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All The Chat Acronyms You Ever Wanted To Know!

Have you ever surfed into a chat room only to find yourself having no idea what people are talking about? Here's an exhausting list of chat room acronyms that will help you out.


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ABBREVIATION -- Meaning

ADN -- Any day now
AFAIK -- As far as I know
AFK -- Away from keyboard
ARE -- Acronym-rich environment
A/S/L -- Age/sex/location?
B4N -- Bye for now
BAK -- Back at the keyboard
BBIAB -- Be back in a bit
BBL -- Be back later
BEG -- Big evil grin
BFN -- Bye for now
BG -- Big grin
BL -- Belly laughing
BOTEC -- Back-of-the-envelope calculation
BRB -- Be right back
BTA -- But then again...
BTW -- By the way
CU -- See you
CUL -- See you later
CYO -- See you online
DBA -- Doing business as
DL -- Dead link
DIKU -- Do I know you?
DQMOT -- Don't quote me on this
EG -- Evil grin
EMFBI -- Excuse me for butting in
EOM -- End of message
EOT -- End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)
F2F -- Face to face
FAQ -- Frequently-ask question(s)
FISH -- First in, still here
FLA -- Four-letter acronym
FOCL -- Falling off chair laughing
FUBAR -- Fouled up beyond all repair or recognition
FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW -- For what it's worth
FYI -- For your information
G -- Grin
GA -- Go ahead
GAL -- Get a life
GD&R -- Grinning, ducking, and running
GMTA -- Great minds think alike
GOL -- Giggling out loud
GTRM -- Going to read mail
HTH -- Hope this helps
IAC -- In any case
IANAL -- I am not a lawyer (but)
IC -- I see
IHA -- I hate acronyms
IIRC -- If I recall/remember/recollect correctly
ILU -- I love you
ILY -- I love you
IM -- Immediate message
IMHO -- In my humble opinion
IMNSHO -- In my not so humble opinion
IMO -- In my opinion
IOW -- In other words
IRL -- In real life (that is, when not chatting)
JBOD -- Just a bunch of disks (like redundant array of independent disks, etc.)
JIC -- Just in case
JK -- Just kidding
KOTC -- Kiss on the cheek
KWIM? -- Know what I mean?
L8R -- Later
LD -- Later, dude
LDR -- Long-distance relationship
LLTA -- Lots and lots of thunderous applause
LOL -- Laughing out loud
LTM -- Laugh to myself
LTR -- Long-term relationship
LULAB -- Love you like a brother
LULAS -- Love you like a sister
MorF -- Male or female
MOSS -- Member of the same sex
MOTOS -- Member of the opposite sex
MUSM -- Miss you so much
NP -- No problem
NRN -- No response necessary
OIC -- Oh, I see
OLL -- Online love
OTF -- Off the floor
OTOH -- On the other hand
PANS -- Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")
PDA -- Public display of affection
PEBCAK -- Problem exists between chair and keyboard
PIBKAC -- Problem is between keyboard and chair
PMFJIB -- Pardon me for jumping in but...
::POOF:: -- Goodbye (leaving the room)
POTS -- Plain old telephone service
PU -- That stinks!
RL -- Real life (that is, when not chatting)
ROR -- Raffing out roud (Engrish for "laughing out loud")
ROTFL -- Rolling on the floor laughing
RPG -- Role-playing games
RSN -- Real soon now
RYO -- Roll your own (write your own program)
S4L -- Spam for life
SHCOON -- Shoot hot coffee out of nose
SF -- Surfer-friendly (low-graphics Web site)
SNAFU -- Situation normal, all fouled up
SO -- Significant other
SOMY -- Sick of me yet?
STW -- Search the Web
TAFN -- That's all for now
TGIF -- Thank God it's Friday
THX -- Thanks
TIA -- Thanks in advance
TLA -- Three-letter acronym
TL8R -- Talk later
TMI -- Too much information
TOPCA -- Til our paths cross again (early Celtic chat term)
TPTB -- The powers that be
TTFN -- Ta-Ta for now
TTT -- Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)
TTYL -- Talk to you later
TU -- Thank you
UW -- You're welcome
VBG -- Very big grin
WFM -- Works for me
WIBNI -- Wouldn't it be nice if
WT? -- What/who the ?
WTG -- Way to go!
WTGP? -- Want to go private?
WU? -- What's up?
WUF? -- Where are you from?
WYSIWYG -- What you see is what you get
YMMV -- Your mileage may vary.


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