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Common Internet Chat Abbreviations

As A Matter Of Interest
As Far As I Know
As Far As I Understand It
As I Understand It
Also Known As
As Soon As Possible
Be Right Back
By The Way
Call For Discussion
Frequently Asked Question
F'd Up Beyond All Recognition
For What It's Worth
For Your Information
Glad To Be Of Service
I Am Not A Lawyer (But...)
I don't know
In My Humble Opinion
In My Opinion
If You See What I Mean
Laughing Out Loud
On The Other Hand
Pain In The Ass
Pardon Me For Jumping In
Pardon My Jumping In
Request For Comments
Rolling On The Floor Laughing
Read the F*@%ing Manual
Situation Normal; All F'd Up
The speed of postal mail
Sense Of Humor Failure
Stupid Person's AdvertiseMent
Sealed With A Loving Kiss
Thanks In Advance
The Powers That Be
Ta-Ta For Now
With Respect To
Welcome back
What You See Is What You Get

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Chat Abbreviations
Chat Abbreviations A-K
.02 Your (or my) two cents worth.
<chuckle> the speaker chuckles
<frown> the speaker is frowning
<g> Grin
<grin> the speaker is grinning
<smile> the one writing the message is smiling
<smirk> the one writing the message is smirking
<wink> the one writing the message is winking
JK Just Kidding
? I have a question
! I have a comment
A-OLs Administrators On-Line
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
ADN Any Day Now
AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIR As Far As I Remember
AFJ April Fools Joke
AFK Away From the Keyboard
AISI As I See It
ANFAWFOS And Now For A Word From Our Sponsor
ANFSCD And Now For Something Completely Different
AS Another Subject
ASAP As Soon As Possible
ASL Age, sex, location
ATSL Along The Same Line
AWC After While, Crocodile
AWGTHTGTTA Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again?
AWHFY A Word To The Wise
AWTTW Are We Having Fun Yet?
AYOR At Your Own Risk
B4N Bye For Now
BAK Back At Keyboard
BBFN Bye Bye For Now
BBIAB Be Back In A Bit
BBIAF Be Back In A Few
BBL Be Back Later
BBR Burnt Beyond Repair
BCNU Be seein’ you
BEG Big Evil Grin
BF Boy Friend
BFN Bye For Now
BIF Before I Forget
BION Believe it or not
BOT Back On Topic
BRB Be Right Back
BRS Big Red Switch.
BTA But Then Again
BTAIM Be That As It May
BTHOM Beats The Hell Outta Me
BTOBD Be There Or Be Dead
BTW By The Way
BWL Bursting With Laughter
BWQ Buzz Word Quotient
BYE Response to BYE?
BYE? Are you ready to say goodbye?"
BYKT But You Knew That
BYOB Bring Your Own Bottle
BYOM Bring Your Own Mac
C&G Chuckle and Grin
CADET Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try
CID Crying In Disgrace
CMIIW Correct Me If I’m Wrong
CO Conference or Company
CPP C Plus Plus or C++
CRS Can't Remember Sh**
CSG Chuckle, Snicker, Grin
CU See You
CU2 See You, Too
CUL See you later
CUL8R See You Later
CULA See You Later, Alligator
CWYL Chat With You Later
CYA See Ya or Cover Your Ass.
CYAL8R See You All Later.
DIIK Damned If I Know.
DIKU? Do I Know You?
DILLIGAD Do I Look Like I Give A Darnn?.
DIY Do It Yourself
DK Don’t Know
DLTBBB Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite.
dotgov A government official (from the .gov of government domain names)
DTRT Do The Right Thing
DWIMC Do What I Mean, Correctly
DWIMNWIS Do What I Mean, Not What I Say
EG or <eg> Evil Grin
ESAD Eat Sh** And Die
ETLA Extended Three Letter Acronym.
F2F Face To Face
FCFS First Come, First Served
FISH First In, Still Here
FITB Fill In The Blank
FOAD F*** off and die
FOAF Friend Of A Friend
FS For Sale
FTASB Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
F2F Face to Face
FTF Face To Face
FTL Faster Than Light
FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Repair
FUBB Fouled Up Beyond Belief.
FUD Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
FURTB Full Up Ready To Burst
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYA For Your Amusement
FYI For Your Information
G Grin, or Giggle
G2G Got to Go
GA Go Ahead
GAL Get A Life
GD&R Grinning, Ducking and Running
GD&RF Grinning, Ducking and Running Fast
GD&WVF Grinning, Ducking, and Walking Very Fast
GDW Grin, Duck and Weave
GF Girl Friend.
GFN Gone For Now.
GFR Grim File Reaper
GIWIST Gee, I Wish I’d Said That
GLGH Good Luck and Good Hunting
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
GOWI Get On With It
GR&D Grinning, Running and Ducking
GTG Got To Go
GTSY Great To See You
H&K Hugs and Kisses
H2IK Hell If I Know
HAK Hugs And Kisses
HHIS Hanging Head In Shame.
HHOJ Ha Ha Only Joking
HHOK Ha Ha Only Kidding
HHOS Ha Ha Only Serious
HHTYAY Happy Holidays to You and Yours.
HOYEW Hanging On Your Every Word
HSIK How Should I Know.
HTH Hope That Helps!
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer (but) A disclaimer which is usually followed by a legal opinion
IAW In Accordance With
IBTD I Beg To Differ
IC I See
IDK I Don't Know
IIABDFI If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.
IIRC If I Remember Correctly
IIWM If It Were Me
IJWTK I Just Want To Know
IJWTS I Just Want To Say
IKWUM I Know What You Mean
IMA I Might Add
IMAO In My Arrogant Opinion
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IME In My Experience
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IMPOV In My Point Of View
INPO In No Particular Order
IOW In Other Words
IRL In Real Life
ISS I’m So Sure
ISSYGTI I’m So Sure You Get The Idea!
ISWYM I See What You Mean
ITFA In The Final Analysis
ITSFWI If The Shoe Fits Wear It.
IWALU I Will Always Love You
IWBNI It Would Be Nice If
IYFEG Insert Your Favorite Ethnic Group
IYSWIM If You See What I Mean
JAM Just A Minute
JAS Just A Second
JFI Just For Information
JIC Just In Case
JMO Just My Opinion
JTLYK Just To Let You Know
k Okay
KHYF Know How You Feel
KIBO Knowledge In, Bullshit Out
KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid
KIT Keep In Touch
KMA Kiss My Ass
KWIM Know What I Mean?
KYFC Keep Your Fingers Crossed


Chat Abbreviations L-Z
L Laugh
L8R Later
LABATYD or LAB&TYD Life's A Bitch And Then You Die
LJBF Let’s Just Be Friends
LLTA Lots and Lots of Thunderous Applause
LMAO Laughing My Ass Off
LMHO Laughing My Head Off
LOL Laughing Out Loud
LSHMBA Laughing So Hard My Belly Aches
LSHMBH Laughing So Hard My Belly Hurts.
LTHTT Laughing Too Hard To Type
LTNS Long Time No See
LTNT Long Time, No Type
LTS Laughing to Self
LUWAMH Love You With All My Heart.
LY Love You
MEGO My Eyes Glaze Over
MLA Multiple Letter Acronym
MOF Matter Of Fact
MOSS Member Of Same Sex
MOTAS Member Of The Appropriate Sex
MOTD Message of the day
MOTOS Member Of The Opposite Sex
MOTSS Member Of The Same Sex
MTFBWY May The Force Be With You
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
NAVY Never Again Voluneer Yourself.
NBD No Big Deal
NFW No Friggin' Way!
NHOH Never Heard Of Him/Her
NIH Not Invented Here
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard.
NINO Nothing In, Nothing Out or No Input, No Output
NOYB None Of Your Business
NP No Problem
NQA No Questions Asked
NTIM Not That It Matters
NTIMM Not That It Matters Much
NTW Not To Worry
NTYMI Now That You Mention It
O Over (indicates the end of a communication)
OATUS On A Totally Unrelated Subject
OAUS On An Unrelated Subject
OB Obligatory
OBO Or Best Offer
OBTW Oh, By The Way
OIC Oh, I See
OMG Oh My God
ONNA Oh No, Not Again
ONNTA Oh No, Not This Again
OO Over and Out (end of communication)
OOTC Obligatory On-Topic Comment
OTF On the Floor (laughing)
OTFL On the Floor Laughing
OTL Out To Lunch
OTOH On The Other Hand
OTOOH On The Other Other Hand
OTT Over The Top
OTTH On The Third Hand
OTTOMH Off The Top Of My Head
OWTTE Or Words To That Effect
PABG Packing a Big Gun
PCMCIA People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms
PD Public Domain
PDS Please Don't Shout. (typing all in capital letters is rude)
PITA Pain In The Ass
PLOKTA Press Lots Of Keys To Abort
PMBI Pardon My Butting In
PMF Pardon My French or Pure Freaking Magic.
PMFBI Pardon Me For Butting In
PMFJI Pardon Me For Jumping In
PMIGBOM Put Mind In Gear, Before Opening Mouth
PMJI Pardon My Jumping In
PNCAH Please, No Cursing Allowed Here
POSSLQ Person Of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters
ppl People
POTUS President of the United States
PTMM Please Tell Me More
R U THERE? Are you there?
RAEBNC Read And Enjoyed, But No Comment
re Hello again or In Regard To
rehi Hi again
RHIP Rank Has Its Privileges
RL Real Life
RLCO Real Life Conference
ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLAS Rolling On Floor Laughing And Screaming
ROFLMAO Roll On Floor Laughing My Ass Off
ROTF Rolling On The Floor
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROTFLMAOTID Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off Till I Die
ROTFLOL Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
ROTFLOLAPMP Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud And Peeing My Pants
ROTFLTIC Rolling On The Floor Laughing Till I Cry
RRQ Return Receipt Request
RSN Real Soon Now
RSVP Respondez S'il Vous Plait - please reply
RTBM Read The Bloody Manual
RTFAQ Read The Frequently Asked Questions
RTFF Read The Freaking FAQ
RTFM Read The F------ Manual
RTM Read The Manual
RTSM Read The Silly Manual
RTWFQ Read The Whole Friggin' Question
RYFM Read Your Friendly Manual
RYS Read Your Screen
S Smile
SAPFU Surpassing All Previous Foul Ups
SCNR Sorry, Could Not Resist
SEC Wait a second
SETE Smiling Ear To Ear
SFLA Stupid Four Letter Acronym
SICS Sitting In Chair Snickering
SLM See Last Mail
SMOP Small Matter of Programming
SNAFU Situation Normal: All Fouled Up
SO Significant Other
SOL SH** Out Of Luck
SOS Same Old Stuff or Help!
SOW Speaking Of Which
SUFID Screwing Up Face In Disgust.
SWIM See What I Mean?
SWL Screaming With Laughter
SYS See You Soon.
TAF That's All, Folks!
TAFN That’s All For Now
TANJ There Ain’t No Justice
TANSTAAFL There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TARFU Things Are Really Fouled Up
TBYB Try Before You Buy
TDM Too Darn Many
TFS Three Finger Salute (Ctl-Alt-Del).
TFTHAOT Thanks For The Help Ahead Of Time
TFTT Thanks For The Thought
TGAL Think Globally, Act Locally
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TINWIS That Is Not What I Said
TNSTAAFL There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
TNTL Trying Not To Laugh
TNX Thanks
TNXE6 Thanks A Million
TOBAL There Oughta Be A Law.
TOBG This Oughta Be Good.
TOY Thinking Of You.
TPTB The Powers That Be
TRDMC Tears Running Down My Cheeks.
TSR Totally Stupid Rules.
TTBOMK To The Best Of My Knowledge
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
TTKSF Trying To Keep a Straight Face
TTUL Talk To You Later
TTYAWFN Talk To You A While From Now.
TTYL Talk To You Later
TTYT Talk To You Tomorrow.
TYCLO Turn Your CAPS LOCK Off (Stop Shouting)
TYVM Thank You Very Much
UOK Are You OK?
WAEF When All Else Fails
WB Welcome Back
WDYMBT What Do You Mean By That?.
WDYT What Do You Think?
WE Whatever
WIBAMU Well, I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle
WIBNI Wouldn’t It Be Nice If
WMMOWS Wash My Mouth Out With Soap
WNOHGB Where No One Has Gone Before
WOA Work Of Art
WOTAM Waste Of Time And Money
WRT With Regard To, or With Respect To
WT Without Thinking
WTB Want To Buy
WTF What The F***?
WTG Way To Go!
WTGP Want To Go Private?
WTH What the hell?
WTTM Without Thinking Too Much.
WYGISWYPF What You Get Is What You Pay For
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
XOXOXO Kisses and hugs
YABA Yet Another Bloody Acronym
YAOTM Yet Another Off-Topic Message
YAUN Yet Another Unix Nerd
YGLT You're Gonna Love This
YGTI You Get The Idea?
YGWYPF You Get What You Pay For
YIU Yes, I Understand
YIWGP Yes, I Will Go Private
YKYARW You Know You're A Redneck When
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary (or your experience could be different)


Emoticons A-F
Abraham Lincoln =):-)=
alienated ( <> .. <> )
angel 0:-)
angel O:-)
angel with glasses O8-)
angry (:-&
angry >:-<
angry :-||
annoyed >:-(
anxious 8-[
aside comment :-Y
ask dumb question <:-)
asleep |-|
asleep |I
astonished :C
astonished :-C
astonished 8-O
atom bomb @==
baby ~:o
back to back ][
bandaid, comfort (::()::)
beatup (in a fight) %+{
black eye ?(
black eye ?-(
black eye (angry) ;-(
blowing a kiss :-{}
bored : |
brain-dead %-6
clown *<|:-)
clowning :*)
cold (flu) :~)
cold or flu :-~|
confused :~/
confused %-(
crying ;(
crying :,(
crying :.(
crying :
crying :(
crying :-(
devil ]:->
devil - happy ]:-)
devil - happy >:-)
devilish <:->
devil wink >-)
devil wink >->
mischievous devil >:->
'lil devil >:)
death 8-#
deja vu :-| :-|
disappointed :-e
disappointed :e
dunce <:-|
dunce <:-(
drunk %*}
dozen roses 12x@>--->---
egghead (:|
Elvis 5:-)
Elvis ~:-
Elvis ~:
exhausted :-6
face to face }{
female O+
female >-
flame (inflammatory message) ~==
flame message ~:-(
flame message - hot ~~:-(
french kiss P*
french kiss :Pd:
Frankenstein [:-|
frown :-(
frustrated }: [
funny :-D
funny, not :/)
furious >>:-<<
furious >-<
Emoticons Continued G-Se
giggles ^ ^ ^
glass empty -/
glass full  /
graduate (high-school, college) Q:-)
grin (big) =^D
happy :^D
having a hard time :{
hats off to you d :-o
hear no evil :X
Homer Simpson ( 8(|)
Homer Simpson ~(8^(0)
hug [], ()
hug - insert name in the brackets
of the one who is being hugged [[ ]], {{ }}
hugs ((()))
hugs and kisses (( )):**
hung over #-)
hung over %-
high five ^5
just died X-(
indifferent :-|
infinity 8
In Our Humble Opinion IOHO
In My Humble Opinion IMHO
ironic %-}
good grief! |-{
kiss *
kiss :*
kiss :-*
kiss (:-*
kiss :-x
kiss :x
kisses =^*
kiss returned :**:
knight +<||-)
laugh (big laugh) |-D
laughing :-D
laughter ///
licking lips :-9
licking lips :-?
loudmouth :( )
mad >:-<
mad, very mad ~ :-(
male O->
male :-
marge simpson @@@@:-)
monk +<:-|
my lips are sealed :-X
my lips are sealed = X
my lips are sealed :-#
no comment {}
no smoking :/i
nun +<:-|
pondering :-I
pope +O:-)
puckered up to kiss |-<>
puckered up to kiss :-><
punk =:-)
puzzlement :-k
priest +:-)
propellerhead %(|:-)
punched in the nose :+(
raised eyebrow `:-)
religious leader or person +<:-)
robot [:|]
robot [:]
Ronald Reagan 7:^)
rose @}->--
rose, long-stemmed @>--->---
sad : (
sad (:-
sad : [
sad (very sad) :-<
salute m:-)
Santa Claus *<:-)
sarcasm :-]
screaming :-@
see no evil m-)
see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
     m-), :X, :-m
Emoticons Continued Sh-Z
shocked #:-o
shocked 8-o
shot to death *-)
shouting :-V
silly %-)
sleepy |(
sleepy |-(
smile : )
smile (-:
smile, mischievous :-}
smile, one sided :-j
smile, one sided :-l
smile of happiness or sarcasm :->
smile with moustache :-{)
smile with moustache and beard :-{)}
smiley classic :-)
smiley variation (:-)
smiley variation :0)
smiling blockhead :-]
smirk :-,
smoker :-p~
smoker :-d~
smoking :-Q~
snake ~~~~8}
snake ~~~~~8}
snake =====:}
sniffles :-|
snoring |^o
snuffed candle
(ends a flame message) -=
speak no evil :-m
square head [:-]
sticking out tongue :-f
sticking out tongue :p
sticking out tongue :-p
sticking out tongue :-p
sticking out tongue :-r
surprised = O
surprised :-O
tear :`-(
tear (of happiness) :-)
thinking about money $-)
to be or not to be 2B|^2B
tongue hanging out in disgust,
or a smoker :-Q
tongue in cheek -)
tongue in cheek :-J
tongue in cheek :-?
tongue-tied :-&
unhappy :-c
unsmiley :-t
unsmiley (:-
unsmiley (:-(
unsmiling :-[
wearing a walkman [:-)
weeping ;-(
what?! :-s
what? :>
what? :@
wide-eyed, wears glasses 8)
wide-eyed, wears glasses 8-)
wide-eyed surprised 8-|
wink ; )
wink with a raspberry ; p
winkey ;-)
winking and laughing ;-D
winky )
winky -)
wizard -=#:-)
wizard 8 :-)
wow! 8-]
worked late %-|
wry smile :-i
wry smile }-)
wry face :-/
yawn :-o
yawn |-O
yuck >=^ p
yuck! 8-p

In 1982
Scott Fahlman, PhD
the first online emoticons
 :-) and :-(

See for
 the origin of Smiley, credited to Ralph Reppert in 1967.

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