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Technical Slang

The tech world is filled with acronyms and abbreviations. Whether you are discussing hardware, software, the Internet, or some other technology, there's a good chance technical acronyms will enter the conversation. The list below will help you understand more of what the nerds around you are saying and may even help you build your own geek lexicon.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
MeekdSuppressed
dlDownload
CCCarbon copy
sfxSpecial effects
TOSTerms of service
FPSFrames per second
HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol
ulUpload
ITInformation Technology
tbTerabyte
CGComputer Graphics
BCCBlind carbon copy
HTTPSHyperText Transfer Protocol Secure
CrappleApple
CSSCascading Style Sheet
404Page not found
CruftRedundant software or hardware
LOCLines of code
URLUniform Resource Locator
HDTVHigh Definition TV
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
ROMEmulator game
URNUniform Resource Name
TechlexiaInability to use technology
HDDHard Disk Drive
SSDSolid State Drive
CSOMClient side object model
WWWWorld Wide Web
ANRApplication Not Responding
TechlexicUnable to comprehend technology
2FATwo-factor authentication
UIUser Interface
HTMLHyper-Text Markup Language
FTFaceTime
GUIGraphical User Interface
CLSCumulative Layout Shift
URIUniform Resource Identifier
5GFifth-generation cellular data technologies
CTACall-to-action
gbGigabyte
3GThird generation cellular data technologies
4GFourth generation cellular data technologies
MDMMobile device management
VMVirtual machine
FBLFeedback loop
MIMEMultipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
Core Web VitalsMetrics that measure the user experience of a website
FIDFirst Input Delay
GrokIntuitively understand
Voice sniffingEavesdropping by a voice assistant
CentaurA human aided by artificial intelligence
DBADoing business as
JASEJust another system error
FTPFile transfer protocol
OOOpenOffice
vfxVisual effects
sysadminSystem administrator
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
mbpsMegabits per second
ARFAbuse Reporting Format
DNSDomain Name System
u/lUpload
WinblowsWindows
ISPInternet Service Provider
PnPPlug and Play
DKIMDomainKeys Identified Mail
mbMegabyte
s/wSoftware
DRMDigital Rights Management
NetiquetteInternet ettiquette
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
FreemiumFree with optional purchases
MBPMacBook Pro
kbKilobyte
LCPLargest Contentful Paint
d/lDownload
CRTCathode Ray Tube
MAUMonthly active users
msftMicrosoft
LinsuxLinux
SAPSystems, Applications, and Products