Chat Abbreviations

Abbreviation

Meaning

404

I haven't a clue

A

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ADN

Any day now

AFAIK

As far as I know

AFK

Away from keyboard

ARE

Acronym-rich environment

ASAP

As soon as possible

A/S/L?

Age/sex/location?

B

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B4N

Bye for now

 

BAK

Back at the keyboard

 

BBIAB

Be back in a bit

 

BBL

Be back later

 

BBN

Bye bye now

 

BBS

Be back soon

 

BEG

Big evil grin

 

BF

Boy friend

 

BFN

Bye for now

 

BG

Big grin

 

BIBO

Beer in, beer out

 

BIOYIOP

Blow it out your I/O port

 

BL

Belly laughing

 

BMGWL

Busting my gut with laughter

 

BOTEC

Back-of-the-envelope calculation

 

BRB

Be right back

 

BTA

But then again...

BTDT

Been there, done that

BTW

By the way

BWL

Bursting with laughter

BWTHDIK

But what the heck do I know...?

C

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CICO

Coffee in, coffee out

C&G

Chuckle and grin

CNP

Continued in next post

CRB

Come right back

CRBT

Crying real big tears

CU

See you

CUL

See you later

CUL8ER

See you later

CYA

See ya

CYA

Cover your ass

CYO

See you online

D

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DBA

Doing business as

DFLA

Disenchanted four-letter acronym (that is, a TLA)

DL

Dead link

DLTBBB

Don't let the bed bugs bite

DIKU

Do I know you?

DITYID

Did I tell you I'm distressed?

DOM

Dirty old man

DOS

Dozing off soon

DQMOT

Don't quote me on this

DTRT

Do the right thing

DWB

Don't write back

E

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EG

Evil grin

EMFBI

Excuse me for butting in

EMSG

E-mail message

EOM

End of message

EOT

End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)

ETLA

Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)

F

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F2F

Face to face

 

FAQ

Frequently-ask question(s)

FC

Fingers crossed

FISH

First in, still here

FLA

Four-letter acronym

FMTYEWTK

Far more than you ever wanted to know

FOMCL

Falling off my chair laughing

FTBOMH

From the bottom of my heart

FUD

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW

For what it's worth

FYI

For your information

G

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G

Grin

GA

Go ahead

GAL

Get a life

GIGO

Garbage in, garbage out

GD&R

Grinning, ducking, and running

GF

Girlfriend

GFN

Gone for now

GGP

Gotta go pee

GIWIST

Gee, I wish I'd said that

GL

Good luck

GMAB

Give me a break

GMTA

Great minds think alike

GOL

Giggling out loud

GTRM

Going to read mail

GTSY

Glad to see you

H

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H&K

Hug and kiss

HAGN

Have a good night

HAND

Have a nice day

HHIS

Hanging head in shame

HIG

How's it going

HT

Hi there

HTH

Hope this helps

HUB

Head up butt

I

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IAC

In any case

IAE

In any event

IANAL

I am not a lawyer (but)

IC

I see

IGP

I gotta pee

IHA

I hate acronyms

IHU

I hear you

IIRC

If I recall/remember/recollect correctly

ILU or ILY

I love you

IM

Immediate message

IMCO

In my considered opinion

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

IMO

In my opinion

IMS

I am sorry

IOW

In other words

IPN

I'm posting naked

IRL

In real life (that is, when not chatting)

ITIGBS

I think I'm going to be sick

IWALU

I will always love you

IYSWIM

If you see what I mean

J

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J4G

Just for grins

JBOD

Just a bunch of disks (like redundant array of independent disks, etc.)

JIC

Just in case

JK

Just kidding

JMO

Just my opinion

JTLYK

Just to let you know

K

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KISS

Keep it simple stupid

KIT

Keep in touch

KOTC

Kiss on the cheek

KOTL

Kiss on the lips

KWIM?

Know what I mean?

L

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L8R

Later

L8R G8R

Later gator

LD

Later, dude

LDR

Long-distance relationship

LHO

Laughing head off

LLTA

Lots and lots of thunderous applause

LMSO

Laughing my socks off

LOL

Laughing out loud

LRF

Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment)

LSHMBH

Laughing so hard my belly hurts

LTM

Laugh to myself

LTNS

Long time no see

LTR

Long-term relationship

LULAB

Love you like a brother

LULAS

Love you like a sister

LUWAMH

Love you with all my heart

LY

Love ya

LY4E

Love ya forever

M

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MorF

Male or female

MOSS

Member of the same sex

MOTOS

Member of the opposite sex

MTF

More to follow

MUSM

Miss you so much

N

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NADT

Not a darn thing

NIFOC

Naked in front of computer

NP or N/P

No problem

NRN

No response necessary

O

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OIC

Oh, I see

OLL

Online love

OMG

Oh my God

OTF

Off the floor

OTOH

On the other hand

OTTOMH

Off the top of my head

P

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PANS

Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")

PAW

Parents are watching

PCMCIA

People can't master computer industry acronyms

PDA

Public display of affection

PEBCAK

Problem exists between chair and keyboard

PIBKAC

Problem is between keyboard and chair

PITA

Pain in the ass

PM

Private message

PMFJIB

Pardon me for jumping in but...

POAHF

Put on a happy face

POOF

Goodbye (leaving the room)

POTS

Plain old telephone service

PU

That stinks!

Q

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QT

Cutie

R

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RL

Real life (that is, when not chatting)

ROR

Raffing out roud (Engrish for "laughing out loud")

ROTFL

Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLMBO

Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off

RPG

Role-playing games

RSN

Real soon now

RT

Real time

RYO

Roll your own (write your own program; derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)

S

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S^

S'up - what's up

S4L

Spam for life (what you may get when you become someone's customer or client)

SHCOON

Shoot hot coffee out of nose

SETE

Smiling ear to ear

SF

Surfer-friendly (low-graphics Web site)

SHID

Slaps head in disgust

SO

Significant other

SOL

Smiling out loud or sh*t out of luck

SOMY

Sick of me yet?

SOT

Short on time

SOTMG

Short on time must go

STW

Search the Web

SU

Shut up

SUAKM

Shut up and kiss me

SUP

What's up

SWAK

Sealed with a kiss

SWL

Screaming with laughter

SYS

See you soon

T

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TA

Thanks again

TAFN

That's all for now

TANSTAAFL

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

TCOY

Take care of yourself

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)

TILII

Tell it like it is

TLA

Three-letter acronym

TLK2UL8R

Talk to you later

TMI

Too much information

TNT

Till next time

TOPCA

Til our paths cross again (early Celtic chat term)

TOY

Thinking of you

TPTB

The powers that be

TTFN

Ta-Ta for now

TTT

Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)

TTYL

Talk to you later

TU

Thank you

TY

Thank you

U

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UAPITA

You're a pain in the ass

UW

You're welcome

V

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VBG

Very big grin

W

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WAYD

What are you doing

WB

Welcome back

WBS

Write back soon

WDALYIC

Who died and left you in charge?

WEG

Wicked evil grin

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

Y

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YBS

You'll be sorry

YMMV

Your mileage may vary.

YW

You're welcome

 

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