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Chat Glossary

Chat GlossaryNot Sure what your kids are saying? These are the most commonly used ‘chat’ terms used during Instant Messenger Conversations.


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A-OLs Administrators On-Line. Administrators who police on-line services.

AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact

ABT About

ADN Any Day Now

AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned.

AFAIK As Far As I Know

AFAIRAs Far As I Remember

AFJ April Fool’s Joke

AFK Away From the Keyboard

AISI As I See It.

ALOL Actual laugh out loud

ANFAWFOS And Now For A Word From Our Sponsor.

ANFSCD And Now For Something Completely Different …

ANX Thanks

AOAS All of a sudden

AS Another Subject.

ASAP As Soon As Possible

ASL Age, sex.location

ATM At the moment

ATSL Along The Same Line.

ATW At the weekend

AWC After While, Crocodile

AWGTHTGTATA Are We Going To Have To Go Through All This Again?.

AWGTHTGTWTA? Are We Going To Have To Go Through With This Again?

AYOR At Your Own Risk.



B Be

B4N Bye For Now


BAK Back At Keyboard

BBB Bye Bye Baby

BBFN Bye Bye For Now

BBIAB Be Back In A Bit.

BBIAF Be Back In A Few (minutes)

BBL Be Back Later

BBR Burnt Beyond Repair.

BBS Be Back soon

B/C Because

BCNU Be seein’you

BEG Big Evil Grin.

BF Boy Friend.

BFF Best Friends Forever

BFFAE Best friends forever and ever

BFN Bye For Now.

BKA Best known as

BL Buddy List

BION Believe it or not.

BOT Back On Topic.

BOUT About

BRB Be Right Back

BRS Big Red Switch.

BTA But Then Again

BTAIM Be That As It May.

BTHOM Beats The Hell Outta Me.

BTOBD Be There Or Be Dead.

BTW By The Way

BWL Bursting With Laughter.

BWQ Buzz Word Quotient.

BYCA Before your came along

BYE? "Are you ready to say goodbye?"

BYKT But You Knew That

BYOB Bring Your Own Bottle

BYOM Bring Your Own Mac

BZ Busy




C See

C&G Chuckle and Grin.

CADET Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try.

CID Crying In Disgrace.

CONV Conversation

CM Call Me

CMIIW Correct Me If I’m Wrong

CMM Changed my mind

CR Chat room

CSG Chuckle, Snicker, Grin.

CTP Cutie Pie

CU See You

CU2 See You, Too.

CUL See you later

CUL8R See You Later

CULA See You Later, Alligator

CUIAL See you in another life

CUTTL Crawling under table laughing

CWYL Chat With You Later.

CYA See You or Cover Your Ass.

CYAL8R See You All Later

CYL See you later

CYM Change your mind

CUZ Because



DA The

DAT That

DIFF Different

DIIK Damned If I Know.

DIKU? Do I Know You?

DINT Didn’t

DIY Do It Yourself

DIZ This

DK Don’t Know

DLTBBB Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite.

DTRT Do The Right Thing

DUNNO Don’t know

DUZ Does

DUZNT Doesn’t

DWIMC Do What I Mean, Correctly.

DWIMNWIS Do What I Mean, Not What I Say



E1 Everyone

ENUFF Enough

ER1 Everyone

ESAD Eat Sh** And Die

EVERY1 Everyone

EVRY Every

EZ Easy



F2F Face To Face

FANKS Thanks

FC Fingers Crossed

FCFS First Come, First Served

FISH First In, Still Here.

FITB Fill In The Blank

FOAD F*** off and die

FOAF Friend Of A Friend

FOMC Fell off my chair

FOMCLOL Fell off my chair laughing out loud

FS For Sale

FTASB Faster Than A Speeding Bullet.

FTF Face to Face.

FTL Faster Than Light.

FU Follow up or fouled Up

FUBAR Fouled Up Beyond All Repair

FUBBFouled Up Beyond Belief.

FUD Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

FURTB Full Up Ready To Burst - describing hard drive.

FWIW For What It's Worth

FX Effects

FYA For Your Amusement

FYEO For your eyes only

FYI For Your Information



G2G Got to Go

G2GP Got to go pee

GA Go Ahead

GAL Get A Life

GB God Bless

GD&R Grinning, Ducking and Running

GD&RF Grinning, Ducking, and Running Fast.

GD&WVVFGrinning, Ducking, and Walking Very, Very Fast

GDW Grin, Duck and Weave.

GF Girl Friend.

GFAK Go fly a kite

GFN Gone For Now.

GFR Grim File Reaper.

GG Good Game

GIAUG Give it all you’ve got

GIAYG Give it all you’ve got

GIMMEGive me

GIWIST Gee, I Wish I'd Said That

GLGH Good Luck and Good Hunting.

GJ Great or Good job

GJP Great or Good job partner

GL Good Luck

GM Good Morning

GMTA Great Minds Think Alike

GN Good Night

GO2 Go to

GOIN Going

GONNA Going to

GOTCHA Got you

GOSTAGot you

GOWI Get On With It

GR8 Great

GTAW Go take a walk

GTSY Great To See You.



H8 Hate

HAFTA Have to

H&K Hugs and Kisses.

HAK Hugs And Kisses

HAP Happy

HB Hurry Back

HF Have Fun

HHIS Hanging Head In Shame.

HHO 1/2 K Ha, Ha, Only Half Kidding.

HHOJ Ha Ha Only Joking

HHOK Ha Ha Only Kidding

HHOS Ha Ha Only Serious

HHTYAY Happy Holidays to You and Yours

HIRT Hold it right there

HMWRK Homework

H/O Hold or Hang on

HOS Husband over shoulder

HOYEW Hanging On Your Every Word

HSIKHow Should I Know

HTGELB Have to go eat lunch, bye!

HTH Hope That Helps!

HUD How are you doing?

HW Homework



IAE In Any Event.

IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer (but ) a disclaimer which is usually followed by a legal opinion

IAW In Accordance With

IBTD I Beg To Differ

IBYP I beg your pardon

IC I See

ICRO I’m coming right over

ID I’d

IDK I don’t know

IGTG I got to go

IIABDFI If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It.

IIRC If I Remember Correctly

IIWM If It Were Me . . . (or) If It Were Mine . . . .

IJWTK I Just Want To Know

IJWTS I Just Want To Say

IKWUM I Know What You Mean

IM Instant Messenger

IMA I Might Add

IMAO In My Arrogant Opinion

IMCO In My Considered Opinion

IME In My Experience

IMHO In My Humble Opinion

IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion

IMO In My Opinion

IMPOV In My Point Of View

INO I know

INPO In No Particular Order

IOWIn Other Words

IRL In Real Life

ISS I’m So Sure

ISSYGTI I’m So Sure You Get The Idea!

ISWIM If (you) See What I Mean

ITFA In The Final Analysis.

ITSFWI If The Shoe Fits, Wear It

ITZ It’s or its

IWALU I Will Always Love You.

IWBNI It Would Be Nice If

IYFEG Insert Your Favorite Ethnic Group (for ethnic jokes)

IYSS If you say so

IYSWIM If You See What I Mean




J/A Just asking

J2LUN Just to let you know

J2LYN Just to let you know

J2LUK Just to let you know

JAM Just A Minute

JAS Just A Second

JC Just chillin’

JIC Just In Case

JJ Just joking

J/K Just joking

JK Just kidding

JLT Just like that

JM Just messing

JMO Just My Opinion

JSNM Just Stark Naked Magic

JTLYK Just To Let You Know

J/W Just wondering


k Okay

KEWL! Cool!

KHYF Know How You Feel.

KINDA Kind of

KIBO Knowledge In, Bullshit Out

KISS Keep It Simple, Stupid.

KIT Keep In Touch.

KMA Kiss My Ass


KOTC Kiss on the cheek

KWIM Know What I Mean?

KYFCKeep Your Fingers Crossed



L Laugh

L2s Laughing to oneself

L8 Late

L8R Later

LABATYD Life's A Bitch And Then You Die

LAB&TYD Life's A Bitch And Then You Die


LIL Let it Last

LJBF Let’s Just Be Friends

LKIT Like It

LLTA Lots and Lots of Thunderous (or Thundering) Applause

LM Love Me

LMA Leave me alone

LMAO Laughing My Ass Off

LMI Let me in

LMHO Laughing My Head Off

LMK Let Me Know

LNS Laughing Non Stop

LOL Laughing Out Loud

LSHIH Laughing so hard it hurts

LSHMBA Laughing So Hard My Belly Aches

LSHMBH Laughing So Hard My Belly Hurts

LST Let’s save time

LTC Long time coming

LTHTT Laughing Too Hard To Type

LTNS Long Time No See

LTNT Long Time, No Type.

LTS Laughing to Self

LUV Love

LUV YA Love You

LUWAMH Love You With All My Heart.

LY Love You

LYLAB Love you like a brother

LYLAS Love you like a sister




M8 Mate

M4I Mad for it

MBN Must be Nice

ME2 Me too

MIA Missing in action

MILF Mother I'd like to f***

MIN Minute

MOF Matter Of Fact

MORF Male or female?

MOTAS Member Of The Appropriate Sex

MOTD Message of the day

MOTOS Member Of The Opposite Sex

MOTSS Member Of The Same Sex

MSG Message

MTG Meeting

MTF more to follow

MTFBWY May The Force Be With You.

MYOB Mind Your Own Business

MYS Miss you so




N In or and

N1! Nice One!

N2N Nice to know

N2M Not too much

N2U Next to you

NAVYNever Again Volunteer Yourself.

NBD No Big Deal

NDBWY Nice doing business with you

NE1 Anyone

NEHOW vAnyhow

NETHING Anything

NEWAY Anyway

NFW No F***in' Way!.

NHOH Never Heard Of Him/Her

NHOT Never heard of that

NIH Not Invented Here.

NIMBY Not In My Back Yard.

NINONothing In, Nothing Out

N/M Not much

NM Never mind

NO1 No one

NOYB None Of Your Business.

NP No Problem

N/P No problem

NQA No Questions Asked.

NTIM Not That It Matters

NT2NITE Not tonight

NTIMM Not That It Matters Much.

NTW Not To Worry.

NTYMI Now That You Mention It

NUTN Nothing

NV Envy

NVM Never Mind

NW Network



O2U Over to you

OATUS On A Totally Unrelated Subject.

OAUS On An Unrelated Subject.

OBO Or Best Offer

OBTW Oh, By The Way

OIC Oh, I See

OMG Oh my gosh or God!

OMIGOSH Oh my gosh or god!

ONNA Oh No, Not Again

ONNTA Oh No, Not This Again

OO Over and Out

OOB Out of body

OOM Out of mind

OOO Out of order

OTF On the Floor (laughing)

OTFL On the Floor Laughing

OTL Out To Lunch.

OTOH On The Other Hand

OTOOH On The Other, Other Hand.

OTT Over The Top; too much

OTTH On The Third Hand.

OTTOMH Off The Top Of My Head.

OWTTE Or Words To That Effect



PABG Packing a Big Gun

PAW Parents are watching

PCM Please call me

PDS Please Don't Shout

PFM Please forgive me

PLMK Please let me know

PLS Please

PLZ Please

PMBI Pardon My Butting In.

PMF Pardon My French or Pure Freaking Magic.

PMFBI Pardon Me for Butting In

PMFJI Pardon Me for Jumping In

PMIGBOM Put Mind In Gear, Before Opening Mouth.

PMJI Pardon My Jumping In

PMP Pee my pants

PNCAH Please, No Cursing Allowed Here

POS Parents over shoulder

POSSLQ Person Of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters

PPL People

PPR Paper

PTMM Please Tell Me More



QT Cutie

QUES Question


R Are

R U THERE? Are you there?

RAEBNC Read and Enjoyed, But No Comment

RBAY Right back at you

RE Hello again; re-greet or In regard to

REHI Hi again

RHIP Rank Has Its Privileges.

RL Real Life

RLCO Real Life Conference

RM Room

RNT Aren’t

ROFL Rolling On Floor Laughing.

ROFLASTC Rolling On Floor Laughing And Scaring The Cat.

ROFLGO Rolling On Floor Laughing Guts Out.

ROFLMAO Roll On Floor Laughing My Arse Off.

ROTF Rolling On the Floor

ROTFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing

ROTFLAHMS Rolling On the Floor Laughing And Holding My Sides.

ROTFLOL Rolling On the Floor Laughing Out Loud

RRQ Return Receipt Request.

RSN Real Soon Now

RSVP Respondez S'il Vous Plait

RTBM Read the Bloody Manual

RTFAQ Read the Frequently Asked Questions

RTFF Read The Freaking FAQ.

RTFM Read the Freaking Manual

RTM Read the Manual

RTWFQ Read the Whole F***in’Question

RU Are you?

RYFM Read Your Friendly Manual

RYS Read Your Screen.


S Smile

S2PID Stupid

SAPFU Surpassing All Previous Foul Ups.

SCNR Sorry, Could Not Resist

SDS Sweet Dreams

SEC Wait a second

SETE Smiling Ear To Ear

SFLA Stupid Four Letter Acronym

SICS Sitting In Chair Snickering

SIT Stay in touch

SK8ING Skating

SLM See Last Mail

SMH Shaking my head

SMHOF Set my heart on fire

SMOP Small Matter of Programming

SN Screen name

SNAFU Situation Normal: All Fouled Up

SO Significant Other

SOL SH** Out Of Luck

SOME1 Someone

SORTA Sort of

SOS Same Old Stuff or Help!

SOW Speaking Of Which

SPOZ Suppose

SPOZ2Supposed to

SPOZ2B Supposed to be

SRY Sorry

SS So Sorry

STR8 Straight

STWScared to watch

SU Shut Up

SU4M Stand Up for me

SUL See you later

SUP What’s Up

SUFID Screwing Up Face In Disgust

SWIM See What I Mean?

SWALK Sealed with a loving kiss

SWG Scientific Wild Guess

SWL Screaming With Laughter

SWMBO She who must be obeyed

SYAH Sending you a hug

SYAK Sending you a kiss

SYS See You Soon


T2G Time to Go

T2GX3 Time to go,go,go


TAF That's All, folks!.

TAFN That’s All for Now

TANJ There Ain’t No Justice

TANSTAAFL There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

TARFU Things Are Really Fouled Up

TAW Take a walk

TBYB Try Before You Buy.

TDM Too Darn Many

TC Take Care

TFS Three Finger Salute

TFTHAOT Thanks For The Help Ahead Of Time.

TFTT Thanks for The Thought.

TGAL Think Globally, Act Locally.

THX Thanks

TIA Thanks in Advance

TIC Tongue in Cheek

TIFN That’s it for now

TINWIS That Is Not What I Said.

TNSTAAFL There's No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

TNTL Trying Not To Laugh

TNX Thanks

TNXE6 Thanks A Million ("E6" means 10 to the 6th power = a million)

TOBAL There ought to be a Law.

TOBG This ought to be good.

TOY Thinking Of You

TPTB The Powers That Be

TRDMC Tears Running Down My Cheeks

TSR Totally Stupid Rules

TTBOMK To The Best Of My Knowledge

TT4N Ta Ta for now

TTFN Ta Ta For Now

TTKSF Trying To Keep a Straight Face

TTUL Talk To You Later.

TTYAWFN Talk To You A While From Now.

TTYL Talk To You Later

TTYT Talk To You Tomorrow

TULE Took you long enough

TUVM Thank you very much

TYCLO Turn Your CAPS LOCK Off (Quit Shouting)

TWB4U That was before you

TY Thank you

TYVM Thank You Very Much

TYVM Thank you very much


U You

U4IT Up for it

U4ME You for Me

UAD You always do

UAN Up all night

U’D You’d

ULL You’ll

UMI You made it

UNO you know

UR Your or you’re

URGR8 You are great

URLI You’re losing it

URS Yours

URSELF yourself

URVW You’re very welcome

UOK Are You OK?


VFM Value for Money

VK Virtual Kiss

VS Virtual Sex

VVE Very Very Easy

VVH Very Very Hard



W8 Wait

W4M Works for Me

W/ With

W/E Whatever or weekend

W/O Without

WADUP What’s Up?

WANNA Want to

WASS^ What’s Up?

WASSUP What’s Up?

WAEF When All Else Fails.

WB Welcome Back

WCUL Will catch you later

WDP Well done partner

WDYMBT What Do You Mean By That?.

WDYT What Do You Think?

WEG Wicked evil grin

WHATZ What’s

WIBNI Wouldn’t It Be Nice If

WLDNE Well Done

WMMOWS Wash My Mouth Out With Soap

WNWU What’s new with you

WNOHGB Where No One Has Gone Before.

WOA Work Of Art

WOS Wife over shoulder

WOTAM Waste Of Time And Money.

WRT With Regard To, or With Respect To

WRU Who are you?

WT Without Thinking.

WTB Want To Buy

WTF What The F***?

WTG Way To Go!

WTGP Want To Go Private?

WTH What the hell?

WTRDOIN What are you doing?

WTTM Without Thinking Too Much

WUTEVA Whatever


WYGISWYPF What You Get Is What You Pay For


XOXOXO Kisses and hugs

XCUZ Excuse

XLNT Excellent

XMA Kiss my A***

XME Kiss Me

XQZ Excuse



Y Why?

Y/O Years old

YA You

YABA Yet Another Bloody Acronym

YANNO You Know?

YAOTM Yet Another Off-Topic Message.


YGLT You're Gonna Love This

YGTI You Get The Idea?

YGWYPF You Get What You Pay For

YIU Yes, I Understand

YIWGP Yes, I Will Go Private

YR Year

YRS Years


YVW You’re very welcome

YW You’re Welcome




ZZZZ Sleeping or I'm bored/tired



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