(NewsGlobal.com)- There’s an 83-page FBI “guide” on internet terminology riddled with strange abbreviations. The Verge wonders if these acronyms and shortcuts may have been submitted either by an internet troll or someone in the FBI who is just ‘plain dumb.’
There are 2,800 entries, which the FBI calls “Twitter Shorthand.”
They say the usage of shorthand and acronyms has expanded with the emergence of Twitter and other social media sites on the Internet. The Intelligence Research Support Unit (IRSU) of the Department of Intelligence claims to have compiled a large — but far from comprehensive — collection of abbreviations and acronyms used in Twitter and other social media venues such as instant messengers, Facebook, and MySpace.
The guide claims that using distinct examples of slang would be very handy in the profession or for keeping up with kids and grandkids. The book also explains how agents can add more terms to the list, which caused The Verge writer to question whether there was some sort of review procedure in place for new submissions.
Because the FBI’s guide was made available through a 2014 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in April of 2016, you may now peruse the guide for yourselves. If you choose to look at it, keep in mind that the quality isn’t great. It looks like a faded Dot Matrix printout, and it may cause some eye strain.
In the book, you will see entries such as:
● NAK: Nursing At Keyboard
● DBI: Douche Bag Index
● B8: Bait
● BOTEC: Back Of The Envelope Calculation
● PMT: Pre-Menstrual Tension
● DITYID: Did I Tell You I’m Depressed?
● BTWITIAILWU: By The Way, I think I Am In Love With You
● 420: Drugs
● DLTBBB: Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite
● ICBINB: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
● IOKIYAR: It’s OK If You Are Republican
DAOTMS: Does Any Of This Make Sense?
Some of the acronyms on the list aren’t online slang but acronyms people use at work.
DNR: Do Not Resuscitate
DNS: Domain Name Service, or Do Not Sell
HSPDA: Health Care Service Provider Disclosure Act, or High-Speed Packet Data Access
What isn’t on the list: CIA, FBI, and DOJ.
Maybe in their next book.