We tend to make a habit out of shortening words and phrases, particularly when typing. What results is the strange vernacular of internet chatrooms.

  • A A M O F - As A Matter Of Fact
  • A F A I K - As Far As I Know
  • B A C - By Any Chance
  • B 4 - Before
  • B 4 N - Before Now
  • B B L - Be Back Later
  • B R B - Be Right Back
  • B T W - By The Way
  • C M I I W - Correct Me If I'm Wrong
  • C U L - See You Later
  • D H - Darling Husband (or 'Darn Husband' depending on context)
  • D W - Darling Wife (see DH)
  • D D - Dear Daughter
  • D S - Dear Son
  • E O F - End Of File
  • F I T B - Fill In The Blank
  • 4 U - For You
  • F 2 F - Face To Face
  • F W I W - For What It's Worth
  • G M T A - Great Minds Think Alike
  • H T H - Hope This Helps
  • I A C - In Any Case
  • I K W U M - I Know What You Mean
  • I M H O - In My Humble Opinion
  • I M O - In My Opinion
  • I O W - In Other Words
  • I Y K W I M - If You Know What I Mean
  • J/K - Just Kidding
  • J M 2 C - Just My Two Cents
  • K W I M - Know What I Mean
  • L O L - Laughing out loud
  • N N 2 R - No Need To Reply
  • O I C - Oh, I See
  • O T O H - On The Other Hand
  • R O T F L - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • R O T F L M A O - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A@# off
  • S I C S - Sitting In the Chair Snickering
  • T A J S -
  • T I A - Thanks An Advance
  • T N X or T X S - Thanks
  • T T F N - Ta-Ta For Now
  • 2 L 8 - Too Late
  • 2 U - To you
  • W B - Welcome Back
  • W T G - Way To Go!
  • Y S R - Yeah, Sure, Right
  • Y W I A - You're Welcome In Advance

Some not mentioned:

A D N : Any day now
A F K : Away from keyboard
A S A P : As soon as possible
A / S / L ? : Age / Sex / Location
A T M : At the moment
A T B : All the best
A K A : Also known as
B B I A B : Be back in a bit
B E G : Big evil grin (see also E G)
B F : Boyfriend (see also G F)
B F D : Big fucking deal
C N P : Continued in next post
C Y A : See ya / Cover your ass
E G : Evil grin (see also B E G)
E O M : End of message
F U B A R : Fucked up beyond all recognition/repair (see also S N A F U)
F Y I : For your information
G F : Girlfriend (see also B F)
H & K : Hugs and kisses
I I R C : If I recall/remember correctly
I L U (or) I L Y : I love you
I R L : In real life
K I S S : Keep it simple, stupid
L 8 R : Later
L D R : Long distance relationship
M or F : Male or female?
N M : Nevermind
N P : No problem
O M G : Oh my god
P A W : Parents are watching
P D A : Public display of affection
P I T A : Pain in the ass
P M : Private message
= P O O F = : Goodbye (leaving the room)
R P G : Role playing game
R T : Real time
R T F M : Read the fucking manual
S F W : So fucking what?
S N A F U : Situation normal, all fouled/fucked up (see also F U B A R)
S O : Signifcant other
S O L : Shit out of luck
S T F U : Shut the fuck up
T A N S T A A F L : There ain't no such thing as a free lunch
T M I : Too much information
T P T B : The powers that be (often in reference to Star Trek executives)
U N F : To hump or fuck (believe to be abbreviated from of "Universal Noun for Fucking")
V B G : Very big grin
W T F : What the fuck?
W Y S I W Y G : What you see is what you get (often in reference to graphic-oriented web design software)
Y M M V : Your mileage may vary

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