‘Acronyms’ at Wishful Thinking

An Unofficial Acronym Glossary

A list of Acronyms which were in use in those heady days of the Wishful Thinking Bulletin Board System

Some are not confined to email of course - as for example ‘SNAFU ’ did, I believe originate in the Military (as practised by Sergeant Bilko?); and ‘RFC’ defines an Internet Standard definition. Others are in general use in computing, such as ‘RTFM’ and ‘WYSIWYG’, and so on... But every little helps when every byte counts!

This list is offered more or less ‘as-was’ in 1994. Some of them now sound rather aggressive, but at the time they were rarely intended as such, and were mainly in use in forums of everyday conversations, amongst those who were chatting regularly with one another, and were enjoying a joust! :)

Since then, some of them have slipped into modern usage, like “FYI ” “EffWhyEye”, but then that's only following tradition. I discovered more recently (Christmas 2018) that “Taser” started life as an acronym, for “Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle”.

ACASAll Croaking All Stumblingreputedly not so good
ADNAny Day Nownext year (maybe?)
AFAIAAAs Far As I Am AwareOoops, I've forgotten again...
AFAIACAs Far As I Am Concernedwhat I say goes, OK?
AFAICTAs Far As I Can TellI haven't a clue
AFAIKAs Far As I KnowI made it up
AFAIRAs Far As I RecallYou are wrong...
AIUIAs I Understand ItActually, I haven't the faintest idea what I'm talking about...
AMFGoodbye (Adios, Mother...)yerrss
ASADAll Singing All Dancingreputedly good
AWGTHTGTTA?Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again?you silly person, you!
AWHFYAre We Having Fun Yet?nudge, nudge, say no more...
AYANDAAs You Are No Doubt Awareer, was that what you said? :-)
AYKAs You Knowwatch my lips ...
BADBroken As Designed 
BBRBurnt Beyond Repair 
BCNUBe seeing you 
BFNBye For Now 
BICBWBut I Could Be Wrongdon't quote me!
BIONBelieve It Or NotI made it up
BMTIPGBrilliant Minds Think In Parallel Gutters 
BOFBoring Old Fartreserved for “wrinklies”
BRBBe Right Back 
BRBAISBe Right Back After I ShaveI can't think *what* he means...
BRSBig Red Switch 
BTABut Then Again 
BTAIMBe That As It May 
BTOBDBe There Or Be Deadchill out, man
BTSOOMBeats The S*** Out Of Mehow'd he do it?
BTWBy The Wayincidentally
BWQBuzz Word Quotient 
CADETCan't Add, Doesn't Even Try 
CDIJIICan't Delete It, Just Ignore It 
CPPCheerio Pop-Pickersreserved for “wrinklies”
CRAFTCan't Remember a F***ing ThingLikewise... Added 3 Dec 2005.
DARFCDucks And Runs For Cover! 
DASIRDons Asbestos Suit In Readiness (for a flame!)A ‘flame’ is when someone gets mad at you!
DIIKDamned if I know 
DTRTDo the right thing 
DWIMCDo what I mean, correctly 
DYGMMDid You Get My Message?why are you ignoring me??
FAFile attach (or nothing :-)) 
FAQFrequently Asked Question::sigh:: oh, no not *that* one again.
Read The FAQ, Moron!
FCFSFirst Come, First Served 
FIFor Instanceallow me to bore you ...
FIFOFirst In, First Out 
FISHFirst In, Still Here 
FITBFill In The Blank.... 
FOAFFriend of a friend 
FTFFace to face 
FUBARF***ed Up Beyond All Recognitionotherwise known as normality...
FUDFear, Uncertainty & Doubt 
FWFreeWarethey can't touch you for it...
FWIWFor What It's Worththis is totally meaningless ...
FYBITSF..k You, Buddy, I'm The Sysopall SysOps are anarchists...
FYIFor Your Information... I'm going to bore you again
GIGOGarbage In, Garbage OutAsk a computer a silly question, and you get a silly answer
GD&RLHFCGrinning Ducking & Running Like Hell For CoverWhatever it is I just said, you can't touch me for it...
GIWISTGee I Wish I'd Said That 
GLGHGood Luck and Good Hunting 
GMTAGreat Minds Think Alike 
GOWIGet On With It 
HSIKHow Should I Know 
IW4MIt Works for MEMust be something you're doing wrong, huh?
IAEIn Any EventHard luck!
IANALI Am Not A LawyerTreat this advice as worth what you paid for it (ie valueless) Added 3 Dec 2005.
ICNRI Can-Not Remembergo and look it up for yourself
IDCIn Due Course 
IDSWYMI Do See What You MeanHey, I'm telepathic!
IIRCIf I Remember CorrectlyAhem, I think I'm losing my mind!
IMAOIn My Arrogant Opinionclearly we disagree
IMEIn My Experiencewhen I were a lad ...
IMHOIn My Humble OpinionI am not very sure
IMMSCOIn My Misguided, Self-Centred OpinionI can admit I'm wrong occasionally, but can you?
IMNSHOIn My Not So Humble OpinionI am absolutely sure
IMVIn My View 
IOWIn Other Words 
ISTMIt Seems To Medon't you dare contradict!
ITFAIn The Final Analysis 
IWBNIIt Would Be Nice If 
IYFEGInsert Your Favourite Ethnic Group 
IYSWIMIf You See What I MeanI don't know what I'm talking about, do you?
JAMJust A Moment 
JASEJust Another System Errorthat 'feature' again...
JAWSJust another Windows Shell 
JICJust In Case...the weasel clause
JSNMJust Stark Naked Magic 
KISSKeep It Simple Stupidprograms expand exponentially: don't let 'em get out of hand...
MCIBTYCMy Computer Is Better Than Your Computermine (whatever it is) is bigger than yours...
MFZMicrosoft Free Zoneno such thing...
MORFORWMale Or Female Or What?Some guys are called Hilary... you just can't be sure
MRDA‘Mandy Rice-Davies Applies’‘Well he would say that...’ - refuting a denial of the obvious in a well-known 1960's court case. Added 3 Dec 2005.
NALOPKTNot A Lot Of People Know Thatmy name's Michael Caine
NBDNo Big Deal 
NBFDNo Big Deal 
NFWNo F...ing Way 
NIMBYNot In My Back Yard......you don't
NINONothing in, nothing out 
NOMBNone Of My BusinessI'm going to poke my nose in anyway
NOYBNone Of Your Businesswhat I do is my business!
NPINo Pun Intended 
NQANo Questions Asked 
NRNow Reading 
NRRNow Re-Reading 
NTIMNot That It Matters 
NTIMMNot That It Matters Much 
OICOh, I See 
OTOHOn The Other Handacey-doosey
OTTOMHOff The Top Of My Head 
PDQPretty Damned Quickouch! that's too hot to handle!
PLOKTAPress Lots Of Keys To Abort 
PITAPain In The AssTwit!
PITMPain In The Modemlikewise...
PMFBIPardon Me For Butting Inyeah, I'm a rude so and so, aren't I??
PMFJIPardon Me For Jumping In 
POSSLQPerson of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters 
POVPoint Of View 
RFCRequest For Comment 
RHIPRank Has Its Privileges 
RIHNIYWFTSReally, I Had No Idea You Were From There - Sorry!turned out nice again, hasn't it?
RNARing, No Answer 
ROTFAICGURolling On The Floor And I Can't Get UpI misread this one...
ROTFLRolling On The Floor Laughingsomebody just made a boo-boo
ROTFLMLCSORolling On The Floor Laughing My Little Cotton Socks Offcute, huh?
ROTFLAPMPRolled On The Floor Laughing And P**d My Pants 
RQWFRight Question, Wrong Forum of it right...well, at least you got part
RSNReal Soon NowI'll do it tomorrow? next week? who knows?
RTFMRead The Fine Manual ...what all good users should do ...
SITDStill In The DarkI'm in way over my head...
SKSSome Kind Soulone for those seeking help!
SMOPSmall Matter Of Programming 
SNAFUSituation Normal, All F***ed upsee above
SOLStraight Outta Luckmissed again...
SUFIDScrewing Up Face In Disgust 
SWMBOShe Who Must Be Obeyed'Er Indoors...
TAFNThat's all for now 
TALOIAThere's A Lot Of It Aboutthat 'feature' again ...
TANJThere Ain't No Justice 
TANSTAAFLThere Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch 
TBYBTry Before You Buy 
TPTBThe Powers That Be 
TFTTThanks For The Thought 
TIAThanks In Advance 
TICTongue In Cheek 
TPTBThe Powers That Be 
TSRTotally Stupid Rules 
TTBOMKTo The Best Of My Knowledge 
TTFNTa Ta For Now 
TTYLTalk To You Later 
TIAThanks In Advance(also aTdHvAaNnKcSe)
TLAThree Letter Acronym (also FLA)...but I hate TLAs!
TM&HTaunting, Mocking & Hidingsame as GD&RLHFC
TTFNTa Ta For Nowyep! I'll be back...
TTYLTalk To You Lateryour place or mine?
WAEFWhen All Else Fails 
WALBOLWith A Little Bit Of Luckit could happen
WALBOL (AAFW)With A Little Bit Of Luck (and a following wind)it might just possibly happen
WIBBLEWeighty Inexorable baBBLE 
WIRWhen It's Readystop pestering me!
WTFWhat on earth (!) 
WWFYWhatever Works for YouDo your own thing, baby...
WYSIWITWhat You See Is What I TypedI like this one!
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You GetNot like WordPerfect for Windoze
WYGIWYPFWhat You Get Is What You Pay Formaybe...
YGIAGAMYour Guess Is As Good As MineI don't know, do you?
YADSYet Another DOS shell 
YMMVYour Mileage May VaryYour own list of Acronyms may differ!

This list was personally crafted by Rosemary Lockie, FidoNet 2:253/188
29th January 1994, with later additions 3 Dec 2005.
Get this - it's (in, 2018) nearly 25 years (yes, I find it hard to believe too), since it first saw the light of day!!!

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