The List of Chat Acronyms & Text Message Shorthand
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With more than 82 million people texting regularly, it’s no wonder you’ve seen this cryptic looking code!
Commonly used wherever people get online — including IMing, SMSing, cell phones, Blackberries, PDAs, Web sites, games, newsgroup postings, in chat rooms, on blogs — these abbreviations are used by people to communicate with each other. The actual definition of an acronym and text shorthand is here.

Note: “C” and “S” are used interchangeably for “See” –and– “U” and “Y” are used interchangeably for “You”

!                 I have a comment
*$              Starbucks
**//           it means wink wink, nudge nudge
,!!!!            talk to the hand

:) = Happy face for humor, laughter, friendliness, sarcasm
:D = Super happy/toothy smile, broad smile, etc.
:( = Sad face for sadness, anger, upset
;) = Wink
:/ = Wry face
:P = Tongue out for just kidding
((hug)) = A hug
{{hug}} = Alternative hug
{{{{hug}}}} = Really big hug
<g> = Grin
ALL CAPS = Yelling

AFO = Adult fan of…
AIM = AOL™ Instant Messenger™
ASAP = As soon as possible
ATM = At the moment
AYT = Are you there?
B = Bye
BBFN = Bye bye for now
BBL = (I will) be back later
BYO = Bring your own
CU = See you

DDG = Drop dead gorgeous
EA = E-mail alert
EOD = End of day
ETA = Estimated time of arrival
Flame(s) = Negative or derogatory E-Mail or chatting
FYI = For your information
GTG = Got to go
ICQ = 1) I seek you   2) ICQ Instant Messaging service
IGU = I give up
IMO = In my opinion

IRT = In regards to
JAM = Just a minute
JIT = Just in time
JJ = Just joking
JK = Just kidding
LMHO = Laughing my head off
LOL = Laughing out loud
Lurk = To hang out in the background/viewing
L8R = Later
NA = Not acceptable/applicable

NOS = New old stock
OIC = Oh, I see
POV = Point of view
PS = Post script
QR = Quick response
ROTFLOL = Rolling on the floor laughing out loud
SMS = Short message service (an E-Mail or other message)
SPAM = unwanted E-Mail or chat content
SRO = Standing room only
SUP = What’s up?

TOM = Tomorrow
TNX or TKS = Thanks
TTYL = Talk to you later
U2 = You, too
UR = You are
VSTR = VoiceStream
WYSIWYG = What you see is what you get
YM = You are welcome
Abbreviations For Words

1 = one, won, want
2 = To, too
4 = For
8 = Ate (or sounds like 8)
Y = Why
M = Am
N = An, and
M8 = Mate, boy or girl friend
NE = Any
R = Are

U = You
O = Oh
K = OK
L8R = Later
4VR = Forever
YER = Your, you’re
B4 = Before
CUZ = Because
Examples Of Text-Speak

i12cu = I want to see you.
cu l8r k? = See you later, ok?
10s ne1? = Tennis anyone?

The List of Chat Acronyms & Text Message Shorthand

Acronyms have always been an integral part of computer culture, and they have since spawned a new language on the Internet. Commonly thought of as a series of letters that make up a ‘word’ there is a distinction between acronyms and shorthand.

Online enthusiasts, primarily millennials, are learning that shorthand are in fact called acronyms, but this is incorrect. The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, you pronounce the letters as a new word (for example, ‘FUBAR’ is pronounced ‘foo-bar’ and ‘RADAR’ is pronounced ‘ray-dar’). In contrast, shorthand pronunciations are like an initialism (a set of initials) in which you say the letters one-by-one (for example, ‘ESP’ is an initialism for ‘extra sensory perception’ whereas ‘esp. is an abbreviation for especially). The online practice is to refer to shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.

The majority of the expressions you see above are not acronyms, but rather shorthand used while text messaging or IMing. BTW: If you ever see someone TYPING AN ENTIRE SENTENCE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS that means SHOUTING! It is not proper netiquette to TYPE IN ALL CAPS (even in email), in fact, it’s annoying. People with limited eyesight may use all caps to see the words better, but otherwise, TURN THE CAPS LOCK OFF, unless you’re using an acronym or shorthand.