Just as parents struggle to keep up with the latest internet slang, so does the FBI, which is why the government agency has come up with its own guide to the latest terms and abbreviations.
As reported by Grabthe FBI actually has its own 83-page guide to Internet slang that you can read for yourself at the Internet Archive.
It should be noted that the FBI’s massive encyclopedia of Internet slang is a bit dated by today’s standards, as it was obtained in 2014 through a Freedom of Information Act request ( FOIA) filed by the non-profit organization MuckRock whose goal is to make the policy more transparent. while holding the government accountable.
The FBI Internet Slang Guide has been uploaded to the Internet Archive for posterity and contains 2,800 entries, the vast majority of them shorthand for Twitter shorthand. However, the guide also contains entries on common symbols found online, such as the use of “<3" for the heart.
Along with colloquial terms such as “LOL” and “BRB”, the FBI Internet Slang Guide also contains more unusual entries such as ALOTBSOL (always look on the bright side of life), BIOYIOP (blow your port of I/O), DENT (don’t bother next time), GIWIS (gee, wish I had said that) and more.
As we mentioned before, you can read the guide yourself on the Internet Archive, but be aware that it is of very poor quality and you will have to zoom in a bit to read it.
According to a report by The edge published in 2014 when the FBI’s Guide to Internet Slang first became public, the glossary of terms was compiled by the government agency’s Intelligence Research Support Unit and has been described as useful to “follow” the children and grandchildren.
While we now know what the FBI was looking for online almost a decade ago, it would be quite interesting to take a look at the agency’s most recent Internet slang guides, which have probably swelled in size now that more and more of our daily life has passed. in line.