RU an IM guru? Review WhatIs.com's list of Chat Abbreviations and then test your newfound knowledge with this fun quiz. See if we can get you ROTFL -- or at least give you a BEG. Write down your answers and then scroll to the end to see how well you did.
1. It's Friday afternoon at work and your old school roommate IMs you a link with "NSFW" afterwards. Should you check it out then or wait?
2. You're chatting with a coworker on a BlackBerry about a recent promotion and she IMs you to "RBTL" about the situation. What is she trying to tell you?
3. If you're talking with your tech support guru and he IMs you that the problem the problem described in your help ticket is "PEBCAK," what does he mean?
4. You've been chatting with a remote client for half an hour resolving a conflict when suddenly she enters "BRB" and goes quiet for five minutes. What did she mean?
5. Your computer guru gave notice two weeks ago is packing up to move to the next gig. You text him about a weird issue with the WiFi and keep getting "NMP" back. What is he trying to tell you?
6. You're about to update the company Web site and notice a word that seems oddly formed, "Flickr." Marketing texts you back that "SIC." What does that mean?
7. You've been chasing down an unusual adapter all day for your new remote disk backup. A friend, when asked, promptly texts about you whether you consulted an internal "SME." What did she mean?
8. It's been a long day and the tech working on your PC has methodically checked your connections, grounded himself before opening up the machine, carefully placed each screw in the order they were removed and diagnosed the problem. When closing the help desk ticket, you comment on how happy you are with such thorough treatment. He simply IMs back "SOP." What does he mean?
9. You begin to describe a wild weekend with your friends and a coworker responds with "TMI!" What does he mean?
10. After a long weekend, your cubicle mate shows up glowing. When pressed, she admits to having met a SNAG over the weekend. Who (or what) in the world might she be talking about?
Check your answers:
1. Answer: Absolutely NOT! That means "Not Safe For Work" -- wait until you get onto your home PC and off of the corporate network.
2. Answer: She's telling you to "Read Between The Lines". There may be something subtle going on with workplace politics.
3. Answer: He's telling you that the issue is a "Problem Exists Between Computer And Keyboard" aka the problem is carbon-based, not silicon-based. The issue is the user, not the machine.
4. Answer: She was telling you that she'll "Be Right Back". Just hold on and she'll return to the chat.
5. Answer: Unfortunately, your departing techie is letting you know that this kind of trouble shooting is "Not My Problem". Better find out who knows how to deal with a wireless router!
6. Answer: "Spelling Is Correct". Flickr is one of those Web 2.0 terms that dropped a vowel.
7. Answer: She's asking whether you asked a "Subject Matter Expert" where to find what you needed. Usually, if you ask the right person the right question, your day is much less frustrating.
8. Answer: He meant that it's "Standard Operating Procedure". In other words, he treats every case with equal care and consideration.
9. Answer: "Too Much Information!" Time to dial back the gruesome details and just say that you had a good weekend.
10. Answer: She met a "Sensitive New Age Guy". While this particular brand of man isn't for everyone, they're sufficiently rare to cause some excitement on occasion.
How many could you guess correctly without peeking? Let us know!
Want to learn more? Review our guide, Learn IT: Instant Messaging in the Enterprise