Complete List of Shorthand SMS Chat Language Abbreviations for Instant Message Texting

Shorthand Chat Language Abbreviations for Instant Message Texting

SMS Shorthand language also known as Textese, txtese, chatspeak, txt, txtspk, txtk, txto, texting language, txt lingo, or txt talk is a term for the abbreviations and slang most commonly used due to the necessary brevity of Internet Shorthand Chat or Mobile Phone text messaging. SMS Shorthand language is also common on the Internet such as facebook.com, twitter.com, including in e-mail and instant messaging. It can be likened to a rebus, which uses pictures and single letters or numbers to represent whole words. For words which have no common abbreviation, users most commonly remove the vowels from a word, and the reader is required to interpret a string of consonants by re-adding the vowels. The reader must interpret the abbreviated words depending on the context in which it is used, as there are many examples of words or phrases which use the same abbreviations.
Chat Shorthand Abbreviation
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAICT As Far As I Can Tell
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFK Away From Keyboard
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BAK Back At Keyboard
BBL Be Back Later
BION Believe It Or Not
BITMT But In The Meantime
BOT Back On Topic
BRB Be Right Back
BTW By The Way
C4N Ciao For Now
CRS Can't Remember "Stuff"
CU See You
CUL See You Later
CWOT Complete Waste Of Time
CYA See Ya
DIY Do It Yourself; Do not Involve Yourself
EOD End Of Discussion
EZ Easy
F2F Face To Face
FAQ Frequantly 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
GTRM Going To Read Mail
HAND Have A Nice Day
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
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Honest, Hesitate Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IMPE In My Personal Experience
IMVHO In My Very Humble Opinion
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
ISP I'm So Prissy
IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean
J/K Just kidding
JIC Just In Case
KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
L8TR Later
LD Later dude
LOL Laugh Out Loud, Love On Line
LTNS Long Time No See
MorF Male or Female, or person who asks that question
MTCW My Two Cents Worth
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh I See
OLL Online Love
ONNA Oh No, Not Again!
OTF On The Floor
OTOH On The Other Hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
PLS Please
PU That Stinks!
REHI Re Hello Again
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 Rock Band, '70s, 2000s
SO Shout Out
TAFN That's All For Now
TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
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 Talk To You Later
TWIMC To Whom It May Concern
Txs Thanks
URL Internet Address
w/b Welcome Back
WRT With Regard To
WTG Way To Go
WU? What's Up?
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
2U2 To You, Too


SMS Shorthand language does not always obey or follow standard grammar, and additionally the words used are not usually found in standard dictionaries or recognized by language academies. SMS language is similar to that used by those sending telegraphs that charged by the word. People wanting to save money began shortening their messages to pay a smaller amount. This technique is unlikely to have been carried over into the later technology like papers and cellular phones due to the timeframe between the end of common use of telegraph systems and the introduction of mobile phone and internet chat technology. It is similar to Internet slang and Telex speak, and has evolved from the shorthand use in Internet chat rooms to accommodate the small number of characters allowed and as a convenient language for the small keyboards on mobile phones


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