55 Cryptic Technology Acronyms & Their Funny Translations

Tina Sieber 13-10-2011

computer acronymsThe dark, cold, and rainy season is rapidly approaching the Northern Hemisphere. Before you dip into a mild depression, make sure you stock up on lots of fruit, Vitamin D, and a steady source of humor. To help you with the latter, I have compiled a list of technology acronyms and their meanings, decoded through the lens of a humorist. Maybe they can bring some giggles into bleak days.



A Merely Insignificant Gamers Addiction (AMIGA)

Arrogance Produced Profit Losing Entity (Apple)

Advertising Overloads Losers (AOL)


Bill’s Attempt to Seize Industry Control (BASIC)

Believe I‘m Not Google (BING)


Basically I‘m Origin of System (BIOS)

Boots In One Second (BIOS)


Completely Obsolete Business Oriented Language (COBOL)

Consumer Device-Rendered Obsolete in Months (CD-ROM)


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Do Expect Cuts (DEC)

Defective Operating System (DOS)


Enemy of Book (eBook)


Electronic Bid Against Yourself (eBay)


Garbage In, Garbage Out (Gigo)

God’s Only Online Gateway Linking Electronically (Google)

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Hilarious Computer Logic (HCL)

Hackers Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP)


I Blame Microsoft (IBM)

I Buy Macs (IBM)

I Protest Adobe (iPad)

I Prefer Hipness Over Network Excellence (iPhone)

Idiots Price Our Devices (iPod)

Internet Exploder (IE)

It Still Does Nothing (ISDN)


Lots of Infuriating and Silly Parenthesis (LISP)


Most Absurd Computer (MAC)

Most Applications Crash, If Not, The Operating System Hangs (Macintosh)

Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers (Microsoft)

Meaningless Indication of Processor Speed (MIPS)

My Silly Network (MSN)

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Now EXchange for Trash (NEXT)

No Longer A Possible Solution To Escape Record-buying (NAPSTER)

Not a Trusted File System (NTFS)


Obsolete Soon 2 (OS/2)

Operation Suspended (OS)


Problem In Chair Not In Computer (PICNIC)

Pigs Do Fly (PDF)

Pretty Horrid Privacy (PHP)

Produced Erroneous Numbers Through Incorrect Understanding of Mathematics (Pentium)

People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms (PCMCIA)

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Raggedy A** Machine (RAM)


Security Silently Leaked (SSL)

Sessions Seriously Lagging (SSL)

Successfully Pestering Advertising Material (SPAM)

System Can’t See It (SCSI)


Technology Without Any Important Name (TWAIN)

Thoughts Which I Think They Enjoy Reading (Twitter)


Very Inconsistent Software – Try Another (Vista)


Windows Genuinely Angry (WGA)

What A Rot Program (WARP)

Will Install Needless Data On Whole System (Windows)

Wished I‘d Never Deployed On Work Station (Windows)

Windows Mistake Edition (Windows ME)

Windows eXPired (Windows XP)

World Wide Wait (WWW)

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You Always Have Other Options (Yahoo)

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What other acronyms do you know and which ones are your favorites?

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  1. Robbie
    March 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    You missed two:

    ID-TEN-T Error (Idiot error)

    PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair)

    • Tina
      March 27, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      haha Excellent, Robbie!

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      ANother Damn Redundant Os Inviting Delays

  2. Jack Cola
    October 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    LOL Great list Tina. How long did it take you to make all these up?

    • Tina
      October 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      Honestly, other people made them up. I just collected the ones I liked.

  3. Craig
    October 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    And what's wrong with 'F'?

    • Tina
      October 14, 2011 at 4:18 am

      Nothing, just didn't come up with a funny acronym.