Body Language Online

If you are new to online protocol, you may be frustrated by the in-group language – those acronyms and punctuation symbols people stick into their sentences. Those have the fancy name of “emoticon” (emotional icons) because they are intended to be EMOTIon-CONveying by communicating body language.

After all, if you can’t see me smile, you may not know I am joking.

When you see punctuation marks, mentally turn the page 90 degrees clockwise, and picture the marks as a face, without the circle. For example,

:) or :-)   happiness, sarcasm, or joke
:] or :-]   jovial happiness
:D or :-D   big grin
:( or :-(   unhappiness
:[ or :-[   despondent unhappiness
[[[ ]]]   Hugs (picture arms around someone)
...   please wait, I am still typing


For your convenience, we put together a brief list of popular abbreviations in the DUPLICATE BRIDGE realm.


At the Bridge Table, Online "chat" window
GLP Good Luck, Partner.
TYP Thank you, Partner.
TY Thank you.
NP No Problem.
AFK Away From Keyboard
BRB Be Right Back
NT Nice try.
Pd Partner
RE Welcome back. (re-welcome)
WD Well done!
WTG! Way to go! (applause for bid or play)
PLUS, In the Discussion posts or Email
BTW By the way
CU See you.
CU2 See you, too.
CUL See you later.
CYa See ya
DL DownLoad
FWIW For What It's Worth
GA Go Ahead
GL Good Luck
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GDRLH Grinning, Ducking & Running Like Heck
IC I See
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IOW In Other Words
L8R Later
LOL Laughing Out Loud.
OTOH On the other hand
Re Welcome back (again) "re-welcome"
ROFL Rolling On Floor, Laughing
SPAM Stupid Person's Ad or Message (junk email)
TTYL Talk to You Later
TY Thank you.
U2 You, too.
WB Welcome back.
WTG Way to Go!
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get ("wiss-ee-wig"
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary (opinion)
Bridge Convention Abbreviations
Capp Cappelletti (Hamilton)
GF game-forcing
J2NT Jacoby 2 NT (to 1 or 1)
Lav Lavinthal discards
Leb Lebensohl
Mich Michaels
NF non-forcing
OE Odd/Even discards
RKC Roman KeyCard (Blackwood)
udca Upside Down carding, count and attitude
WJS Weak Jump Shift
xfer transfer bid

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