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Computer Lingo and Its Categories

Anything that has a specialized set of knowledge will undoubtedly have its own “language,” and computer lingo is one example. In fact, computer lingo may very well be one of the main reasons why so many people feel they cannot understand (and therefore do not even attempt to) computers. It is completely understandable why someone with little or no knowledge of computers would think that surmounting this enormous obstacle of learning all the lingo is impossible. There are actually so many different terms that there are numerous different categories into which the words can be divided: PC acronyms, computer acronyms, chat lingo, and network and internet acronyms, among others.

Making Sense of Computer Lingo

If you are interested in making sense of all the computer lingo, the first thing you should know is that it is much easier than you think because many of the seemingly indiscernible are actually based on simple logic. Once you become familiar with just a few of the key concepts or terms, you will automatically be that much closer to understanding because many of the terms build on each other. Here are some examples of computer lingo you should know. 2GL refers to “second generation languages,” like Basic, Fortran, Cobol, and C. AAT is “average access time.” BAD is an acronym for “broken as designed,” which refers to products that are have inferior construction and will require constant upgrades. IC is “integrated circuit,” MR is “modem ready,” and MODEM stands for “modulate/demodulate.”

For those interested in a more entertainment-oriented computer knowledge, here are descriptions of some chat lingo. Basically, chat lingo developed out of a need to be as concise as possible so that you really can “talk” with written words. BTW means “by the way,” CUOL stands for “see you online,” AFK is “away from keyboard,” F2F is short for “face to face,” JK is “just kidding,” and L8R is “later.” These definitions and explanations should help you get started making your way in the computer world, and you can easily find much more information about computer lingo on sites all over the web.

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