Top 10 geeky terms we love

In the United States alone, more than 135 million people play games for at least an hour each month. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for gamers to have their own shorthand language. After all, you may need both hands to play your games.

Many geeky terms and shorthand speak used by gamers have become so popular that they have spread to general use by the Internet community and in some cases, real life. Here at Newegg, we’ve compiled our list of our top 10 favorite geeky terms:

  1. 1337, l33t – From the word “leet,” derived from the word elite. 1337 is used to show superiority over someone or something. L33t speak is just replacing vowels with numbers or symbols. 
    Example: “My computer is l33t! Just got a brand-new GTX 690 graphics card!”
  2. AFK – Away From Keyboard. Used to indicate that the user will be unable to respond.
    Example: “Gotta go eat, afk.”
  3. GG – Good game. Used at the end of near the conclusion of a gaming match.
    Example: “I gotta go…gg.”
  4. Newbie, Noob, n00b – an inexperienced user of a system or game, or an annoying person.
    Example: “Learn how to fight you n00b.”
  5. IRL – In Real Life.
    Example: “I’m actually a girl irl.”
  6. Pwn, pwned – A misspelling of “own.”  To “own” is to win spectacularly, either at a game or at life in general.
    Example: “I didn’t even know we had a test today…I got pwned.”
  7. QFT – Quoted for truth. Used on internet message boards to show agreement from a previous message.
    Example: “QFT. This is exactly what I think too.”
  8. SMH – Shaking my head. Usually used when someone finds something so stupid, no words can do it justice.
    Example: “You’re 50 years old and you believe in unicorns? SMH.”
  9. TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read. Used when encountering an email or forum comment consisting of a wall of text.
    Example: “Yeah, I saw that comment, but…tl;dr.”
  10. Troll, trolling – Someone who posts a deliberately provocative message with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.
    Example: “You’re nothing but a fanboy!” “Stop trolling.” 

Which terms do you like? Are we missing any geek terms you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Responses to Top 10 geeky terms we love

  1. Adam July 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    You forgot “fail”, which is what this list is.

    • Kathy July 25, 2012 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Adam, thank you for your feedback. Did you have any suggestions for future blog posts?

  2. maliazul July 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I like ‘wtf’. But I hate ‘pwned’. I know, “WTF! Who could hate ‘pwned’? SMH.”

  3. Andy July 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    l337 5P33K ph0R 73h WiN!

  4. OER July 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    l33t speak was not established as it used today in any form or fashion. It was actually created by hackers as code. Sadly, some ignorant people brought it into gaming and created stupidity…

  5. oximus August 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Clam Shelling – To open and close your macbook a lot.

    Ex. We have moved to 3 different rooms now, I have been clam shelling this mac all morning.

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