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TLAs, FLA, et al - uncoding some of the abbreviations used in textspeak or messenging

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  1. Alexej

    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I found the list of texting abbreviations.

    A number of these I know but many I didn't - but many of these are used on these Fora


    · -OLs - Administrators On-Line

    · AAMOF - As A Matter Of Fact

    · ADN - Any Day Now

    · AFAIC - As Far As I'm Concerned

    · AFAIK - As Far As I Know

    · AFAIR - As Far As I Remember

    · AFJ - April Fools Joke

    · AFK - Away From the Keyboard

    · AISI - As I See It

    · ANFAWFOS - And Now For A Word From Our Sponsor

    · ANFSCD - And Now For Something Completely Different

    · AS - Another Subject

    · ASAP - As Soon As Possible

    · ASAYGT - As Soon As You Get This

    · ASL - Age, sex, location

    · ATSL - Along The Same Line

    · AWC - After While, Crocodile

    · AWGTHTGTTA - Are We Going To Have To Go Through This Again

    · AWHFY - Are We Having Fun Yet

    · AWTTW - A Word To The Wise

    · AYOR - At Your Own Risk

    · B4N - Bye For Now

    · BAC - Bad Assed Chick

    · BAK - Back At Keyboard

    · BBFN - Bye Bye For Now

    · BBIAB - Be Back In A Bit

    · BBIAF - Be Back In A Few

    · BBL - Be Back Later

    · BBR - Burnt Beyond Repair

    · BC - Because

    · BCNU - Be seein' you

    · BEG - Big Evil Grin

    · BF - Boy Friend

    · BFN - Bye For Now

    · BFD - Big Frickin Deal

    · BIF - Before I Forget

    · BION - Believe it or not

    · BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again

    · BOT - Back On Topic

    · 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

    · BYE - Response to BYE

    · BYE - Are you ready to say goodbye"

    · BYKT - But You Knew That

    · BYOB - Bring Your Own Bottle

    · BYOM - Bring Your Own Mac
     
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    Alexej Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    · C&G - Chuckle and Grin

    · CADET - Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try

    · CID - Crying In Disgrace

    · CMIIW - Correct Me If I'm Wrong

    · CO - Conference or Company

    · CPP - C Plus Plus or C++

    · CSG - Chuckle, Snicker, Grin

    · CU - See You

    · CU2 - See You, Too

    · CUL - See you later

    · CUL8R - See You Later

    · CULA - See You Later, Alligator

    · CWYL - Chat With You Later

    · CYA - See Ya or Cover Your Ass.

    · CYAL8R - See You All Later.

    · DIIK - Damned If I Know.

    · DIKU - Do I Know You

    · DILLIGAD - Do I Look Like I Give A Darnn.

    · DIY - Do It Yourself

    · DK - Don't Know

    · DLTBBB - Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite.

    · DOTGOV - A government official

    · DTRT - Do The Right Thing

    · DWIMC - Do What I Mean, Correctly

    · DWIMNWIS - Do What I Mean, Not What I Say

    · EG or eg - Evil Grin

    · EOL - End of Life

    · ETLA - Extended Three Letter Acronym.

    · F2F - Face To Face

    · FCFS - First Come, First Served

    · FISH - First In, Still Here

    · FITB - Fill In The Blank

    · FOAF - Friend Of A Friend

    · FOMC - Fell Off My Chair

    · FS - For Sale

    · FTASB - Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

    · F2F - Face to Face

    · FTF - Face To Face

    · FTL - Faster Than Light

    · FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Repair

    · FUBB - Fouled Up Beyond Belief.

    · FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

    · FURTB - Full Up Ready To Burst

    · FWIW - For What It's Worth

    · FYA - For Your Amusement

    · FYI - For Your Information

    · G - Grin, or Giggle

    · G1 - Good One

    · G2G - Got to Go

    · GA - Go Ahead

    · GAL - Get A Life

    · GD&R - Grinning, Ducking and Running

    · GD&RF - Grinning, Ducking and Running Fast

    · GD&WVF - Grinning, Ducking, and Walking Very Fast

    · GDW - Grin, Duck and Weave

    · GF - Girl Friend.

    · GFN - Gone For Now.

    · GFR - Grim File Reaper

    · GG - Good Game

    · GIDK - Gee I Don't Know

    · GIWIST - Gee, I Wish I'd Said That

    · GLGH - Good Luck and Good Hunting

    · GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike

    · GOWI - Get On With It

    · GR&D - Grinning, Running and Ducking

    · GTG - Got To Go

    · GTSY - Great To See You
     
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    · H&K - Hugs and Kisses

    · H4U - Hot For You

    · HAK - Hugs And Kisses

    · HHIS - Hanging Head In Shame.

    · HHOJ - Ha Ha Only Joking

    · HHOK - Ha Ha Only Kidding

    · HHOS - Ha Ha Only Serious

    · HHTYAY - Happy Holidays to You and Yours.

    · HNY - Happy New Year

    · HOYEW - Hanging On Your Every Word

    · HSIK - How Should I Know.

    · HT - Hi There

    · HBASTD - Hitting Bottom And Starting To Dig

    · HTH - Hope That Helps!

    · IAC - In Any Case

    · IAE - In Any Event

    · IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer

    · IAW - In Accordance With

    · IBK - Idiot Behind Keyboard

    · IBTD - I Beg To Differ

    · IC - I See

    · IDK - I Don't Know

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

    · IIRC - If I Remember Correctly

    · IIWM - If It Were Me

    · IJWTK - I Just Want To Know

    · IJWTS - I Just Want To Say

    · IKWUM - I Know What You Mean

    · IKYABWAI - I Know You Are But What Am I

    · 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

    · INPO - In No Particular Order

    · IOW - In Other Words

    · IRL - In Real Life

    · ISS - I'm So Sure

    · ISSYGTI - I'm So Sure You Get The Idea!

    · ISWYM - I See What You Mean

    · ITFA - In The Final Analysis

    · ITSFWI - If The Shoe Fits Wear It.

    · IWALU - I Will Always Love You

    · IWBNI - It Would Be Nice If

    · IYFEG - Insert Your Favorite Ethnic Group

    · IYSS - If You Say So

    · IYSWIM - If You See What I Mean

    · J4F - Just For Fun

    · JAM - Just A Minute

    · JAS - Just A Second

    · JC - Just Chilling

    · JFI - Just For Information

    · JIC - Just In Case

    · JK - Just Kidding

    · JMO - Just My Opinion

    · JTLYK - Just To Let You Know

    · JWK - Just Wondering

    · K - Okay

    · KHYF - Know How You Feel

    · KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid

    · KIT - Keep In Touch

    · KMA - Kiss My Ass

    · KMIA - Kiss My Italian Ass

    · KWIM - Know What I Mean

    · KYFC - Keep Your Fingers Crossed

    · L - Laugh

    · L8R - Later

    · LJBF - Let's Just Be Friends

    · LLTA - Lots and Lots of Thunderous Applause

    · LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off

    · LMHO - Laughing My Head Off

    · LOLV - Lot's Of Love

    · LOL - Lots Of Luck

    · LOL - Laughing Out Loud

    · LSHMBA - Laughing So Hard My Belly Aches

    · LSHMBH - Laughing So Hard My Belly Hurts.

    · LTHTT - Laughing Too Hard To Type

    · LTM - Laughing To Myself

    · LTNS - Long Time No See

    · LTNT - Long Time, No Type

    · LTS - Laughing to Self

    · LUWAMH - Love You With All My Heart.

    · LY - Love You

    · LYLAB - Love You Like A Brother

    · LYLAS - Love You Like A Sister

    · MEGO - My Eyes Glaze Over
     
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    · \M/ - Heavy Metal Music

    · MLA - Multiple Letter Acronym

    · MOF - Matter Of Fact

    · MOSS - Member Of Same Sex

    · MOTAS - Member Of The Appropriate Sex

    · MOTD - Message of the day

    · MOTOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex

    · MOTSS - Member Of The Same Sex

    · MRA - Moving Right Along

    · MTFBWY - May The Force Be With You

    · MYOB - Mind Your Own Business

    · NAVY - Never Again Voluneer Yourself.

    · NBD - No Big Deal

    · NE14KFC - Anyone for KFC



    · NHOH - Never Heard Of Him/Her

    · NIH - Not Invented Here

    · NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard.

    · NINO - Nothing In, Nothing Out or No Input, No Output

    · NITL - Not In This Lifetime

    · NM - Never Mind

    · NOYB - None Of Your Business

    · NP - No Problem

    · NQA - No Questions Asked

    · NRN - No Response Necessary

    · NTIM - Not That It Matters

    · NTIMM - Not That It Matters Much

    · NTW - Not To Worry

    · NTYMI - Now That You Mention It

    · O - Over (indicates the end of a communication)

    · OATUS - On A Totally Unrelated Subject

    · OAUS - On An Unrelated Subject

    · OB - Obligatory

    · OBO - Or Best Offer

    · OBTW - Oh, By The Way

    · OIC - Oh, I See

    · OMG - Oh My God

    · ONNA - Oh No, Not Again

    · ONNTA - Oh No, Not This Again

    · OO - Over and Out (end of communication)

    · OOTC - Obligatory On-Topic Comment

    · OST - On Second Thoughts

    · 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

    · OTTH - On The Third Hand

    · OTTOMH - Off The Top Of My Head

    · OWTTE - Or Words To That Effect

    · PABG - Packing a Big Gun

    · PCMCIA - People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms

    · PD - Public Domain

    · PDS - Please Don't Shout. (typing all in capital letters is rude)

    · PITA - Pain In The Ass

    · PLOKTA - Press Lots Of Keys To Abort

    · PM - Private Message 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 - Peeing My Pants

    · PNCAH - Please, No Cursing Allowed Here

    · POS - Parent Over Shoulder

    · POSSLQ - Person Of Opposite Sex Sharing Living Quarters

    · POTUS - President of the United States

    · PPL - People

    · PTMM - Please Tell Me More

    · QT - Cutie

    · R U THERE - Are you there

    · RAEBNC - Read And Enjoyed, But No Comment

    · RE - Hello again or In Regard To

    · REHI - Hi again

    · RHIP - Rank Has Its Privileges

    · RL - Real Life

    · RLCO - Real Life Conference

    · ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing

    · ROFLAS - Rolling On Floor Laughing And Screaming

    · ROFLMAO - Roll On Floor Laughing My Ass Off

    · ROTF - Rolling On The Floor

    · ROI - Return on Investment

    · ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing

    · ROTFLMAOTID - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off Till I Die

    · ROTFLOL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud

    · ROTFLOLAPMP - Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud And Peeing My Pants

    · ROTFLTIC - Rolling On The Floor Laughing Till I Cry

    · RRQ - Return Receipt Request

    · RSN - Real Soon Now

    · RSVP - Respondez S'il Vous Plait - please reply

    · RTBM - Read The Bloody Manual

    · RTFAQ - Read The Frequently Asked Questions

    · RTF - Read The FAQ

    · RTM - Read The Manual

    · RTSM - Read The Silly Manual

    · RTWQ - Read The Whole Question

    · RYFM - Read Your Friendly Manual

    · RYS - Read Your Screen
     
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    · S - Smile

    · SAPFU - Surpassing All Previous Foul Ups

    · SCNR - Sorry, Could Not Resist

    · SEC - Wait a second

    · SETE - Smiling Ear To Ear

    · SFLA - Stupid Four Letter Acronym

    · SICS - Sitting In Chair Snickering

    · SLM - See Last Mail

    · SMOP - Small Matter of Programming

    · SNAFU - Situation Normal: All Fouled Up

    · SO - Significant Other

    · SOB - Stressd Out Bigtime

    · SOL - Sorry Out Of Luck

    · SOS - Same Old Stuff or Help!

    · SOW - Speaking Of Which

    · SUFID - Screwing Up Face In Disgust.

    · SUL - Snooze You Loose

    · SWIM - See What I Mean

    · SWL - Screaming With Laughter

    · SYS - See You Soon.

    · TAF - That's All, Folks!

    · TAFN - That's All For Now

    · TAKS - That's a knee slapper

    · TANJ - There Ain't No Justice

    · TANSTAAFL - There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

    · TARFU - Things Are Really Fouled Up

    · TBD - To Be Decided

    · TBYB - Try Before You Buy

    · TCO - Total Cost of Ownership

    · TDM - Too Darn Many

    · TFS - Three Finger Salute (Ctl-Alt-Del).

    · 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

    · 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

    · TOBAL - There Oughta Be A Law.

    · TOBG - This Oughta Be Good.

    · TOY - Thinking Of You.

    · TPTB - The Powers That Be

    · TRDMC - Tears Running Down My Cheeks.

    · TS - Totally Stinks

    · TSR - Totally Stupid Rules.

    · TTBOMK - To The Best Of My Knowledge

    · TTFN - Ta Ta For Now

    · TTKSF - Trying To Keep a Straight Face

    · TTUL - Talk To You Later

    · TTTT - To Tell The Truth

    · TTYAWFN - Talk To You A While From Now.

    · TTYL - Talk To You Later

    · TTYT - Talk To You Tomorrow.

    · TYCLO - Turn Your CAPS LOCK Off (Stop Shouting)

    · TYVM - Thank You Very Much

    · UOK - Are You OK

    · WAEF - When All Else Fails

    · WAG - Wild Assed Guess

    · WB - Welcome Back

    · WDALYIC - Who died and left you in charge

    · WDYMBT - What Do You Mean By That

    · WDYT - What Do You Think

    · WE - Whatever

    · WIBAMU - Well, I'll Be A Monkey's Uncle

    · WIBNI - Wouldn't It Be Nice If

    · WMMOWS - Wash My Mouth Out With Soap

    · WNOHGB - Where No One Has Gone Before

    · WOA - Work Of Art

    · WOTAM - Waste Of Time And Money

    · WRT - With Regard To, or With Respect To

    · WT - Without Thinking

    · WTB - Want To Buy

    · WTG - Way To Go!

    · WTGP - Want To Go Private

    · WTH - What the hell

    · WTN - What then now

    · WTN - Who then now

    · WTTM - Without Thinking Too Much.

    · WYGISWYPF - What You Get Is What You Pay For

    · XOXOXO - Kisses and hugs

    · YABA - Yet Another Bloody Acronym

    · YAOTM - Yet Another Off-Topic Message

    · YAUN - Yet Another Unix Nerd

    · YBYSA - You Bet Your Sweet Ass

    · YGLT - You're Gonna Love This

    · YGTI - You Get The Idea

    · YGTBK - You've Got To Be Kidding

    · YGWYPF - You Get What You Pay For

    · YIU - Yes, I Understand

    · YIWGP - Yes, I Will Go Private

    · YKYARW - You Know You're A Redneck When

    · YKWIM - You know what I mean

    · YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
     
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    I don’t think I use any of these really except for the variations of “LOL.”
    I don’t understand nor use most of these :confused:
    And I was a teenager when chat rooms and instant messaging and Myspace were really popular lol. I guess I just never got into it.
     
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    Wow some of those are ancient.

    RCPQ is an absent Southernism--"Read the cotton-pickin' question."

    "Press Lots of Keys to Abort." Someone's on an HP--you press enough keys and you can crash any program. Sometimes it seems like it happens when I've got Microsoft Word pulled up.

    Forgot TTFN (Ta-ta for now) as spoken on BBC Radio's It's That Man Again, or ITMA. The "That Man" referred to Adolf Hitler whom the British public were getting tired of hearing about. A fun radio program that is hard to find copies of today.

    DILLIGAD-- I loved that one. Dilligad's Island would be a perfect show for the rebelliously indifferent.

    The variation on "WDALYIC" I've always heard was "Who died and made you king?" I never bothered abbreviating as invective is best served grammatically (if not socially) correct. Not politically correct either; since the first World War we've been moving more & more towards democracies and oligarchies world wide, but the concept of "King" will always be around to denote the haughty (and name hunting dogs.)
     
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    Omg! TTKASF. GTG! :p
     
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    I do not text , now I know why.
     
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    I don't know what it is today but originally FUBAR stood for 'F'd Up Beyond All Recognition'
     
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    My language teacher from school would go nuts if he saw this. He was a little stern and these abbreviations would drive him crazy. I like it when people write words.
     
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    I do too, but in here there are a number of people for whom these abbreviations are second nature; but I do not speak that language so that is why I posted.

    One I do not see is TL;DR too long didn't read which I have also learnt since joining here
     
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    I don't like abbreviations either. Abbreviations remind me of corporate speak. My mom talks about "benny's" and imagine a restaurant. She "interfaces" and considers people "out of pocket". I much prefer conversations and "out of pocket" sounds like code for runaway slave.
     
  14. maycontainthunder

    maycontainthunder May also contain missing cookies.

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    Thank you for posting this list... you have no idea how much mischief I can get up to with those!
     
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    I'm sure the majority of these are not used regularly.