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Instant Messaging

Lists of Internet Slang Terms
Instant Messaging Articles
LeetSpeak
Instant Messaging Abbreviations
  • 5 - wait a few minutes to speak, a parent (or guardian) is in the room
  • 55 - coast is clear, we can talk about anything
  • AFC - Average Frustrated Chump
  • AFK - Away From Keyboard
  • ASAP - As Soon As Possible
  • ASL or A/S/L - What's your Age, Sex and Location?
  • ASLP or A/S/L/P - Age, Sex, Location, Picture
  • BBL8R - Be Back later
  • b/c - because
  • BF - Boyfriend
  • BFF - Best Friend Forver
  • BFO - Blinding Flash of Obvious
  • BRB - Be Right Back
  • BTW - By The Way
  • CLM - Career Limiting Move - badmouthing a teacher, the boss or supervisor while they can hear you, or hear about the event
  • CTN - Can't Talk Now
  • CYA (C-ya) - See You Later
  • DD - Designated Driver
  • FFA - Free For All - Free online for anybody (usually message board spammers)
    Old meaning: A wild fight
  • FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
  • FWIW - For What It’s Worth
  • G2G - Got To Go
  • GF - Girlfriend
  • HHOK - Ha ha, only kidding
  • IDK -I Don't Know
  • ILU, ILY (ily, ilu) - I Love You
  • IM - Instant Message
  • IMAO - In My Arrogant Opinion
  • IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
  • IRL - In Real Life (offline, NOT on the computer)
  • JK - Just Kidding
  • L8R - Later (I'll talk to you later)
  • lamer - A know-nothing, one who is lame.
  • LMA - Leave Me Alone
  • LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life
  • LOL - Laughing On Line OT Laugh Out Loud
  • LQ - Laughing Quietly because someone is in the room
  • LYLAS - Love You Like A Sister
  • MOATM - Music On At The Moment
  • NFBSK - Not for British School Kids (disturbing material)
  • NM - Not Much
  • NOOB - newbie, someone new and inexperienced
  • NSFW - Not Safe For Work (usually pornographic material, but also disturbing)
  • NVM - never mind
  • OMG - Oh My God! (Oh My Gosh)
  • PAW - Parents Are Watching
  • PDA - Public Display of Affection
  • PHAT - Pretty Hot And Tempting
  • PM - Private Message
  • POP - Parent is On Prowl, can't speak freely
  • POS - Parent Over my Shoulder, so watch what you say
  • PUA - Pick Up Artist
  • ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • RSVP (French) - Repondez S'il Vous-Plait. "Respond if it pleases you."
  • RTFM - Read The F...... Manual (edited)
  • SN - screen name
  • SOS - Sibling Over Shoulder, watch what you say
  • STFU - Shut the F... up! (edited)
  • THX - Thanks
  • TLF - True Love Forver
  • TMI - Too Much Information (like thinking about your parents kissing, getting 'hot", etc)
  • TTFN - TaTa For Now
  • TTYL - Talk To You Later
  • TY-Thank You
  • w/ - with
  • WE (w/e) - What Ever
  • WTF - What the F... (edited)
  • WTG - Way To Go
  • WTH - What the H...(edited)
  • WYSIWYG (wizzy-wig) - What You See Is What You Get
  • WYWH - Wish You Were Here
  • Y - Yawning (getting bored)
  • YGM - You Got Mail (telling someone you just mailed something
  • Emoticons
    • (::[ ]::) - Emoticon for a bandaid - an offer of comfort
    • :-P - Emoticon that means you're being sassy or sticking out your tongue
    • 8-) - Emoticon showing you're wearing glasses - or acting smart
  • Leet/L33t /1337 :: These refer to "elite" -- a subculture form of English where nonalphabet characters are substituted for letters. Here are some examples:
    • K3wl - cool
    • p@wn3d/pwn/pwnd - owned - to beat or dominate an opponent.
    • teh suck -- the suck - as in it's not good
    • r0x0r - rock - something was good or cool
    • w00t! - an interjections showing joy or excitement
    • squee - a sound of excitement
  • More at Wiktionary: Internet Slang