List of Common Acronyms in English – Common Acronyms Used in SMS, Text, Chat

If you’re new in the world of the Internet or texting with your phone, you may become overwhelmed by the multitude of Abbreviationstext shortcuts, and acronyms that are used by more knowledgeable users. To assist you, this list is an overview of the most popular abbreviations that are used for text messaging, IMs (= Instant Message) and social networks, and others, where users want (or must) to use just the most basic of characters to convey thoughts or ideas.

List of Common Acronyms in English - Common Acronyms Used in SMS, Text, Chat

List of Common Acronyms Used in SMS, Text, and Internet Chat:

AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
AKA Also known as
AOL America Online
ASAP As soon as possible
ASL Age, sex, location
ATM At the moment
B/C Because
B4 Before
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BCC Blind carbon copy
BF Boyfriend
BFF Best friends forever
BFN Bye for now
BOT Back on topic
BRB Be right back
BTW By the way
CC Carbon copy
CTN Can’t talk now
CU See you
CUL See you later
CYA See ya
CYE Check your e-mail
DIY Do it yourself
DL Download
DW Don’t worry
EG Exempli gratia (Latin: For example)
EOD End of discussion
ETA Estimated time of arrival
F Female
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FOFL Falling on the floor laughing
FUBAR Fouled up beyond all recognition
FWIW For what it’s worth
FYI For your information
G2G Gotta go
GB Goodbye
GF Girlfriend
GG Good game
GJ Good job
GL Good luck
GM Good match
GR8 Great
H/O Hold on
HH Ha-ha
HOAS Hold on a second
HTH Hope this helps
IAC In any case
IC I see
IDK I don’t know
IE Id est (Latin: That is)
IIRC If I remember correctly
IK I know
IM Instant Message
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IOW In other words
IRT In reply to
J/K Just kidding
JC Just curious
JK Just kidding
KIT Keep in touch
KWIM Know what I mean
L8 Late
L8R Later
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LOL Laugh out loud
M Male
MMA Meet me at
MMB Message me back
MSG Message
MYOB Mind your own business
N/A Not Available
NC No comment
NE1 Anyone
NM Not much
NP No problem
NRN No reply necessary
NW No way
OMG Oh my gosh
OT Off topic
OTOH On the other hand
PDA Public display of affection
PHAT Pretty hot and tempting
PIR People in room
PK Player Killing
PLZ Please
POS Parent over shoulder
PPL People
QT Cutie
RE Regarding
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
RPG Role Playing Game
RT Real-time
RTFM Read the flippin’ manual
SMH Shaking my head
SOS Someone over shoulder
SOSO Same old, same old
SP? Spelling?
STR8 Straight
SUP What’s up
TBC To be continued
TBH To be honest
TC Take care
TGIF Thank goodness it’s Friday
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks in advance
TIC Tongue in cheek
TISNF That is so not fair
TLC Tender love and care
TMI Too much information
TOH Typing one-handed
TTFN Ta-ta for now
TTYL Talk to you later
TY Thank you
U2 You too
UR You are
VBG Very big grin
W/ With
W/E Whatever
W/O Without
W8 Wait
WB Write back (e-mail)
WOOT Way out of topic
WTG Way to go
XOXO Hugs and kisses
Y Why
YRG You are good
YW You’re welcome
ZZZ Sleeping

Note: Despite the fact that the acronyms listed below can be written with ALL CAPS, it’s not required to use capital letters. Generally, people mix lower and uppercase based on their own personal preferences. Utilizing caps for acronyms itself is typically not considered to be good netiquette, however writing complete sentences or words in ALL CAPS is typically considered to be “shouting” and thus frequently viewed as offensive.

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