Once, when I was in middle school, we had to do a project about languages of the world. I can’t speak anything besides English, though, and didn’t feel like learning a new language, so as a cop out, I did my project on internet leet-speak. I think I got a B on that one, so I’d call that getting away with it. Childhood shenanigans aside, most internet communities have their own slang and terminology that may seem a bit impenetrable to the outside observer. Here’s a quick guide to slang terms used in Roblox.
Since Roblox is a game primarily designed for kids, its chat features a filter that automatically censors profanity and identifiable personal information. Of course, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of online games, it’s that there’s more than one way to convey a feeling besides full words. Most Roblox users use traditional online leetspeak and abbreviations, which you probably already know if you’re particular age, as well as some unique terminology for the game.
Roblox Slang Guide
Here’s a few examples of traditional leetspeak and shorthand for the uninitiated:
- ISTG: “I swear to god,” used when someone is being annoying.
- Lol: “laugh out loud,” for funny things, ironically or otherwise.
- Noob: Shorthand for “newbie,” or a new user.
- OP: “Original poster,” referring to the initial post of a forum thread.
- TL;DR: “too long; didn’t read.” Self-explanatory.
- SMH: “Shaking my head,” used to express disbelief or disappointment.
Now here are a few examples of terms more prominently associated with Roblox and its forums:
- Robloxian: A player’s character.
- LMaD: “Let’s make a deal,” a sub-forum dedicated to trading items.
- Oof: An expression of pain, often associated with the little grunting sound Robloxians make when hurt.
- Catalog: The Roblox catalog, which users can browse for places and avatars.
- Cord: Shorthand for the chat app Discord, the name of which is blocked by the filter.
- Brick: A piece of a Roblox construct.
- BrickBattle: A fight between players with the game’s basic weapons.
- Blox: The act of killing another player.
- ABC: An open call players use to inform other players they’re looking for something, commonly used in roleplay scenarios. Doesn’t actually stand for anything.
Frequently Asked Questions About Roblox Slang
ISTG means “I swear to god” in the Roblox community. Players tend to say this when someone or something is annoying them or becoming frustrating.
AFK stands for Away From Keyboard, and generally means a person is not available or not at their computer right now. It is a common abbreviation used in many games outside of Roblox.