From ROFL to RAK: What does all that shorthand mean?

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Txtspk has taken over most parts of Gen x or whatever the new generation is called. Text speak  is how the youngsters talk. My little sister speaks this way in anything she writes. I have one friend in her 20’s that uses the words # verbally in conversations. I blame growing post AOL IM. The QWERTY  keyboard & iPhones helped push it along further in to the mobile world. Twitter also makes it a necessity at times to use text speak. There is only so much you can say in 140 characters.

Here is a list of text terms and abbreviations to help you get buy

  • 143  I love you (popularized by Mister Rogers)
  • 2DAY   Today
  • 4EAE    For ever and ever
  • ADN      Any day now
  • AFAIK   As far as I know
  • AFK         Away from keyboard
  • ATM       At the moment
  • B/C          Because
  • B4           Before
  • BF / GF Boyfriend / Girlfriend
  • BFN    Bye for now
  • BOL    Be on later
  • BRB     Be right back
  • BTW    By the way
  • DM      Direct message
  • DWBH    Don’t worry, be happy
  • F2F or FTF    Face to face
  • FB      Facebook
  • FF    Follow Friday (Follow Friday is a recurring topic on Twitter. Each week, users post lists of people that they think others should followusing the #FF or #FollowFriday )
  • FTL        For the loss / For the lose
  • FTW       For the win
  • FWB       Friends with benefits
  • FWIW    For what it’s worth
  • FYEO     For your eyes only
  • FYI         For your information
  • GLHF    Good luck, have fun
  • GR8        Great
  • HAK       Hugs and kisses
  • HAND   Have a nice day
  • HTH      Hope this helps / Happy to help
  • IANAL    I am not a lawyer
  • IDK           I don’t know
  • IIRC         If I remember correctly
  • IKR           I know, right?
  • ILY / ILU      I love you
  • IMHO      In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  • IMO          In my opinion
  • IRL            In real life
  • IU2U        It’s up to you
  • IYKWIM      If you know what I mean
  • J/K       Just kidding
  • J4F      Just for fun
  • JIC      Just in case
  • JSYK        Just so you know
  • K or KK   Okay
  • LMBO     Laughing my butt off
  • LMK        Let me know
  • LOL         Laughing out loud
  • MM          Music Monday. Another recurring Twitter topic.
  • MSM       Mainstream media
  • NAGI     Not a good idea
  • NM          Never mind
  • NMU      Not much, you?
  • NP            No problem or Now playing
  • NSFW    Not safe for work
  • NSFL     Not safe for life
  • NTS       Note to self
  • OH          Overheard
  • OMG      Oh my God
  • ORLY    Oh, really?
  • PAW      Parents are watching
  • PLS or PLZ      Please
  • PPL        People
  • PTB       Please text back
  • QQ          Crying. Rather than an abbreviation, this is an emoticon, a picture created in text
  • RAK        Random act of kindness
  • RL           Real life
  • ROFL    Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RT           Retweet
  • RUOK   Are you okay
  • SMH       Shaking my head
  • SRSLY   Seriously
  • SSDD      Same stuff, different day
  • SWAK    Sealed with a kiss
  • SWYP    So, what’s your problem?
  • TIA        Thanks in advance
  • TIME    Tears in my eyes
  • TMB      Tweet me back
  • TMI       Too much information
  • TMRW  Tomorrow
  • TTYL    Talk to you later
  • TY or TU   Thank you
  • VSF         Very sad face
  • WB          Welcome back
  • WTH      What the heck?
  • WTPA     Where the party at?
  • WYCM     Will you call me?
  • YGM          You’ve got mail
  • YMMV      Your mileage may vary
  • YW            You’re welcome
  • ZOMG     Oh my god (sarcastic)