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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
MAUMonthly active users
CruftRedundant software or hardware
CSOMClient side object model
CrappleApple
SAPSystems, Applications, and Products
DBADoing business as
URNUniform Resource Name
URIUniform Resource Identifier
TechlexiaInability to use technology
TechlexicUnable to comprehend technology
mbpsMegabits per second
3GThird generation cellular data technologies
sysadminSystem administrator
vfxVisual effects
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
UIUser Interface
u/lUpload
sfxSpecial effects
FTPFile transfer protocol
ISPInternet Service Provider
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
LOCLines of code
Voice sniffingEavesdropping by a voice assistant
OOOpenOffice
MeekdSuppressed
ANRApplication Not Responding
msftMicrosoft
CRTCathode Ray Tube
mbMegabyte
kbKilobyte
NetiquetteInternet ettiquette
DRMDigital Rights Management
GUIGraphical User Interface
WinblowsWindows
DNSDomain Name System
LinsuxLinux