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 Buzzle article.
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
ABBR
MEANING
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

AbbreviationMeaning
AFKAway From Keyboard
AFPOEA Fresh Pair Of Eyes
AIAMUAnd I'm A Monkey's Uncle
AKAAlso Known As
ANFSCDAnd Now For Something Completely Different
AOASAll Of A Sudden
AWLTPAvoiding Work Like The Plague
AYSOSAre You Stupid Or Something
AYTMTBAnd You're Telling Me This Because
BFOBlinding Flash of the Obvious
BICBWBut I Could Be Wrong
BOTOHBut On The Other Hand
CMIWCorrect Me If I'm Wrong
DHTBDon't Have The Bandwidth
DHYBDon't Hold Your Breath
DKDCDon't Know Don't Care
DQMOTDon't Quote Me On This
ESOEquipment Smarter than Operator
FTBOMHFrom The Bottom Of My Heart
GALGALGive A Little Get A Little
GFETEGrinning From Ear To Ear
GMABGive Me A Break
HITAKSHang In There And Keep Smiling
HIOOCHelp, I'm Out Of Coffee
HTNOTHHit The Nail On The Head
IBIWISII'll Believe It When I See It
ISWYMI See What You Mean
J2LYKJust To Let You Know
LMTCBLeft Message To Call Back
LOLLaughing Out Loud
LOPSODLong On Promises, Short On Delivery
MTCWMy Two Cents Worth
MTFBWYMay The Force Be With You
NIMJDNot In My Job Description
TOBGThis Oughta Be Good
WTTTMWithout Thinking Too Much
WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get

Some Romantic SMS Slang and Abbreviations

AbbreviationMeaning
ALIWanIsUAll I Want Is You
ALOrOAll Or Nothing
AMLAll My Love
BaBitsUBaby It's You
BBSDBe Back Soon Darling
BGWMBe Gentle With Me
CSThnknAUCan't Stop Thinking About You
CUIMDSee You In My Dreams
4EVRYRSForever Yours
GMeSumLuvinGimme Some Lovin'
GrwOldWivMeGrow Old With Me
HITULThtILuvUHave I Told You Lately That I Love You
HldMeClseHold Me Close
ICLWYLI Can't Live Without Your Love
IJC2SalLuvUI Just Called To Say I Love You
ImT14UI'm The One For You
IOWAN2BWUOnly Want To Be With You
LtsGt2gthrLet's Get Together
Luv2LuvUBabLove To Love You Baby
M$ULkeCraZMiss You Like Crazy
RmbaYaMneRemember You're Mine
SvnALMyLuv4USaving All My Love For You
SWALKSent 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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