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