Here is a list of the most commonly used abbreviations and acronyms
on IRC. Some of them may already be familiar to users of Usenet
groups or web boards:
As far as I know.
Away from keyboard. People often type this if they are in the middle
of a conversation and want other people to realize they are not
around. It is sometimes added to the end of a user's
nickname to indicate the same fact; for example, Jibbler may change
his nickname to Jibbler|afk.
Age/Sex/Location. This is something asked of all newcomers in
At the moment.
Be back in a bit.
Be back in a few.
Be back later.
Be back soon.
Be right back. Often said when someone is in the middle of a
conversation but has to dash off to do something, with the intention
of returning to the conversation.
By the way.
C (see) you.
Direct Client Connection. The
name given to the connection used to transfer files or chat directly
to another user without going via the server.
For f*#&'s sake.
F*#&ed if I know.
F*#&ed up beyond all repair/recognition.
- FY (FU)
For your information.
I am not a lawyer.
If I recall correctly.
In my (humble) opinion.
In real life.
- JK (J/K)
Loser/luser/lamer attitude readjustment tool. Channel operators may
ready the LART to deal with users who don't seem to
have a clue.
Laughing my ass off.
Short for hello.
Laughing out loud. This is a common response from people after
you've said something funny.
Long time no see.
Message of the day. This is normally announced when you connect to an
Mind your own business.
Not much or never mind.
Oh, I C (see).
Oh my God (darn).
Re-hello. People may welcome you with this if you part a channel and
rejoin it a while later.
Rolling on (the) floor laughing.
Read the f*#&ing manual. A common response to users who join a
channel and ask a question that is already answered in some
Talk to you later.
Uniform Resource Locator (Internet address).
- WE (W/E)
What/who/why/where the f*#&.
Way to go.
What/who/why/where the heck/hell.