Acronyms

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Lots of acronyms are used in instant messaging. Here are some of the most popular ones (another good source is urbandictionary.com).

  • afaik -- as far as I know
  • afaict -- as far as I can tell
  • afk -- away from keyboard
  • atm -- at the moment
  • bbiab -- be back in a bit
  • bbiaf -- be back in a few (minutes)
  • bbl -- be back later
  • bbs -- be back soon
  • b/c -- because
  • bf -- boyfriend
  • bfo -- blinding flash of the obvious
  • brb -- be right back
  • brt -- be right there
  • bsod -- blue screen of death
  • btw -- by the way
  • ciao -- Italian for goodbye
  • ctrn -- can't talk right now
  • cul8r -- see you later
  • cya -- see ya
  • dftt -- don't feed the troll
  • dhtb -- don't have the bandwidth
  • f2f -- face to face
  • ftl -- for the lose
  • ftw -- for the win
  • fubar -- f***ed up beyond all recognition
  • fwiw -- for what it's worth
  • fyi -- for your information
  • gmta -- great minds think alike
  • iam -- in a meeting
  • ianal -- I am not a lawyer
  • ihmb -- I hate my boss
  • iirc -- if I recall correctly
  • imho -- in my humble opinion
  • imo -- in my opinion
  • iow -- in other words
  • irl -- in real life
  • istm -- it seems to me
  • *g* -- grin
  • gf -- girlfriend
  • gmta -- great minds think alike
  • gtg -- got to go
  • jid -- jabber identifier
  • j/k -- just kidding
  • k -- okay
  • lmao -- laughing my ass off
  • lol -- laughing out loud
  • l8r -- later
  • msg -- message
  • n/m -- never mind
  • n/p -- no problem
  • nsfw -- not safe for work
  • oAo -- over and out!
  • oic -- oh, I see
  • omg -- oh my god
  • oob -- out of band
  • otoh -- on the other hand
  • oww -- oops, wrong window!
  • otp -- on the phone
  • otw -- on the way
  • pebkac -- problem exists between keyboard and chair
  • pita -- pain in the ass
  • pov -- point of view
  • pw -- password
  • rotfl -- rolling on the floor laughing
  • rsn -- real soon now
  • rtfm -- read the friendly manual
  • slap -- sounds like a plan
  • tbh -- to be honest
  • thx -- thanks
  • tia -- thanks in advance
  • tla -- three-letter arconym
  • tldr -- too long, didn't read
  • ttfn -- ta ta for now
  • ttyl -- talk to you later
  • wb -- welcome back
  • wfm -- works for me
  • wtf -- what the f***?!
  • wtg -- way to go!
  • xfer -- transfer
  • ymmv -- your mileage may vary
  • yw -- you're welcome