Internet Chat Acronyms - "Shorthand"

Used with IM (Instant Messenger), Chat Rooms, Email, etc

We all know what LOL means (Laugh Out Loud), but there are a ton of others and no one knows them all.  Of course, it is best to only use the common ones.  The whole idea is to lessen the number of keystrokes, while at the same time conveying messages that the person on the receiving end can understand.  So don't overuse these.  

These acronyms were developed automatically, in a natural progression, by Users !!  No agency, or company came up with these.  Here we have included two lists - the Commonly Used Acronyms (these are the ones you can use and expect any Internet savvy user to understand), and the Full Internet Acronym List :

NOTE:  there are groups of chat users, especially the kids, who have developed entire new sets !!  Not included here, of course.

Commonly Used Internet Acronyms

Acronym Meaning
4ever Forever
AFK Away From Keyboard
AKA or a.k.a. Also Known As
ASAP As Soon As Possible
B4 Before
BFD Big F***ing Deal
BFR Big F***ing Router
BF* Big F***ing "anything" (BFR, BFD, etc)
BTW By The Way
CYA Cover Your Ass
CYL See You Later
EOM End Of Message
FIFO First-In First-Out
FILO First-In Last-Out
FOAD F*** Off And Die
FWIW For What It's Worth
FYI For Your Information
GG Good Game (or) Gotta Go
GL Good Luck
GR8 Great
GRRRR it means Growling
GTG Got To Go
IM Instant Messaging
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
L8R Later
LIFO Last In First Out
LILO Last-In Last-Out
LMAO Laughing My Ass Off
LMFAO Laughing My F***ing Ass Off
LOL Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)
LTNS Long Time No See
MOTD Message Of The Day
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
N/A Not Applicable -or- Not Affiliated
NAZ Name, Address, Zip (also means Nasdaq)
NBD No Big Deal
NFW No F***ing Way
NG New Game
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
NM Never Mind
NMP Not My Problem
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OIC Oh, I see
OMG Oh My God
OS Operating System
PLS Please
R&D Research & Development
R&R Rest & Relaxation
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off
SOL Sh** Out of Luck
SOP Standard Operating Procedure (Same Old Poo)
SRO Standing Room Only
TBA To Be Advised or To Be Announced
TBC To Be Continued
TBD To Be Decided
THX or TX or THKS Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
VM Voice Mail
WB Welcome Back
WTB Want To Buy
WTF What The F***
WTG Way To Go!
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary

 

The Full Internet Acronym List

Acronym Meaning
2B or not 2B To Be Or Not To Be
4ever Forever
86 Out Of or Over
A/S/L Age/Sex/Location
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFK Away From Keyboard
AIAMU And I'm A Monkey's Uncle
AISI As I See It
AKA or a.k.a. Also Known As
AMBW All My Best Wishes
ANFAWFOWS And Now For A Word Word From Our Web Sponsor
AOAS All Of A Sudden
AOB Abuse Of Bandwidth
AP Apple Pie
ASAFP As Soon As "Friggin" Possible
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ATST At The Same Time
AWGTHTGTTA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again
AWGTHTGTTSA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Sh** Again
AYSOS Are You Stupid Or Something
AYTMTB And You're Telling Me This Because?
B4 Before
B4N Bye For Now
BBFBBM Body By Fisher, Brains by Mattel
BBIAB Be Back In A Bit
BBIAF Be Back In A Few
BBL Be Back Later
BBN Bye Bye Now
BCBS Big Company, Big School
BCNU Be Seein' You
BDC Big Dumb Company or Big Dot Com
BDN Big Damn Number
BFD Big F***ing Deal
BFN Bye For Now
BHOF Bald Headed Old Fart
BIF Basis In Fact or Before I Forget
BITD Back In The Day
BM Byte Me
BMOTA Byte Me On The Ass
BNF Big Name Fan
BOHICA Bend Over Here It Comes Again
BR Bathroom
BRB Be Right Back
BRT Be Right There
BS Big Smile
BT Byte This
BTA But Then Again or Before The Attacks
BTDT Been There Done That
BTSOOM Beats The Sh** Out Of Me
BTW By The Way
BTWBO Be There With Bells On
BWDIK But What Do I Know?
BWO Black, White or Other
C/P Cross Post
CIAO Goodbye (in Italian)
CID Consider It Done
CIS CompuServe Information Service
CMF Count My Fingers
CofS Church of Scientology
CRAFT Can't Remember a F***ing Thing
CRAP Cheap Redundant Assorted Products
CRAWS Can't Remember Anything Worth A Sh**
CSL Can't Stop Laughing
CTC Choking The Chicken
CUL8R See You Later
CWYL Chat With You Later
CYA Cover Your Ass
CYL See You Later
DBEYR Don't Believe Everything You Read
DD Due Diligence
DDD Direct Distance Dial
DETI Don't Even Think It
DGA Don't Go Anywhere
DGT Don't Go There
DHYB Don't Hold Your Breath
DILLIGAD Do I Look Like I Give A Damn
DILLIGAS Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**
DKDC Don't Know Don't Care
DLTM Don't Lie To Me
DQYDJ Don't Quit Your Day Job
DRIB Don't Read If Busy
DWYM Does What You Mean
DYSTSOTT Did You See The Size Of That Thing
EG Evil Grin
EOM End Of Message
ESO Equipment Smarter than Operator
EWI E-mailing While Intoxicated
F2F  
FAB Features Attributes Benefits
FBKS Failure Between Keyboard and Seat
FE Fatal Error
FF&PN Fresh Fields and Pastures New
FO F*** Off
FOAF Friend Of A Friend
FRED F*#king Ridiculous Electronic Device
FTASB Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
FTL Faster Than Light
FTTB For The Time Being
FUBAR F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition
FUBB F***ed Up Beyond Belief
FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation
FWIW For What It's Worth
FYA For Your Amusement
FYI For Your Information
FYIFV F*#k You I'm Fully Vested
FYM For Your Misinformation
GAL Get A Life
GG Good Game (or) Gotta Go
GIGO Garbage In, Garbage Out
GIWIST Gee, I Wish I'd Said That
GL Good Luck
GLYASDI God Loves You And So Do I
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GMTFT Great Minds Think For Themselves
GNBLFY Got Nothing But Love For You
GR&D Grinning Running And Ducking
GR8 Great
GRRRR it means Growling
GSOAS Go Sit On A Snake
GTG Got To Go
GTGB Got To Go, Bye
GTGP Got To Go Pee
GTH Go To Hell
GTSY Glad To See Ya
GYPO Get Your Pants Off
HAGO Have A Good One
HAK Hugs And Kisses
HB Hurry Back
HD Hold
HHO1/2K Ha Ha, Only Half Kidding
HHOK Ha Ha, Only Kidding
HIOOC Help! I'm Out of Coffee
HOHA HOllywood HAcker
HTH Hope This (or That) Helps
HUA Heads Up Ace
HUYA Head Up Your A**
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
IAITS It's All In The Subject
IANAC I Am Not A Crook
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer
IBT In Between Technology
IBTD I Beg To Differ
IC In Character
ID10T Idiot
IDGAF I Don't Give A F***
IDGI I Don't Get It
IDK I Don't Know
IDKY I Don't Know You
IDST I Didn't Say That
IDTS I Don't Think So
IEF It's Esther's Fault
IFAB I Found A Bug
IFU I F***ed Up
IGGP I Gotta Go Pee
IIIO Intel Inside, Idiot Outside
IIMAD If It Makes An(y) Difference
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IIWM If It Were Me
ILICISCOMK I Laughed, I Cried, I Spat/Spilt Coffee/Crumbs/Coke On My Keyboard
ILY I Love You
IM Instant Messaging
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
INMP It's Not My Problem
INPO In No Particular Order
IOH I'm Outta Here
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
ISS I Said So
ITM In The Money
IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean
IYO In Your Opinion
IYSS If You Say So
J/C Just Checking
J/K Just Kidding!
J/W Just Wondering
JAFO Just Another F***ing Onlooker
JOOTT Just One Of Those Things
KFY Kiss For You
KISS Keep It Simple Stupid
KIT Keep In Touch
KMA Kiss My Ass
KMRIA Kiss My Royal Irish Arse
KWIM Know What I Mean
KYPO Keep Your Pants On
L8R Later
LAQ Lame Ass Quote
LD Long Distance
LDTTWA Let's Do The Time Warp Again
LIFO Last In First Out
LLTA Lots And Lots Of Thunderous Applause
LMAO Laughing My Ass Off
LMK Let Me Know
LOL Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)
LOPSOD Long On Promises, Short On Delivery
LRF Little Rubber Feet
LTIC Laughing 'Til I Cry
LTNS Long Time No See
LYL Love Ya Lots
LYLAS Love You Like A Sister
M8 or M8s Mate or Mates
MFD Multi-Function Device
MfG Mit freundlichen Gruessen
MHOTY My Hat's Off To You
MM Market Maker
MOO Mud, Object-Oriented
MorF Male or Female?
MOTD Message Of The Day
MOTSS Members Of The Same Sex
MTFBWY May The Force Be With You
MWBRL More Will Be Revealed Later
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
N/A Not Applicable -or- Not Affiliated
N/T No Text
NAK Nursing At Keyboard
NAZ Name, Address, Zip (also means Nasdaq)
NBD No Big Deal
NBIF No Basis In Fact
NCG New College Graduate
NFI No F***ing Idea
NFW No F***ing Way
NG New Game
NIFOC Nude In Front Of The Computer
NIM No Internal Message
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
NIMQ Not In My Queue
NM Never Mind
NMP Not My Problem
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
NQOCD Not Quite Our Class Dear
NRG Energy
NRN No Reply Necessary
NYCFS New York City Finger Saluet
OAUS On An Unrelated Subject
OBTW Oh By The Way
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OIC Oh, I see
OMDB Over My Dead Body
OMG Oh My Gosh
OMIK Open Mouth, Insert Keyboard
ONNA Oh No, Not Again
OOC Out Of Character
OOTB Out Of The Box -or- Out Of The Blue
OOTC Obligatory On Topic Comment
OS Operating System
OT Off Topic
OTOH On the Other Hand
OWTTE Or Words To That Effect
OZ stands for: Australia
PANS Pretty Awesome New Stuff
PDOMA Pulled Directly Out Of My Ass
PEBCAK Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
PIMP Peeing In My Pants
PITA Pain In The Ass
PLS Please
PMFJI Pardon Me For Jumping In
PO Piss Off
PONA Person Of No Account
POV Point of View
R&D Research & Development
R&R Rest & Relaxation
RAT Remote(ly) Activated Trojan
RBTL Read Between The Lines
RFR Really F*#king Rich
RFS Really F*#king Soon
RKBA Right to Keep and Bear Arms
RL Real Life
RLF Real Life Friend
RMLB Read My Lips Baby
RMMM Read My Mail Man!
RN Right Now!
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off
ROTM Right On The Money
RSN Real Soon Now
RTBS Reason To Be Single
RTFM Read The F***ing Manual
RTK Return To Keyboard
RTM or RTFM Read The Manual - or - Read The F*#king Manual
RU Are You?
RYO Roll Your Own
S2R Send To Receive
S4L Spam For Life
SBTA Sorry, Being Thick Again
SF Surfer Friendly
SH Sh** Happens
SITCOMs Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage
SITD Still In The Dark
SLIRK Smart Little Rich Kid
SNAFU Situation Normal, All F***ed Up
SNAG Sensitive New Age Guy
SNERT Snotty Nosed Egotistical Rotten Teenager
SO Significant Other
SOL Sh** Out of Luck
SOP Standard Operating Procedure
SorG Straight or Gay?
SRO Standing Room Only
SSDD Same Sh** Different Day
STFU Shut The F*** Up
STM Spank The Monkey
STYS Speak To You Soon
SUYF Shut Up You Fool
SWAG Scientific Wild Ass Guess
SWAK Sent (or Sealed) With A Kiss
SWDYT So What Do You Think?
TAH Take A Hike
TANSTAAFL There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TARFU Things Are Really F***ed Up
TBA To Be Advised
TBC To Be Continued
TDTM Talk Dirty To Me
TEOTWAWKI The End Of The World As We Know It
TFH Thread From Hell
TFN Thanks For Nothing -or- Til Further Notice
THX or TX or THKS Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIAIL Think I Am In Love
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TLA Three Letter Acronym
TLGO The List Goes On
TM Trust Me
TMI Too Much Information
TMTOWTDI There's More Than One Way To Do It
TNA Temporarily Not Available
TOM Tomorrow
TPC The Phone Company
TPTB The Powers That Be
TSR Totally Stuck in RAM
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTT That's The Ticket -or- To The Top
TTYL Talk To You Later
TWHAB This Won't Hurt A Bit
TY Thank You
TYVM Thank You Very Much
unPC unPolitically Correct
URYY4M You Are Too Wise For Me
VC Venture Capital
VFM Value For Money
VM Voice Mail
VRBS Virtual Reality Bull Sh*t
WAG Wild Ass Guess
WAI What An Idiot
WAMBAM Web Application Meets Brick And Mortar
WB Welcome Back
WCA Who Cares Anyway
WDYS What Did You Say?
WDYT What Do You Think?
WE Whatever
WEG Wicked Evil Grin
WG Wicked Grin
WGAFF Who Gives A Flying F***
WIIFM What's In It For Me?
WIT Wordsmith In Training
WITFITS What in the F*** is this Sh**
WOG Wise Old Guy
WOMBAT Waste Of Money, Brains And Time
WRT With Regard To
WTB Want To Buy
WTF What The F***
WTG Way To Go!
WTSDS Where The Sun Don't Shine
WYP What's Your Problem?
WYRN What's Your Real Name?
WYS Whatever You Say
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
WYSLPG What You See Looks Pretty Good
WYT Whatever You Think
YA Yet Another
YA yaya Yet Another Ya-Ya (as in yo-yo)
YACC Yet Another Calendar Company
YAFIYGI You Asked For It You Got It
YDKM You Don't Know Me
YGBK You Gotta Be Kiddin'
YIC Yours In Christ
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
YNK You Never Know
YOYO You're On Your Own
YR Yeah Right
YSYD Yeah, Sure You Do
YTTT You Telling The Truth?
YYSSW Yeah Yeah Sure Sure Whatever