email conventions

James E. Clapp jeclapp at WANS.NET
Sat Aug 7 04:19:17 UTC 1999

A. Vine wrote:
> For emoticons, take a look at:
> Also, you might want to look at:

To decrypt initialisms or search for initialisms whose expansions include
a particular word, see The World Wide Web Acronym and Abbreviation Server
at .

This site was just called to my attention today by someone whom I had to
write back to ask what he meant by AFAIK.  I told him I assumed (from the
context) that the FAIK means "for all I know," but couldn't figure out the
A.  He wrote back to say the abbreviation stands for "as far as I know."

This is what I meant when I wrote on this list that I find these
initialisms a pain, and am always having to go to a lot of trouble if I
want to know what the person writing them is actually trying to say.
Having a Web site to consult doesn't make them any less a pain, but some
of you researchers out there may find it interesting or useful.

James E. Clapp

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