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Text/chat shorthand for “at.”


Text/chat shorthand for “at the end of the day.”


Text/chat shorthand for “Starbuck’s.”


Text/chat shorthand for “wink wink nudge nudge,” used primarily when something lewd has been said, in reference to a similar skit done by comedy troupe Monty Python.


Text/chat shorthand for “Talk to the hand.”


Text/chat shorthand for “I’m outta here.”


Text/chat shorthand for “love,” as the two symbols together resemble a heart.


Text/chat shorthand for “your/my two cents’ worth.”


In gamer lingo, an extra life.


10,000-hour rule
In his book Outliers, which examines the lifestyles of the most successful, most famous, brightest and best in their fields, author Malcolm Gladwell claims that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of any skill.


Text/chat shorthand for “thank you” (a pseudo-soundalike for “ten Q”).


Text/chat shorthand for “one to one.”  Typically used as a chat room request for a private chat.


Text/chat shorthand for “leet,” a shortened form of “elite.”


Text/chat shorthand for “I love you.”


Text/chat shorthand for “I love you, too.”


Text/chat shorthand for “One for all, all for one,” in reference to the heroes’ motto from Alexander Dumas’ The Three Musketeers.


Text/chat shorthand for “I hate you.”


Text/chat shorthand for murder/homicide, in reference to a law enforcement code.


1984 (film)

See Nineteen Eighty-Four (film).


1984 (novel)
See Nineteen Eighty-Four (novel).


Text/chat shorthand for “wonderful.”


2001: A Space Odyssey (film)

Based on the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke, 2001 presents a unique story of alien involvement in human evolution, and the eventual search for the aliens by the human race.  The spacecraft for the journey is equipped with the interactive supercomputer HAL 9000, who is very helpful along the way, but then seems conflicted and does all it can to abort the project.


2001: A Space Odyssey (novel)
Written by Arthur C. Clarke and published in 1968, 2001 presents a unique story of alien involvement in human evolution, and the eventual search for the aliens by the human race.  A mysterious monolith appears at the dawning of Mankind, and shortly, Man discovers weaponry.  Millenia later, as Man reaches the moon, another monolith is discovered.  This leads to the discovery of another monolith on one of Jupiter’s moons.  Astronauts are sent on a long-term mission, with the computer HAL 9000 controlling the ship.  Soon, units keeping the rest of the crew in suspended animation shut themselves off, and all but the two conscious astronauts are killed.  Errors aboard ship begin to occur.  Astronaut Dave Bowman learns that HAL had begun to feel guilty about keeping secret elements of the mission from the he and fellow astronaut Frank Poole.  When the astronauts discuss shutting HAL off, he becomes defensive and kills Poole.  As Bowman reaches the mysterious monolith, it opens for him and he sees that it is full of stars.  It swallows Bowman’s pod and Mission Control never hears from Bowman again.  Bowman is transformed into an immortal entity, and returns to look over Earth.  The novel was turned into a theatrical film, released in April 1968.  Clarkre’s book inspired the film 2001: A Space Odyssey (film), and several sequels, including 2010: Odyssey Two.


2010: Odyssey Two
Arthur C. Clarke’s sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey involves a joint U.S.-U.S.S.R. mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, to determine what happened to American spacecraft Discovery and astronaut Dave Bowman ten years earlier, as well as what caused the malfunction of the ship’s computer HAL 9000.  Discovery is found to be in better shape than anticipated, and the American scientist responsible for HAL’s design manages to get the computer up and running.  The monolith hovering over Europa suddenly opens. The being who was once David Bowman, Discovery’s commander, surveys the gas giant and surrounding moons for signs of life and possible intelligence.  The beings controlling Bowman begin a process that will turn Jupiter into a second sun.  The combined crew escapes Jupiter’s orbit in time to witness Jupiter’s detonation and transformation into a second sun in Earth’s sky.


24-hour comic
A challenge among cartoonists and graphic novelists to create a full 24-page comic – a task which normally takes months of work – in only 24 hours.


The frequency in hertz (hz) that American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation (AT&T) formerly put on unused long-distance lines.  Once this knowledge was learned, phone users sought out whistles and other ways to duplicate this tone, so they could use the phone to make free long-distance calls.  The basis for the title of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.


2600: The Hacker Quarterly
An American magazine founded in 1984 and sometimes called “the hacker’s bible,” 2600 has served as both a technical journal and a muckraking magazine, exposing what the magazine deems as government and corporate misdeeds.  Co-founder, publisher and editor Eric Corley (who operates under the name Emmanuel Goldstein, after the shadowy leader of the resistance in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four) started 2600 as a three-sheet newsletter, partly in response to his 1983 arrest for having allegedly hacked into a system that gave him access to a number of corporations’ e-mail records.  The magazine’s political stance has been described as anti-authoritarian and libertarian, and in Goldstein’s formulation, “dissident.”


See 3D.


See 3D.


3-dimensional chess
See Three-dimensional chess.



Visually stunning retelling of the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, in which Leonidas (Gerard Butler), king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and only 300 men faced a significantly larger Persian army under King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro).  Though the Spartans are fated to die, their noble sacrifices inspire all of Greece to unite.  Based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller, the popular film was directed by Zack Snyder.  The film spawned a sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire.


300: Rise of an Empire

In the sequel to Frank Miller’s 300, After its victory over Leonidas’ Spartan army, the Persian army, under the command of Xerxes, marches toward the major Greek city-states.  The democratic city of Athens, first in their path, bases its strength on its fleet, led by admiral Themistocles.  Themistocles is forced into an alliance with traditional rival Sparta.


Text/chat shorthand for “mom,” as the numbers resemble the letters on their sides.


Common abbreviation for “three-dimensional,” as in films or art presented with an element of depth, as well as height and width.


3D audio
A technique for getting more “depth” from traditional stereo sound, typically produced by attaching a 3D sound card to a computer’s audio system, which analyzes sound coming from the computer’s speakers, and sends feedback to the sound system so it can readjust the sound to give the impression that the speakers are farther apart.


3D modeling
Computer imaging that represents the three physical dimensions of height, width and depth, rather than the traditional two dimensions of height and width.  Programmers are able to designate and manipulate all three dimensions of such objects, which provide the illusion of real depth. 


3D sound card
See 3D audio.


3G modem
See Aircard.


Text/chat shorthand for “I don’t know.”  Based on the common computer error message “404 Not Found.”


Text/chat shorthand for information.  Based on telephone information lines, which are traditionally reached by dialing “4-1-1.”


The ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything, according to Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.


Text/chat shorthand for “I love you.”  Based on the numbers of a telephone keypad that correspond with the initials “I-L-Y.”


A simple image-based bulletin board on which users can post comments and share images. There are boards dedicated to a variety of topics, including anime, videogames, music and photography.


Text/chat shorthand for “for crying out loud.”


Text/chat shorthand for “for ever and ever.”


Text/chat shorthand for “forever.”


Text/chat shorthand for “forever.”


4G modem
See Aircard.


Text/chat shorthand for “foreignor.”


Text/chat shorthand for “too much information” or “TMI.”  A takeoff of “411.”



Text/chat shorthand for “five-finger salute.”  Based on the action of placing the thumb to the tip of the nose and waving the other four fingers.  Meant as an expression of contempt or faux contempt.



Text/chat shorthand for “Let’s fly,” as in “Let’s get out of here.”


8-bit music

See Chiptune.


802.11 standard

Technical specifications developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to govern wireless networking.  The standard specifies an interface between a wireless client (such as a laptop) and a base transceiver, or between two wireless clients peer-to-peer.  The 802.11 Standard was accepted by the IEEE in 1997.


Text/chat shorthand for “I love you.”  Based on “8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning.”


Text/chat shorthand for “get rid of (something)” or “prevent (something).”  The most widely accepted origin for this phrase is restaurant code dating from the 1930s for “We’re all out of (a food item in question).”



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