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Maybe its an age thing but...


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AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From Keyboard
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
BBL - Be Back Later
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By The Way
CU - see you
CUL8R - see you Later
EZ - Easy
F2F - Face to Face
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FYI - For Your Information
GAL - Get A Life
GG - Good Game
GTG - Got To Go
HAND - Have A Nice Day
HTH - Hope That Helps
IAC - In Any Case
J/K - Just Kidding
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO - In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IOW - In Other Words
IRL - In Real Life
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
NRN - No Reply Necessary
OMG - Oh My God
OTOH - On The Other Hand
R & D - Research and Development
ROFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My @@@ Off
THX - Thanks
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TTYL8R - Talk To You Later
WTF - What The F**k
2M - tomorrow
2nite - tonight
B4 - Before
cos - because
j/k - Just Kidding
K - ok
kewl - cool
l8rz - see you later
m8 - Mate
n/a - Not Applicable
w/ - With
w/o - Without
Some more but some of them are repeated here again...
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
BBL - Be Back Later
BF - Boy Friend
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By the Way
BWL - Bursting with Laughter
CRS - Can't Remember Sh**
CYA - See ya
FYI - For Your Information
GF - Girl Friend
GFN - Gone for Now
GMBO - Giggling My Butt Off
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
H&K - Hug and Kiss
HHIS - Hanging Head in Shame
IC - I See
JMO - Just My Opinion
KIT - Keep in Touch
KOC - Kiss on Cheek
KOTC - Kiss on the Cheek
L8R - Later
LHM - Lord Help Me
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LTNS - Long Time No See
OMG - Oh My God!
PM - Private Message
PMP - Peed My Pants
Poof - Has Left the Chat Room
RL - Real Life
RT - Real Time
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMTO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My Tail Off (BT's personal favorite)
SETE - Smiling Ear to Ear
SHID - Slaps Head in Disgust; Egads... I could have had a V-8
SWAK - Sealed with a Kiss
SYS - See You Soon
TTFN - Ta Ta for Now
TTYL - Talk to You Later
WB - Welcome Back
Here is a selection of some of the more popular ones.
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I use DH - Dear(or Darling) Husband - often used in an ironic sense in my case:p
DP I would imagine is Dear/Darling partner

Also IMO - In my Opinion

I think that is the only ones omitted from the list above though:)


Gone fishing
It's not an age thing :D

There are two types of 'txt' speak. One for the internet (forums, emails etc) and one for mobile phones.

I think the internet ones started probably because everyone used to be on dial up, so it was important to cut out at least some of the letters to make it quick to type and read.

Mobile txt speak was probably created for quick typing (because of the lack of a normal keyboard) and size of screen on a mobile ;)

I hate trying to read mobile txt speak on a forum. Drives me nuts.


Silver Member
Thanks everyone for replying, I feel quite ancient now! I struggle to understand what my daughters text to me sometimes and the stuff they type to their friends is just beyond me.
Thats a really comprehensive list, Mini. I think i'll print that off and put it beside the computer screen.
Thanks all and have a losing weekend.:p


Gold Member
I hate trying to read mobile txt speak on a forum. Drives me nuts.
I dont even try! Soon as I see someones typed in text speak I just skip their posts :eek: Its so unneccessary when youre using a PC - I hate it.

Mind you I hate it in texts too, Im one of these people who spells everything in full and punctuates my texts :giggle:
Im one of these people who spells everything in full and punctuates my texts :giggle:
Me too :D but I am definitely a shorthand forum typer for certain common phrases but not just to shorten words for the sake of it.
PMSL seems to be missing .... I took this to mean "peeing my self laughing" in the context it was written.

Perhaps there ought to be a sticky "dictionary" for us poor oldies to refer to ;).

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