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What Instant Messaging Abbreviations Mean

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If you’ve ever had conversations with people in online chat rooms, used instant message apps, had a conversation via text message, or engaged in a discussion with a teenager, you must have at least come across some of the instant message abbreviations out there. In spite of the fact that they have a tendency to be grammatically incorrect, they are commonly used in the cyber space these days making sending text messages snappy and less demanding on your fingers. It’s better to know them and familiarize yourself with them because chances are that you will have to understand them at some point if you haven’t already.

With the increase in the popularity in the use of online text-based communications came the development of an innovative texting language, designed to enhance communication. Today, text and chat abbreviations are used on Facebook. These chat abbreviations are common on Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, email, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS).

While it does seem unbelievable that there are a large number of text abbreviations, keep in mind that different chat abbreviations are used by different groups of people. For example, online gamers are likely to use text abbreviations not used by a financial blogger.

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Abbreviation Meaning
 Numbers & Characters
? I have a question
? I don’t understand what you mean
?4U I have a question for you
;S Gentle warning, such as “Hmm? what did you say?”
^^ Meaning read line or message above
<3 Meaning sideways heart (love, friendship)
<33 Meaning heart (more 3s is a bigger heart)
@TEOTD At the end of the day
.02 My (or your) two cents worth
121 One-to-one (private chat initiation)
143 I love you
19 Zero hand (online gaming)
20 Meaning ‘location’
2G2BT Too good to be true
2MI Too much information
2MOR Tomorrow
404 I don’t know
411 Meaning ‘information’
420 Lets get high
420 Meaning “Marijuana”
4COL For crying out loud
4EAE Forever and ever
4NR Foreigner
^5 High-five
555 Sobbing, crying. (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
55555 Crying your eyes out (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
6Y Sexy
88 Bye-bye (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
9 Parent is watching
A3 Anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AAF As a matter of fact
AAK Asleep at keyboard
AAMOF As a matter of fact
AAMOI As a matter of interest
AAP Always a pleasure
AAR At any rate
AAS Alive and smiling
AASHTA As always, Sheldon has the answer (Bike mechanic Sheldon Brown)
AATK Always at the keyboard
ABT2 Meaning About to
ABTA Meaning Good-bye (signoff)
ACK Acknowledge
ADAD Another day, another dollar
ADD Address
ADDY Address
ADN Any day now
ADR Address
AEAP As early as possible
AFC Away from computer
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAP As far as possible
AFJ April Fool’s joke
AFK Away from keyboard
AFPOE A fresh pair of eyes
AIGHT Alright
AIR As I remember
AISB As it should be
AISB As I said before
AISI As I see it
AITR Adult in the room
AKA Also known as
ALCON All concerned
AML All my love
AOM Age of majority
AOM Age of Mythology (online gaming)
AOTA All of the above
AOYP Angel on your pillow
APAC All praise and credit
AQAP As quick (or quiet) as possible
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L Age/sex/location
ASL Age/sex/location
ASLA Age/sex/location/availability
AT At your terminal
ATEOTD At the end of the day
ATM At the moment
ATSITS All the stars in the sky
ATSL Along the same line (or lines)
AWC After awhile crocodile
AWOL Away without leaving
AYDY Are you done yet?
AYEC At your earliest convenience
AYOR At your own risk
AYSOS Are you stupid or something?
AYT Are you there?
AYTMTB And you’re telling me this because
AYV Are you vertical?
AZN Asian
B Back
B8 Bait (person teased or joked with, or under-aged person/teen)
B/F Boyfriend
B/G Background (personal information request)
B4 Before
B4N Bye for now
BAG Busting a gut
BAK Back at keyboard
BAS Big ‘butt’ smile
BAU Business as usual
BAY Back at ya
BB Be back
BBC Big bad challenge
BBIAF Be back in a few
BBIAM Be back in a minute
BBIAS Be back in a sec
BBL Be back later
BBN Bye, bye now
BBQ Barbeque, “Ownage”, shooting score/frag (online gaming)
BBS Be back soon
BBT Be back tomorrow
BC Because
B/C Because
BC Be cool
BCNU Be seeing you
BCOS Because
BD Big deal
BDN Big darn number
BEN Big evil grin
BF Boyfriend
BFAW Best friend at work
BF Best friend
BFF Best friends forever
BFFL Best friends for life
BFD Big freaking deal
BFG Big  freaking grin
BFFN Best friend for now
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BGWM Be gentle with me
BHL8 Be home late
BIB Boss is back
BIBO Beer in, beer out
BIF Before I forget
BIL Brother in law
BION Believe it or not
BIOYN Blow it out your nose
BISFLATM Boy, I sure feel like a turquoise monkey! (unverified)
BLNT Better luck next time
BM Bite me
BM&Y; Between me and you
BOL Best of luck
BOLO Be on the look out
BOOMS Bored out of my skull
BOYF Boyfriend
BPLM Big person little mind
BRB Be right back
BRD Bored
BRT Be right there
BT Bite this
BTA But then again
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BUBU Slang term for the most beautiful of women
BWL Bursting with laughter
BYOB Bring your own beer
BYOC Bring your own computer
BYOP Bring your own paint (paintball)
C&G Chuckle & grin
CB Coffee break
CB Chat break
CB Crazy *biatch*
CD9 Code 9, Meaning “parents are around”
CIAO Good-bye (Italian word)
CICO Coffee in, coffee out
CID Crying in disgrace
CID Consider it done
CLAB Crying like a baby
CM Call me
CMAP Cover my a** partner (online gaming)
CMIIW Correct me if I’m wrong
CMON Come on
CNP Continued (in) next post
COB Close of business
COS Because
C/P Cross post
CP Chat post (or continue in IM)
CR8 Create
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying really big tears
CRS Can’t remember stuff
CSG Chuckle, snicker, grin
CSL Can’t stop laughing
CSS Counter-Strike Source (online gaming)
CTC Care to chat?
CTHU Cracking the *heck* up
CU See you too
CU See you
CU2 See you
CUA See you around
CUL See you later
CULA See you later alligator
CUL8R See you later
CWOT Complete waste of time
CWYL Chat with you later
CYA See you
CYAL8R See you later
CYE Check your e-mail
CYEP Close your eyes partner (online gaming)
CYO See you online
DBAU Doing business as usual
DD Dear (or Darling) daughter
DEGT Dear (or Darling) daughter
DF Don’t even go there
DGAF Don’t give a *freak*
DGTG Dear (or Darling) husband
DH Don’t go there girlfriend
DIIK Darned if I know
DIKU Do I know you?
DIS Did I say?
DKDC on’t know, don’t care
D/L Download
DL Download
DL Down low
DLBBB Don’t let (the) bed bugs bite
DLTBBB Don’t let the bed bugs bite
DM Doesn’t matter
DN Down
d00d Dude
DP Display Picture (Yahoo Messenger Chat)
DPS Damage per second (online gaming)
DQMOT Don’t quote me on this
DS Dear (or Darling) son
DTS Don’t think so
DUPE Duplicate
DV8 Deviate
DW Dear (or Darling) wife
DWF Divorced white female
DWM Divorced white male
DYOR Do your own research (common stock market chat slang)
E Ecstasy
E1 Everyone
EBKAC Error between keyboard and chair
ED Erase display
EF4T Effort
EG Evil grin
EIP Editing in progress
EMA E-mail address
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EMSG E-mail message
ENUF Enough
EOD End of day
EOL End of life
EOM End of message
ES Erase screen
EVA Ever
EVO Evolution
EZY Easy
F Meaning female
F2F Face to face
F2T Free to talk
FBF Fat boy food (e.g. pizza, burgers, fries)
FBM Fine by me
FC Fingers crossed
FFS For ‘freak’ sakes
FICCL Frankly I couldn’t care a less
FIMH Forever in my heart
FISH First in, still here
FITB Fill in the blank
FOMC Falling off my chair
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FRT For real though
FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart
FTW For the win
FUBAR Fouled up beyond all recognition
FUBB Fouled up beyond belief
FWIW For what it’s worth
FYEO For your eyes only
FYA For your amusement
FYI For your information
G Grin
G Giggle
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
GF Girl friend
GFN Gone for now
GG Gotta Go
GG Good Game (online gaming)
GG Brother (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
GGP Got to go pee
GIAR Give it a rest
GIC Gift in crib (online gaming)
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GJ Good job
GL Good luck
GL/HF Good luck, have fun
GLNG Good luck next game
GMBA Giggling my butt off
GMTA Great minds think alike
GN Good night
GNSD Good night, sweet dreams
GOI Get over it
GOL Giggling out loud
GR8 Great
GRATZ Congratulations
GRL Girl
GR&D; Grinning, running and ducking
GT Good try
GTFO Get the *freak* out
GTG Got to go
GTRM Going to read mail
GTSY Great (or good) to see you
HAU How about you?
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
HB Hurry back
HF Have fun
HHIS Head hanging in shame
HOAS Hold on a second
HRU How are you?
HTH Hope this helps
HUB Head up butt
HV Have
IAC In any case
IAE In any event
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IB I’m back
IB I’m back
IC I see
ICAM I couldn’t agree more
ICBW It could be worse
ICEDI I can’t even discuss it
IDK I don’t know
IDTS I don’t think so
IDUNNO I don’t know
IG2R I got to run
IGN I (I’ve) got nothing
IGP I got to (go) pee
IIRC If I remember correctly
IK I know
IKR I know, right?
ILBL8 I’ll be late
ILU I love you
ILUM I love you man
ILY I love you
IM Instant message
IMAO In my arrogant opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
ImL (in Arial font) Means I love you (a way of using the American sign language in text)
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IMSB I am so bored
IMTM I am the man
IMU I miss u (you)
INAL I’m not a lawyer
IOMH In over my head
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IRMC I rest my case
ISLY I still love you
ITYK I thought you knew
IUSS If you say so
IWALU I will always love you
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
IYO In your opinion
IYSS If you say so
j00 You
j00r Your
JAC Just a sec
JAM Just a minutes
JFF Just for fun
JIC Just in case
JJA Just joking around
JK Just kidding
JMO Just my opinion
JP Just playing
JTLYK Just to let you know
JW Just wondering
K Okay
K8T Katie
k/b Keyboard
KB Keyboard
KB Kick butt (online gaming)
KEYA I will key you later
KEYME Key me when you get in
KFY Kiss for you
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KOC Kiss on cheek
KOL Kiss on lips
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KNIM Know what I mean?
KPC Keeping parents clueless
KS Kill then steal (online gaming)
Abbreviation Meaning
l33t Leet, meaning ‘elite’
L8R Later
L8RG8R Later, gator
LD Later, dude / Long distance
LEMENO Let me know
LERK Leaving easy reach of keyboard
LFG Looking for group (online gaming)
LFG Looking for guard (online gaming)
LGH Lets get high
LHM Lord help me
LHO Laughing head off
LIK Meaning liquor
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LMBO Laughing my butt off
LMFAO Laughing my freaking a** off
LMIRL Lets meet in real life
LMK Let me know
LMNK Leave my name out
LOL Laughing out loud
LOL Laugh out loud
LOL Lots of love
LOLH Laughing out loud hysterically
LOLO Lots of love
LOTR Lord of The Rings (online gaming)
LQTM Laughing quietly to myself
LSHMBH Laugh so hard my belly hurts
LTNS Long time no see
LTS Laughing to self
LULZ Slang for lol
LWOS Laughing without smiling
LY Love ya
LYLAS Love you like a sis
M8 Mate
MEGO My eyes glaze over
MEH Meaning a “shrug” or shrugging shoulders
MEHH Meaning a “sigh” or sighing
MFI Mad for it
MIRL Meet in real life
MLM Meaning give the middle finger
MM Sister (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
MMK Meaning okay? (as a question)
MNC Mother nature calls
MorF Male or female?
MOOS Member of the opposite sex
MOS Mother over shoulder
MOSS Member of same sex
MSG Message
MTF More to follow
MTFBWU May the force be with you
MUAH Multiple unsuccessful attempts (at/to) humor
MUSM Miss you so much
MYOB Mind your own business
n00b Newbie
N1 Nice one
NADT Not a darn thing
NALOPKT Not a lot of people know that
NBD No big deal
NBFAB No bad for a beginner (online gaming)
NC Nice crib (online gaming)
NE Any
NE1 Anyone
NFM None for me / Not for me
NFS Need for Speed (online gaming)
NFS Not for sale
NH Nice hand (online gaming)
NIFOC Naked in front of computer
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NLT No later than
NM Nothing much / Never mind
NMH Not much here
NMU Not much, you?
NO1 No one
NOOB Meaning someone who is bad at (online) games
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NQT Newly qualified teacher
NR Nice roll (online gaming)
NRN No response/reply necessary
NS Nice score (online gaming)
NT Nice try
NVM Never mind
NW No way
NWO No way out
O Opponent (online gaming)
OB Oh baby
OB Oh brother
OIC Oh, I see
OL Old lady
OM Old man
OMDB Over my dead body
OMFG Oh my *freaking* God
OMG Oh my God
OMGYG2BK Oh my God, you got to be kidding
OMW On my way
ONL Online
OO Over and out
OOC Out of character
OOH Out of here
OOTD One of these days
OOTO Out of the office
OP On phone
ORLY Oh really?
OTB Off to bed
OTFL On the floor laughing
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
P Partner (online gaming)
P2P Parent to parent
P2P Peer to peer
P911 Parents coming into room alert
PAW Parents are watching
PC Player character (online gaming)
PCM Please call me
PDH Pretty darn happy
PDS Please don’t shoot
PDQ Pretty darn quick
PEEPS People
PITA Pain in the *butt*
PKMN Pokemon (online gaming)
PLMK Please let me know
PLS Please
PLU People like us
PLZ Please
PM Private Message
PMFI Pardon me for interrupting
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
PMSL Pee myself laughing
POAHF Put on a happy face
POS Parent over shoulder
POV Point of view
POV Privately owned vehicle (originally used to differentiate an individual’s vehicle from a military vehicle)
PPL People
PROLLY Probably
PRON Meaning pornography
PRT Party
PRW People/parents are watching
PSOS Parent standing over shoulder
PTL Praise the Lord
PTMM Please tell me more
PUG Pick up group (online gaming)
PWN Meaning “own”
PXT Please explain that
PU That stinks!
PZ Peace
Q Queue
QIK Quick
QL Quit laughing
QQ (qq) Meaning “crying eyes”
QSL Reply
QSO Conversation
QT Cutie
RL Real life
RLY Really
RME Rolling my eyes
RMLB Read my lips baby
RMMM Read my mail man
ROFL Rolling on floor laughing
ROFLCOPTER Rolling on floor laughing and spinning around
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor, laughing my *butt* off
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLUTS Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RS Runescape (online gaming)
RSN Real soon now
RTBS Reason to be single
RTFM Read the *freaking* manual
RU Are you?
RUOK Are you okay?
S2R Send to receive (meaning send me your picture to get mine)
SAL Such a laugh
SBT Sorry ’bout that
SC Stay cool
SETE Smiling Ear-to-Ear
SH Same here
SHID Slapping head in disgust
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
SNERT Snot nosed egotistical rude teenager
SO Significant other
SOL Sooner or later
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SorG Straight or Gay?
SOT Short of time
SOTMG Short of time, must go
SOWM Someone with me
SPK Speak
SRSLY Seriously
SPST Same place, same time
SPTO Spoke to
SRY Sorry
SS So sorry
SSDD Same stuff, different day
SSIF So stupid it’s funny
SSINF So stupid it’s not funny
ST&D Stop texting and drive
STFU Shut the *freak* up
STR8 Straight
STW Search the Web
SUITM See you in the morning
SUL See you later
SUP What’s up?
SWAK Sent (or sealed) with a kiss
SWAT Scientific wild *butt* guess
SWL Screaming with laughter
SWMBO She who must be obeyed. Meaning wife or partner
SYL See you later
SYS See you soon
T+ Think positive
TA Thanks a lot
TAFN That’s all for now
TAM Tomorrow a.m.
TAU Thinking about u (you)
TBAG Process of disgracing a corpse, taunting a fragged/killed player (online gaming)
TBC To be continued
TBD To be determined
TBH To be honest
TC Take care
TCB Take care of business
TCOY Take care of yourself
TD Tower defense (online gaming)
TDTM Talk dirty to me
TGIF Thank God it’s Friday
THX Thanks
THNX Thanks
THNQ Thank-you
TIA Thanks in advance
TIAD Tomorrow is another day
TIC Tongue-in-cheek
TILIS Tell it like it is
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
TNT Til next time
TOJ Tears of joy
TOY Thinking of you
TPM Tomorrow p.m.
TPTB The powers that be
TSNF That’s so not fair
TSTB The sooner, the better
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTLY Totally
TTTT These things take time
TTYAFN Talk to you awhile from now
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYS Talk to you soon
TU Thank you
TY Thank you
TYS Told you so
TYT Take your time
TYSO hank you so much
TYVM Thank you very much
^URS Up yours
UCMU You crack me up
UDI Unidentified drinking injury (meaning bruise, scratch, ache and so on)
UFN Until further notice
UGTBK You’ve got to be kidding
UKTR You know that’s right
UL Upload
UR Your / You’re
URH You are hot (U R Hot)
URTM You are the man
UV Unpleasant visual
UW You’re welcome
VEG Very evil grin
VFF Very freaking funny
VFM Value for money
VGC Very good condition
VIP Very important person
VM Voice mail
VN Very nice
VNH Very nice hand (online gaming)
VRY Very
VSF Very sad face
VWD Very well done (online gaming)
W/ With
W3 WWW (Web address)
WAM Wait a minute
WAN2TLK Want to talk
WAREZ meaning pirated (illegally gained) software
WAS Wild *butt* guess
WAWA Where are we at?
WAYF Where are you from?
W/B Write back
WB Welcome back
WBS Write back soon
WC Welcome
WC Who cares
WCA Who cares anyway
W/E Whatever
W/END Weekend
WE Whatever
WH5 Who, what, when, where, why
WIBNI Wouldn’t it be nice if
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge
WDYK What do you know?
WDYT What do you think?
WIIFM What’s in it for me?
WISP Winning is so pleasurable
WITP What is the point?
WITW What in the world
WIU Wrap it up
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WRT With regard to
W/O Without
WOMBAT Waste of money, brains and time
WOW World of Warcraft (online gaming)
WRK Work
WRUD What are you doing?
WTB Wanted to buy
WTF What the *freak* ?
WTG Way to go
WTGP Want to go private (talk out of public chat area)
WTH What the heck?
WTM Who’s the man?
WU? What’s up?
WUCIWUG What you see is what you get
WUF? Where are you from?
WWJD What would Jesus do?
WWNC Will wonders never cease
WWYC Write when you can
WYCM Will you call me?
WYD What (are) you doing?
WYGAM When you get a minute
WYHAM When you have a minute
WYLEI When you least expect it
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
X Kiss
XD Meaning “really hard laugh” (where D is a smiley mouth)
XD Meaning a “devilish smile”
XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses
XLNT Excellent
Y? Why?
Y2K You’re too kind
YA Your
YARLY Ya, really?
YBIC Your brother in Christ
YBS You’ll be sorry
YCLIU You can look it up
YCMU You crack me up
YF Wife
YG Young gentleman
YGTBKM You’ve got to be kidding me
YGG You go girl
YIU Yes, I understand
YKWYCD You know what you can do
YL Young lady
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YNK You never know
YR Your
YR Yeah right
YRYOCC You’re running your own cuckoo clock
YSIC Your sister in Christ
YSYD Yeah sure you do
YT You there?
YTG You’re the greatest
YW You’re welcome
YWHNB Yes, we have no bananas
Z Zero
Z Z’s are calling (meaning going to bed/sleep)
ZOT Zero tolerance
ZUP Meaning “What’s up?”
ZZZZ Sleeping (or bored)
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Smiley Faces –  Showing Emotions In Text Chat

Here are few examples of different smiley faces and their meanings:

Icon Meaning
🙂 Standard smile
🙂 With nose
:-E Buck-tooth
>-) Evil grin
🙁 Sad or frown smile
🙁 Sad with nose
:-< Super sad
😛 Sticking tongue out (raspberry)
(((H))) Hugs
:-X Kiss on the lips
`:-) One eyebrow raised
:^) A broken nose
:-& tongue tied
E-:-) a Ham radio operator
Icon Meaning
:-# With braces
:’-) Happy Crying
{:-) Toupee smile
😉 Winking smile
😉 Winking smile with nose
O:-) I’m an angel (boy)
O*-) I’m an angel (girl)
|-O Yawn
(:-D Gossip, blabbermouth
@>–;– Rose
@-}— Rose
=^.^= Cat
O.o Confused
C=:-) A chef
A bunny
Icon Meaning
:-! “Foot in mouth”
😀 Laughter
:*) Drunk smile
:@ Exclamation “What???”
:-@ Scream
:-0 Yell
%-( Confused
:—–) Long nose (Liar!)
:-.) Madonna
:-($) Put your money where your mouth is
(:I An egghead
|-O Yawning
:@) Pig smile
<(-_-)> Robot
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