[Ads-l] Antedating of AFK (1989)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 2 12:42:59 EDT 2016


AFK (away from keyboard) has just been added to the OED, dated 14 May
1990 in Usenet.

http://public.oed.com/the-oed-today/recent-updates-to-the-oed/june-2016-update/new-words-notes-june-2016/

Here's a couple of earlier examples.

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1989 May 8, Vince Perriello (Editor in Chief), “Volume 6, Number 19”,
in FidoNews[1]:

AFK - Away From Keys

[1] http://www.textfiles.com/fidonet-on-the-internet/878889/fido0619.txt

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1990 January 17, Russ Armadillo Coffman, “Smilies collection”, in
rec.humour, Usenet[2], retrieved 26 June 2016, message-ID
<26007 at cup.portal.com>:

AFK = Away From Keyboard

[2] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!original/rec.humor/ejJWZg1x6mg/9FNqbpNOND8J

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Hugo

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