The Comprehensive Guide to Internet Jargon

From 'AFK' to 'WP', this guide breaks down the jargon of the online world.

Ever found yourself puzzled while browsing a specialized forum or website, unable to understand the terminology being used? Welcome to the evolving landscape of the internet, where users have developed their own unique vocabulary to better express themselves. In this guide, we’ll decode some of these terms for you.

Many of these terms originated from gaming communities playing multiplayer online games. These gamers often use short phrases and abbreviations to quickly communicate during intense gameplay, or to express their geeky personalities. Let’s dive into the meanings of these 40+ terms.

If you’re in a hurry, you can check out the summary table below for a quick reference.

Quick Reference Table for Internet Jargons

Below is a concise table summarizing all the internet slang and abbreviations discussed earlier.

Term / Abbreviation Description
Troll A hater or a joker
Trollolol Troll + LOL
kthxbai Okay, thank you, bye
AFK Away From Keyboard
Imba Imbalanced
Leet To be pro or very good at something
GG Good Game
Taunt To provoke or anger someone
Get on my level Asking someone to better their skills to match yours. A taunt.
BM Bad Manner
RL Real Life
Epic Something or an action that is awesome or cool
BURN! Something that backfires on them is a burn
Hardcore Insanely difficult or extreme and is difficult to achieve
Noob Someone who is new to something
Nerfed Something described as weakened
Buffed Something described as strengthened
Pwned To outperform something or someone
WP Well Played
Lag Something that is super slow
TL;DR Too Long; Didn’t Read
IKR I Know Right?
IDK I Don’t Know
GLHF Good Luck, Have Fun
RQ Rage Quit
You Mad? To further troll/anger people
Jelly Jealous
Uber ‘super’ or very
Srs Bsns Serious Business
LOL Laughing Out Loud
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
LMAO Laughing My Ass Off
TTYL Talk To You Later
BRB Be Right Back
BBL Be Back Later
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IINM If I’m Not Mistaken
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
GTG Got To Go
IDC I Don’t Care
AFAIK As Far As I Know
BTW By The Way
TBH To Be Honest

A ‘Troll’ is someone who enjoys stirring the pot, either by acting like a know-it-all or a critic. They often leave provocative or unrelated comments in forums to intentionally disturb others. However, not all trolls are malicious; some may be comedians aiming to entertain rather than frustrate.


This term is used by people who recognize that trolling is happening and are amused by it, although they may not be participating themselves.


This shorthand stands for ‘okay, thank you, bye‘ and is typically used when someone wants to disengage from a conversation. It’s a quicker way to say ‘I’m done here’ without using many words.


AFK stands for Away From Keyboard, indicating that the person is temporarily unavailable.


Short for Imbalanced, ‘Imba’ is often used to describe something in a game that is excessively powerful. The term can also apply to real-life scenarios, like ‘Skydiving from space is imba.’


Originating from the word ‘elite,’ ‘Leet’ signifies excellence or proficiency in a particular area. For instance, calling yourself a ‘leet gamer’ means you’re highly skilled. The term is sometimes spelled as 1337, using numbers and symbols to replace letters: H1, |-|0\/\/ 4R3 Y0U D01|\|9?


This abbreviation stands for Good Game and is commonly used to concede defeat in an online game. Some players, confident of their impending victory, may use it prematurely to taunt their opponents.


Taunting is the act of provoking or irritating someone in-game, often by labeling them as inexperienced or using offensive language. It’s a psychological tactic employed by gamers to unsettle their opponents.

Get on My Level

This phrase is used to challenge an opponent to improve their skills to match your own, effectively serving as a form of taunt.


BM is an acronym for Bad Manner, typically used to describe someone who loses their temper and starts making unrelated, offensive remarks.


RL stands for Real Life, referring to activities or interactions that occur outside the digital world. For example, ‘I sold it to my RL friend.’


The term ‘Epic’ is used to describe something exceptionally cool or awe-inspiring. It’s essentially another word for ‘awesome.’


The term ‘Burn’ gained popularity from Kelso in That 70’s Show. It’s used when someone’s comment backfires on them, serving as a more intense version of the old-school ‘ouch.’


‘Hardcore’ describes something that is extremely challenging or intense. For instance, ‘Purchasing a $500 keyboard is so hardcore.’


The term ‘Noob’ is derived from ‘newbie,’ and it describes someone who is new to a particular game or activity.


‘Nerfed’ refers to something that has been weakened or made less effective. For example, ‘The new graphic card is a nerfed but more affordable version of an older model.’


‘Buffed’ is the antonym of ‘nerfed,’ used to describe something that has been enhanced or strengthened.


‘Pwned’ is a slang term for ‘owned,’ used to describe outperforming or dominating someone or something. It’s sometimes used as an alternative to the word ‘defeat.’


WP is an abbreviation for Well Played. It’s a way to express admiration for something well done. For instance, ‘WP to [smartphone company] for creating such an innovative smartphone.’ It’s a modern take on the classic ‘Touché.’


‘Lag’ is often used to describe something that is extremely slow. While it’s a standard English word, it’s applied in various contexts. For example, ‘The lag in shipping cost me thousands of dollars.’


This stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. It’s often used sarcastically to suggest that a piece of content could have been summarized more succinctly.


IKR stands for ‘I Know, Right?’ and is commonly used in response to statements like ‘How awesome is that!’


IDK is an acronym for ‘I Don’t Know’, often used when quick communication is needed, especially in gaming contexts.


GLHF represents Good Luck, Have Fun. It can be used genuinely or sarcastically, depending on the situation.


RQ is short for Rage Quit, a term originating from gamers who exit a game in frustration without showing sportsmanship. It can also describe someone giving the silent treatment out of anger.

You Mad?

‘You Mad?’ is a phrase often used to provoke someone further after they’ve already become upset. It’s derived from internet memes.


‘Jelly’ is slang for ‘jealous’ and is used as a substitute for the word ‘jealous’ in various contexts.


‘Uber’ is used as a substitute for the words ‘super’ or ‘very’. For instance, ‘That’s uber cool!’

Srs Bsns

‘Srs Bsns’ is shorthand for ‘Serious Business’. It’s often used to describe someone who is taking something more seriously than others might expect.


If you’re new to the Internet, LOL stands for Laughing Out Loud. It’s a quick way to express amusement.


ROFL is an extension of LOL and stands for Rolling On the Floor Laughing. It’s used to indicate something is extremely funny.


LMAO is another variant of LOL and ROFL, standing for Laughing My Ass Off.


TTYL is an acronym for Talk To You Later and is often used as a casual way to say goodbye. However, sometimes people don’t actually return.


BRB stands for Be Right Back. It’s a quick way to let someone know you’ll return shortly, although that’s not always the case.


BBL is similar to BRB and stands for Be Back Later. It’s a more indefinite timeframe, somewhere between TTYL and BRB.


IIRC is an acronym for If I Remember Correctly. It’s a commonly used term that has been abbreviated for convenience.


IINM stands for If I’m Not Mistaken and is used in a similar context to IIRC.


IMHO is an acronym for In My Humble Opinion. Sometimes, it’s simplified to just IMO, omitting the ‘humble’ part.


GTG is often used right before signing off and stands for Got To Go. It’s a quick way to say you’re leaving.


IDC is shorthand for I Don’t Care. It’s a blunt way to express indifference.


AFAIK stands for As Far As I Know. It’s a useful term to preface a statement, similar to IIRC or IINM.


BTW is an acronym for By The Way, often used to introduce a new topic or piece of information.


TBH is widely used online and stands for To Be Honest. It’s a way to preface a statement where you’re about to give your honest opinion.