texting dictionary

Text abbreviations and acronyms are a dialect, and are used by most children and young people to communicate with their friends. We’ve compiled a list of text language terms to help you decipher any text language you might not understand.

You can also read about sexting to find about the dangers for young people of sexual messaging.

A

abt

about

abt2

About to

acc

Actually

add

Address

afaik

As far as I know

afk

Away from keyboard

aka

Also known as

asap

As soon as possible

asl

Age, sex, location

atm

At the moment

B

b

Bisexual

b

Babe

b4

Before

bc

Because

bday

Birthday

blates

Obviously

bf

Boyfriend/Best friend

bf4l or bffl

Best friends for life

bff

Best friends forever

boyf

Boyfriend

brb

Be right back

btw

By the way

C

cba

Can’t be bothered

cmb

Call me back

cmon

Come on

ctn

Can’t talk now

cu

See you

cua

See you around

cul

See you later

cya

See ya

D

diss

Disrespect

dkdc

Don’t know, don’t care

dl

Download

dm

Direct Message, a form of private messaging

dnt

Don’t

E

ema

Email address

ez

Easy

F

f

Female

faq

Frequently Asked Questions

fb

Facebook

fwd

Forward

fyi

For your information

G

g

Gay

g2cu

Good to see you

g2g

Got to go

g2r

Got to run

gamer

Video game player

gf

Girlfriend

gg

Good game

gj

Good job

gl

Good luck

glhf

Good luck have fun

gnite

Good night

gr8

Great

gratz

Congratulations

gtg

Got to go

gud

Good

H

h8

Hate

hella

Really

hv

Have

hw

Homework

I

i

I love you

ib

I’m back

ic

I see

idc

I don’t care

idk

I don’t know

iirc

If I remember correctly

ik(r)

I know (right?)

ilu

I love you

ily

I love you

im

Instant message

imho

In my humble opinion

imo

In my opinion

irl

In real life

J

jk

Just kidding

K

kewl

Cool

kthnx

OK, thanks

L

l

Lesbian

l8

Late

l8r

Later

lmao

Laughing my a** off

lol

Laugh out loud

lolll

Laugh out loud a lot

luv ya

Love you

M

m

Male

meet irl

Meet in real life

mkay

Mmm, okay

mmo

Massively multiplayer online

mmorpg

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game

msg

Message

mwah

To give a kiss

N

n/a

Not available or not applicable

n2m

Nothing too much

nbd

No big deal

ne

Any

ne1

Anyone

nm

Not much

nm

Nothing much

nm

Never mind

noob

Short for ‘newbie’, refers to an inexperienced gamer or online community user

np

No problem

nthng

Nothing

nvr

Never

nw

No worries

O

oic

Oh, I see

om

Oh my

omg

Oh my God

omw

On my way

onl

Online

ot

Off topic

ova

Over

P

peak

Unfortunate

peeps

People

pic

Picture

pir

Parent in room

pk

Player kill

pls

Please

plz

Please

pm

Private Message

pmsl

Peeing myself laughing

pov

Point of view

ppl

People

prolly

Probably

pwn

Own, as in conquer or defeat

pwned

Owned, as in conquered or defeated

Q

qt

Cutie

qtpi

Cutie pie

R

r

Are or our

rly

Really

rofl

Rolling on the floor laughing

rotfl

Rolling on the floor laughing

rotl

Rolling on the floor laughing

rpg

Role playing game

ru

Are you?

ruok

Are you okay?

S

sec

Second

skl

School

smh

Shaking my head

sms

Short Message Service

so

Significant other

sob

Son of a B*tch

sos

Help

spk

Speak

srs

Serious

srsbsns

Serious business

srsly

Seriously

sry

Sorry

str8

Straight

sup

What’s up

sux

sucks or “it sucks”

swag

Boasting about one’s skills or style

T

tc

Take care

tgif

Thank God it’s Friday

thanq

Thank you

thx

Thanks

tmi

Too much information

trans, t*, t+

Transsexual

ttfn

Ta-ta for now

ttyl

Talk to you later

tweet

Twitter post

txt

Text

ty

Thank you

U

u

You

u2

You too

ul

Upload

ur

Your or you’re

V

vm

Voicemail

W

w@

What?

w/

With

w/e

Whatever or weekend

w/o

Without

w8

Wait

wag1

What’s up

wbu

What about you?

wk

Week

wrk

Work

wtf

What the f***

wtg

Way to go

WYSIWYG

What you see is what you get

Y

y?

Why?

yolo

You only live once

yr

Your

yw

You’re welcome

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