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We run into them all the time. Sometimes we ask, othertimes we try to figure them out for ourselves. I thought it might be helpful to make a cheat sheet. Please add to the list.
I will get us started.

IRL - in real life
HTH - hope that helps
DH - dear husband
DF - dear friend
DD - dear daughter
DS - dear son
side note, I thought it was a sarcastic comment when I first saw it. Who actually refers to their hubby as 'dear husband' LOL
LOL- laughing out loud
ROFLOL - rolling on the floor laughing out loud
LM*O - laughing my huhhum off
TTYL - talk to you later
SIL - sister in law
BIL - brother in law
MIL - mother in law
FIL - by now, you get this one :)
YKWIM - you know what I mean
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
YO - year old

I’ll leave some for y‘all. I took the easiest ones. :D



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • You Know? I have seen the DH and DD around here and there and often wondered what it meant.

      Here’s one-IDK
      (I don’t know) I’m sure every one know’s that one.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • Come on texters - you know them ALL! I see questions pop up all the time. Lets help the newbies... and the not so newbies who are like me and are always too bashful to ask.



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • ok, I know this one IMHO.....but what is...IMAO?



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • Okay...here goes  jk = just kidding

                        ttyl = talk to you later

                        brb  = be right back

                        dd  = darling daughter

                        dh  = darling husband

                        lmao = laughing my *ss off

                        lol = laughing out loud

                        gmta = great minds think alike

      I will post when I think of more  :)



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • I’ve been wondering what IMHO means! Thanks, Dee Dee



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • IMAO - In my Arrogant Opinion? LOL
      or In my Assinine Opinion? ROFLOL
      Not sure about that one Lisa! :)



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • bfly, it should take you to my blog.

      Hope this helps, some I did not even know!
      not on here  

      pmsl – peeing myself laughing  

      CHAT ABBREVIATIONS
      14AA41 one for all and all for one
      1-D-R I wonder
      121 one to one
      143 I love you
      411 information
      4ever forever
      86 over
      AAF as a friend
      AAK alive and kicking
      AAMOF as a matter of fact
      AAR at any rate
      AAS alive and smiling
      AATK always at the keyboard
      ABT2 about to
      AFAIK as far as I know
      AFK away from keyboard
      AFN that's all for now
      AKA also known as
      AISI as I see it
      ARE acronym-rich environment
      ALOL actually laughing out loud
      AND any day now
      AOTA all of the above
      ASAP as soon as possible
      A/S/L? age, sex, location
      A/S/L/M/H? age, sex, location, music, hobbies
      AYSOS are you stupid or something
      AYTMTB and you are telling me this because
      B4 before
      B4N bye for now
      BAG busting a gut
      BAK back at the keyboard
      BBBG bye bye be good
      BBIAB be back in a bit
      BBIAF be back in a few
      BBIAS be back in a sec
      BBL be back later
      BBML be back much later
      BBN bye bye now
      BBS be back soon
      BBSL be back sooner or later
      BCNU I'll be seeing you
      BD big deal
      BEG big evil grin
      BF boyfriend
      BFF best friends forever
      BFN bye for now
      BG big grin
      BIOYN blow it out your nose
      BKA better known as
      BL belly laughing
      BR best regards
      BRB be right back
      BRH Be Right Here
      BRT be right there
      BTA but then again
      BTHOOM beats the heck out of me
      Btw between you and me
      BTW by the way
      BWL bursting with laughter
      BWO black/white/other
      BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know
      BYKT but you knew that
      CB chat brat
      C&G chuckle & grin
      CID crying in disgrace
      CMF count my fingers
      CNP continued (in my) next post
      CP chat post
      CRBT crying real big tears
      CRTLA can't remember the three letter acronym
      CSG chuckle, snicker, grin
      CSL can't stop laughing
      CU see you
      CUL or CUL8ER see you later
      CUNS see you in school
      CUOL see you online
      CUZ because
      CWYL chat with you later
      CYA see ya
      CY calm yourself
      CYL see you later
      CYO see you online
      CYT see you tomorrow
      DBEYR don't believe everything you read
      DEGT don't even go there
      DETI don't even think about it
      DF dear friend
      DGA don't go anywhere
      DGT don't go there
      DH dear Hubby
      DHYB don't Hold Your Breath
      DIKU do I know you?
      DIY do it yourself
      DKDC don't know don't care
      DL dead link
      DLTBBB don't let the bed bugs bite
      DLTM don't lie to me
      DMI don't mention it
      DNC does not compute
      DQMOT don't quote me on this
      DUST did you see that
      DYFM dude you fascinate me
      DYJHIW don't you just hate it when
      E123 easy as 123
      EAK eating at Keyboard
      EG evil grin
      EL evil Laugh
      EM? excuse me?
      EMA what is your E-mail address
      EMFBI excuse me for butting in
      EOM end of message
      EOT end of thread
      EZ easy
      F2F face to face
      FAQ frequently asked question(s)
      FAWC for anyone who cares
      FC fingers crossed
      FISH first in, still here
      FITB fill in the blanks
      FMTYEWTK far more than you ever wanted to know
      FOAF friend of a friend
      FOCL falling off chair laughing
      FOFL falling on floor laughing
      FOMCL falling off my chair laughing
      FTBOMH from the bottom of my heart
      FUBAR fouled up beyond all repairs
      FUD fear, uncertainty, and doubt
      FWIW for what it's worth
      FYI for your information
      GA go aheadw
      GAL get a life
      GD&R grinning, ducking, & running
      GF girlfriend
      GFN gone for now
      GGOH got to get out of here
      GIWIST gee, I wish I'd said that
      GL good luck
      GMBO giggling my butt off
      GMTA great minds think alike
      GOL giggling out loud
      GR&D grinning, running, and ducking
      GR got to run
      GRRRR growling
      GTR got to run
      GTRM going to read mail
      GTSY glad to see you
      H&K hug and kiss
      HA hello again
      HAGD have a good day
      HAGD have a great day
      HAGN have a good night
      HB hurry back
      HHIS hanging head in shame
      HTH hope this helps
      HHO1/2K ha ha only half kidding
      HHOK ha ha only joking
      HHOS ha ha only being serious
      IAC in any case
      IAE in any event
      IANAC I am not a crook
      IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)
      IB I'm back
      IBTD I beg to differ
      IC I see
      ICBW I could be wrong
      ID10T idiot
      IDGI I don't get it
      IDK I don't know
      IDKY I don't know you
      IDTS I don't think so
      IFAB I found a bug
      IGTP I get the point
      IHA I hate acronyms
      IHAIM I have another instant message
      IHNO I have no opinion
      IIRC if I remember correctly
      IIWM if it were me
      ILU I love you
      IM instant message
      IMHO in my humble opinion
      IMing chatting with someone online
      IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
      LHU lord help us
      LLTA lots and lots of thunderous applause
      LMIRL let's meet in real life
      LMSO laughing my socks off
      LOL laughing out loud
      LSV language, sex, violence
      LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing
      LSHMBH laughing so hard my belly hurts
      LTM laugh to myself
      LTNS long time, no see
      LTR long term relationship
      LTS laughing to self
      LULAB love you like a brother
      LULAS love you like a sister
      LUWAMH love you with all my heart
      LY love you
      LYL love you lots
      M/F male or female
      M8 mate or mates
      MA mature audience
      MHBFY my heart bleeds for you
      MIHAP may I have your attention please
      MKOP my kind of place
      MOOS member of the opposite sex
      MOSS member of same sex
      MOTOS member of the opposite sex
      MSG message
      MTF more to follow
      MTFBWY may the force be with you
      MUSM miss you so much
      N1 nice one
      N2M not to mention
      NADT not a darn thing
      NAZ name, address, zip
      NBD no big deal
      N-E-1 ER anyone here?
      NE1 anyone
      N-E-1 anyone
      NG new game
      NIMBY not in my back yard
      NM never mind
      NOYB not of your business
      NP nosy parents
      N/P no problem
      NRN no reply necessary
      NTK nice to know
      NT no thanks
      NUFF enough said
      NW no way!
      OBTW oh by the way
      OF old fart
      OIC oh I see
      OL old lady
      OLL online love
      OM old man
      OMDB over my dead body
      OMG oh my god
      ONNA oh no, not again
      OT off topic
      OTF off the floor
      OTH off the hook
      OTOH on the other hand
      OTP On the phone
      OTTOMH off the top of my head
      OTW on the way
      P2P peer to peer
      P911 my parents are coming!
      PA parent alert
      PAL parents are listening
      PANB parents are nearby
      PANS pretty awesome new stuff
      PAW parents are watching
      PDA public display of affection
      PDS please don't shoot
      Peeps people
      PIR parent in room
      PLZ please
      PM private message
      PMJI pardon me for jumping in
      PMFJIB pardon me for jumping in but....
      PMP peed my pants
      PO piss off
      POAHF put on a happy face
      POS parent over shoulder
      POTS plain old telephone service
      POV point of view
      PPL people
      PU that stinks
      P-ZA pizza
      QL quit laughing
      QSL reply
      QSO conversation
      QT cutie
      R&R rest and relaxation
      R/t real time
      RBAY right back at ya
      RBTL read between the lines
      RL real life
      RLF real life friend
      RMLB read my lips baby
      RMMM read my mail man
      ROL raffing out loud
      ROFL rolling on floor laughing
      ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing
      RPG role playing games
      RSN real soon now
      RTBS reason to be single
      RTFM read the flipping manual
      RU are you?
      RUMORF are you male or female?
      RUUP4IT are you up for it?
      RX regards
      S4L spam for life
      SCNR sorry, could not resist
      SED said enough darling
      SEP somebody's else's problem
      SETE smiling ear to ear
      SF surfer friendly
      SFETE smiling from ear to ear
      SFX sound effects
      SH same here
      SHCOON shoot hot coffee out of nose
      SHID slaps head in disgust
      SITD still in the dark
      SLIRK smart little rich kid
      SMAIM send me an instant message
      SMEM send me an E-mail
      SN screen name
      SNERT snot nosed egotistical rude teenager
      SO significant other
      SOHF sense of humor failure
      SOMY sick of me yet?
      SOT short of time
      SOTMG short of time, must go
      SPST same place same time
      STR8 straight
      STW search the web
      STYS speak to you soon
      SU shut up
      SUP or WU what's up
      SUYF shut up you fool
      SWAK sealed with a kiss
      SWALK sealed with a loving kiss
      SWDY so what do you think?
      SWL screaming with laughter
      SYL see you later
      SYS see you soon
      TA thanks again
      TAFN that's all for now
      TAS taking a shower
      TAW teachers are watching
      TCOB taking care of business
      TCOY take care of yourself
      TFH thread from hell
      TFX traffic
      TGIF thank God it's Friday
      THX thanks
      TIA thanks in advance
      TIAIL I think I am in love
      TIC tongue in cheek
      TILII tell it like it is
      TLK2UL8R talk to you later
      TM trust me
      TMI too much information
      TNT 'till next time
      TOM tomorrow
      TOPCA 'til our paths cross again
      TOT tons of time
      TOY thinking of you
      TPS that's pretty stupid
      TPTB the powers that be
      TRDMF tears running down my face
      TTFN ta ta for now
      TTG time to go
      TTT thought that too
      TTTT these things take time
      TTYL talk to you later
      TU thank you
      TWHAB this won't hurt a bit
      TWIWI that was interesting wasn't it?
      TYVM thank you very much
      U-L? you will?
      UV unpleasant visual
      UW you're welcome
      VBG very big grin
      VBS very big smile
      VEG very evil grin
      VSF very sad face
      WAD without a doubt
      WAI what an idiot
      WB welcome back or write back
      WC welcome
      WC who cares?
      WDALYIC who died and left you in charge?
      WDYS what did you say?
      WDYT what do you think?
      W/E whatever
      WEG wicked evil grin
      WEU what's eating you?
      WFM works for me
      WIBNI wouldn't it be nice if
      WT? what the or who the
      WTG way to go
      WTGP want to go private?
      WTH what/who the heck
      WUF where are you from?
      WWJD what would Jesus do?
      WWY where were you?
      WYCM will you call me?
      WYRN what's your real name?
      WYSIWYG what you see is what you get
      WYSLPG what you see looks pretty good
      X-1–10 exciting
      XME excuse me
      XOXO hugs and kisses
      YAA yet another acronym
      YBS you'll be sorry
      YDKM you don't know me
      YG young gentleman
      YGBK you gotta be kiddin'
      YHM you have mail
      YKW? you know what?
      YNK you never know
      YL young lady
      YM young man
      YOYO you're on your own
      YR yeah right
      YSYD yeah, sure you do
      YS you stinker
      YTTT you telling the truth?
      YVW you're very welcome
      YWIA you're welcome in advance
      YW you're Welcome
      YYSSW yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever
      ZZ Sleeping, Bored, Tired  

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • Man, Tracy - I didn't know there were so many! I think that was TMI for my brain. LOL
      I seriously doubt that any were missed in that list.
      L8R - later is one that my texting daughter uses all the time. Some of them drive me crazy! :)



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • tell me about. I thought i knew them all and when i found this my jaw dropped!!! lol

      some are pretty dumb too!! lol  

      ttfn ;)



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      Lisa Middlesworth wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • OMGosh! That’s a whole nother language to learn.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 20, 2008
    • ttfn - one of the few I “figured” out on my own. LOL



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