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Media Glossary: Online and Texting Acronyms


Because of their rapid-fire nature, instant messages (IMs) and text messages (TXTs) often include abbreviations and slang. Although some of these may seem obvious (e.g., cu = see you, and l8 = late), others are not.

The following list of abbreviations and explanations with take the mystery out of your child’s messages:

afk
= away from the keyboard
afc
= away from the computer
atm
= at the moment
ayt
= are you there?
ayor
= at your own risk
b
= be
b4
= before
bbfn
= bye-bye for now
b4n
= bye for now
bcuz
= because
b/c
= because
bf
= boyfriend
bff
= best friends forever
brb
= be right back
bs
= big smile 
c
= see
cul8r
= see you later
cuz
= because
d8
= date
da
= the
dc
= don't care
dk
= don't know
dos
= dad over shoulder
dnt
= don't
dwb
= don't write back
dznt
= doesn't
eod
= end of discussion
eva
= ever
fb
= Facebook
ff
= friends forever
foaf
= friend of a friend
f2f
= face to face
fyeo
= for your eyes only
g2g
= got to go
gal
= get a life
gf
= girlfriend
gl
= good luck
gmta
= great minds think alike
grr
= a sign of anger or frustration
haha
= a sign of laughter/happiness
hth
= hope this helps
h&k
= hugs and kisses
hw
= homework
hs
= high school
idk
= I don't know
idc
= I don't care
iykwim
= if you know what I mean
ilu
= I love you
imo
= in my opinion
irl
= in real life
jk
= just kidding
jj
= just joking
jw
= just wondering
k
= okay
kc
= keep cool
l8
= late
l8r
= later
lol
= laugh out loud or lots of love (depending on context)
lyk
= like
lyl
= love you lots
lylas
= love you like a sister
lylab
= love you like a brother
mos
= mom over shoulder
nething
= anything
nm or nvm
= never mind
np
= no problem
ntm
= not too much
nvr
= never
nw
= no way
omg
= oh my god/oh my goodness
ot
= off topic
otp
= on the phone
p911
= parent alert
pal
= parents are listening
pict. or pic
= picture
plz or pls
= please
pm
= private message 
pos
= parent over shoulder
ppl
= people
prw
= parents are watching
prolly
= probably
r
= are
rents
= parents
rite
= right/write
rly
= really
rotf
= rolling on the floor
rme
= rolling my eyes
ruok
= are you okay?
skewl
= school
sry
= sorry
st2moro
= same time tomorrow
sum1
= someone
sup
= what’s up
swak
= sealed with a kiss
tmb
= text me back
tmi
= too much information
ttfn
= ta ta for now
ttyl
= talk to you later
ttys
= talk to you soon
ty
= thank you
txt
= text
ur
= your, you are
ugh
= expression of frustration
wanna
= want to
w8
= wait
wb
= write back / welcome back
w/o
= with out
w/e
= whatever
wu
= what's up
ur
= your, you're
v
= very
xo
= kiss and hug
y
= why?
yt
= you there?
yw
= you're welcome
@hm
= at home 
@schl
= at school
2l8t
= too late
4evr
= for ever
<33
= (double heart) double love
<3
= (heart) love
</3
= (broken heart) sad

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