"Kate Washburn didn’t know what to make of the email a friend sent to her office with the abbreviation “NSFW” written at the bottom. Then she clicked through the attached slideshow, titled “Awkward Family Photos.”
"It included shots of a family in furry “nude” suits and of another family alongside a male walrus in a revealing pose.
"After looking up NSFW on NetLingo.com—a Web site that provides definitions of Internet and texting terms—she discovered what it stood for: “Not safe for work."
As this article in today's Wall Street Journal demonstrates, you probably should have some sort of basic reference document at your disposal in order to de-code the bewildering number of abbreviations cropping up in today's social discourse.
"The consequences of misunderstanding the lingo can be mortifying. Cassandra McSparin, 23, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., knew a woman whose friend’s mother had died. The woman texted her friend: “I’m so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. LOL. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
"It turns out she thought LOL meant “Lots of love.”