*Updated for 2016
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 Twitter limit is a whole new ballgame.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.