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Thread poster: Veronika Hansova

Veronika Hansova  Identity Verified
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Sep 30, 2005

Hi everybody,
as non-native speaker of English I am often quite lost in the acronyms used in the posts, articles etc. Would you help me put together a list of the most frequent ones?
I've already figured out what is:

ASAP - as soon as possible
IMO - in my opinion
TM - translation memory

But what about "lol" (lough out loud?)?

Thanks in advance.

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Kevin Fulton
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German to English
Here's a partial list Sep 30, 2005


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Michael Hanian  Identity Verified
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An excellent on-line resource for acronyms Sep 30, 2005

Hi Veranna,

Check this out:
I find it very helpful indeed!

Michael Hanian

[Edited at 2005-09-30 13:05]

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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
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Dictionaries Sep 30, 2005

Acronyms are listed in the most recent editions of well-known dictionaries, like Oxford or Collins

I have an OED (second edition, 2003) which has an appendix "English in Electronic Communications", and a Collins Dictionary & Thesaurus (third edition, 2003) which has a "Language in action" chapter at the end, including acronyms used in text messaging. So... I've found out what FOTFLOL means: falling on the floor, laughing out loud

And, of course, you can easily find them on the Internet.

[Edited at 2005-09-30 13:26]

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