An Amazing List of Text Message Symbols You'll Want to Bookmark

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What do you do when you want to show your state of mind in a text message? You use symbols, of course. This Buzzle article gives you a list of various symbols and abbreviations that you can use in your text messages...
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Believe it or not, for most of us, our messages remain incomplete without the use of text message symbols. Many times, the use of these emoticons is even unnecessary, but we have become so used to them that we can't do without them. Texting abbreviations and symbols undoubtedly help us in reducing the number of characters. A simple smiley can express whether you are happy, sad, or even sarcastic about something. Texting abbreviations help you save space in messages. Besides, who would type 'Hope to see you soon', in a text message from your cell phone, when you can simply type HTSUS and get the message conveyed.

History of Text Messaging Symbols
Unbelievably, the use of the emoticons can be traced back to the year 1857. In April 1857, the National Telegraphic Review and Operators Guide documented, for the first time, the use of the number 73 in Morse Code to represent 'love and kisses'. In 1912, Ambrose Bierce, the famous satirist and author of 'The Devil's Dictionary' proposed the use of the symbol \__/ to represent a smiling mouth. In fact, teletype machine operators had been using emoticons even before 1973. Scott Elliot Fahlman, a computer engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, is supposed to be the first person to have proposed the most popular text message symbols or smiley faces, :-) and :-( to be used as joke markers.

Present Day Symbols
The present day symbols follow the process of graphical replacement. Most cell phones are enabled with the feature to replace the use of symbols like :) or :-) into the corresponding smiley face. The punctuation marks :) when used together in instant messengers, is automatically replaced to a smiley representing a smile. In most cases, it is a round yellow head, with two dots representing the two eyes and a curve representing the mouth. Even computer programs like Microsoft Word convert symbols that we type into their respective smileys. Now, without wasting much time, let us take a look at the different symbols and their meanings.

Text Message Symbols List
The most common combinations of punctuation marks and alphabets which are generally used to represent these symbols, have been explained below with their meanings.

:)Smiley without nose
:-(Frowning smiley with nose
*<|:o)>Santa Claus
:-DOpen-mouthed grin
:-|Pursed lips/Blank look
>8-DCrazed laughter
:-{}Big lips
#:-)Wearing a hat
:-~)Runny nose
:-xSmall kiss
:')Happy tears

:(Frowning smiley without nose
&:-)Braid hair
:-XBig kiss
/:-|Unamused/Mildly cross
:-(Angry/Really upset
:-PSticking tongue out
< 3Love
C|:-)Wearing top hat
:-($)Put your money where your mouth is
3:-)Devilish grin
:xMouth shut

Text Message Abbreviation List
In addition to the text symbols given above, there are various other shortcuts or abbreviations used to get the message across, either to save on characters used or to save time as well. These are usually invented either by necessity or accident, and then become mainstream when used extensively. Some of the more common text message abbreviations which are used very often have been listed below along with their meanings.

2bctndto be continued
2g4utoo good for you
2l8 too late
2WIMC to whom it may concern
4e forever
4yeofor your eyes only
911emergency - call me
A3anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AAM as a matter of fact
AB! ah bless!
ADctd2uvaddicted to love
AFAIKas far as I know
AFKaway from keyboard
AMLall my love
ASAP as soon as possible
ASLage, sex, location
ATWat the weekend
ATBall the best
B4Nbye for now
BTWby the way
BBSbe back soon
BCNUbe seeing you
BBBbye bye baby
BEGbig evil grin
BWLbursting with laughter
BM&Ybetween me and you
BOLbest of luck
BTDTbeen there, done that
BRBbe right back
Cmcall me
CUsee you
CULsee you later
C&Gchuckle and grin
COBclose of business
CRBcome right back
CTCcare to chat?
CTcan't talk
CUL8Rsee you later
DUR?don't you remember?
DIKUdo I know you?
DTRTdo the right thing
DGAFdon't give a *freak*
DTSdon't think so
D46?down for sex?
EODend of discussion
EOLend of lecture
E2EGear-to-ear grin
EGevil grin
EODEnd of day
EOMend of message
ETAestimated time (of) arrival
EAKeating at keyboard
F2Fface to face
F2Tfree to talk
FCfingers crossed
FYEOfor your eyes only
FYIfor your information
FWIWfor what it's worth
FBMfine by me
FAFfunny as *freak*
FTWfor the win
GGgood game
GMTAgreat minds think alike
GTSYgreat to see you
GTGgotto go
GASgot a second?
GGPgot to go pee
H&Khugs and kisses
HAGNhave a good night
HANDhave a nice day
HTHhope this helps
HAGOhave a good one
HBUhow about you?
HAG1have a good one
ICI see
IDKI don't know
IMOin my opinion
IWALUI will always love you
IYSSif you say so
IIIOintel inside, idiot outside
ILY/ILUI love you
IRLIn real life
J4Fjust for fun
J4Kjust for kisses
JKjust kidding
JLMKjust let me know
JMOjust my opinion
KCkeep cool
KITkeep in touch
KISSkeep it simple, stupid
KKknock, knock
KOLkiss on lips
KPCkeeping parents clueless
KIAknow it all
LOLlaughing out loud
LTNClong time no see
LHSXlet's have sex
LTSlaughing to self
LYLClove you like crazy
LYSMlove you so much
MGBmay god bless
MYOBmind your own business
MNCmother nature calls
MOSmother over shoulder
MOSSmember of same sex
MUSMmiss you so much
MIRLmeet in real life
NO1no one
NADTnot a darn thing
NBDno big deal
NANAnot now, no need
NFSnot for sale
NFMnot for me
NSAno strings attached
NWOno way out
NVMnever mind
O4Uonly for you
OICoh I see
OMGoh my God
OOTDone of these days
OTFLon the floor laughing
OTTOMHoff the top of my head
OYOon your own
OOTOout of the office
OTWoff to work
PCMplease call me
PRLparents are listening
PIPpeeing in pants (laughing hard)
POSparent over shoulder
PSPplaystation portable
PXTplease explain that
POVpoint of view
RMBring my bell
RINGL8running late
RLreal life
ROFLrolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAOrolling on the floor, laughing my *butt* off
RSNreal soon now
RUare you?
RXdrugs or prescriptions
SOLsooner or later
STATSyour sex and age
SBTsorry 'bout that
SorGstraight or gay?
STFUshut the *freak* up
SUXsucks or 'it sucks'
SYLsee you later
SYSsee you soon
T+think positive
T2ultalk to you later
TCStake care sweetheart
TAFNthat's all for now
be determined
TBCto be continued
THNQthank you
TTTTthese things take time
TTYLtalk to you later
U4Eyours forever
URTOyou are the one
^URSup yours
URWyou are welcome
UOK(are) you ok?
W4Uwaiting for you
WAN2want to
WRT with respect to
WTGway to go
WUFwhere are you from
WRUwhere are you?
WAHworking at home
WYSIWYGwhat you see is what you get
YBSyou will be sorry
YKWyou know what
YTGyou're the greatest
ZUPwhat's up?
ZZZZsleeping (or bored)

So now that you have your hands full with all these text symbols, and shortcuts, I will Cya l8r then. Happy txtng. Cheers!
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