Common Internet, SMS Text, and iMessage slang

TiPb brings you a glossary of common Internet and SMS Text and iMessage slang terms, from the hipster to the 1337, and more

TiPb Guide: Common Internet, SMS Text, and iMessage slang

Just getting online or into SMS or iMessage and trying to figure out what all the abbreviations, acronyms, and random-seeming jumbles of letters and numbers actually mean? Internet slag is changing and evolving faster than any known language so far. From gaming chats to blog comments to sexting (sex texting) to who knows what's next, there are more and more terms cropping up everyday and it's getting harder and harder to keep up with them.

To help you get started we've compiled a list of common, basic internet and SMS Text and iMessage slang... after the break!

For iOS and Apple-related terms see our complete iPhone and iPad glossary, for Twitter and Facebook terms, see our Social Network glossary. And as always, if we're missing anything, add additions and corrections in the comments below!

  • <3: Heart
  • 9: Parents around
  • AFAIK: As far as I know
  • AFK: Away from keyboard
  • ASAP: As soon as possible
  • ASL: Age, sex, location (the second is a gender, not yes/no question!)
  • B: Be
  • BBL: Be back later
  • BBS: Be back soon
  • BF: Boy friend
  • BFF: Best friends forever
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BRT: Be right there
  • BTW: By the way
  • C: See
  • CCL: Couldn't care less
  • CSWS: Can't stop won't stop
  • FML: [F-word] my life
  • GF: Girl friend
  • GN: Get naked
  • GTG: Got to go
  • IDC: I don't care
  • IDK: I don't know
  • IK: I know
  • IKR: I know, right?
  • IMHO: in my humble/honest opinion
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • IWSN: I want sex now
  • J: Joke/joking
  • JK: Just kidding
  • K: Okay
  • KK: Okay
  • L8R: Later
  • LMAO: Laughing my ass off
  • LOL: Laughing out Loud
  • LULZ: Derivation of "LOL", often mischievous
  • N00B: Derivation of noobie, a.k.a a new user
  • NSFW: Not safe for work (because of nudity, language, etc.)
  • NVM: Never mind
  • O: Oh
  • OIC: Oh, I see
  • OMFG: Oh my [f-word] god
  • OMG: Oh my god
  • ORLY: Oh, really?
  • POS: Piece of [s-word]
  • PP: Post pictures (request/challenge)
  • PR0N: Derivation of "porn"
  • PWN: Derivation of "own", to beat or dominate something
  • R: Are
  • ROFL: Rolling on the floor
  • SFW: Safe for work
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • STFU: Shut the [f-word] up
  • TDTM: Talk dirty to me
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • TWSS: That's what she said
  • U: You
  • UR: You are
  • WTF: What the [f-word]?
  • WTH: What the hell?
  • Y: Y
  • YW: You're welcome
  • ZOMG: Derivation of "OMG"

What common terms do you use a lot that are not yet part of this glossary? Let me know in the comments below and we will add them!

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Tyler Z says:

Rofl does NOT mean rolling on the follow?
It's rolling on the floor laughing. Shows how much you know.

stoneland says:

Agree..."ROFL" is "rolling on (the) floor laughing"

Tyler Z says:

And jk is just kidding..

WalkyChalky says:

I always though imho = in my HONEST opinion. What do i know tho??

Blue says:

From what I've seen, it can be either or.

Brian says:

No, it's definitely more commonly used as "in my humble opinion". It's a way of expressing an opinion where you don't come so strong.

robes1 says:

I agree. In my humble opinion.

(Copy of) Dev says:

IMHO = humble.
Less often, people will say "IMO" (without the humble) or "IMNSHO" (In My Not So Humble Opinion).
Neither would make much sense if the H was for honest.
IMHO, of course.

dave says:

wow! no PMSL?! P*** myself laughing
also no LMFAO! no need to explain the F there lol

Bear says:

I never figured out why people type "kk" instead of just "k"?

dave says:

me too, i always put k then get moaned at for one letter texts! also PPL - people and CUL8R - see you later is missing from list too, sure loads more could be added, make the Tipb urban slang dictionary lol

Dood says:

I know. I'm doing the same thing just looking at this post. It's a sad day when TiPB calls this "content".

John says:

FTW= [f-word] the world

Dawn says:

FTW is more commonly for the win

stoneland says:

Yeah, "FTW" is definitely "for the win".

Dawn says:

I see KWIM a lot. Know What I Mean?

JAFF says:

FYI - For Your Information, is also a good one

Glenn#IM says:

ggcb. Good grief Charlie Brown. dwrmc or dwrwc. Danger Will Roberson Mom's coming, or danger Will Roberson Wife coming. w.........d. WilllllllllllllllDogies. SZ. Shazam. Ok I will stop, tell em Gomer says hey.

deuts says:

AFAIK is "as far as I know". What does "and" do there? As if it's an important part of the expression?

Brian says:

@deuts. I agree with you.

Carl says:

AYKM? - Are you kidding me?
And it's friend AYFKM?

SockRolid says:

I thought AFAIK was "as far as i know"
Here area few more:
IIRC: "if i recall correctly"
FML: "f-ck my life"
TYVM: "thank you very much"
TTFN: "ta-ta for now"

Silvio says:

All these abbreviations are asinine anyway and it's also a poor excuse not to spell things correctly. Illiterate degenerates!

Irsyad says:

TTYL-talk to you later
ROFLOLMAO- rolling over floor laughing out loud my a** out.
Though I never know what's 1337 means.. -.-"

Tweger01 says:

1337 is "leet," as in eliete. Only 13 year olds talk like that anymore

James says:

LDO = Like, duh, obviously

haha says:

what about ty= thank you or np= no problem

cosby says:

Yeah, totally. I was thinking simple is often best.

squire says:

WUA = where you at?
WUC = Call me when you can

tfa225 says:

I like PITA = Pain In The Ass. someone who really bothers you!

flyman312 says:

Also don't forget the best one ever:
ROTFLSHMSFOAIDMT -Rolling On The Floor Laughing So Hard My Sombrero Fell Off And I Droped My Taco

niko360 says:

I've got to be the only person I know that don't do all this facebook/SMS slang don't see the point of it as I'm not on Facebook it brings too much crap to your door ie (people telling tails on each over)

niko360 says:

And Don't need some one telling me what they are having for dinner you all know what I mean

dave says:

the purpose to the slang is to shorten the words, almost like a abberviation, basically when SMS holds you to 160 characters and twitter to 140, sometimes shortening stuff can save costs

niko360 says:

I've got free text and I use pushme.to app for the iPhone so I can use more then 160 at a time

niko360 says:

Why would I need to tell someone to Laughing out Loud if it was funny I think I would know to laugh anyway

WaterMan says:

What about: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ -- Oh yeah, the alphabet. I went there. I really don't do these abbreviations. I have the iPhone and don't mind using full words. SRY.

Stillmaticb33 says:

Hahaha... "I don't use abbreviations" and the. Writes "SRY" :/

chirmer says:

all of the ones people have said so far are great! others I can think of:
ILU = i love you
AAMOF = as a matter of fact
sry = sorry
abt = about
FUBAR = fcked up beyond all repair
AISI = as i see it
KISS = keep it simple, stupid
ATM = at the moment
bc or b/c = because
BAMF = bad a
* mother fcker
STFU = shut the f
ck up
FFS = for fck's sake
OIC = oh, i see!
TL;DR = too long, didn't read
GG = good game
POV = point of view
NM = not much or nevermind (nevermind is more commonly NVM, but can be both)
noob or n00b or newb = newbie
HB = hurry back
PDQ = pretty darn quick
BS = bullsh
t
dubs = W (can replace W in previous acronyms, like BTdubs)
Hi5 = high five
TMI = too much information
SOL = sh*t out (of) luck
TC = take care
that's all I can think of off the top of my head... and yes, i use these A LOT.

chirmer says:

Wow, that got effed up. Ignore this one and read below!

FLskydiver says:

Or, FUBAR = f'd up beyond all RECOGNITION.

chirmer says:

all of the ones people have said so far are great! others I can think of:
ILU = i love you
AAMOF = as a matter of fact
sry = sorry
abt = about
FUBAR = fcked up beyond all repair
AISI = as i see it
KISS = keep it simple, stupid
ATM = at the moment
bc or b/c = because
BAMF = bad azz mother fcker
STFU = shut the fck up
FFS = for fck's sake
OIC = oh, i see!
TL;DR = too long, didn't read
GG = good game
POV = point of view
NM = not much or nevermind (nevermind is more commonly NVM, but can be both)
noob or n00b or newb = newbie
HB = hurry back
PDQ = pretty darn quick
BS = bullsht
dubs = W (can replace W in previous acronyms, like BTdubs)
Hi5 = high five
TMI = too much information
SOL = sht out (of) luck
TC = take care
that's all I can think of off the top of my head... and yes, i use these A LOT.

Skwidspawn says:

All these responses, and not one single person noted the misuse of the word "your" in YW? YW is short for "you are welcome" aka "you're welcome" not "your welcome" as in "the welcome you own". :D
Honestly though, I think anyone reading this blog already knew these.

DRHughes says:

You forgot g2g = got 2 go.

SkiPPy says:

Wow, I guess with no iphone 5 rumors to report this is what we have to put up with.

Cristina says:

You put TTYL twice and YW should be YOU'RE welcome, not your welcome. Grammar FTW! ;)

chirmer says:

BW
not "between," but "Bi-Winning!"

Dave says:

LSHIDMSAIFIMT - laughing so hard I dropped my sombrero and it fell in my taco

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Johnny says:

I came up with WUD= what are you doing or what you doing.

n0thinghead says:

ily = i love you
ty = thank u
thnx = thanks
yw = you're welcome
ur = your/you're
otw/omw = on the way/on my way
bts = be there soon
(any form of LOL [rofl/lmao/etc])-WTIME = with tears in my eyes
ID 10 T error = "idiot"

Stain says:

WWBWD? ~ What Would Bruce Willis Do?

cosby says:

TY all for the great additions.

filthyJ24 says:

GTFO-get the fcuk out/off/on

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