Text Messaging for Dummies!

Real Estate Agent with Pine Knoll Shores Realty NCRE# 242843

Okay, what's with the text messaging?  Everyday I receive text messages, so I finally decided to learn a little of the lingo.  I found a list of common acronyms and tried for several days to respond to text messages with text messages.  It took me twice as long, because I had to continuously refer to my list.  I know that a lot of people use text messaging (Sorry...SMS) while in meetings or classes, and other times that a phone call would be out of the question.  Please tell me that this is a FAD and that it isn't necessary for me to learn all of these acronyms!  I also noticed that there is a lot of cursing going on in the whole text messaging world.  Am I the only one that is irritated by text messaging?



The following is for other text messaging dummies, Surely I am not the only one?

Text messaging, or texting is the common term for the sending of "short" (160 characters or fewer, including spaces) text messages from mobile phones using the Short Message Service(SMS). It is available on most digital mobile phones and some persona digital assistants with on-board wireless telecommunications. The individual messages which are sent are called text messages or, more colloquially, texts or SMS.


Some commonly used acronyms on text messages

  • ABT: About
  • ABT2: About to
  • afk: Away From Keyboard
  • atm : At the Moment
  • asap : As soon as possible
  • AQAP: As quick (or quiet) as possible
  • AYT: Are you there?
  • bc: Because
  • b4: Before
  • B4N: Bye for now
  • B8: Bait
  • bak: Back, Back at Keyboard
  • bbl: Be Back Later
  • BFF: Best Friend Forever
  • BOOMM: Bored Out of My Mind
  • brb: Be Right Back
  • btw: By The Way
  • btycl: Bootycall
  • b/w: Between
  • c: See
  • CM: Call me
  • cya: See you
  • cyl: See you Later
  • cus: Because
  • cuz: Because or Cousin
  • dgaf: Don't give a F---
  • DIKU: Do I know you?
  • DL or D/L: Download
  • DQMOT: Don't quote me on this
  • DXNRY: Dictionary
  • 2: To or Too
  • 2dls: Toodles
  • 2nite: Tonight
  • 4: For
  • 411: Information
  • 4evr: Forever
  • 4nd: Friend
  • E1: Everyone
  • EF4T: Effort
  • ESAD: Eat S--- and Die
  • ez: Easy
  • FTW: For the Win, F--- the World
  • FYEO: For your eyes only
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • GOI: Get over it
  • GOL: Giggling out loud
  • GR8: Great
  • GTFO: Get the F--- Out
  • gtg or g2g: Got To Go
  • h8: Hate
  • HAGN: Have a good night
  • HAGO: Have a good one
  • HAND: Have a nice day
  • HHRT: Hit Hard Right Through
  • HR8 : Heart
  • IAC: In any case
  • IC: I see
  • idk: I Don't Know
  • idc: I Don't Care
  • ily: I Love You
  • imho: In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO: In My Opinion
  • JFGI: Just *freaking* Google it
  • JIC: Just in case
  • jk: Just Kidding
  • jks: Jokes
  • JLMK: Just let me know
  • JMO: Just my opinion
  • jp: Just Playing
  • jw: Just Wondering
  • k or kk: Okay
  • KEYA: I will key you later
  • kwim: Know What I Mean?
  • L8: Late
  • L8r: Later
  • LLS: Laugh(ing) Like Shit
  • lmao: Laugh(ing) My A-- Off
  • lmfao: Laugh(ing) My F---ing/Freaking Ass Off
  • lol: Laugh(ing) Out Loud or Lots Of Laughs
  • luv: Love
  • lylas: Love You Like A Sister
  • lylab: Love You Like A Brother
  • 143 or <3: I Love You (count or heart)
  • M8: Mate
  • n: and
  • ne1: Anyone
  • ngl: Not Gonna Lie
  • np: No problem
  • OMG: Oh My God (or Gosh)
  • OMFG: Oh My *freaking* God
  • ppl: People
  • qt: Cutie
  • r: Are
  • rl: Real Life
  • rofl: Rolls (or Rolling) On Floor Laugh(ing)
  • s2: Heart (or Love)
  • srs: Serious
  • STFU: Shut the F--- Up
  • sup: What's up
  • tbh: To be Honest
  • ttly: Totally
  • ttfn: Ta Ta For Now
  • ttyl: Talk To You Later
  • ty or thnq: Thank You
  • thnks, thnx, or thx: Thanks
  • U: You
  • UR: You're
  • UL: Upload
  • UN4TUN8: Unfortunate
  • URTM: You are the man
  • URW: You are welcome
  • UW: You're welcome
  • VM: Voice mail
  • W8: Wait
  • WDYK: What do you know?
  • wdymbt: What do you mean by that?
  • WDYT: What do you think?
  • w/e: Weekend, Whatever
  • WU? : What's up?
  • WUU2: What are you up to?
  • WYD: What (are) you doing?
  • WTF: What the f---/freak?
  • WTH: What the hell/heck?
  • w/e: Whatever
  • w/ : With
  • w/o: Without
  • XLNT: Excellent
  • ur:your
  • XME: Excuse Me
  • Y? : Why?
  • YCMU: You crack me up
  • yr: Your
  • Y W: You're welcome
  • ZUP: What's up?
  • zzz: Sleeping/bored 
  • Emoticons:
  •  :d~ = Smoker
  •  :D or :) = Happy
  •  :( = Sad
  •  :*( or :'(= Crying
  •  :-@ = Scream
  •  :-0 = Yell
  •  : P = Tongue sticking out
  •  ;) = winking
  •  :{) = Moustache man
  • DX = Angry
  • XD = Laughing (tongue out)
  • XP or :P= Sticking tongue out
  • d:) = Wearing a hat?
  • <3 = Heart
  •  :O= Gasp



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Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Well Amy,  Looks like you spent a lot of time researching the whole texting thing.  I actually found it fun for a little while, but like lots of the new technology that comes along, I've rejected it.  It's not for me and I'm quite offended when I'm spending time with my 13 year old granddaughter and she's busily texting the entire time.  What happened to actual conversations?  Parents, check out what the kids are doing!

Oct 18, 2008 11:36 PM #1
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Text messaging is the new chat. According to what I've read, Yahoo Messenger and AOL's chat rooms (the two most popular) have been overtaken by spammers. So, now texting is the new medium for kids to connect safely with each other.

Here's the president texting Cheney while Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech:

Bush texting

Here's what he sent:

Bush's text message to Cheney!

Oct 20, 2008 01:26 AM #2

if any way possible can you please send that list to me

Mar 25, 2009 05:32 PM #3
Stbu means soon to be with
Sep 11, 2011 06:04 PM #4

What does Y nu mean?

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