Lost in the Abbreviations?

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Ever feel like you have been left out of the loop when it comes to reading text messages or twitter posts? You know those abbreviations have meaning but you have no idea what they are? Seems that nothing makes us feel older than not being able to read what our kids are sending in their text messages…or what’s worse is when our contemporaries are posting those abbreviations in their twitter posts! Well here is a list of some of the most commonly used abbreviations for beginners to help stay in the loop.

Abbreviation Meaning
<3 heart
404 I haven’t a clue
A3 Anyplace, anywhere, anytime
ADN Any day now
AFAIK As far as I know
ASAP As soon as possible
B4N Bye for now
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BBN Bye bye now
BBS Be back soon
BEG Big evil grin
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BL Belly laughing
BMGWL Busting my gut with laughter
BOTEC Back-of-the-envelope calculation
BRB Be right back
BTA But then again…
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BWL Bursting with laughter
BWTHDIK But what the heck do I know…?
C&G Chuckle and grin
CNP Continued in next post
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying real big tears
CU See you
CUL See you later
CUL8ER See you later
CYA See ya
CYO See you online
DLTBBB Don’t let the bed bugs bite
DIKU Do I know you?
DITYID Did I tell you I’m distressed?
DOS Dozing off soon
DQMOT Don’t quote me on this
DTRT Do the right thing
DWB Don’t write back
EG Evil grin
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EMSG E-mail message
EOM End of message
EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
ESTO Equipment Smarter Than Operator
EWG evil wicked grin
F2F Face to face
FAQ Frequently-asked questions
FC Fingers crossed
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart
FWIW For what it’s worth
FYI For your information
GAL Get a life
GIGO garbage in, garbage out
GD&R grinning, ducking, and running
GFN Gone for now
GIWIST Gee, I wish I’d said that
GL Good luck
GMAB Give me a break
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOL Giggling out loud
HAGN Have a good night
HAND Have a nice day
HHIS Hanging head in shame
HIG How’s it going
HTH Hope this helps
IAE In any event
IAC In any case
IAW I agree with
IC I see
IHU I hear you
IM Instant or Immediate message
Iming Chatting with someone online usually while doing other interactive things
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
J4G Just for grins
JIC Just in case
JK Just kidding
JMO just my opinion
JTLYK Just to let you know
K Okay>
KIT Keep in touch
KWIM? Know what I mean
L8R Later
L8R G8R Later Gator
LOL Laughing out loud
LTM Laughing to myself
LTNS Long time no see
MTF More to follow
NP No problem
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
PAW Parents are watching
PM Private message
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
RT Real time
S^ S’up or what’s up
SETE Smiling ear to ear
SOT Short on Time
SOTMG Short on time must go
STW Search the web
SUP what’s up
SYS See you soon
TA Thanks again
TAFN That’s all for now
TCOY Take care of yourself
THX Thanks
TB4U Too bad for you
TMI Too much information
TTYL Talk to you later
TY Thank you
UW You’re welcome
WAYD What are you doing
WB Welcome back
WFM Works for me
WTG Way to go

If you would like a more extensive list I founds these at techtarget.com.

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