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You've never heard of most of the entries in the FBI's Twitter slang dictionary

You've never heard of most of the entries in the FBI's Twitter slang dictionary
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It's no secret that Twitter has its own language.

Just watch this hilarious skit by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake to see what I mean. 

The FBI knows this and on top of getting new software that can identify sarcasm on social media sites, there's now an official 83-page guide to Twitter shorthand to help them find criminals online. But some of the shorthand is just plain funny.

“With the advent of Twitter and other social media on the Internet, the use of shorthand and acronyms has exploded," the introduction reads. “This list has about 2,800 entries you should find useful in your work or for keeping up with your children and/or grandchildren."

Here are some examples that were posted online as a part of the Freedom of Information Act:

  • ::Poof:: - Goodbye, or leaving the room
  • 404 -  No clue
  • A3 - Any time, anywhere, any place
  • ANAWFOS - And now, a word from our sponsors
  • BMUS - Beam me up, Scotty
  • BTDTGTTSAWIO - Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt and wore it out
  • FMDIDGAD - Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn
  • IRAH - Insert relevant acronym here
  • LMGTFY - Let me Google that for you
  • OMS - Oh my science

These are just a few examples, and aside from the humor, the FBI has most likely used these acronym cheat sheets to help bring down cybercriminals like the masterminds behind Silk Road.

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Source: Daily Dot
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