March 6, 2007

Teen Tech Week - :~/ ?

Emoticons and acronyms:

<:-) Innocently asking a dumb question
:~/ Confused
d :-o Hats off to you!
; ) Wink
:-@ Screaming
8 Infinity
/\/\/\ Laughter
* Kiss
~:o Baby
+<:-) Religious leader
+<-) Knight
8-O Astonished
8-P Yuck!
: ( Sad
: ) Smile
: [ Bored, sad
~:\ Elvis


Do you have a SASS (Short Attention Span Society/Syndrome)?

SFAIAA (So Far As I Am Aware), yes.

BTW (By The Way)... IJWTS (I Just Want To Say) POS (Parents Over the Shoulder).

IKWUM (I Know What You Mean), it's a SMOP (Small Matter Of Programming).

TNSTAAFL (There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)! HHO 1/2 K (Ha, Ha, Only Half Kidding).

DUCWIC (Do YoU See What I See) or is this just an EIF (Exercise In Futility)?

BTDTGTTS (Been There Done That Got The T-Shirt)

WCAGA (What Comes Around Goes Around) B/C (Because) ROTBA (Reality On The Blink Again).

E2EG (Ear to Ear Grin)

LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

LTHTT (Laughing Too Hard To Type)


Do you know what an Infobot is and when the word was invented? Read the first usages of the word Infobot in this thorough definition taken from the Oxford English Dictionary below.

Infobot, n.

An automatic system which enables users to find out information, spec.
(a) (with capital initial) (a proprietary name for) a telephone query handling system in which users select options using a touch-tone telephone and receive instructions and information from a synthesized or recorded voice; (b) a device or computer program used to execute transactions, esp. the retrieval of information from the Internet, whose operation does not require the direct control of the user; cf. KNOWBOT n.

1986 ABA Banking Jrnl. (Nexis) May 126 An automated service that uses artificial intelligence and voice technology and that substitutes for customer service representatives has been developed by Syntellect. Called Infobot, the system can be used without making any changes in the bank's existing mainframe software.

1991 Communication Week (Nexis) 9 Sept. 40 Undergraduates at the University of California-Los Angeles have been able to sign up for their classes since 1989 using an InfoBot system.

1993 Special Libraries (Nexis) 22 Sept. 230 Forcing information to permeate the organization, creating infobots that find people who need information..exemplify excellence in virtual libraries.

1999 Assoc. Computing Machinery Nov. 69 Why is it that users do not have an InfoBot on their desktop that will analyze their information needs, scour the Web and get them exactly what they need?


Search other words related to technology in the O.E.D. (Oxford English Dictionary) through the library website.

Reference books are always available at the library (check which branch):

Abbreviations Dictionary by Ralph DeSola

Acronyms, Initialisms, & Abbreviations Dictionary

Larousse Dictionary of Science and Technology edited by Peter M.B. Walker

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms edited by Sybil P. Parker

A Concise Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: From a Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English by Eric Partridge

Check out these books:

NTC's Dictionary of Acronyms and Abbreviations compiled by Steven Racek Kleinedler

Slang!: The Topic-by-topic Dictionary of Contemporary American Lingoes by Paul Dickson