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Internet Abbreviations Get The Historical Treatment—And BRB, We're LOLing

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

This week Twitter took another trip back in time using internet acronyms to revisit history. This time it was Wars of the Roses, a 15th century battle that led to the demise of Richard III, after which Henry Tudor took the throne of England as Henry VII. Twitter users stretched their imaginations to guess what common contemporary acronyms might have stood for in 1487.

Talia Lavin, a fact checker for The New Yorker, got things rolling:

It didn't take long for others to join in. Michele Banks offered quite a few: