinds of jargon including anacronym, backronym, weather acronyms, city acronyms, leetspeak and textonyms.Commonly thought of as a series of letters that make up a 'word' there is a distinction between acronyms and shorthand.
The actual definition of an acronym and text shorthand is here.