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EMAIL and TEXT ABBREVIATIONS AND SHORTHAND

I am one of the very few people left in the U.K. who does not own a mobile phone and, therefore, I have no experience of text messaging.  I can only assume the shorthand devised for emails has made the transition to texting - if I am wrong please let me know at june@hintsandthings.co.uk  

Many of these are more widely used by young people and teenagers;  there are some that, if seen being used by your children, should put up a red flag so these I have marked in red!

The following are some of the abbreviations used in emails and text messages. 

 

Shorthand

Meaning
    121 One to one (private chat invitation)
    2MTH Too much to handle

    2U2

To You, Too
    411 All the information
    420 Let's get high/marijuana use

   AAMOF

As A Matter Of Fact
   ADIH Another day in hell
   ADIP Another day in paradise

   AFAIK

As Far As I Know

   AFAIC 

As Far As I'm Concerned

   AFAICT

As Far As I Can Tell

   AFK

Away From Keyboard

   ASAP

As Soon As Possible

   BAK

Back At Keyboard
   BBIAS Be back in a second
   BBIF Be back in a few

   BBL

Be Back Later
   BFN Bye for now
   BHL8 Be home late

   BITMT

But In The Meantime
   BOOMS Bored out of my mind.

   BOT

Back On Topic

   BRB

Be Right Back

   BTW

By the way

   C4N

Ciao For Now
   CD9 Code 9 which means 'parents are around'

   CRS

Can't Remember "Stuff"

   CU

See You

   CUL(8R)

See You Later

   CWOT

Complete Waste Of Time

   CYA

See Ya

   DITYID

Did I Tell You I'm Distressed?

   DIY

Do It Yourself

   EOD

End Of Discussion
   ETA Estimated time of arrival

   EZ

Easy

   F2F

Face To Face

   FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

   FBOW

For Better Or Worse

   FOAF

Friend Of A Friend

   FOCL

Falling Off Chair Laughing

   FWIW 

For What It's Worth

   FYA

For Your Amusement

   FYI

For Your Information

   /ga

Go Ahead

   GAL

Get A Life

   GBTW

Get Back To Work

   GFC

Going For Coffee

   GFETE

Grinning From Ear To Ear

   GMTA

Great Minds Think Alike

   GR&D

Grinning, Running & Ducking

   GTG

Got To Go

   GTGTTBR

Got To Go To The Bathroom
   GTR Got to run

   GTRM

Going To Read Mail

   HAND

Have A Nice Day
   HHIS Head hanging in shame

   HHOK

Ha Ha Only Kidding

   HTH

Hope This Helps

   IAC

In Any Case

   IAE

In Any Event

   IC

I See

   IDGI

I Don't Get It
   ILBL8 I'll be late

   IMCO

In My Considered Opinion

   IMHO

In My Humble Opinion

   IMNSHO

In My Not So Humble Opinion

   IMO

In My Opinion

   IMPE

In My Previous/Personal Experience
   IMSB I'm so bored

   IMVHO

In My Very Humble Opinion

   IOTTMCO

Intuitively Obvious To The Most Casual Observer

   IOW 

In Other Words

   IRL

In Real Life

   ISP 

Internet Service Provider

   IYKWIM

If You Know What I Mean

   JIC

Just In Case

   J/K

Just kidding
   KK Okay, okay (I understand what you are saying)

   KISS

Keep It Simple Stupid
   KPC Keeping parents clueless

   L8TR

Later

   LD

Later Dude
   LDR Long distance relationship
   LGH Let's get high
   LH6 Let's have sex
   LHOS Let's have online sex
   LIK Liquor

   LOL

Laughing Out Loud
   LTHTT Laughing too hard to type

   LTNS

Long Time No See
   LYLAB Love you like a brother
   LYLAS Love you like a sister

   MorF

Male or Female, or person who asks that question

   MTCW

My Two Cents Worth
   NP No problem or Nosy parents

   NRN

No Reply Necessary
   OMG Oh my God!

   ONNA

Oh No, Not Again!

   OTOH

On The Other Hand

   OTTOMH

Off The Top Of My Head

   OIC

Oh I See

   OTF

On The Floor

   OLL

Online Love
   P911 Parents coming into room (alert)
   PAW or 9 Parents are watching

   PCMCIA

People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
   PIR Parents in room

   PLS

Please
   POV Point of View or Parent over shoulder (if used by teenagers)
   PSOS Parents standing over shoulder

   PU

That Stinks!

   REHI

Hello Again (re-Hi!)

   ROFL

Rolling On Floor Laughing

   ROTF

Rolling On The Floor

   ROTFL

Rolling On The Floor Laughing

   RSN

Real Soon Now

   RTDox

Read The Documentation/Directions

   RTFM

Read The Frickin' Manual

   RUOK

Are You OK?

   SNAFU

Situation Normal; All Fouled Up

   SO

Significant Other

   SOL

Smiling Out Loud (or You're Out of Luck)

   TANSTAAFL

There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

   TAFN

That's All For Now

   TEOTWAWKI

The End Of The World As We Know It

   THX

Thanks

   TIA

Thanks In Advance

   TLK2UL8R

Talk to you later

   TMK

To My Knowledge

   TOS

Terms Of Service

   TPTB

The Powers That Be

   TSWC

Tell Someone Who Cares

   TTBOMK

To The Best Of My Knowledge

   TTFN

Ta-Ta For Now

   TTYL(8R)

Talk To You Later
   TTYS Talk to your soon

   TWIMC

To Whom It May Concern

   Txs

Thanks
   UOK Are you OK?

   URL

Web Page Address

   w/b

Welcome Back

   w/o

Without

   WRT

With Regard To

   WTG

Way To Go

   WU?

What's Up?

   WWW

World Wide Web

   WYSIWYG

What You See Is What You Get

   Y2K

Year 2000

   YGIAGAM

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

   YGWYPF

You Get What You Pay For

   YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary

   ZZZ

Sleeping

 

It is very difficult for any parent to keep tabs on text activity of their children. This guide on text message monitoring is the ultimate how-to for everything from parental knowledge to technical support.

The language of emails and text

 


   

 


 

 

 

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