I OH that RT IRL. FML. The Online Acronyms List

*Updated for 2017

Every generation has their slang. The advent of the text message gave us all sorts of acronyms that were easy to type – CUL8R (see you later) or TTYS (talk to you soon). But the 140 character texting and (original) Twitter limit is a whole new ballgame.

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Here are definitions for the acronyms used online and in texts. Have a favourite you don’t see? Add it in the comments. How many did you know?

143 – I Love You.

182 – I Hate You.

4E or 4EAE – Forever or Forever And Ever.

8 – Oral Sex

99 – Parent no longer watching.

ADR – Address

AF – As F*&k. The best it can be.

AFAIK – As Far As I Know.

AMA – Ask Me Anything.

ASL – Age, Sex, Location

BRB – Be Right Back.

CCW – Comments, Criticism Welcome.

CD9 – Code 9. Kids use it to alert that parents are nearby.

CX – Correction.

DD/DS/DW/DH – Darling Daughter/Son/Wife/Husband. Sometimes Dedicated Wife/Husband.

DM – Direct Message. Tweet sent between two people that follow each other.

ELI5 – Explain Like I’m 5.

F2F – Face to Face. Can refer to online video or talking to someone in the flesh.

#FF – Follow Friday. Used on Twitter on Fridays to suggest people that your followers should follow.

FML – F*** My Life. Used when something bad just happened

FOAF – Friend of a friend.

FTW – For The Win. When someone does something great or makes a comment that trumps the others.

FWB – Friends With Benefits.

FYEO – For Your Eyes Only.

GOAT – Greatest Of All Time.

GNOC – Get Naked On Cam.

IDEK – I Don’t Even Know.

IIRC – If I Recall Correctly.

IKR – I Know, Right?

IMHO – In My Humble Opinion. Like saying ‘just my 2 cents’.

IRL – In Real Life. This is used sometimes to describe a celebrity as a person rather than their character. It is also used to discuss what you do off the computer.

IWSN – I Want Sex Now

KFY or K4Y – Kiss For You.

KPC – Keeping Parents Clueless.

LMIRL – Let’s Meet In Real Life.

LOL – Laugh Out Loud. This is not ‘lots of love’ which some parents use by mistake.

LMAO – Laugh My Ass Off. Really funny.

MoF – Male Or Female?

MOOS – Members of Opposite Sex

MOSS – Mom Over Shoulder.

MT – Modified Tweet. When you use a version of someone else’s tweet.

MTF – More To Follow. Continued in a second message or later on.

NAGI – Not A Good Idea.

NALOPKT – Not A Lot Of People Know That.

NIFOC – Nude In Front Of Computer.

NMU – Not Much, You?

NSFW – Not Safe For Work. Usually on the top of a page with explicit content.

NTS – Note To Self. Making a point to remember, usually as a joke.

OH – Overheard.

OOTD – Outfit Of The Day.

P911 – Parent alert.

PAP – Post A Picture.

PAW – Parents Are Watching.

PIR – Parent in room.

POS – Parent Over Shoulder.

PM – Private Message. Sent offline.

PWN – Owned. It means humiliated. It has a history in online gaming where someone did a typo on ‘Own’ and it stuck.

ROTFLMAO – Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off. Really really funny.

RT – Retweet. If you type this in to Twitter then you are quoting a previous Tweet (or portion of a tweet).

RUH – Are You Horny?

RU18 – Are you 18?

SMH – Shake My Head. Unbelievably dumb or wrong.

SO – Significant Other.

SYS – See You Soon.

TBH – To Be Honest.

TBR – To Be Rude.

TDTM – Talk Dirty To Me.

TIA – Thanks In Advance.

TIL – Today I Learned.

TL;DR – Too Long; Didn’t Read. A short summary of a long post.

TMB – Tweet Me Back.

TMI – Too Much Information. When people overshare.

TT – Trending Topic. Often defined by a hashtag that is being used a lot. Or big news.

TTYL – Talk To You Later.

TYT – Take Your Time.

WYCM – Will You Call Me?

WYRN – What’s Your Real Name?

WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get.

VC – Video Chat. As it sounds, this is an online chat with video.

YKYAT – You Know You’re Addicted To…

YOLO – You Only Live Once. Teen expression that was very big in 2012 but is dying off.

YOYO – You Are On Your Own

ZTWITT – Tweeting extremely quickly.

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