The world of the internet has become a language of its own. Internet networks such as Twitter limit the number of characters in a single message. Smart phones and texting have also impacted the language on the internet. This has motivated users to develop acronyms from key words that save both time and effectiveness.
Unfortunately, these changes have also brought about some negative aspects. Some people see these acronyms as barriers to the true meaning of the message on the screen.
We have attached the following internet acronyms to assist each of you in the internet language of the 21st century:
A/S/L: Age, sex, location; AAK: Alive and kicking; AAR: At any rate; AAS: Alive and smiling; Addy: Abbrev for e-mail; ADN: Any day now; AFAIK: As far as I know; AFK: Away from keyboard; AFN: All for now; AOTA: All of the above; ASL: Age/Sex/Location; AV: Avatar – looks, mood; B/F: Boyfriend; B4: Before; B4N: Bye for now; BAK: Back at keyboard; BBIAB: Be back in a bit; BBL: Be back later; BBN: Bye bye now; BBS: Be back soon; BEG: Big evil grin; BF: Boyfriend; BFN: Bye for now; BG: Big grin; BL: Belly laughing; BMTIPG: Brilliant minds think in parallel gutters; Boot: Restart computers; BR: Best regards; BRB: Be right back; BRH: Be right here; BTA: But then again; BTW: By the way; BWL: Bursting with laughter; BWTHDIK: But what the heck do I know; CID: Crying in disgrace; CNP: Cont in next post; CP: Chat post; CRBT: Cry real big tears; CU or CYA: See you or see ya; CUL: See you later; CUL8R: See you later; CUOL: See you on-line; CYA: See ya; CYO: See you online; D/L, DL: Downloading; DBAU: doing business as usual; DD, DS, DH: Darling (or Dear) – Dear Daughter, Dear Son, Dear Husband; DEGT: Don’t even go there; DIKU: Do I know you?; DIS: Did I say; DL: Dead link; DLTBBB: Don’t let the bed bugs bite; DQMOT: don’t quote me on this; EG: Evil grin; EM: E-mail; EMA: E-mail address; EMFBI: Excuse me for butting in; EMSG: Email message; EOT: End of thread; EZ: Easy; F2F: Face to face; FAQ: Freq Ask Question; FISH: First in still here; FOMCL: Falling off my chair laughing; FUD: Fear, uncertain, doubt; FWIW: For what it’s worth; FYI: For your information; G/F or GF: Girlfriend; G: Grin; G2G: Got to go; GA: Go ahead; GAL: Get a life; GF: Girlfriend; GFN: Gone for now; GGOH: Gotta get outta here; GIWIST: Gee, I wish I’d said that; GMTA: Great minds think alike; GOL: Giggling out loud; GR&D: Grin, run, duck; GTR: Got to run; GTRM: Going to read mail; GTSY: glad to see you; H&K: Hug and kiss; HAGD: Have a good day; HAGN: have a good night; HAGO: Have a good one; HB: Hurry back; HDOP: Help delete online predators; HHIS: Hanging head in shame; HTH: Hope that helps; Huggles: Hugs; IAC: In any case; IANAL: I am not a lawyer (but); IB: I’m back; IC: I see; ICQ: I seek you; IDK: I don’t know; IIRC: If I rememb correctly; ILU or ILY: I love you; IM: Instant message; IMHO: In my humble/honest opinion; IMNSHO: In my not so humble opinion; IMO: In my opinion; IOH: I’m out of here; IOW: In other words; IPN: I’m posting naked; 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: Okay; KIT: Keep in touch; KOC: Kiss on cheek; KOL: Kiss on lips; KOTC: Kiss on the cheek; KWIM: Know what I mean?; L8R: Later; LD: Later, dude; LDR: Long distance relationship; LMAO: Laughing my ass off; LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life; LMSO: Laughing my socks off; LOL: Laughing out loud; LTM: Laugh to myself; LTNS: Long time no see; LTR: long term relationship; LTS: Laughing to self; LULAB: Love you like a brother; LULAS: Love you like a sister; LUWAMH: Luv u wth all my heart; LY: Love ya; LYL: Love you lots; MOTOS: Member of the opposite sex; MSG: Message; MTF: More to follow; MUSM: Miss you so much; NADT: Not a darn thing; NIFOC: Naked in front of computer; NIMBY: Not in my back yard; NM: Never mind; NP: No problem; NRN: No reply necessary; NT: No thanks; OBTW: Oh, by the way; OIC: Oh, I see; OJ or OK: Only joking; OL: The Old Lady; OM: The Old Man; OMG: Oh my gosh or God; OT: Off topic; OTE: Over the edge; OTH: Off the hook; OTOH: On the other hand; OTOMH: Off the top of my head; OTR: Off the rack; OTW: On the way; P911: Parents are in the room; PDA: Public display of affection; PEBCAK: Problem exists between chair and keyboard; Peep This: Listen to this or watch this; Peeps: People, friends, other chatters; PLZ: Please; PMJI: Pardon me for jumping; Poof: A chatter leaves; POS: Parents over shoulder; PPL: People; PU: That stinks; QT: cutie; RL: Real life; RM: Ready made; ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing; RPG: Role playing games; RSN: Real soon now; RT: Real time; RU: Are you?; SH: Same here; SN: Screen name; SO: Significant other; SOTA: State of the art; SPST: Same place, same time; STR8: Straight; STW: Search the Web; SWAK: Sealed with a kiss; SWL: Screaming with laughter; SY: Sincerely yours; SYL: See you later; SYS: see you soon; TAFN: That’s all for now; TC: Take care; THX: Thanks!; TIA: Thanks in advance; TM: Text message; TMI: Too much information; TNT: ‘Til next time; TPS: That’s pretty stupid; TPTB: The powers that be; TRDMF: Tears running down my face; TTFN: Ta-ta for now; TTTT: Th things take time; TTYL: Talk to you later ; TY: Thank you; TYT: Take your time; TYVM: Thk you very much; UV: Unpleasant visual; UW: You’re welcome; UY: Up yours; WB: Welcome back; WC: Welcome; WEG: Wicked evil grin; WEU: What’s eating you?; WFM: Works for me; WIIFM: What’s in it for me?; WT?: What the …?; WTG: Way to go; WTGP?: Want to go private?; WU: what’s up; WUF: where are u from?; 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: Yeah, right (sarcastic); YS: You stinker; YVW: You’re very welcome; YW: You’re welcome