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Abbreviations Used in Emails and Text Messaging

EMAIL & TEXT ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORTHAND

 

I am one of the very few people left in the U.K. who does not own a mobile phone and, therefore, I have no experience of text messaging.  I can only assume the shorthand devised for emails has made the transition to texting.

Many of these are more widely used by young people and teenagers;  there are some that, if seen being used by your children, should put up a red flag so these I have marked in red!

The following are some of the abbreviations used in emails and text messages. 

Shorthand


Meaning
 
 121
One to one (private chat invitation)
  2MTHToo much to handle

 2U2

To You, Too
  411All the information
  420Let’s get high/marijuana use

 AAMOF

As A Matter Of Fact
  ADIHAnother day in hell
   ADIPAnother day in paradise

 AFAIK

As Far As I Know

 AFAIC 

As Far As I’m Concerned

 AFAICT

As Far As I Can Tell

 AFK

Away From Keyboard

 ASAP

As Soon As Possible

 BAK

Back At Keyboard
  BBIASBe back in a second
  BBIFBe back in a few

 BBL

Be Back Later
   BFNBye for now
  BHL8Be home late

 BITMT

But In The Meantime
  BOOMSBored out of my mind.

 BOT

Back On Topic

 BRB

Be Right Back

 BTW

By the way

 C4N

Ciao For Now
  CD9Code 9 which means ‘parents are around’

 CRS

Can’t Remember “Stuff”

 CU

See You

 CUL(8R)

See You Later

 CWOT

Complete Waste Of Time

 CYA

See Ya

 DITYID

Did I Tell You I’m Distressed?

 DIY

Do It Yourself

 EOD

End Of Discussion
  ETAEstimated time of arrival

 EZ

Easy

 F2F

Face To Face

 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

 FBOW

For Better Or Worse

 FOAF

Friend Of A Friend

 FOCL

Falling Off Chair Laughing

 FWIW 

For What It’s Worth

 FYA

For Your Amusement

 FYI

For Your Information

 /ga

Go Ahead

 GAL

Get A Life

 GBTW

Get Back To Work

 GFC

Going For Coffee

 GFETE

Grinning From Ear To Ear

 GMTA

Great Minds Think Alike

 GR&D

Grinning, Running & Ducking

 GTG

Got To Go

 GTGTTBR

Got To Go To The Bathroom
  GTRGot to run

 GTRM

Going To Read Mail

 HAND

Have A Nice Day
  HHISHead hanging in shame

 HHOK

Ha Ha Only Kidding

 HTH

Hope This Helps

 IAC

In Any Case

 IAE

In Any Event

 IC

I See

 IDGI

I Don’t Get It
  ILBL8I’ll be late

 IMCO

In My Considered Opinion

 IMHO

In My Humble Opinion

 IMNSHO

In My Not So Humble Opinion

 IMO

In My Opinion

 IMPE

In My Previous/Personal Experience
  IMSBI’m so bored

 IMVHO

In My Very Humble Opinion

 IOTTMCO

Intuitively Obvious To The Most Casual Observer

 IOW 

In Other Words

 IRL

In Real Life

 ISP 

Internet Service Provider

 IYKWIM

If You Know What I Mean

 JIC

Just In Case

 J/K

Just kidding

 KK
Okay, okay (I understand what you are saying)

 KISS

Keep It Simple Stupid
  KPCKeeping parents clueless

 L8TR

Later

 LD

Later Dude
  LDRLong distance relationship
  LGHLet’s get high
  LH6Let’s have sex
   LHOSLet’s have online sex
  LIKLiquor

 LOL

Laughing Out Loud
  LTHTTLaughing too hard to type

 LTNS

Long Time No See
  LYLABLove you like a brother
  LYLASLove you like a sister

 MorF

Male or Female, or person who asks that question

 MTCW

My Two Cents Worth
  NPNo problem or Nosy parents

 NRN

No Reply Necessary
  OMGOh my God!

 ONNA

Oh No, Not Again!

 OTOH

On The Other Hand

 OTTOMH

Off The Top Of My Head

 OIC

Oh I See

 OTF

On The Floor

 OLL

Online Love
  P911Parents coming into room (alert)
  PAW or 9Parents are watching

 PCMCIA

People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
  PIRParents in room

 PLS

Please
  POVPoint of View or Parent over shoulder (if used by teenagers)
  PSOSParents standing over shoulder

 PU

That Stinks!

 REHI

Hello Again (re-Hi!)

 ROFL

Rolling On Floor Laughing

 ROTF

Rolling On The Floor

 ROTFL

Rolling On The Floor Laughing

 RSN

Real Soon Now

 RTDox

Read The Documentation/Directions

 RTFM

Read The Frickin’ Manual

 RUOK

Are You OK?

 SNAFU

Situation Normal; All Fouled Up

 SO

Significant Other

 SOL

Smiling Out Loud (or You’re Out of Luck)

 TANSTAAFL

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

 TAFN

That’s All For Now

 TEOTWAWKI

The End Of The World As We Know It

 THX

Thanks

 TIA

Thanks In Advance

 TLK2UL8R

Talk to you later

 TMK

To My Knowledge

 TOS

Terms Of Service

 TPTB

The Powers That Be

 TSWC

Tell Someone Who Cares

 TTBOMK

To The Best Of My Knowledge

 TTFN

Ta-Ta For Now

 TTYL(8R)

Talk To You Later
  TTYSTalk to your soon

 TWIMC

To Whom It May Concern

 Txs

Thanks
  UOKAre you OK?

 URL

Web Page Address

 w/b

Welcome Back

 w/o

Without

 WRT

With Regard To

 WTG

Way To Go

 WU?

What’s Up?

 WWW

World Wide Web

 WYSIWYG

What You See Is What You Get

 Y2K

Year 2000

 YGIAGAM

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

 YGWYPF

You Get What You Pay For

 YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary

 ZZZ

Sleeping

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