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Text Message Shorthand

This page supplies many of the most common shorthand entries and Emoticons use in text messaging and on Internet chat sites. Many people also use them in E-Mail.


:) = 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?

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