The FBI has an 83-page guide to Internet slang

Jason Smathers at MuckRock used a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to attain any materials that the FBI has used in efforts to understand the slang people use to communicate online. After a very long wait, the government delivered.

More precisely, the request was for “all records or documentation” that was intended for the interpretation of “leetspeak (or leet or 1337, etc.)” which is “a [sic] obfuscated form of communication where letters are replaced with numbers or symbols or unusual spellings or abbreviations are used, or a combination of these aspects.” That is, that’s how it was phrased in the request.

While it took much longer than the law requires, the request was finally answered with said documents. Have you ever used some of these, taken from the “Twitter shorthand” section?

ALOTBSOL – “always look on the bright side of life”

BTDTGTTSAWIO – “been there done that got the t-shirt and wore it out”

IITYWTMWYBMAD – “if I tell you what this means will you buy me a drink?”

QWERTYUIOP – “bored”

SWMBO – “she who must be obeyed”

VBSEG – “very big s**t-eating grin”

WYLABOCTGWTC – “would you like a bowl of cream to go with that comment?”

Perhaps this one is the most fitting for all of this:

FMTYEWTK – “far more than you ever wanted to know”


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