internet chat acronyms

Internet Chat Acronyms

Internet Chat Acronyms 101 Texting Shortcuts

Internet chat acronyms (from Greek: Acro=sharp onym=name) including SMS text messaging shortcuts and common texting abbreviations. Originally shortcuts used CAPITAL letters but lowercase is now commonplace. Internet chat acronyms are useful because they:

  • Convey information faster with less typing effort.
  • Stay within fixed character limits. Did you know there’s still a 160 character limit for SMS text messages? Even though you can send longer text messages, up to 918 characters long, behind the scenes they are broken into 153 character chunks and charged separately – OMG!
  • Help text conversations flow more naturally.

Words Commonly Shortened Using “Letter Homophones” (Letters that sound like words)”

2=too, to
4=for
B=be
C=see
O=owe
R=are
U=you
Y=why

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Abbreviation: Shortcut Meaning:
2MRW tomorrow
2moro tomorrow
2nite tonight
2DAY today
AFAIAA As Far As I Am Aware
AFAIC As Far As I’m Concerned
AFAICS As Far As I Can See
AFAICT As Far As I Can Tell
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIR As Far As I Remember
AFAP As Far As Possible
AKA Also Known As
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASL Age, Sex, Location
ATB All The Best
B4N Bye For Now
BFF Best Friends Forever
BBFN Bye Bye for Now
BBL Be Back Late
BBL Be Back Later
BCNU Be Seein’ You
BFN Bye For Now
BIAS Back In A Sec
BRB Be Right Back
BTW By The Way
BYAM Between You And Me
cya See Ya
CBA Can’t Be Arsed
CTN Can’t Talk Now
CUL8R or CU
See You Later
CWOT Complete Waste Of Time
DEF Definitely
EMFBI Excuse Me For Butting In
EMFJI Excuse Me For Jumping In
EMI Excuse My Ignorance
F2F Face To Face
FFS For F*** Sake
FML F*** My Life
FTTB For The Time Being
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYC For Your Consideration
FYEO For Your Eyes Only
FYI For Your Information
GF Girlfriend
GR8 Great
HAND Have A Nice Day
H&K Hugs & Kisses
IC I See
ICYMI In Case You Missed It
IIRC If I Recall / Remember Correctly
IKR I Know Right!
IKWYM I Know What You Mean
IME In My Experience
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
ISWYM I See What You Mean
IYSS If You Say So
IYSWIM If You See What I Mean
JIC Just In Case
KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid / Short and Simple
KIT Keep In Touch
KITY Keep It To Yourself
KMP Keep Me Posted
KWIM Know What I Mean?
L8R Later
LMAO Laughing My Ass Off
LOL Laughs Out Loud
MSG Message
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
NRN No Reply Necessary/Needed
NSFW Not Suitable For Work
NOYB None Of Your Business
OIC Oh I See
OMG Oh My God! / Oh My Goodness!
OTOH On The Other Hand
OT Off Topic
OTT Over The Top
PLS Please
POV Point Of View
RBTL Read Between The Lines
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
RTFM Read The Flaming Manual
RUOK Are You Okay?
SFW Safe For Work
SPK Speak
SWAK Sent/Sealed With A Kiss
TBC To Be Continued
TBD To Be Decided
TGIF Thank God/Goodness It’s Friday
THX /TKS /TX
Thanks
TLC Tender Loving Care
TLTR To Long To Read
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTYL Talk To You Later
UR You Are
W/ With
WDYT? What Do You Think?
WFM Working From Home
WRT With Regard To
WTF What The F***
WU What’s Up?
WYWH Wish You Were Here
X Kiss
XOXO Hugs and Kisses
YR Your

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