Internet shorthand


I was just sending myself a quick SMS message which I tend to do when I need to remember something… I saw in the left hand margin a link that said Shorthand Dictionary. I had to see what it contained, so I clicked on it…


๐Ÿ™‚ = Happy face for humor, laughter, friendliness, sarcasm
๐Ÿ˜€ = Super happy/toothy smile, broad smile, etc.
๐Ÿ™ = Sad face for sadness, anger, upset
๐Ÿ˜‰ = Wink
:/ = Wry face
๐Ÿ˜› = Tongue out for just kidding
((hug)) = a hug
ALL CAPS = yelling


AFO = Adult fan of…
AIM = AOLโ„ข Instant Messengerโ„ข
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

Abbreviations for words

1 = one, won, want
2 = To, too
4 = For
8 = ate
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?

My fav by far is “ALL CAPS = yelling”
umm… did anybody really need that explained?

Reminds me of the good ‘ol days of Point Zero dial-up chat when 300baud was the bomb.

Ne1 12 ad ur own |33+ msgs?

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