Understanding Text Message Shortcuts

It's getting to the point that you could probably have a whole conversation over text messaging and not write a single word. Are you new to text messaging and want to know what your friends are trying to say to you? Below are a few of the most common abbreviations you might see.


!

I have a comment

?

I have a question

@TEOTD

at the end of the day

^rup^

read up please

143 (or ILU)

I love you

2BZ4UQT

Too busy for you cutey

2moro

Tomorrow

2nite

Tonight

411

info

4COL

For crying out loud

4ever

Forever

GMAB

Give me a break

86

finished, out of, to get rid of, or kicked out

9

parent is watching

99

parent is no longer watching

AAK

Asleep at keyboard

AFC

Away from computer

AIGHT

All right

B/C (or CUZ)

Because

B4

Before

B4N

Bye for now

BAK

Back at keyboard

BF

Boyfriend or Best friend

BFF

Best friends forever

BFFN

Best friends for now

BRB

Be right back

BRT

Be right there

BSOD

Blue screen of death (which appears when Windows crashes)

BYKT

But you knew that

BZ

Busy

C/S

Change of subject

CMIW

Correct me if I'm wrong

CMU

Crack me up

CU

See you (or Cracking up)

CUL8R

See you later

CUNS

See you in school

CX

Cancelled

CYM

Check your E-mail

def

Definitely

DIKU

Do I know you?

DWB

Don't write back

EG

Evil grin

EMA

E-mail address

EML

Email me later

EZ

Easy

F2F

Face-to-face

FWIW

For what it's worth

GAL

Get a life

GALHER (or GALHIM)

Get a load of her (or him)

GBH

Great big hug

GF

Girlfriend

GFI

Go for it

GFN

Gone for now

GG

Good game (or Gotta go)

GI

Google it

GL

Good luck (or Get lost)

GM

Good morning (or Good move)

GOI

Get over it

GR8

Great

gratz

Congratulations

GRRRR

growling

GTG

Got to go

GTGP

Got to go pee

GTRM

Going to read mail

h/o

Hold on

HAND

Have a nice day

HB

Hurry back

HHIS

Hanging head in shame

IC

In character (or I see)

IDK

I don't know

IDKY

I don't know you

IMO

In my opinion

IOH

I'm outta here

ISH

Insert sarcasm here

ISO

In search of

J/K

Just kidding

KMP

Keep me posted

L8R

Later

LKITR

Little kid in the room

LOL

Laughing out loud

LTR

Long-term relationship

M4C

Meet for coffee

meh

Whatever

MWAH

the sound of a kiss

MYOB

Mind your own business

N/M

Nothing much

NE1

Anyone

NE1ER

Anyone here

NNWW

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink

NP

No problem (or Nosy parents)

NRN

No reply necessary

NSA

No strings attached

NSFW

Not safe for work

NUB

a new person to a site or game

NUFF

Enough said

OC

Original character (or Own character)

OMG

Oh My God

OMIK

Open Mouth, Insert Keyboard

OOTB

Out Of The Box (or Out Of The Blue)

OT

Off topic

OTL

Out to lunch

OTP

On the phone

PAW

Parents are watching

PB

Potty break

PLZ

Please

POOF (or ::poof)

good-bye

P-ZA

Pizza

QLS

reply

RB@Ya

Right back at ya

RBTL

Read between the lines

RLF

Real life friend

ROFL

Rolling on floor laughing

RPG

Role playing games

RT

Real time

RUOK

Are you OK?

RUS

Are you serious?

RUSOS

Are you in trouble?

RUUP4IT

Are you up for it?

S2R

Send to receive

S2U

Same to you

SCNR

Sorry, could not resist

SLIRK

Smart little rich kid

SM

Senior moment

SMEM

Send me E-mail

SNAG

Sensitive new age guy

SNERT

Snotty-nosed egotistical rotten teenager

SUP (or S^)

What's up?

T@YL

Talk at you later

TAW

Teachers are watching

THX or TX or THKS

Thanks

TOM

Tomorrow

TT

Big tease

TTFN

Ta ta for now

TTYL

Talk to you later

TY

Thank you

U2

You too

U-L

You will

UR

You are

UR2K

You are too kind

URSAI

You are such an idiot

VWP

Very well played

W/O

Without

WAYD

What are you doing?

WAYN

Where are you now?

WB

Welcome back (or Write back)

WFM

Works for me

WKEWL

Way cool

WOG

Wise old guy

WTS

Want to sell

YW

You're welcome

ZZZ

Sleeping, bored, or tired