Tag Archives: neologisms

Comprehensive List of Texting and Chat Abbreviations

Texting and Chat Messages

Whatsapp, WeChat, Telegram, Facebook, Twitter… Messaging Apps are changing the way we write and communicate with one another. In the 90s and early 2000s, when people texted SMSs (Short Message Service) and were charged for each one they sent, abbreviations and acronyms were a way to save money. With  primitive chats and SMS we saw the firsts emoticons smile emoticon, which not only have survived the Apps revolution, but play an important role in our day-to-day communications since, as the saying goes, “an image is worth a thousand words”.

Today, such abbreviations  have become a way of saving time and space, rather than money. More often than not, it is difficult to keep track of the overwhelming amount of new expressions, acronyms and even neologisms new generations such as millennials are constantly coming up with.

To help ease the haze that this flood of new terms may cause, here is a list of the most common ones I’ve been able to collect so far. Hope that helps!

Complete List of Messaging Abbreviations and acronyms

1NAM One In A Million
2MORO Tomorrow
2nte Tonight
2N8 Tonight
404 No Clue
5N Fine
A3 Anywhere, anytime, any place
AAB Average At Best
ADL All Day Long
AEAP As Early as Possible
AKA Also Known As
ALAP As Late as Possible
ANY1 Anyone
ASAP As Soon as Possible
ASL Age / Sex / Location?
ATM At the moment
B3 Blah, Blah, Blah
B4 Before
B4YKI Before You Know it
BA3 Battery
BB Bye Bye
BBS Be Back Soon
Bc or B/C Because
BD Big Deal
BF Boyfriend or Best Friend
BFN Bye For Now
BG Big Green
BFF Best Friends, Forever
BM&Y Between Me and You
BOT Back On Topic
BRB Be right Back
BRT Be right There
BTAM Be that as it May
BTW By The Way
B/W Between
C-P Sleepy
CTN Cannot talk now
CTS Changing The Subject
CUA See You Again
CU See You
CUL See You Later
Cuz/Coz/Cause Because
CUS See You Soon
CWOT Complete Waste of Time
CYA See You Again
CYL Call You Later
CYT See You Tomorrow
DIY Do It Yourself
Dunno Don’t Know
E123 Easy as 1, 2, 3
EM Email
EM? Excuse Me?
EOD End of Day
F2F Face to Face
FB Facebook
FC Fingers Crossed
FOAF Friend of a Friend
FWD Forward
FWIW For What Is Worth
FYEO For Your Eyes Only
G2B Going To Bed
GBTW Get Back To Work
GF Girlfriend
GFY Good For You
GM Good Morning
GTG Got To Go
GTH Go To Hell
GN Good Night
GR8 Great
HAK Hugs and Kisses
HBY How about you
HF Have Fun
HU Hugh You
IC I See
ICYDK In Case You Didn’t Know
IDGI I don’t Get It
ILY I Love You
IYDMMA If You Don’t Mind Me Asking
IS I’m Sorry
IACL I Am Currently Laughing
IDC I Don’t Care
IDK I Don’t Know
ILU / ILY I Love You
IMU I Miss You
IMO In My Opinion
IRL In Real Life
J/K Just Kidding
JC Just Checking
JIC Just In Case
JJ Just Joking
JK Just Kidding
JOOC Just Out Of Curiosity
JTLYK Just to Let You Know
KFY Kiss for You
KMP Keep Me Posted
KMN Kill Me Now
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
KU Kiss You
KYP Keep You Posted
LAM Leave A Message
L8 Late
L8R Later
LMHO Laughing My Head Off
LMK Let Me Know
LMAO Laughing my a*s off
LNG Long
LOL Laughing out loud
LTNS Long Time No See
LU Love You
M8 Mate
MoF Male or Female
MSG Message
MTFBWY May the Force be with You
MU Miss You
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
N-A-Y-L In a While
NAZ Name, Address, ZIP
NC No Comment
NE1 Anyone
NIMBY Not in my Backyard
NOYB None of Your Business
NM Never Mind / Nothing Much
NP No Problem
NSFW Not Safe for Work
NTIM Not that it Matters
NVM Never Mind
OATUS On a totally Unrelated Subject
OIC Oh, I See
OMG Oh My God
OMW On My Way
ORLY Oh, Really?
OTL Out to Lunch
OTP On the Phone
P911 Parent Alert
PAL Parents are Listening
PAW Parents are Watching
Pic Pîcture
PIR Parent in Room
PLZ Please
PMSL Pi*song myself laughing
POS Parent over Shoulder
PPL People
PROP(S) Proper Respect / Proper Recognition
Q4Y Question For You
QT Cutie
R8 Right
RN Right Now
RU Are You
Sec Second
SEP Someone else’s Problem
SITD Still in the Dark
SLAP Sounds like a Plan
SMIM Send Me an Instant Message
SO Significant Other
SS So Sorry
SRY Sorry
SUP What’s Up
SWW Sorry Wrong Window
TC Take Care
TG That’s Great
Tho Though
THX Thanks
TMI Too Much Information
TTYL  Talk To You Later
TTYS Talk To You Soon
TU Thank You
TXT Text
TYT Take Your Time
UR Your / You are
W8 Wait
WB Welcome Back
WTF What The Fuck
WTH What The Hell
WYCM Will You Call Me?
WYWH Wish You Were Here
XOXOXOX Hugs, Kisses, …
YT Youtube
YW You’re Welcome
W8AM Wait A Minute
WAPP Whatsapp
WD Well Done
WP Word Perfect


Recommended Posts: