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Text Messaging Abbreviations
With the popularity and rise in use of instant messaging, Internet chat rooms and text messaging came the emergence of a new language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media. If you have ever been in a chat room or received an instant message or text message from someone that seemed to be in its own foreign language, this list will help you decipher the lingo.  If you know of a text message abbreviation that is not included in our list, let us know.

(Click here for Smilies & Emotions)

Abbreviation Meaning
404 I don't know
A3 Anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AAP Always a pleasure
AAR At any rate
AAS Alive and smiling
ADD Address
ADN Any day now
AEAP As early as possible
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
AISB As it should be
AKA Also known as
AML All my love
AOTA All of the above
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L Age/sex/location
ASL Age/sex/location
AT At your terminal
ATM At the moment
AYEC At your earliest convenience
AYOR At your own risk
B/F Boyfriend
B4 Before
B4N Bye for now
BAK Back at keyboard
BAU Business as usual
BBIAF Be back in a few
BBIAM Be back in a minute
BBL Be back later
BBS Be back soon
BC Because
BCNU Be seein' you
BF Best friend
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BGWM Be gentle with me
BFG Big  f***ing grin
BLNT Better luck next time
BM&Y; Between me and you
BOL Best of luck
BRB Be right back
BRT Be right there
BTA But then again
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
CMIIW Correct me if I'm wrong
CMON Come on
COB Close of business
COS Because
CR8 Create
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying really big tears
CU See you
CUA See you around
CUL See you later
CUL8R See you later
CWYL Chat with you later
CYA See ya
CYO See you online
D/L Download
DL Download
DEGT Don't even go there
DIKU Do I know you?
DQMOT Don't quote me on this
DTS Don't think so
DV8 Deviate
EBKAC Error between keyboard and chair
EG Evil grin
EMA E-mail address
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EOD End of day
EOM End of message
EZY Easy
F2F Face to face
F2T Free to talk
FBM Fine by me
FC Fingers crossed
FICCL Frankly I couldn't care a less
FISH First in, still here
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FITB Fill in the blank
FRT For real though
FWIW For what it's worth
FYEO For your eyes only
FYI For your information
G Grin
G/F Girlfriend
G2CU Good to see you
G2G Got to go
G2R Got to run
G9 Genius
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GB Goodbye
GBU God bless you
GDR Grinning, ducking, and running
GD/R Grinning, ducking, and running
GFI Go for it
GG Gotta Go or Good Game
GIAR Give it a rest
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GL Good luck
GL/HF Good luck, have fun
GLNG Good luck next game
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOI Get over it
GOL Giggling out loud
GR8 Great
GR&D; Grinning, running and ducking
GT Good try
GTG Got to go
GTRM Going to read mail
H&K Hugs & kisses
H2CUS Hope to see you soon
H8 Hate
HAGN Have a good night
HAGO Have a good one
HAND Have a nice day
HF Have fun
HHIS Head hanging in shame
HOAS Hold on a second
HRU How are you?
HTH Hope this helps
HV Have
IAC In any case
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IB I'm back
IC I see
ICBW It could be worse
IDK I don't know
IDTS I don't think so
IDUNNO I don't know
IG2R I got to run
IIRC If I remember correctly
ILBL8 I'll be late
ILU I love you
ILY I love you
IM Instant message
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
INAL I'm not a lawyer
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IRMC I rest my case
IUSS If you say so
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
IYO In your opinion
IYSS If you say so
j00r Your
JAC Just a sec
JIC Just in case
JJA Just joking around
JK Just kidding
JMO Just my opinion
JP Just playing
k/b keyboard
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KNIM Know what I mean?
Abbreviation Meaning
l33t leet "elite"
L8R Later
LD Later, dude / Long distance
LERK leaving easy reach of keyboard
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LOL Laughing out loud
LTM Laugh to myself
LTNS Long time no see
LYLAS Love you like a sis
M8 Mate
MFI Mad for it
MorF Male or female?
MoS Mother over shoulder
MSG Message
MTF More to follow
MTFBWU May the force be with you
MUSM Miss you so much
MYOB Mind your own business
n00b Newbie
N1 Nice one
NBD No big deal
NE Any
NE1 Anyone
NFM None for me / Not for me
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NLT No later than
NM Nothing much / Never mind
NMH Not much here
NO1 No one
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NRN No response/reply necessary
NVM Never mind
NW No way
NW) No way out
OIC Oh, I see
OMG Oh my God
OMW On my way
OO Over and out
OOH Out of here
OOTD One of these days
OP On phone
OTB Off to bed
OTL Out to lunch
OTOH On the other hand
OTT Over the top
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
OTW Off to work
OVA Over
PCM Please call me
PDQ Pretty darn quick
PLMK Please let me know
PLS Please
PLZ Please
PM Private Message
PMFI Pardon me for interrupting
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
POAHF Put on a happy face
POS Parent over shoulder
PPL People
PROLLY Probably
PRT Party
PRW People/parents are watching
PTL Praise the Lord
PTMM Please tell me more
PXT Please explain that
PU That stinks!
Q Queue
QIK Quick
QT Cutie
RL Real life
RME Rolling my eyes
ROFL Rolling on floor laughing
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLUTS Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RSN Real soon now
RTFM Read the f***ing manual
RUOK Are you okay?
SAL Such a laugh
SC Stay cool
SETE Smiling Ear-to-Ear
SICNR Sorry, I could not resist
SIG2R Sorry, I got to run
SIS Snickering in silence
SIT Stay in touch
SLAP Sounds like a plan
SMHID Scratching my head in disbelief
SNAFU Situation normal all fouled up
SO Significant other
SOL Sooner or later
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SOTMG Short of time, must go
SPK Speak
SPST Same place, same time
SRY Sorry
SS So sorry
SSDD Same stuff, different day
SSINF So stupid it's not funny
STR8 Straight
STW Search the Web
SUITM See you in the morning
SUL See you later
SUP What's up?
SYL See you later
T+ Think positive
TA Thanks a lot
TAFN That's all for now
TAM Tomorrow a.m.
TBD To be determined
TBH To be honest
TC Take care
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
THX Thanks
THNX Thanks
THNQ Thank-you
TIA Thanks in advance
TIAD Tomorrow is another day
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TMB Text me back
TMI Too much information
TMOT Trust me on this
TMWFI Take my word for it
TNSTAAFL There's no such thing as a free lunch
TPM Tomorrow p.m.
TPTB The powers that be
TSTB The sooner, the better
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTTT These things take time
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYS Talk to you soon
TU Thank you
TY Thank you
TYT Take your time
TYVM Thank you very much
UGTBK You've got to be kidding
UKTR You know that's right
UL Upload
UR Your / You're
UV Unpleasant visual
UW You're welcome
WAM Wait a minute
WAN2TLK Want to talk
WAYF Where are you from?
W/B Write back
WB Welcome back
WIIFM What's in it for me?
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WOMBAT Waste of money, brains and time
WRK Work
WRUD What are you doing?
WTF What the f*ck
WTG Way to go
WTH What the heck?
WU? What's up?
WUCIWUG What you see is what you get
WUF? Where are you from?
WWJD What would Jesus do?
WWYC Write when you can
WYLEI When you least expect it
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
X Kiss
XLNT Excellent
YA Your
YBS You'll be sorry
YGBKM You've got to be kidding me
YKWYCD You know what you can do
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YR Your
YW You're welcome
ZZZZ Sleeping
 

Text Messaging - Smilies & Showing Emotions
A smiley is often used in text communications to convey an emotion with a message. Smilies are used in text messages in the same way voice changes and facial expressions are used in face-to-face or telephone conversation. For example, if you were joking with someone and send a text message of "Idiot!" the person receiving your message may think you are making a rude comment to them. If you send the same message with a "happy smiley" : ) following, the person would then understand you were "smiling" - or joking when you said that, and not misinterpret your intent. To create a smiley you use your standard keyboard characters and punctuation marks. When viewing text smilies, they are all sideways. Here are some basics to get you started in understanding what smilies are:

The close bracket represents a sideways smile   )
Add in the colon and you have sideways eyes   :
Put them together to make a smiley   :)
Use the dash  -   to add a nose   :-)
Change the colon to a semi-colon ; and you have a winking smiley ;) with a nose  ;-)
Put a lower case o (halo) on top and now you have a winking, smiling angel 0;) with a nose 0;-)
Use the letter 8 in place of the colon for sunglasses  8-)

Some chat and instant message programs automatically translate text smilies into graphics. In AOL Instant messenger (AIM), for example, if you type out smilies for "happy face" followed by "sad face" followed by "cool sunglasses"  you would enter the following characters:

:)   :(   8-)

Once you've entered the text however, AIM converts the smiley text to graphics, if it can recognize the smiley pattern, and what you see on the screen will be:

Here are few examples of commonly used smilies and their meaning.
 

Smiley Meaning
:) Standard smiley
:-) With nose
:-E Buck-tooth
>-) Evil grin
:-# With braces
:'-) Happy Crying
{:-) Toupee smiley
;) Winking smiley
;-) Winking smiley with nose
:-! "Foot in mouth"
:-D Laughter
:*) Drunk smiley
:@ Exclamation "What???"
Smiley Meaning
:( Sad or frown smiley
:-( Sad with nose
:-< Super sad
:-@ Scream
:-0 Yell
O:-) I'm an angel (boy)
O*-) I'm an angel (girl)
|-O Yawn
%-( Confused
:-----) Long nose (Liar!)
@>--;-- Rose
(((H))) Hugs
:-X Kiss on the lips
:-($) "Put your money where your mouth is"

Last Updated: June 9, 2005



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