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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
gbGigabyte
HTTPSHyperText Transfer Protocol Secure
CSSCascading Style Sheet
WWWWorld Wide Web
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
HDTVHigh Definition TV
ITInformation Technology
HDDHard Disk Drive
4GFourth generation cellular data technologies
CGComputer Graphics
s/wSoftware
ulUpload
404Page not found
FPSFrames per second
ROMEmulator game
d/lDownload
MBPMacBook Pro
tbTerabyte
SSDSolid State Drive
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
CruftRedundant software or hardware
SAPSystems, Applications, and Products
MAUMonthly active users
CrappleApple
DBADoing business as
TechlexicUnable to comprehend technology
CSOMClient side object model
URNUniform Resource Name
URIUniform Resource Identifier
TechlexiaInability to use technology
mbpsMegabits per second
3GThird generation cellular data technologies
FTPFile transfer protocol
u/lUpload
vfxVisual effects
sysadminSystem administrator
sfxSpecial effects
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
UIUser Interface
ISPInternet Service Provider
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
MeekdSuppressed
CRTCathode Ray Tube
Voice sniffingEavesdropping by a voice assistant
LOCLines of code
ANRApplication Not Responding
OOOpenOffice
GUIGraphical User Interface
mbMegabyte
kbKilobyte
msftMicrosoft
NetiquetteInternet ettiquette
DNSDomain Name System
DRMDigital Rights Management
LinsuxLinux
WinblowsWindows
2FATwo-factor authentication