fbi-glossaryTo know your enemy or to understand someone, you would first need to walk in his or her shoes, see things from their perspective, and at the very least you would have an inkling of what they are going through. The FBI is a governmental agency that functions as a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency, and so, they must have their “tentacles” in the realm of the internet, and would need to make sense of all that is being said there. Hence, it is not surprising to hear that the FBI has compiled a shorthand internet slang glossary that spans all of 83 pages, now how about that?

BOGSAT, DILLIGAD and SOMSW happen to be three terms (or acronyms, depending on how you look at it) that is considered by the FBI to be made part of the 83-page glossary of internet slang. Apart from that, there are nearly 3,000 other terms which could sound just as confusing as the terms themselves. The glossary’s name is called “Twittter shorthand”, but do take note that not all of the content within will be limited to just what is spoken over on Twitter; since its primary objective is to ensure that agents get familiar with all the different kind of shorthand used on the internet.

I do hope that the cartoon above by Gemma Correll manages to get the point across.

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