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Chat Acronyms

In the interests of keeping chat room conversations flowing at a rate comparable to real-life talking, many acronyms and abbreviated forms of commonly-used words have sprung up to allow fast conveyance of ideas; and also to destroy the English language. You can use some of these to speed up your chatter, but try not to rely on them too much.

Clock This page was last updated on 2012-08-21


This is a list of the most common acronyms (shortened forms of phrases using capital letters for each word). Some of these are not used much (you should’ve seen some of the silliness I left out), and then others are used far too much.

AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From Keyboard
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
BBL - Be Back Later
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By The Way
CU - see you
CUL8R - see you Later
EZ - Easy
F2F - Face to Face
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FWIW - For What It’s Worth
FYI - For Your Information
GG - Good Game
GTG - Got To Go
HAND - Have A Nice Day
HTH - Hope That Helps
IAC - In Any Case
IIRC - If I Remember Correctly
J/K - Just Kidding
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO - In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
IMO - In My Opinion
IOW - In Other Words
IRL - In Real Life
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
NRN - No Reply Necessary
OMG - Oh My God
OTOH - On The Other Hand
R & D - Research and Development
ROFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO - Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off
THX - Thanks
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TTYL8R - Talk To You Later
WTF - What The F**k


You just know that’s not true. The following are some quickly-typed versions of common words, favoured by the kidz.

2M - tomorrow
2nite - tonight
B4 - Before
cos - because
j/k - Just Kidding
K - ok
kewl - cool
l8rz - see you later
m8 - Mate
n/a - Not Applicable
w/ - With
w/o - Without


You can make your tone clear by suffixing your witty remarks with a punctuational smily.

:) - happy face
:-) - happy face redux
:( - sad face
;) - cheeky winking face
>:( - angry face
:-/ disappointed face