If you look at your teens’ IMs or text messages, they can be perplexing— part English, part foreign language, part alien. For help, check out this list of text lingo.
AAK Alive And Kicking
AAR At Any Rate
AAS Alive And Smiling
ADN Any Day Now
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFK Away From the Keyboard
AFN that’s All For Now
AOTA All Of The Above
a/s/l or asl Age/Sex/Location - (used to ask a chatter their personal information)
AV Avatar - Graphical representation (a picture) often used in chat rooms to depict a person that is in the room and chatting.
BAK Back At Keyboard (I’m back)
BBL Be Back Later
BBS Be Back Soon
BCNU I’ll Be Seeing You.
b/f Boyfriend (also shown as bf, B/F, or BF)
BEG Big Evil Grin
BFN Bye For Now
BMA Bite My A**
boot To get kicked out of a chat room, or have to restart the computer because you couldn’t talk in the chat room anymore.
BR Best Regards
BRB Be Right Back
BRH Be Right Here
BSEG Big S**t Eatin Grin
BTA But Then Again....
BTW By The Way
btw BeTWeen you and me ...
chat room A web page where people gather using software that allows them to talk to one another in real time.
CRS Can’t Remember S**t
CU See You - also posted as cya
CUS Can’t Understand S**t (stuff)
CNP Continued in Next Post (seen more on message boards than chat)
CP Chat Post
CUL8R See You Later
CUOL See You On Line
CYA See Ya
dd, ds, dh Darling or Dear: Dear Son, Dear Daughter, or Dear Husband. Usually exchanged in family chats.
DDSOS Different Day, Same Old S**t
DEGT Don’t Even Go There (I don’t want to talk about it)
DIKU Do I Know You?
DIS Did I Say
D/L, DL, d/l, dl Downloading, or Download it.
EG Evil Grin
EMA E-mail Address (example: ?ema or ema? = what is your email address)
EOT End Of Thread (meaning end of discussion)
ez or EZ easy (one of the really old ones)
F2F Face To Face
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FISH First In Still Here (someone who is on line TOO much)
FITB Fill In The Blanks
flame to insult someone. Used when a person asks a stupid question, or says something rude to irritate the users of a chat room or message board.
FOCL Falling Off Chair - Laughing
forum What today’s message boards are called. Often using php as defining language to quickly write “real time” messages and replies to a web site (or page)
FTS F*** This S***fu f*** you (If you can’t figure this one out, you shouldn’t be online)
FUBAR “Fouled” Up Beyond All Repair/Recognition
FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
GA Go Ahead
GAL Get A Life
gest Gesture…a small multimedia file played over the internet, usually expressing an emotion or comment.
g/f Girlfriend (also shown as gf, G/F, or GF)
GFN Gone For Now
GGOH Gotta Get Outta Here
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GR Gotta Run
GR&D Grinning, Running, and Ducking
GTR Got To Run
GTRM Going To Read Mail (leaving chat room to check email)
H&K Hugs and Kisses
hack person who breaks into software, or disrupts a chat room.
HAGD Have A Good Day
HAGO Have A Good One
HB Hurry Back
Hosts Refers to the people that are running the chat room, they usually have the ability to kick a person off due to rude behavior.
HTH Hope That Helps
IAC In Any Case
IB I’m Back
IC I See
IDN I Don’t kNow
IDK I Don’t Know
IDTS I Don’t Think So
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer (expect an uninformed opinion)
IC I SeeICQ I Seek You. A computer program used to communicate instantly over the Internet.
ILU or ILY I Love You
IM Instant Message
IMHO In My Humble Opinion (or In My Honest Opinion)
IMO In My Opinion
IOH I’m Out of Here
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
IYO In Your Opinion
JAS Just A Second
JIC Just In Case
JK Just Kidding
JMO Just My Opinion
JW Just Wondering
k, K, or kk O. K.
KIT Keep In Touch
L8R Later (an early one, kind of outdated with current “young geeks”)
LMAO Laughing My A** Off
LMFAO Laughing My F***(freak)ing A** Off
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LTNS Long Time No See
LTS Laughing To one’s Self
LY I Love Ya
LYL Love You Lots
Message Board A web page where people write comments, and those comments are than added to that web-page for others to view. Used to carry on conversation, request information, and relay messages.
MUG Refers to a new user of that chat program, goes back to Excite VP days when the AV (or icon) that represented someone new was a picture of a coffee mug.
newbie refers to a person who is new to an area or technology. Also seen as nube, nooby, nubie, nb, etc.
NFW No Feasible (or F***ing) Way
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
nm, or NM Never Mind
NP, np No Problem
NRN1. No Response Necessary 2. Not Right Now
NT No Thanks
OBTW Oh, By The Way
OIC Oh, I See
OF Old Fart, someone who has been around for a while
OJ or OK Only Joking or Only Kidding
OL the Old Lady
OM the Old Man
OMG Oh My Gosh (although it’s usually used with the Lord’s name in place of “gosh”)
OT Off Topic
oth or OTH Off The Hook: Something is really popular, or hot. Very exciting.
otr or OTR Off The Rack: Saying that something is outside the ordinary.
OTE Over The Edge (beyond common sense or beyond good taste)
OTOH On The Other Hand...
OTOMH Off the Top of My Head...
OTW On The Way ... I’ve sent a file to you, it’s “On the way”
P911 My parents are in the room. P=Parents, and 911=emergency, in other words either drop the subject, or watch the language.
PANS Pretty Awesome New Stuff (often referring to computer technology)
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Cards International Association
PCMCIA People Can’t Master Computer Industry Acronyms (slang)
PEBCAK Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
peeps People. example: “There sure are a lot of peeps in this room” - meaning a lot of people are in the chat room.
peep this Hey, listen to this, I’ve got some interesting news.
PITA Pain In The A**
PMJI Pardon Me for Jumping In (when you enter into a new conversation)
poof when someone leaves a chat room, often seen as *poof* as in boy he *poofed* in a hurry.
POTS Plain Old Telephone Service
POS Parents are looking Over my Shoulder.
POTS Parents Over The Shoulder - (My parents are watching, I can’t really talk)
RFC Request For Comments (used more in newsgroups, a page or pages that supply technical information)
rl or RL Real Life (as opposed to being online)
r m or RM Ready Made: pre-existing
ROFL Rolling On Floor, Laughing
ROTF Rolling On The Floor (laughing is implied)
ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off
ROTFLMFAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My F(***ing) A** Off
RSN Real Soon Now
r/t Real Time (also: RT, or rt)
RTFM Read The “Flippin” Manual (response to beginner question on net, chat, newsgroups, etc.)
RU aRe yoU?
SEG S**t Eating Grin
SH Same Here
SMS Short Message Service (more cell phones and pagers than chat rooms and the Internet)
SN Screen Name. The name or moniker selected by person in an IM or chat program. ex: My “SN” in vp was “-lone.wolf”
SNAFU Situation Normal , All “Fouled” Up
SO Significant Other
SOL S**t Out Of Luck
SOS Same Old S**t (stuff)
SOTA State Of The Art (latest technology)
SPST Same Place, Same Time
SSDD Same S**t, Different Day
STR8 Straight (can refer to sex, or DSTR8 as in Damn Straight)
STW Search The Web
SY Sincerely Yours
SYL See You Later
TAFN That’s All For Now
TC Take Care
TFH Thread From Hell (a topic or discussion that won’t stop - esp. newsgroups)
TGIF Thank Goodness It’s Friday
TIA Thanks In Advance
TM Text Message (often refers to communications with text over cell phones)
TMI Too Much Info. (information)
TNT ‘Til Next Time
TPS That’s Pretty Stupid
TPTB The Powers That Be (can sometimes refer to the people that are running the chat room or server)
TRDMF Tears Running Down My Face: Can be with either laughter, or due to saddness.
TS Tough S**t
TSFY Tough S**t For You
TTFN Ta-Ta For Now
TTTT These Things Take Time
TTYL Talk To You Later
TY Thank You
TYT Take Your Time
TYVM Thank You Very Much
US You Suck
usa or USA Until Sides Ache: Usually used with one of the laughter acronyms such as “lolusa” Laughing Out Loud Until my Sides Ache. I’ve also heard that some folks substitute ush for “Until Sides Hurt”. rotflolush = rolling on the floor, laughing out loud, until my sides hurt.
UV Unpleasant Visual
UW yoU’re Welcome
UY Up Yours
VPPH Virtual Places Page Host
WB Welcome Back (you say this when someone returns to a chat room)
WEG Wicked Evil Grin
WEU What’s Eating You?
WFM Works For Me
WIIFM What’s In It For Me?
WTG Way To Go
WTF What The F**K
WT? What The ...? or Who the ...?
WTGP? Want To Go Private? (move to a private chat room)
WWJD What Would Jesus Do?
YAA Yet Another Acronym
YBS You’ll Be Sorry
YL Young Lady
YM Young Man
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YR Yea, Right. (sarcastic)
*ys* You Stinker
YVW You’re Very Welcome
YW You’re Welcome