What does CRTLA stand for?

Can’t remember the three-letter acronym

CRTLA is a unique acronym used in online chat that stands for “can’t remember the three-letter acronym.” It’s a bit ironic, but it’s helpful when you can’t recall the meaning of a certain acronym someone else uses in a conversation.

In the past, before online slang dictionaries, if someone used an acronym you didn’t understand, you could reply with CRTLA to let them know you didn’t know what they were talking about. It was a polite way of saying you were a bit lost in the conversation.

These days, you don’t have to admit you’re not up-to-speed with all the acronyms. If someone uses an acronym you’re not familiar with, like IHA, you can simply look it up online. It’s a quick and easy way to keep the conversation going without missing a beat.

Example for using ‘CRTLA’ in a conversation

Hey, do you know what IHA stands for?

No idea, CRTLA. Let me look it up real quick.

Haha, fair enough. Take your time!

Got it! IHA means “I hate acronyms”. Now we know!