"Interaction on the Internet Your Online Translator as you Travel within the Electronic World"
by Jeff Cates
If your eyes are a window to the soul, is your computer a window to the world? Once you open that door to the information superhighway, it can be pretty intimidating to even the most seasoned websurfer. You may feel like you're traveling on a long journey, and you have no idea where you're going. It's easy to get lost along the way, and even if you want to stop and ask for directions, there's not a service station anywhere in sight.
Do you know the difference between URL (uniform resource locator) and URE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail )? Do you find that children have mastered a language that you're still struggling to learn?
A visit to the NetLingo Website at http://www.netlingo.com will help you to get on the right track. Remember: formal messages are out. There are no more Dear's or Sincerely's. Millions of email and chatroom messages contain a growing list of acronyms. NetLingo has granted us permission to see a sample below from The Internet Language Dictionary, (copyright 1995), available at their website. With their help, you can travel into an electronic world without a translator. I recommend that you go there ASAP.
WCA: Who cares anyway
IMHO: In my humble opinion
TFN: Thanks for nothin'
BTW: By the way
TEOTWAWKI: The end of the world as we know it
TIC: Tongue in cheek
TIAIL: Think I am in love
ISP: Internet service provider
TPTB: The powers that be
TWHAB: This won't hurt a bit
TYVM: Thank you very much
TTYL: Talk to you later
URYY4M: You are too wise for me
WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get
YOYO: You're on your own
STYS: Speak to you soon
SIG: Special interest group ###