FBI Releases List of What They Think is Internet Slang

The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the door of a command vehicle.
The seal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the door of a command vehicle. –Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

While technology and social media are increasingly becoming a part of criminal investigations, the FBI and internet slang don’t exactly go hand in hand. In fact, thanks to some new Muckrock.com findings, you would probably be correct in thinking The Federal Bureau of Investigation isn’t the hippest bunch.

Apparently the FBI has spent some time compiling a glossary of perplexing web lingo they think to be internet slang. The result: 83 pages of Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace jargon totaling almost 3,000 terms.

The Washington Post picked out some of their favorites and checked how many times the terms have actually been tweeted in the eight year history of Twitter:

BFFLTDDUP (“best friends for life until death do us part) — 414 tweets

BOGSAT (“bunch of guys sitting around talking’’) — 144 tweets

BTWITIAILWY (“by the way, I think I am in love with you’’) — 535 tweets

DILLIGAD (“does it look like I give a damn?’’) — 289 tweets

DITYID (“did I tell you I’m depressed?’’) — 69 tweets

E2EG (“ear-to-ear grin’’) — 125 tweets

HCDAJFU (“he could do a job for us’’) — 25 tweets

IAWTCSM (“I agree with this comment so much’’) — 20 tweets

LLTA (“lots and lots of thunderous applause’’) — 855 tweets

NIFOC (“naked in front of computer’’) — 1,065 tweets, most of them referring to acronym guides like this one.

PMYMHMMFSWGAD (“pardon me, you must have mistaken me for someone who gives a damn’’) — 128 tweets

SOMSW (“someone over my shoulder watching) — 170 tweets

WAPCE (“women are pure concentrated evil’’) — 233 tweets, few relating to women.’’


What, you’ve never used the term BTDTGTTSAWIO (been there, done that, got the t-shirt and wore it out)? How about IITYWIMWYBMAD (if I tell you what it means will you buy me a drink)? No? Probably because the former has only been tweeted 47 times, and the latter a whopping 250 times.

But don’t worry, they’re not all so lengthy. The bureau apparently also found some people using the term HE, which they say abbreviates either “high explosives’’ or “happy ending.’’ That could cause some problems. They also list INO (I know), SOAG (son of a gun), WULA (what are you looking at?), ZUP (what’s up), and kewt (cute). According to the agency you trust to protect and serve the American public, A&F might mean “always and forever.’’ Or it might mean Abercrombie & Fitch.

The glossary was released as a result of a Muckrock request that the bureau provide public records pertaining to “leetspeak,’’ a form of communication popular among computer hackers. The full document is pretty blurry, and Muckrock has asked the bureau to provide a clearer copy, but a keen eye can decipher most of the ridiculous abbreviations.


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