Maybe you're new to computers. Maybe you're new to using an Instant Message program. Maybe you're wondering what your children are saying online, but it's all written in some weird looking code!


Well, these codes are simply acronyms and this article will help you get started learning the language of the Internet. It's a list of the most commonly used acronyms. With special thanks to Lynn, (a client), who reviewed my list and added a bunch of acronyms that were new to me!

AFK: Away from keyboard

AFAIK: As Far As I Know

B2B: Back to back

B4: Before

BAK: Back at keyboard

BBL: Be back later

BBS: Be back soon

BCNU: Be Seeing you

BF: Boyfriend

BRB: Be right back

BTW: By the way

BTDT: Been there, done that

CUL: See you later

DH: Dear hubby (if angry, damn or dumb hubby)

DL: Download

DNO: Do Not Open this message. Whole answer is in the subject line

DYJHI or DYJHIW: Don't you just hate it (when)

F2F: Face to face

FAQ: Frequently asked questions (usually a document)

FC: Fingers Crossed

FUBAR: F***'d up beyond all recognition

FWIW: For what it's worth

FYI: For Your Information

<g>: Grin or giggle

FYA: For Your Amusement

GA: Go Ahead

GF: Girlfriend

GMTA: Great minds think alike

H: Hug

HHAJ (or K): Ha Ha, Only Joking (or Kidding)

HIWTH: Hate It When That Happens

IMO: In my opinion

IMHO: In my humble opinion

IMCO: In my considered opinion

IOHO: In our humble opinion

IOW: In other words

ISP: Internet service provider

IDK: I don't know

IYKWIM: If You Know What I Mean

JAM: Just a minute

JK: Just Kidding

KISS: Keep it simple, stupid or sweetheart

LMK: Let me know

L8R: Later

LOL: Laughing out loud

LMAO: Laughing my A** off

LMK: Let me know


OBTW: Oh By The Way

OIC: Oh I See

OTOH: On the other hand

OTP: On The Phone

PAW: Parents Are Watching

PIR: Parent in Room

POS: Parent over shoulder

POV: Point of View

RL: Real life (supposedly off the computer things)

ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing.

ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my A** off

RTFM: Read the Fine(or bleeped) manual

<sp>: Possible spelling error

<s>: smile

Snail Mail: Post Office Delivered Mail

Skin Meeting: Meeting where you see a person's face

SNAFU: Situation Normal: All [bleeped] Up'

SYL: See You Later

TGIF: Thank God it's Friday

TL: Until later

TNX: Thanks

TTYL: Talk to you later

TTFN: Ta-Ta for now

TY: Thank you

TYVM: Thank you very much

WRT: With Regard To WTF:

What the F*** WTH: What the Hell

WTHDTM: What The Hell Does That Mean?

WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get

YMMV: Your Mileage May Vary

(((((whoever))))) Or {{{{whoever}}}}: Person or person's name or names enclosed within is getting a hug from you.