Glossary of text messaging

Text messaging is now a normal part of everyday life. These abbreviations will help you to write common expressions with fewer key strokes or button presses. It was once though that communicating in this way, using a form of code, would reduce people’s standards of literacy. We now know that the opposite is the case: see David Crystal’s excellent defence in Txtg: The Gr8 Db8.

AbbreviationFull expression
@at
1one
2to, too
2daytoday
2morotomorrow
2nitetonight
3sumthreesome
4for
AAMas a matter of fact
ABah bless!
AFAICas far as I’m concerned
AFAIKas far as I know
AKAalso known as
ASAPas soon as possible
ATBall the best
Bbe
BCNUbe seeing you
Bwdbackward
B4before
BBFNbye bye for now
BFNbye for now
BRBbe right back
BTDTbeen there done that
BTWby the way
BYKTbut you knew that
Csee
CMIIWcorrect me if I’m wrong
CUsee you
CYAsee ya!
CUL8Rsee you later
CW2CUcan’t wait to see you
Doindoing
EOLend of lecture
FAQfrequently asked questions
FITBfill in the blank
F2Tfree to talk
FOADf*** off and die
FUBARf***ed up beyond all recognition
Fwdforward
FWIWfor what it’s worth
FYIfor your information
GALget a life
Gr8great
GD&Rgrinning, ducking, and running
GGgood game
HANDhave a nice day
H8hate
HTHhope this helps
Hot4Uhot for you
IACin any case
IAEin any event
IANALI am not a lawyer (but…)
ICCLI couldn’t care less
ICLin Christian love
IDKI don’t know
IYSSif you say so
IHTFPI have truly found paradise [or]
I hate this f***ing place
IIRCif I recall correctly
ILUVUI love you
ILUVUMEDI love you more each day
IMCOin my considered opinion
IMHOin my humble opinion
IMNSHOin my not so humble opinion
IMOin my opinion
IOWin other words
ITYFIRI think you’ll find I’m right
IYKWIMif you know what I mean
JM2pjust my two pennyworth
KITkeep in touch
L8late
L8rlater
Luvlove
LOLlots of luck [or] laughing out loud
MGBmay God bless
MHOTYmy hat’s off to you
MMDmake my day
MMDPmake my day punk!
Mobmobile
Msgmessage
MYOBmind your own business
NEany
NE1anyone
NHnice hand
NO1no one
NRNno reply necessary
OICoh I see!
OTOHon the other hand
PCMplease call me
PITApain in the arse
PLSplease
PPLpeople
PSpost script
QLcool
Rare
RGDSregards
ROFrolling on the floor
ROTFLrolling on the floor laughing
RSNreally soon now
RUare you?
RUOKare you OK?
SITDstill in the dark
SITstay in touch
SMSshort message service
SOHFsense of humour failure
SOME1someone
Strastray
SWGscientific wild guess
SWALKsealed with a loving kiss
THNQthank you
Thxthanks
TIAthanks in advance
TICtongue in cheek
Ti2GOtime to go
TPTBthe powers that be
TTFNta ta for now
TTULtalk to you later
TWIMCto whom it may concern
TUVMthank you very much
Uyou
URyou are
WAN2want to
WAN2TLK?want to talk?
Wwith
Wkndweekend
WRTwith respect to
WTTWword to the wise
WYSIWYGwhat you see is what you get
Xkiss
XLNTexcellent
YKWYKDyou know what you can do
YMMVyour milage may vary
YRyour
YTLKIN2ME?you talking to me?
YWIAyou’re welcome in advance
YYSSWyeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever

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2 Responses to “Glossary of text messaging”

  1. negra says:

    what k + s means

  2. mantex says:

    KS = Kill then steal (online gaming)

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