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Abbreviations For Texting: IM, Chat, and SMS Slang

Abbreviations For Texting: IM, Chat, and SMS Slang

Some of the common terms, abbreviations, slang, and symbols used in instant messaging, chat rooms, and also by users of the Short Message Service on mobile phones have been listed in this Techspirited article.
Techspirited Staff
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2018
These days, though cell phones have done away with the 160 character upper limit, the 'shortcut' language is still in use to save money. With 160 characters counted as a single SMS, many people still try to get their entire message across in 160 characters itself, rather than paying additional amounts of money for crossing the 160 character limit. And as with everything else, this language has also evolved further, in fact so much that the other day, I got an SMS from my sister that I didn't understand at all. It seemed like total gibberish, and I had half a mind to call her and yell at her for wasting my time. Luckily for her, a younger colleague deciphered the message before any harm could be done. When I asked her later, she was surprised that I didn't understand, saying that it was a relatively simple message. Ahh, youth. Taking a look at some of the examples of messages on her phone just left me all muddled and confused. I kid you not, these messages sounded like some code or something, and I'm sure that all those government agencies [you know which ones I mean, right] would have been all excited had they caught a glimpse of them. This just led me to delve deeper into the matter, and I soon realized how out of touch I was. [read:old].
And that was just on the phone. With the Internet moving as fast as it is, IM and chat rooms have increased in popularity as well. Almost anyone who works on the Internet, or rather uses the Internet, has an IM account. What is this IM, you ask? IM or instant messaging, is an application that two or more people use to message in real time over the net. The more famous of these are AOL, Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MSN and ICQ. Very convenient if you need to talk to people who are geographically far away from you, all you need is the messenger and an Internet connection. Now this being real time, it is blazingly fast. It is just like talking, only you have to type what you want to say. If you think about that a little, you can see how having shortcuts will help you. For example: typing good morning will take longer than typing 'GM', which is the standard abbreviation for good morning in chat slang. You see where I am going with this? It is waaay faster to shorten words, make up abbreviations and use symbols that type the entire word or phrase. Unfortunately, the other party needs to understand these as well. Seeing something like 'TTYL' on you screen might boggle the mind, unless you know what it means. For the uninitiated, TTYL means Talk To You Later. There are thousands of these abbreviations and acronyms that are used in chatting and instant messaging, and there are new ones being made up everyday. When in use for a period of time, they become standard. So you might also be able to think up a few. Anyway, so you get my point. While well-known to all who use IM frequently, these might be strange for many.
So I decided that I'd put up a list of at least the more common of these abbreviations and codes and symbols and other arcane shortcuts that have totally ruined the English language. Mind, it does come in handy when you want to send of a quick message. At least it works for me [I have been notorious for my laziness in typing, I usually just call] and though I don't use it so often now as I used to, I still manage a few a week.
Abbreviations For Texting: IM, Chat, and SMS Slang
AAK
Alive And Kicking

AAR
At Any Rate

AAS
Alive And Smiling

ADN
Any Day Now

AFAIK
As Far As I Know

AFK
Away From Keyboard

AFN
That's All For Now

AOTA
All Of The Above

ASL
Age/Sex/Location

B4
Before

BAK
Back At Keyboard

BBL
Be Back Later

BBS
Be Back Soon

BCNU
Be Seeing You

b/f, BF
Boyfriend

BEG
Big Evil Grin

BFN
Bye For Now

BMA
Bite My A**

BR
Best Regards

BRB
Be Right Back

BRH
Be Right Here

BSEG
Big S**t Eatin Grin

BTA
But Then Again

BTW
By The Way

CRS
Can't Remember S**t

CU/CYA
See You

CU
Can't Understand

CUL8R
See You Later

CUOL
See You On Line

DDSS
Different Day, Same S**t

ABBR
MEANING

DEGT
Don't Even Go There

DIKU
Do I Know You?

DIS
Did I Say

EG
Evil Grin

EMA
E-mail Address

F2F
Face To Face

FAQ
Frequently Asked Question

FOCL
Falling Off Chair Laughing

FTS
F*** This S***

FUBAR
"Fouled" Up Beyond All Repair

FUD
Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW
For What It's Worth

FYI
For Your Information

GA
Go Ahead

GAL
Get A Life

g/f, GF
Girlfriend

GFN
Gone For Now

GGOH
Gotta Get Outta Here

GMTA
Great Minds Think Alike

GR
Gotta Run

GR&D
Grining, Running, and Ducking

GTRM
Going To Read Mail

H&K
Hugs and Kisses

HAGD
Have A Good Day

HAGO
Have A Good One

HB
Hurry Back

HTH
Hope That Helps

IAC
In Any Case

IB
I'm Back

IC
I See

ABBR
MEANING

IDK
I Don't Know

IDTS
I Don't Think So

IANAL
I Am Not A Lawyer

ICQ
I Seek You

ILU/ILY
I Love You

IM
Instant Message

IMHO
In My Humble Opinion

IMO
In My Opinion

IOH
I'm Out of Here

IOW
In Other Words

IRL
In Real Life

IYO
In Your Opinion

JAS
Just A Second

JIC
Just In Case

JK
Just Kidding

JMO
Just My Opinion

JW
Just Wondering

KIT
Keep In Touch

L8R
Later

LMAO
Laughing My Ass Off

LFFAO
Laughing My F***(freaking) Ass Off

LOL
Laughing Out Loud

LTNS
Long Time No See

LTS
Laughing To One's Self

LY
Love Ya

LYL
Love You Lots

NE1
Anyone

NFW
No Feasible (or F***ing) Way

NIMBY
Not In My Backyard

NM
Never Mind

ABBR
MEANING

NP
No Problem

NRN
No Response Necessary/Not Right Now

NT
No Thanks

OBTW
Oh, By The Way

OIC
Oh, I See

OMG
Oh My God

OTOH
On The Other Hand

OTOMH
Off the Top of My Head

P911
Parents in room

PEBCAK
Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard

PMJI
Pardon Me for Jumping In

POTS
Parents Over The Shoulder

QT
Cutie

ROFL
Rolling On Floor Laughing

ROTFLMAO
Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off

SOL
Shit Out Of Luck

SOTA
State Of The Art

SPST
Same Place, Same Time

SSDD
Same S**t, Different Day

TAFN
That's All For Now

TTYL
Talk To You Later

WFM
Works For Me

WIIFM
What's In It For Me?

WTG
Way To Go

WWJD
What Would Jesus Do?

YMMV
Your Mileage May Vary

YR
Yea, Right

WWJD
What Would Jesus Do?

YR
Your Mileage May Vary

YW
You're Welcome
Some Not So Common Chat Slang and Abbreviations
AFK
Away From Keyboard

AFPOEA

AIAMU
And I'm A Monkey's Uncle

AKA
Also Known As

ANFSCD
And Now For Something Completely Different

AOAS
All Of A Sudden

AWLTP
Avoiding Work Like The Plague

AYSOS
Are You Stupid Or Something

AYTMTB
And You're Telling Me This Because

BFO
Blinding Flash of the Obvious

BICBW
But I Could Be Wrong

BOTOH
But On The Other Hand

CMIW
Correct Me If I'm Wrong

DHTB
Don't Have The Bandwidth

DHYB
Don't Hold Your Breath

DKDC
Don't Know Don't Care

DQMOT
Don't Quote Me On This

ESO
Equipment Smarter than Operator

FTBOMH
From The Bottom Of My Heart

GALGAL
Give A Little Get A Little

GFETE
Grinning From Ear To Ear

GMAB
Give Me A Break

HITAKS
Hang In There And Keep Smiling

HIOOC
Help, I'm Out Of Coffee

HTNOTH
Hit The Nail On The Head

IBIWISI
I'll Believe It When I See It

ISWYMI
See What You Mean

J2LYK
Just To Let You Know

LMTCB
Left Message To Call Back

LOL
Laughing Out Loud

LOPSOD
Long On Promises, Short On Delivery

MTCW
My Two Cents Worth

MTFBWY
May The Force Be With You

NIMJD
Not In My Job Description

TOBG
This Oughta Be Good

WTTTM
Without Thinking Too Much

WYSIWYG
What You See Is What You Get


Some Romantic SMS Slang and Abbreviations
ALIWanIsU
All I Want Is You

ALOrO
All Or Nothing

AML
All My Love

BaBitsU
Baby It's You

BBSD
Be Back Soon Darling

BGWM
Be Gentle With Me

CSThnknAU
Can't Stop Thinking About You

CUIMD
See You In My Dreams

4EVRYRS
Forever Yours

GMeSumLuvin
Gimme Some Lovin'

GrwOldWivMe
Grow Old With Me

HITULThtILuvU
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

HldMeClse
Hold Me Close

ICLWYL
I Can't Live Without Your LoveI

JC2SalLuvUI
Just Called To Say I Love You

ImT14U
I'm The One For You

IOWAN2BWU
Only Want To Be With You

LtsGt2gthr
Let's Get Together

Luv2LuvUBab
Love To Love You Baby

M$ULkeCraZ
Miss You Like Crazy

RmbaYaMne
Remember You're Mine

SvnALMyLuv4U
Saving All My Love For You

SWALK
Sent With A Loving Kiss

Whew! ISTICSF! [I'm So Tired I Could Sleep Forever]...see I told you it's easy to make your own slang. Just make sure that the other person understands it. Otherwise you will end up wasting more time typing out the explanation as well. And wasn't all this made just to save time? This is just the tip of the iceberg though. There are many many more abbreviations and slang that are used in IM, SMS and chat, that would take me forever to cover. However, the lists above are pretty exhaustive and if you know most of them, you will be able to hold your own with serious chatters on the net. So go through them, and maybe the next time you chat with someone, you won't end up feeling like you are talking to some martian.
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