Online Chat - Abbreviations and Acronyms

Chat abbreviations that describe emotions are typically typed within less-than and greater-than symbols (for example, for "big grin"). Chat abbreviations that represent shorthand for sentences or phrases, such as "BBL" for "Be back later" are not usually typed within these symbols. Since some of these phrases happen to denote emotions, this usage rule can easily be violated.


Abbreviation

Meaning

ADN Any day now
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
ARE Acronym-rich environment
B4N Bye for now
BAK Back at the keyboard
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BEG Big evil grin
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BIOYIOP Blow it out your I/O port
BL Belly laughing
BOTEC Back-of-the-envelope calculation
BRB Be right back
BTA But then again...
BTW By the way
CU See you
CUL See you later
CUL8ER See you later
CYO See you online
DBA Doing business as
DIKU Do I know you?
DITYID Did I tell you I'm distressed?
DQMOT Don't quote me on this
EG Evil grin
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
ETLA Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)
F2F Face to face
FAQ Frequently-ask question(s)
FISH First in, still here
FLA Four-letter acronym
FMTYEWTK Far more than you ever wanted to know
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW For what it's worth
FYI For your information
G Grin
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running
GIWIST Gee, I wish I'd said that
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOL Giggling out loud
GTRM Going to read mail
HTH Hope this helps
IAC In any case
IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)
IC I see
IHA I hate acronyms
IIRC If I recall/remember/recollect correctly
ILU or ILY I love you
IM Immediate message
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMing Chatting with someone online usually while doing
other things such as playing trivia or other interactive game
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IOW In other words
IPN I'm posting naked
IRL In real life (that is, when not chatting)
IYSWIM If you see what I mean
JIC Just in case
JK Just kidding
KWIM? Know what I mean?
L8R Later
LD Later, dude
LDR Long-distance relationship
LLTA Lots and lots of thunderous applause
LOL Laughing out loud
LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom
of displays and other equipment)
LTM Laugh to myself
MorF Male or female
MOSS Member of the same sex
MOTOS Member of the opposite sex
NRN No response necessary
OIC Oh, I see
OLL Online love
OTOH On the other hand
OTF Off the floor
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
PANS Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")
PCMCIA People can't master computer industry acronyms
PDA Public display of affection
PEBCAK Problem exists between chair and keyboard
PITA Pain in the ass
PMFJIB Pardon me for jumping in but...
::POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room)
POTS Plain old telephone service
PU That stinks!
RL Real life (that is, when not chatting)
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RPG Role-playing games
RSN Real soon now
RYO Roll your own (write your own program;
derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)
SO Significant other
SOMY Sick of me yet?
STW Search the Web
TAFN That's all for now
TANSTAAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TFH Thread from hell (a discussion that just won't die
and is often irrelevant to the purpose of the forum or group)
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks in advance (used if you post a
question and are expecting a helpful reply)
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TPTB The powers that be
TTFN Ta-Ta for now
TTYL Talk to you later
TU Thank you
UAPITA You're a pain in the ass
UW You're welcome
VBG Very big grin
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge?
WFM Works for me
WIBNI Wouldn't it be nice if
WT? What/who the ?
WTG Way to go!
WTGP? Want to go private?
WU? What's up?
WUF? Where are you from?
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YMMV Your mileage may vary.



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