Abbreviations and Acronyms

In the world of texting and people wanting to communicate faster the world of abbreviations and acronyms have appeared.  Well I don’t know about you but I remember when I first seen these – I was clueless – so thought this would make an interesting post – so here goes.

Most of you already have seen LOL (laughing out loud) at one time or the other but here are some that you might have seen, might want to use and impress people that you know them

AFK Away from Keyboard ASAP As Soon as Possible
AKA Also known as ASL Age / Sex / Location?
BTW By the Way B3 Blah, Blah, Blah
B/C Because B4YKI Before You Know it
C&P Copy and Paste BRB Be right Back
CU See you CTN Cannot talk now
DIY Do it Yourself CUS See You Soon
FAQ Frequently asked Questions GR8 Great
FWIW For what it’s Worth IDC I Don’t Care
FYI / JFYI (Just) For your Information IDK I Don’t Know
IDK I don’t know ILU / ILY I Love You
IMHO In my Humble Opinion J/K Just Kidding
IMO In my Opinion JTLYK Just to Let You Know
IOW In other Words L8R Later
N/A Not Available / Applicable MYOB Mind Your Own Business
NOYB None of your Business NAZ Name, Address, ZIP
NRN No Reply Necessary NC No Comment
OMG Oh my God NM Never Mind / Nothing Much
POV Point of View NP No Problem
ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing NVM Never Mind
TBA To be Announced OIC Oh, I See
TBC To be Continued / To be Confirmed OTL Out to Lunch
TGIF Thanks God, its Friday SLAP Sounds like a Plan
THX TNX Thanks SO Significant Other
TYVM Thank You Very Much TMI Too Much Information
TTYL Talk to you Later W8 Wait
WFM Works for Me WB Welcome Back
WTH What the Hell / What the Heck WYWH Wish You Were Here
YMMD You made my Day XOXOXOX Hugs, Kisses, …

Now this is a small sample of the ones that I have run across or use – there are many, many more out there and believe me your kids know them.  So hope that this helps when you run into some of these Abbreviations and Acronyms  in some of the Skype rooms.

Please leave comments with some that you use or have heard that is not on the list – I would love to learn more.

10 thoughts on “Abbreviations and Acronyms

  1. memories – funny ad frustrating if you remember the Hotmail texts you used to get. Turned you into a full time interpreter and still OTl – could not resist LOL

    Great post Nancy. Do we really talk like that :


    • Thanks for the comment and yea scary that we talk like that – this is not bad – you should see what my granddaughter comes up with lol

  2. OTI? That wasn’t in the list! Now I’ll have to find out what that one is.Funny, but when I started texting, I was wondering why everyone kept dropping Little Old Ladies into the conversations. 😀

    Oh, that reminds me – emoticons/emojis are a part of it too!

    It’s all good and well but, I think using the acronyms and abbreviations in speech is taking it just a little too far. It would be great if the young ones would learn more of their language (especially English, since it’s one of the most difficult to master) before replacing it with letters!

    Anyway, some of the abbreviations came from business (ASAP) and I recognize some ot the others from military/aeronautical radio messaging (thx). So they didn’t all just appear out of the air when texting started. (FYI) 😀

    II wonder when someone writes a BOOK with all these abbreviations in ti in place of good old fashioned words…


    • Well I took it meant OTI (On the internet) but when I looked it up – says there are 21 definitions for it so guess take your pick lol
      AND yes the emoticons/emojis are fun also – just think most kids now adays are talking like this

    • Oh I know the first time I seen them I was so confused but am getting use to them – once in awhile I run in to one that I have to look up OTI and thank God for Google I would be lost without it lol

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