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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 Popularity
dlDownload
CCCarbon copy
HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol
URLUniform Resource Locator
HTMLHyper-Text Markup Language
BCCBlind carbon copy
4GFourth generation cellular data technologies
HTTPSHyperText Transfer Protocol Secure
CSSCascading Style Sheet
WWWWorld Wide Web
ITInformation Technology
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
HDTVHigh Definition TV
HDDHard Disk Drive
tbTerabyte
CGComputer Graphics
s/wSoftware
gbGigabyte
404Page not found
FPSFrames per second
ROMEmulator game
d/lDownload
MBPMacBook Pro
ulUpload
SSDSolid State Drive
CruftRedundant software or hardware
MAUMonthly active users
mbpsMegabits per second
CSOMClient side object model
CrappleApple
URNUniform Resource Name
URIUniform Resource Identifier
DBADoing business as
TechlexiaInability to use technology
TechlexicUnable to comprehend technology
3GThird generation cellular data technologies
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
sysadminSystem administrator
vfxVisual effects
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
UIUser Interface
u/lUpload
ISPInternet Service Provider
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
FTPFile transfer protocol
sfxSpecial effects
ANRApplication Not Responding
LOCLines of code
OOOpenOffice
WinblowsWindows
Voice sniffingEavesdropping by a voice assistant
DNSDomain Name System
NetiquetteInternet ettiquette
CRTCathode Ray Tube
mbMegabyte
kbKilobyte
DRMDigital Rights Management
GUIGraphical User Interface
LinsuxLinux
msftMicrosoft
MeekdSuppressed