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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
HDDHard Disk Drive
tbTerabyte
gbGigabyte
CGComputer Graphics
s/wSoftware
d/lDownload
ulUpload
HDTVHigh Definition TV
404Page not found
FPSFrames per second
ROMEmulator game
MBPMacBook Pro
CrappleApple
3GThird generation cellular data technologies
mbpsMegabits per second
MAUMonthly active users
TechlexiaInability to use technology
CSOMClient side object model
DBADoing business as
SSDSolid State Drive
URNUniform Resource Name
URIUniform Resource Identifier
TechlexicUnable to comprehend technology
LEDLight-Emitting Diode
sysadminSystem administrator
vfxVisual effects
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
u/lUpload
ISPInternet Service Provider
FTPFile transfer protocol
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
sfxSpecial effects
UIUser Interface
OOOpenOffice
ANRApplication Not Responding
DNSDomain Name System
msftMicrosoft
LinsuxLinux
WinblowsWindows
GUIGraphical User Interface
kbKilobyte
mbMegabyte
DRMDigital Rights Management
NetiquetteInternet ettiquette
CRTCathode Ray Tube
LOCLines of code