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Text-speak and the death of English? Think again - PATR ONE

Text Messaging Abbreviations
Part I: Guide to Understanding Online Chat Acronyms & Smiley Face


With the popularity and rise in real-time text-based communications, such as instant messaging, e-mail, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS), came the emergence of a new language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.
If you have ever received an instant message or text message that seemed to be written in a foreign language, this Webopedia Quick Reference will help you decipher the text chat lingo by providing the definitions to more than 1,000 chat abbreviations.
One comment we hear from our readers is, "It's impossible that there are so many abbreviations!" While it does seem amazing that there are more than 1,000 text messaging abbreviations, it's important to remember that different chat abbreviations are used by different groups of people online.

Text-speak and the death of English? Think again - PATR ONE
Text Messaging Abbreviations
Part I: Guide to Understanding Online Chat Acronyms & Smiley Faces

With the popularity and rise in real-time text-based communications, such as instant messaging, e-mail, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS), came the emergence of a new language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.
If you have ever received an instant message or text message that seemed to be written in a foreign language, this Webopedia Quick Reference will help you decipher the text chat lingo by providing the definitions to more than 1,000 chat abbreviations.
One comment we hear from our readers is, "It's impossible that there are so many abbreviations!" While it does seem amazing that there are more than 1,000 text messaging abbreviations, it's important to remember that different chat abbreviations are used by different groups of people online.
Some of the following chat abbreviations may be familiar to you, while others may be foreign because they are used by a different group of people with different online interests and hobbies than your own. For example, people playing online games are likely to use chat abbreviations that are different than those used by teenagers texting on their cell phone or abbreviations used by someone updating a financial blog.
If you know of a text or instant messaging abbreviation that is not included in our list, please let us know. Online auction abbreviations and the Smiley Face Guide are in a separate Webopedia Quick Reference.
Abbreviation Meaning
Numbers & Characters
? I have a question
? I don't understand what you mean
?4U I have a question for you
;S Gentle warning, like "Hmm? what did you say?"
^^ Meaning read line or message above
<3 Meaning sideways heart (love, friendship)
<33 Meaning heart or love (more 3s is a bigger heart)
@TEOTD At the end of the day
.02 My (or your) two cents worth
121 One-to-one (private chat initiation)
1337 Leet, meaning 'elite'
143 I love you
14AA441 One for all, and all for one
19 Zero hand (online gaming)
1DR I wonder
2 Meaning "to" in SMS
20 Meaning 'location'
2G2BT Too good to be true
2MI Too much information
2MOR Tomorrow
4 Short for "for" in SMS
411 Meaning 'information'
404 I don't know
411 Meaning 'information'
420 Lets get high
420 Meaning "Marijuana"
459 Means I love you (ILY is 459 using keypad numbers)
4COL For crying out loud
4EAE Forever and ever
4NR Foreigner
^5 High-five
555 Sobbing, crying. (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
55555 Crying your eyes out (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
6Y Sexy
86 Over
88 Bye-bye (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
9 Parent is watching

A
A3 Anytime, anywhere, anyplace
AA As above
AAF As a matter of fact
AAK Asleep at keyboard
AAK Alive and kicking
AAMOF As a matter of fact
AAMOI As a matter of interest
AAP Always a pleasure
AAR At any rate
AAS Alive and smiling
AASHTA As always, Sheldon has the answer (Bike mechanic Sheldon Brown)
AATK Always at the keyboard
ABT About
ABT2 Meaning About to
ABTA Meaning Good-bye (signoff)
ACD ALT / CONTROL / DELETE
ACDNT Accident (e-mail, Government)
ACK Acknowledge
ACPT Accept (e-mail, Government)
ACQSTN Acquisition (e-mail, Government)
ADAD Another day, another dollar
ADD Address
ADDY Address
ADMIN Administrator
ADMINR Administrator (Government)
ADN Any day now
ADR Address
AEAP As early as possible
AF April Fools
AFC Away from computer
AFAIAA As far as I am aware
AFAIC As far as I am concerned
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAIUI As far as I understand it
AFAP As far as possible
AFJ April Fool's joke
AFK Away from keyboard
AFPOE A fresh pair of eyes
AH At home
AIAMU And I am a money's uncle
AIGHT Alright
AIR As I remember
AISB As it should be
AISB As I said before
AISI As I see it
AITR Adult in the room
AKA Also known as
ALCON All concerned
AMBW All my best wishes
AML All my love
AMOF As a matter of fact
AOE Area of effect (online game)
AOM Age of majority
AOM Age of Mythology (online gaming)
AOTA All of the above
AOYP Angel on your pillow
APAC All praise and credit
AQAP As quick (or quiet) as possible
ASIG And so it goes
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L Age/sex/location
ASL Age/sex/location
ASLA Age/sex/location/availability
AT At your terminal
ATB All the best
ATEOTD At the end of the day
ATM At the moment
ATSITS All the stars in the sky
ATSL Along the same line (or lines)
AWC After awhile crocodile
AWESO Awesome
AWOL Away without leaving
AYDY Are you done yet?
AYEC At your earliest convenience
AYOR At your own risk
AYSOS Are you stupid or something?
AYS Are you serious?
AYT Are you there?
AYTMTB And you're telling me this because
AYV Are you vertical?
AZN Asian

B
B Back
B2W Back to work
B8 Bait (person teased or joked with, or under-aged per-son/teen)
B9 Boss is watching
B/F Boyfriend
B/G Background (personal information request)
B4 Before
B4N Bye for now
BAG Busting a gut
BA Bad *a*
BAK Back at keyboard
BAS Big 'butt' smile
BAU Business as usual
BAY Back at ya
BB Be back
BB Bebi / Baby (Spanish SMS)
BBC Big bad challenge
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBIAF Be back in a few
BBIAM Be back in a minute
BBIAS Be back in a sec
BBL Be back later
BBN Bye, bye now
BBQ Barbeque, "Ownage", shooting score/frag (online gaming)
BBS Be back soon
BBT Be back tomorrow
BC Because
B/C Because
BC Be cool
BCNU Be seeing you
BCOS Because
BD Big deal
BDAY Birthday
B-DAY Birthday
BDN Big darn number
BEG Big evil grin
BF Boyfriend
BFAW Best friend at work
BF2 Battlefield 2 (online gaming)
BF Best friend
BFF Best friends forever
BFFL Best friends for life
BFFLNMW Best friends for life, no matter what
BFD Big freaking deal
BFG Big freaking grin
BFFN Best friend for now
BFN Bye for now
BG Big grin
BGWM Be gentle with me
BHL8 Be home late
BIB Boss is back
BIBO Beer in, beer out
BIF Before I forget
BIL Brother in law
BION Believe it or not
BIOYA Blow it out your *a*
BIOYN Blow it out your nose
BISFLATM Boy, I sure feel like a turquoise monkey! (unverified)
BLNT Better luck next time
BM Bite me
BME Based on my experience
BM&Y Between me and you
BOL Best of luck
BOLO Be on the look out
BOOMS Bored out of my skull
BOSMKL Bending over smacking my knee laughing
BOYF Boyfriend
BPLM Big person little mind
BRB Be right back
BRD Bored
BRT Be right there
BSOD Blue screen of death
BT Bite this
BTA But then again
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
BTYCL Meaning 'Bootycall'
BUBU Slang term for the most beautiful of women
BWL Bursting with laughter
BYOB Bring your own beer
BYOC Bring your own computer
BYOP Bring your own paint (paintball)
BYTM Better you than me





C
C&G Chuckle & grin
CAD Control + Alt + Delete
CAD Short for Canada/Canadian
CAM Camera (SMS)
CB Coffee break
CB Chat break
CB Crazy *biatch*
CD9 Code 9, Meaning "parents are around"
CIAO Good-bye (Italian word)
CICO Coffee in, coffee out
CID Crying in disgrace
CID Consider it done
CLAB Crying like a baby
CM Call me
CMAP Cover my *a* partner (online gaming)
CMIIW Correct me if I'm wrong
CMON Come on
CNP Continued (in) next post
COB Close of business
COS Because
C/P Cross post
CP Chat post (or continue in IM)
CR8 Create
CRB Come right back
CRBT Crying really big tears
CRS Can't remember stuff
CSG Chuckle, snicker, grin
CSL Can't stop laughing
CSS Counter-Strike Source (online gaming)
CT Can't talk
CTC Care to chat?
CTHU Cracking the *heck* up
CU See you too
CU See you
CU2 See you
CUA See you around
CUL See you later
CULA See you later alligator
CUL8R See you later
CUMID See you in my dreams
CURLO See you around like a donut
CWOT Complete waste of time
CWYL Chat with you later
CYA See you
CYAL8R See you later
CYE Check your e-mail
CYEP Close your eyes partner (online gaming)
CYO See you online

D
D2 Dedos / fingers (Spanish SMS)
DA Meaning "The"
DBAU Doing business as usual
DD Dear (or Darling) daughter
DD Due diligence
DEGT Dear (or Darling) daughter
DF Don't even go there
DGAF Don't give a *freak*
DGTG Don't go there girlfriend
DH Dear (or Darling) husband
DHU Dinosaur hugs (used to show support)
DIIK Darned if I know
DIKU Do I know you?
DILLIGAF Do I look like I give a *freak*?
DILLIGAS Do I look like I give a sugar?
DIS Did I say?
DKDC on't know, don't care
D/L Download
DL Download
DL Down low
DLBBB Don't let (the) bed bugs bite
DLTBBB Don't let the bed bugs bite
DM Doesn't matter
DN Down
DNC Do not compute (meaning I do not understand)
DNR Dinner (SMS)
DNT Don't
d00d Dude
DOE Daughter of Eve
DP Display Picture (Yahoo Messenger Chat)
DPS Damage per second (online gaming)
DQMOT Don't quote me on this
DS Dear (or Darling) son
DTR Define the relationship
DTS Don't think so
DUPE Duplicate
DUR Do you remember?
DV8 Deviate
DW Dear (or Darling) wife
DWF Divorced white female
DWM Divorced white male
DXNRY Dictionary
DYNWUTB Do you know what you are talking about?
DYOR Do your own research (common stock market chat slang)

E
E Ecstasy
E Enemy (online gaming)
E1 Everyone
E123 Easy as one, two, three
E2EG Ear to ear grin
EAK Eating at keyboard
EBKAC Error between keyboard and chair
ED Erase display
EF4T Effort
EG Evil grin
EIP Editing in progress
EMA E-mail address
EMFBI Excuse me for butting in
EMSG E-mail message
ENUF Enough
EOD End of day
EOD End of discussion
EOL End of lecture
EOL End of life
EOM End of message
EOT End of transmission
ERS2 Eres tz / are you (Spanish SMS)
ES Erase screen
ETA Estimated time (of) arrival
EVA Ever
EVO Evolution
EWG Evil wicked grin (in fun, teasing)
EZ Easy
EZY Easy

F
F Meaning female
F2F Face to face
F2F Face to face
F2P Free to play (online gaming)
FBF Fat boy food (e.g. pizza, burgers, fries)
FBM Fine by me
FC Fingers crossed
FC'INGO For crying out loud
FEITCTAJ *Freak* 'em if they can't take a joke
FFS For *freak'*sakes
FICCL Frankly I couldn't care a less
FIIK *Freaked* if I know
FIIOOH Forget it, I'm out of here
FIMH Forever in my heart
FISH First in, still here
FITB Fill in the blank
FOMC Falling off my chair
FOAD *Freak* off and die
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FRT For real though
FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart
FTW For the win
FUBAR Fouled up beyond all recognition
FUBB Fouled up beyond belief
FW Forward
FWIW For what it's worth
FYEO For your eyes only
FYA For your amusement
FYI For your information

G
G Grin
G Giggle
G/F Girlfriend
G2CU Good to see you
G2G Got to go
G2R Got to run
G9 Genius
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GAS Got a second?
GB Goodbye
GBU God bless you
GDR Grinning, ducking, and running
GD/R Grinning, ducking, and running
GFI Go for it
GF Girl friend
GFN Gone for now
GG Gotta Go
GG Good Game (online gaming)
GG Brother (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
GGA Good game, all (online gaming)
GGOH Gotta Get Outa Here
GGP Got to go pee
GH Good hand (online gaming)
GIAR Give it a rest
GIC Gift in crib (online gaming)
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GIRL Guy in real life
GJ Good job
GL Good luck
GL/HF Good luck, have fun
GLNG Good luck next game
GMBA Giggling my butt off
GMTA Great minds think alike
GN Good night
GNIGHT Good night
GNITE Good night
GNSD Good night, sweet dreams
GOI Get over it
GOL Giggling out loud
GR8 Great
GRATZ Congratulations
GRL Girl
GRWG Get right with God
GR&D Grinning, running and ducking
GT Good try
GTFO Get the *freak* out
GTG Got to go
GTRM Going to read mail
GTSY Great (or good) to see you
GUD Good

H
H8 Hate
H8TTU Hate to be you
HAU How about you?
H&K Hugs & kisses
H2CUS Hope to see you soon
HAGN Have a good night
HAGO Have a good one
HAND Have a nice day
HB Hurry back
H-BDAY Happy Birthday
HBU How about you?
HF Have fun
HFAC Holy flipping animal crackers
H-FDAY Happy Father's Day
HHIS Head hanging in shame
HL Half Life (online gaming)
HLA Hola / hello (Spanish SMS)
H-MDAY Happy Mother's Day
HNL (w)Hole 'nother level
HOAS Hold on a second
HP Hit points / Health points (online gaming)
HRU How are you?
HTH Hope this helps
HUB Head up butt
HV Have

I
IAC In any case
IAE In any event
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IB I'm back
IB I'm back
IC I see
ICAM I couldn't agree more
ICBW It could be worse
ICEDI I can't even discuss it
ICFILWU I could fall in love with you
IDC I don't care
IDK I don't know
IDTS I don't think so
IDUNNO I don't know
IG2R I got to run
IGHT I got high tonight
IGN I (I've) got nothing
IGP I got to (go) pee
IIRC If I remember correctly
IK I know
IKR I know, right?
ILBL8 I'll be late
ILU I love you
ILUM I love you man
ILY I love you
IM Instant message
IMAO In my arrogant opinion
IMHO In my humble opinion
ImL (in Arial font) Means I love you (a way of using the American sign language in text)
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
IMS I am sorry
IMSB I am so bored
IMTM I am the man
IMU I miss u (you)
INAL I'm not a lawyer
IOMH In over my head
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IRMC I rest my case
ISLY I still love you
ITAM It's The Accounting, Man (financial blogs)
ITYK I thought you knew
IUSS If you say so
IWALU I will always love you
IWIAM Idiot wrapped in a moron
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
IYO In your opinion
IYSS If you say so

J
j00 You
j00r Your
JAC Just a sec
JAM Just a minutes
JFF Just for fun
JFGI Just *freaking* Google it
JIC Just in case
JJA Just joking around
JK Just kidding
JLMK Just let me know
JMO Just my opinion
JP Just playing
JP Jackpot (online gaming, bingo games)
JTLYK Just to let you know
JW Just wondering

K
K Okay
KK Knock, knock
K8T Katie
k/b Keyboard
KB Keyboard
KB Kick butt (online gaming)
KEWL Cool
KEYA I will key you later
KEYME Key me when you get in
KFY Kiss for you
KIA Know it all
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KOC Kiss on cheek
KOL Kiss on lips
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KOTL Kiss on the lips
KNIM Know what I mean?
KPC Keeping parents clueless
KS Kill then steal (online gaming)
L
l33t Leet, meaning 'elite'
L8R Later
L8RG8R Later, gator
LBAY Laughing back at you
LD Later, dude / Long distance
LEMENO Let me know
LERK Leaving easy reach of keyboard
LFG Looking for group (online gaming)
LFG Looking for guard (online gaming)
LGH Lets get high
LH6 Lets have sex
LHSX Lets have sex
LHM Lord help me
LHO Laughing head off
LIC Like I care
LIK Meaning liquor
LMAO Laughing my *a* off
LMBO Laughing my butt off
LMFAO Laughing my freaking *a* off
LMIRL Lets meet in real life
LMK Let me know
LMNK Leave my name out
LOA List of acronyms
LOL Laughing out loud
LOL Laugh out loud
LOL Lots of love
LOLH Laughing out loud hysterically
LOLO Lots of love
LOTI Laughing on the inside
LOTR Lord of The Rings (online gaming)
LQTM Laughing quietly to myself
LSHMBH Laugh so hard my belly hurts
LTD Living the dream
LTNS Long time no see
LTOD Laptop of death
LTS Laughing to self
LULT Love you long time
LULZ Slang for LOL
LVM Left voice mail
LWOS Laughing without smiling
LY Love ya
LYLAS Love you like crazy
LYLC Love you like a sis
LYSM Love you so much
M
M8 Mate
MC Merry Christmas
MEGO My eyes glaze over
MEH Meaning a "shrug" or shrugging shoulders
MEHH Meaning a "sigh" or sighing
MFI Mad for it
MGB May God bless
MIRL Meet in real life
MLM Meaning give the middle finger
MM Sister (Mandarin Chinese txt msgs)
MMK Meaning okay? (as a question)
MNC Mother nature calls
MNSG Mensaje (message in Spanish)
MorF Male or female?
MOOS Member of the opposite sex
MOS Mother over shoulder
MOSS Member of same sex
MP Mana points (online gaming)
MSG Message
MTF More to follow
MTFBWU May the force be with you
MUAH Multiple unsuccessful attempts (at/to) humor
MUSM Miss you so much
MYO Mind your own (business)
MYOB Mind your own business






N
n00b Newbie
N1 Nice one
N2M Nothing too much
NADT Not a darn thing
NALOPKT Not a lot of people know that
NBD No big deal
NBFAB No bad for a beginner (online gaming)
NC Nice crib (online gaming)
NE Any
NE1 Anyone
NFM None for me / Not for me
NFS Need for Speed (online gaming)
NFS Not for sale
NFW No *freaking* way
NFW Not for work
NFWS Not for work safe
NH Nice hand (online gaming)
NIFOC Naked in front of computer
NIGI Now I get it
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NIROK Not in reach of keyboard
NLT No later than
NM Nothing much / Never mind
NMH Not much here
NMU Not much, you?
NO1 No one
NOOB Meaning someone who is bad at (online) games
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NPC Non-playing character (online gaming)
NQT Newly qualified teacher
NR Nice roll (online gaming)
NRN No response/reply necessary
NS Nice score (online gaming)
NSA No strings attached
NSFW Not safe for work
NSISR Not sure if spelled right
NT Nice try
NTHING Nothing (SMS)
NVM Never mind
NW No way
NWO No way out

O
O Opponent (online gaming)
O Meaning "hugs"
O Over
OA Online auctions
(see more auction abbreviations)

OATUS On a totally unrelated subject
OB Oh baby
OB Oh brother
OI Operator indisposed
OIC Oh, I see
OJ Only joking
OL Old lady
OM Old man
OM Oh, my
OMDB Over my dead body
OMFG Oh my *freaking* God
omfglmaobbqroflcopteriss oh my *freaking* god, laugh my *a* off, owned, roll on floor spinning around I'm so sad
OMG Oh my God
OMGYG2BK Oh my God, you got to be kidding
OMW On my way
ONL Online
OO Over and out
OOC Out of character
OOH Out of here
OOTD One of these days
OOTO Out of the office
OP On phone
ORLY Oh really?
OT Off topic (discussion forums)
OTB Off to bed
OTFL On the floor laughing
OTL Out to lunch
OTOH On the other hand
OTP On the phone
OTT Over the top
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
OTW Off to work
OVA Over
OYO On your own

P
P Partner (online gaming)
P2P Parent to parent
P2P Peer to peer
P2P Pat to play (online gaming)
P911 Parents coming into room alert
PAW Parents are watching
PBOOK Phonebook (e-mail)
PC Player character (online gaming)
PCM Please call me
PDH Pretty darn happy
PDS Please don't shoot
PDQ Pretty darn quick
PEEPS People
PISS Put in some sugar
PITA Pain in the *a*
PKMN Pokemon (online gaming)
PL8 Plate
PLMK Please let me know
PLS Please
PLU People like us
PLZ Please
PM Private Message
PMFI Pardon me for interrupting
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
PMSL Pee myself laughing
POAHF Put on a happy face
POS Parent over shoulder
POV Point of view
POV Privately owned vehicle (originally used to differentiate an individual's vehicle from a military vehicle)
PPL People
PPU Pending pick-up
PROLLY Probably
PRON Meaning pornography
PRT Party
PRW People/parents are watching
PSOS Parent standing over shoulder
PSP Playstation Portable
PST Please send tell (online gaming)
PTL Praise the Lord
PTMM Please tell me more
PUG Pick up group (online gaming)
PWN Meaning "own"
PXT Please explain that
PU That stinks!
PUKS Pick up kids (SMS)
PZ Peace

Q
Q Queue
QFE Question for everyone
QFI Quoted for idiocy
QFI Quoted for irony
QIK Quick
QL Quit laughing
QQ (qq) Meaning "crying eyes"
QQ Quick question
QSL Reply
QSO Conversation
QT Cutie
QTPI Cutie pie

R
R8 Rate (SMS)
RBAY Right back at you
RL Real life
RLY Really
RME Rolling my eyes
RMLB Read my lips baby
RMMM Read my mail man
ROFL Rolling on floor laughing
ROFLCOPTER Rolling on floor laughing and spinning around
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor, laughing my *butt* off
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLUTS Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RS Runescape (online gaming)
RSN Real soon now
RTBS Reason to be single
RTFM Read the *freaking* manual
RTNTN Retention (e-mail, Government)
RTRCTV Retroactive (e-mail, Government)
RTRMT Retirement (e-mail, Government)
RU Are you?
RUOK Are you okay?
RYB Read your Bible



S
S2R Send to receive (meaning send me your pic-ture to get mine)
S2S Sorry to say
SAL Such a laugh
SBT Sorry 'bout that
SC Stay cool
SETE Smiling Ear-to-Ear
SFAIK So far as I know
SH Same here
SH^ Shut up
SHID Slapping head in disgust
SICNR Sorry, I could not resist
SIG2R Sorry, I got to run
SIHTH Stupidity is hard to take
SIMYC Sorry I missed your call
SIS Snickering in silence
SIT Stay in touch
SK8 Skate
SK8NG Skating
SK8R Skater
SK8RBOI Skater Boy
SLAP Sounds like a plan
SMHID Scratching my head in disbelief
SNAFU Situation normal all fouled up
SNERT Snot nosed egotistical rude teenager
SO Significant other
SOAB Son of a *B*
SOL Sooner or later
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SorG Straight or Gay?
SOS Meaning help
SOS Son of Sam
SOT Short of time
SOTMG Short of time, must go
SOWM Someone with me
SPK Speak (SMS)
SRSLY Seriously
SPST Same place, same time
SPTO Spoke to
SQ Square
SRY Sorry
SS So sorry
SSDD Same stuff, different day
SSIF So stupid it's funny
SSINF So stupid it's not funny
ST&D Stop texting and drive
STFU Shut the *freak* up
STR8 Straight
STW Search the Web
SUITM See you in the morning
SUL See you later
SUP What's up?
SWAK Sent (or sealed) with a kiss
SWALK Sealed (or sealed) with a loving kiss
SWAT Scientific wild *butt* guess
SWL Screaming with laughter
SWMBO She who must be obeyed. Meaning wife or partner
SYL See you later
SYS See you soon

T
T+ Think positive
T:)T Think happy thoughts
TA Thanks a lot
TAFN That's all for now
TANK Meaning really strong
TANKED Meaning "owned"
TANKING Meaning "owning"
TAM Tomorrow a.m.
TAU Thinking about u (you)
TAUMUALU Thinking about you miss you always love you
TBAG Process of disgracing a corpse, taunting a fragged/killed player (online gaming)
TBC To be continued
TBD To be determined
TBH To be honest
TBL Text back later
TC Take care
TCB Take care of business
TCOY Take care of yourself
TD Tower defense (online gaming)
TDTM Talk dirty to me
TFS Thanks for sharing
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
THX Thanks
THT Think happy thoughts
THNX Thanks
THNQ Thank-you (SMS)
TIA Thanks in advance
TIAD Tomorrow is another day
TIC Tongue-in-cheek
TILIS Tell it like it is
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TMB Text me back
TMI Too much information
TMOT Trust me on this
TMTH Too much to handle
TMWFI Take my word for it
TNSTAAFL There's no such thing as a free lunch
TNT Til next time
TOJ Tears of joy
TOU Thinking of you
TOY Thinking of you
TPM Tomorrow p.m.
TPTB The powers that be
TQ Te quiero / I love you (Spanish SMS)
TSNF That's so not fair
TSTB The sooner, the better
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTLY Totally
TTTT These things take time
TU Thank you
TWSS That's what she said
TTYAFN Talk to you awhile from now
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYS Talk to you soon
TY Thank you
TYS Told you so
TYT Take your time
TYSO Thank you so much
TYVM Thank you very much

U
^URS Up yours
UCMU You crack me up
UDI Unidentified drinking injury (meaning bruise, scratch, ache and so on)
UDM U (You) da (the) man
UFB Un *freaking* believable
UFN Until further notice
UGTBK You've got to be kidding
UKTR You know that's right
UL Upload
UN4TUN8 Unfortunate
UNBLEFBLE Unbelievable
UNCRTN Uncertain
UNPC Un- (not) politically correct
UR Your / You're
UR2YS4ME You are too wise for me
URA* You are a star
URH You are hot (U R Hot)
URSKTM You are so kind to me
URTM You are the man
URW You are welcome
USU Usually
UT Unreal Tournament (online gaming)
UV Unpleasant visual
UW You're welcome

V
VBS Very big smile
VEG Very evil grin
VFF Very freaking funny
VFM Value for money
VGC Very good condition
VGG Very good game (online gaming)
VGH Very good hand (online gaming)
VIP Very important person
VM Voice mail
VN Very nice
VNH Very nice hand (online gaming)
VRY Very
VSC Very soft chuckle
VSF Very sad face
VWD Very well done (online gaming)

W
W@ What?
W/ With
W3 WWW (Web address)
W8 Wait
WAH Working at home
WAJ What a jerk
WAM Wait a minute
WAN2 Want to? (SMS)
WAN2TLK Want to talk
WAREZ meaning pirated (illegally gained) software
WAS Wait a second
WAS Wild *a* guess
WAWA Where are we at?
WAYF Where are you from?
W/B Write back
WB Welcome back
WBS Write back soon
WBU What about you?
WC Welcome
WC Who cares
WCA Who cares anyway
W/E Whatever
W/END Weekend
WE Whatever
WEP Weapon (online gaming)
WH5 Who, what, when, where, why
WIBNI Wouldn't it be nice if
WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge
WDYK What do you know?
WDYT What do you think?
WIIFM What's in it for me?
WISP Winning is so pleasurable
WITP What is the point?
WITW What in the world
WIU Wrap it up
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WRT With regard to
W/O Without
WOMBAT Waste of money, brains and time
WOW World of Warcraft (online gaming)
WRK Work
WRUD What are you doing?
WTB Wanted to buy
WTF What the *freak* ?
WTFE What the *freak* ever
WTFO What the *freak* ?, over.
WTG Way to go
WTGP Want to go private (talk out of public chat area)
WTH What the heck?
WTM Who's the man?
WTS Want to sell? (online gaming)
WTT Want to trade? (online gaming)
WU? What's up?
WUCIWUG What you see is what you get
WUF? Where are you from?
WUU2 What are you up to?
WWJD What would Jesus do?
WWJD What Would Judd Do? (Artist Donald Judd, who was known to do things in his own com-pulsive way.)
WWNC Will wonders never cease
WWYC Write when you can
WYCM Will you call me?
WYD What (are) you doing?
WYGAM When you get a minute
WYHAM When you have a minute
WYLEI When you least expect it
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get

X
X Kiss
X! Meaning "a typical woman"
XD Meaning "really hard laugh" (where D is a smiley mouth)
XD Meaning a "devilish smile"
XME Excuse Me
XOXOXO Hugs & Kisses
XLNT Excellent
XYL Ex-young lady, meaning wife. (amateur radio)

Y
Y? Why?
Y2K You're too kind
YA Your
YARLY Ya, really?
YBIC Your brother in Christ
YBS You'll be sorry
YCLIU You can look it up
YCMU You crack me up
YF Wife
YG Young gentleman
YGTBKM You've got to be kidding me
YGG You go girl
YIU Yes, I understand
YKWYCD You know what you can do
YL Young lady
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YNK You never know
YR Your
YR Yeah right
YRYOCC You're running your own cuckoo clock
YSIC Your sister in Christ
YSYD Yeah sure you do
YT You there?
YTTL You take too long
YTG You're the greatest
YW You're welcome
YWHNB Yes, we have no bananas
YWSYLS You win some, you lose some
YYSSW Yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever

Z
Z Zero
Z Z's are calling (meaning going to bed/sleep)
Z Meaning "Said"
Z% Zoo
ZH Sleeping Hour
ZOT Zero tolerance
ZUP Meaning "What's up?"
ZZZZ Sleeping (or bored)

Online Auction Abbreviations
Part III: A Guide to Understanding eBay & Auction Acronyms

With the growing popularity of online buying and selling, Internet and online classified lingo has also grown. Being an eBay buyer long before a seller, I was often confused as to what some of the abbre-viations actually meant. For some time I attributed it to a seller's unwillingness (or laziness) to use proper words when listing an item. When I put my first item up for sale on eBay I immediately under-stood the importance of using abbreviations in the listing.
In auction listing and in online storefronts, sellers are limited to a maximum number of characters in their item title. For classified ad sellers, you're often limited to a set number of characters in your de-scription. Abbreviations and acronyms on eBay and other sites are important to sellers as they allow you to say as more about your item for sale without going over the character-length requirements. For example, if you want to tell prospective buyers that your item is available for local pick up only then to add that to your title you are looking at 18 characters (including spaces). Using the abbreviation of LPUO instead of typing it out leaves you with an additional 14 characters in which to highlight other features of your item.
Classified Ad providers may require you to use very specific abbreviations that include a set format for capitalization and punctuation. For online classifieds you should check that specific Web site
for a list of accepted abbreviations.
The following list of abbreviations are widely used Internet abbreviations and acronyms found on eBay and other online marketplaces, including eBay alternatives. If you know of an online auction or classifieds abbreviation that is not included in our list, let us know.


Abbreviation Meaning
Numbers & Characters
0FB Zero feedback, refers to a new member
1st ed. First Edition (books, magazines, prints)
1Day A one day auction/listing
1TO One time only
3Day A three day auction/listing
A
A+ Good condition
A/C Air conditioning (classifieds, automotive)
access. Accessories (classifieds)
acctg. Accounting (classifieds)
ADDY E-mail address
ADV Advertise
ADV Advebture (books)
aft. After (classifieds)
AFAIK As far as I know
AFFA Antique Americana Folk Art
AKA Also known as
AIR Airmail
AL Auction listing
ANTH Anthology (books)
AO All original
approx. Approximately
ARC Advanced reader copy (books)
ASAP As soon as possible
AS IS "As is / where is". Usually means no returns.
AT Automatic (classifieds)
AUTO Autographed

B
B2B Business-to-business
B2C Business-to-consumer
BARE No box, accessories etc.
BBC Bottom back cover (books)
BC Back cover (books)
BCE Book club edition (books)
BF Best fit
BJ Ball jointed body (dolls & toys)
BK Bent knee (dolls & toys)
BK Broken
bk. Broken (classifieds)
bkgrd. Background (classifieds)
B&M Brick-and-mortar (retail store)
BLB Big little book
BL Big lot
BO Best offer
BP Blister / bubble pack
BTS Back to school
B&W Black & white
BWI Boxed with instructions
BC Back cover
BIN Buy it Now (eBay's Instant Purchase)
BNWL Brand new with label

C
c. Circa (classifieds)
C Cartridge (video games)
C2C Consumer-to-consumer
CAYOR Cash at your own risk
CC Cashier's cheque
CCG Collectible card game
CD Compact disc
CF Centerfold (magazines)
C&I Cartridge and instructions (video games)
CIB Cartridge in box
CLA Cleaned, lubricated, adjusted (cameras)
CM Customized
COA Certificate of authenticity
conven. Convenient (classifieds)
CPN Coupon
Cr. Circle (classifieds)
CS Customer service
C&S Creamer & sugar
C&S Cup & saucer
CT Carats (jewelry)
Cust. Customs

D
DBL Double
DJ Dust jacket (books)
DOA Dead on arrival, meaning item does not work.
DUTCH Dutch auction, meaning multiple quantities of the same item are available.

E
ea. Each (classifieds)
ed. Edition
EF Extra fine
emb Embossed
EP Extended play (records, movies)
EUC Excellent used condition
EUR Euros
EX Excellent (condition)
exc. Excellent (classifieds)

F
F Fair (condition)
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FB Feedback
FC Fine condition
FC Front cover (magazines, books)
fdbk Feedback
FDD Computer floppy drive (computers & electronics)
F/E First edition (books)
FEX FEDEX / Federal Express Shipping
FN Fine (condition)
FP Fixed price
FR Fair (condition)
FS For sale
FS Factory sealed
FSoT For sale or trade
FT For trade
FV Final value
FVF Final value fee (eBay)
FVFC Final value fee credit (eBay)

G
G Good (condition)
galv. Galvanized (classifieds)
GF Gold filled (jewelry)
GD Good (condition)
gen General
GP Gold plate (jewelry)
gr Grade
GU Gently used (condition)

H
HB Hard back (books)
HC Hard cover (books)
HIC Hole in cover (books)
HP Home page
HPF Home page featured
HTF Hard to find

I
IBG Inside back cover (books)
ICG Independent Coin Grading (coins)
IFG Inside front cover (books)
IM Instant message
IMG Image
INIT Initials
ISH Issue (magazines)
ISO In search of

J
JD John Deere (classifieds, automotive)

K
kt. Karat (jewelry)

L
L Large
LDYS Ladies
LF Looking for
LN Like new (condition)
LPUO Local pick up only
lt Light
LTD Limited edition

M
M/ Missing
MAG Magazine
MFG Manufacturer
MIB Mint in box
MIJ Made in Japan
MIM Make it mine
MIMB Mint in Mint Box
MIU Made in USA
MNB Mint no box
MO Money order
MOC Mint on card
MOP Mother of pearl (jewelry)
MOWMT Mint with mint tags
MS Microsoft
MS Mint state (coins)

Abbreviation Meaning
N
NAP Not affected play (records)
NARU Not a registered user
NBW Never been worn
NC No cover (books)
NEG Negative feedback
NIB New in box
NM Near mint
NNPW New never played with
NORES No reserve
NOS New old stock
NP Not packaged or no package
NPB Non paying bidder/buyer
NR No reserve
N/R No reserve
NRFB Never removed from box
NRP Not reproduction
NWOT New without tags
NWT New with tags

O
OA Online auction
OAS Online auction site
O/C On canvas (paintings)
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer
OLTP Online transaction process
OOAK One of a kind
OOP Out of print
OP Original post

P
P Poor (condition)
PB Power brakes (automotive)
PCGS Professional Coin Grading Service (coins)
pd. Paid (classifieds)
pkg. Package (classifieds)
PLS Please
PM Post marked
PM Priority mail
POS Point of sale
PP PayPal
PR Poor (condition)
PR Proof (coins)
priv. Private
PS Power steering (automotive)
PW Power windows (automotive)

Q
qual. Quality or qualifications (classifieds)
qtr. Quarter or quarterly (classifieds)

R
R Reprint (books)
RET Retired (collectables)
RBC Right side of back cover (books)
ROM Romantic (books)
RP Return policy
RP Reproduction
RSVP Respond as soon as possible
RS Rhinestone (jewelry)
RT Right
RTM Read the manual

S
s/ Signed (classifieds)
SCR Scratch (condition)
SCU Scuff (records)
SGN Signed
S/H (S&H) Shipping and handling
S/H/I Shipping, handling, and insurance
SIG Signature
SLD Sealed
SLT Slight
SNAIL MAIL Regular surface, basic postal shipping method
S/O Sold out
SS Still sealed
SS Sterling silver (jewelry)
SS Single sheet (stamps)
SSL Secure Socket Layer
STER Sterling
STR Sell through rate
SYI Sell your item
SZ Size

T
TA Trading assistant (eBay)
TDF To die for
TIA Thanks in advance
TM Trusted Merchant (Overstock)
TM Trademark

U
U Used
UID Unpaid items dispute (eBay)
UNC Un-circulated (coins)
UNU Unused
UPI Unpaid item
USPS United States Postal Service

V
VERO Verified registered owner
VFM Value for money
VG Very good (condition)
VGC Very good condition
VHTF Very hard to find
V/M/D Visa / Mastercard / Discover

W
W/ (w/) With
WB White border
W/C Water color (paintings)
W/O (w/o) Without
WOB Writing on back
WOF Writing on face
WP Waterproof
WR Water resistant
WS Widescreen
WTB Wanted to buy

X
XL Extra large

Y
YGF Yellow gold filled (jewelry)
yr. Year (classifieds)




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