Glossary of Internet Acronyms and Emoticons

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As more and more students take to Chat Rooms and adopt Instant Messaging for socializing, a new shorthand language has evolved among them: Internet acronyms and emoticons. The acronyms abbreviate common phrases and slang we're all familiar with, and the emoticons (also known as "smileys") combine letters, symbols, and numbers to create faces that express emotions visually.

Note: this is only a basic listing. There are many more acronyms and emoticons than what is shown here, and more are being created every day.


AAMOF = As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK = As Far As I Know
AFK = Away From Keyboard
ASAP = As Soon As Possible
B4N = Bye For Now
BAK = Back At Keyboard
BBL = Be Back Later
BBFN = Bye-Bye For Now
BFN = Bye For Now
BOT = Back On Topic
BRB = Be Right Back
BTW = By The Way
CMIIW = Correct Me If I'm Wrong
CU = See You
CUL(8R) = See You Later
CWOT = Complete Waste Of Time
CYA = See Ya
DGT = Don't Go There
DIY = Do It Yourself
DQYDJ = Don't Quit Your Day Job
EOD = End Of Discussion
EOL = End Of Lecture
EZ = Easy
F2F = Face To Face
FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
FBOW = For Better Or Worse
FITB = Fill In The Blank
FOAF = Friend Of A Friend
FOCL = Falling Off Chair Laughing
FWIW = For What It's Worth
FYA = For Your Amusement
FYI = For Your Information
/ga = Go Ahead
GAL = Get A Life
GBTW = Get Back To Work
GFETE = Grinning From Ear To Ear
GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike
GTG = Got To Go
GTRM = Going To Read Mail
HAND = Have A Nice Day
HHOK = Ha Ha, Only Kidding
HTH = Hope This Helps
IAC = In Any Case
IAE = In Any Event
IC = I See
IDGI = I Don't Get It
IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
IMO = In My Opinion
IOW = In Other Words
IRL = In Real Life
IYKWIM = If You Know What I Mean
JIC = Just In Case
J/K = Just Kidding
KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid
L8TR = Later
LD = Later, Dude
LOL = Laughing Out Loud
LTNS = Long Time No See
MorF = Male or Female?
MTCW = My Two Cents' Worth
NRN = No Reply Necessary
OTOH = On The Other Hand
OTTOMH = Off The Top Of My Head
OIC = Oh, I See
OTF = On The Floor
OTFL = On The Floor Laughing
OT = Off Topic
PLS = Please
PU = That Stinks
REHI = Hello Again (re-Hi!)
ROFL = Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROTF = Rolling On The Floor
RSN = Real Soon Now
RUOK = Are You OK?
SIYD = Still In The Dark
SNAFU = Situation Normal All Fouled Up
SO = Significant Other
SOL = Smiling Out Loud
TAFN = That's All For Now
THX = Thanks
TIA = Thanks In Advance
TIC = Tongue In Cheek
TLK2UL8R = Talk To You Later
TMI = Too Much Information
TMK = To My Knowledge
TPTB = The Powers That Be
TSWC = Tell Someone Who Cares
TTFN = Ta-Ta For Now
TTYL(8R) = Talk To You Later
TWIMC = To Whom It May Concern
TYVM = Thank You Very Much
Txs = Thanks
w/b = Welcome Back
w/o = Without
WRT = With Regard To
WTG = Way To Go
WU? = What's Up?
ZZZ = Sleeping
<G> = Grinning
<J> = Joking
<L> = Laughing
<S> = Smiling
<Y> = Yawning

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