Texting Abbreviations: 270+ Popular Text Acronyms in English 1

Texting Abbreviations: 270+ Popular Text Acronyms in English

Text abbreviations! Learn huge list of common texting abbreviations from A-Z you really should know in English with meaning, video and ESL pictures.

Text Acronyms/ Texting Abbreviations

What are Texting Abbreviations?

What does “SMH” mean? OFC, ROFL, SMS, LMK & More!

A standard text that you receive on your mobile phone usually looks like a weird mixture of letters and words that seem to make no sense at all. This is because many common and frequently phrases are shortened into an abbreviation, thus saving time for the sender and sometimes confusing the receiver.

Texting abbreviations (text abbreviations), texting acronyms, SMS language or internet acronyms are the abbreviated language and slang words commonly used with mobile phone text messaging, email and instant messaging (online chat application such as Messenger from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…).

Why Do We Use Text Abbreviations?

It’s only natural that text messages don’t use formal English and have many abbreviations. To start with, the texts are supposed to be instant, and it’s a lot easier and faster to write an abbreviation than a full phrase. Earlier, there has also been a limit of how many characters one text can have, so, if you wanted to say everything just in one text, you had to shorten as many things as possible. Finally, writing long messages on a phone’s tiny keyboard simply isn’t very convenient.

Do you know what TFW means? Or ICYMI? These are just two examples of many text abbreviations you can come across. You should get familiar with them and understand what they stand for even if you won’t use them yourself because most of your friends certainly will.

Texting acronyms examples:

  • SMH meaning: “Shaking my head”
  • OFC meaning: “Of course”
  • SMS meaning: “Short Message Service”
  • LMK  meaning: “let me know”
  • ROFL meaning: “Rolling on floor laughing”
  • XOXO meaning: “Hugs and Kisses”
  • YOLO meaning: “You Only Live Once”

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Text abbreviations examples

Text Abbreviations List | SMS Language

Learn list of 270+ texting abbreviations in English from A to Z.

Text Abbreviations/ Texting Acronyms List (A-C)

List of texting abbreviations that start with numbers, A, B and C.

  • 121 = One-to-one (private chat initiation)
  • 2day = Today
  • 2M2H = Too Much Too Handle
  • 2moro = Tomorrow
  • 2nite = Tonight
  • 4EAE = For Ever And Ever
  • AAF = As A Friend
  • AAR = At Any Rate
  • AAYF = As Always, Your Friend
  • ABD = Already Been Done
  • ACK = Acknowledge
  • ADIH = Another Day In Hell
  • ADN = Any Day Now
  • ADR = Address
  • AEAP = As Early As Possible
  • AFAIC = As Far As I am Concerned
  • AFAIK = As Far As I know
  • AKA = Also Known As
  • AMA= Ask Me Anything
  • AMBW = All My Best Wishes
  • AML = All My Love
  • AOTA = All Of The Above
  • ASAP = As Soon As Possible
  • ATB = All The Best
  • ATEOTD = At The End Of The Day
  • ATM = At The Moment
  • AWOL = Absent Without Leave
  • AYDY = Are You Done Yet?
  • AYEC = At Your Earliest Convenience
  • AYOR =  At Your Own Risk
  • AYS =  Are You Serious?
  • AYSOS = Are You Stupid Or Something?
  • AYT = Are You There?
  • B/C = Because
  • B4 = Before
  • B4N = Bye For Now
  • BAU = Business As Usual
  • BBIAF = Be Back In A Few
  • BBIAM = Be Back In A Minute
  • BBIAS = Be Back In A Sec
  • BBS = Be Back Soon
  • BBT= Be Back Tomorrow
  • BCNU = Be Seeing You
  • BCOY = Big Crush On You
  • BD = Big Deal
  • BF = Best Friend
  • BFAW = Best Friend At Work
  • BFD = Big Freaking Deal
  • BFF = Best Friends Forever
  • BFFN = Best Friend For Now
  • BFN = Bye For Now
  • BG = Big Grin
  • BGWM = Be Gentle With Me
  • BHL8 = Be Home Late
  • BIB = Boss Is Back
  • BN= Bad News
  • BOL = Be On Later
  • BOT = Back On Topic
  • BOYF = Boyfriend
  • BRB = Be Right Back
  • BRH = Be Right Here
  • BRO = Brother
  • BRT = Be Right There
  • BT = But
  • BTW = By The Way
  • BYOC = Bring Your Own Computer
  • CMB =    Call Me Back
  • CMIIW = Correct Me If I’m Wrong
  • COB = Close Of Business
  • CSL= Can’t Stop Laughing
  • CU = See You
  • CUA = See You Around
  • CUL= See You Later
  • CWYL = Chat With You Later
  • CYA = Cover Your Ass
  • CYE = Check Your E-mail
  • CYO = See You Online

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Text Abbreviations/ Texting Acronyms List (D-H)

List of texting abbreviations that start with D, E, F, G and H.

  • DKDC = Don’t Know, Don’t Care
  • DM = Direct Message
  • DTS = Don’t Think So
  • DUR = Do You Remember?
  • DWBH = Don’t Worry, Be Happy
  • E1= Everyone
  • EF4T = Effort
  • EOD = End Of Discussion
  • F2F or FTF = Face To Face
  • FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions
  • FB = Facebook
  • FF = Follow Friday
  • FISH = First In, Still Here
  • FITB = Fill In The Blank
  • FTBOMH = From The Bottom Of My Heart
  • FTL = For The Loss / For The Lose
  • FTW = For The Win
  • FWB = Friend With Benefits
  • FWIW = For What It’s Worth
  • FYEO = For Your Eyes Only
  • FYI = For Your Information
  • G4C = Going For Coffee
  • GA = Go Ahead
  • GAC = Get A Clue
  • GAS = Greetings And Salutations
  • GB = Goodbye
  • GBU = God Bless You
  • GF = Girl Friend
  • GFN = Gone For Now
  • GLHFGood Luck, Have Fun
  • GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike
  • GNITE = Good Night
  • GR8 =  Great
  • GRATZ = Congratulations
  • GRL = Girl
  • GTSY = Great (or good) To See You
  • H&K = Hugs & Kisses
  • H2CUS = Hope To See You Soon
  • H8 = Hate
  • HAG1 =  Have A Good One
  • HAGN = Have A Good Night
  • HAND = Have A Nice Day
  • HAWT = Have A Wonderful Day (out-dated, see next in list)
  • HMB = Hit Be Back
  • HMU = Hit Me Up
  • HOAS = Hold On A Second
  • HRU = How Are You
  • HT or H/T = Hat Tip or Heard Through
  • HTH = Hope This Helps / Happy To Help
  • HW = Homework

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Text Abbreviations/ Texting Acronyms List (I-P)

List of texting abbreviations that start with I, J, K, L, M, N, O and P.

  • IAC = In Any Case
  • IAE = In Any Event
  • IANAL = I Am Not A Lawyer
  • IAO = I Am Out (of here)
  • IC = I See
  • ICYMI = In Case You Missed It
  • IDC = I Don’t Care
  • IHNI =I have no idea
  • IIRC = If I Remember Correctly
  • IKR = I Know Right
  • ILY = I Love You
  • IM =  Instant Message
  • IMHO = In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO = In My Opinion
  • IMS = I Am Sorry
  • IRL = In Real Life
  • ISLY = I Still Love You
  • ISO = In Search Of
  • IU2U = It’s Up To You
  • IYKWIM = If You Know What I Mean
  • J/K = Just Kidding
  • J4F/JFF = Just For Fun
  • JIC= Just In Case
  • JLMK = Just Let Me Know
  • JMO = Just My Opinion
  • JSYK = Just So You Know
  • JW = Just Wondering
  • K or KK = Okay
  • KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid
  • KIT = Keep In Touch
  • L8 = Late
  • L8R = Later
  • LHO = Laughing Head Off
  • LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off
  • LMBO = Laughing My Butt Off
  • LMK = Let Me Know
  • LOL = Lots Of Love
  • LOL = Laughing Out Loud
  • LOTI = Laughing On The Inside
  • LTNS = Long Time No See
  • LYLAS = Love You Like A Sister
  • LYSM = Love You So Much
  • MC = Merry Christmas
  • MGMT = Management
  • MM = Music Monday
  • MSM = Mainstream Media
  • MU = Miss You
  • MYOB = Mind Your Own Business
  • NAGI = Not A Good Idea
  • NFM = Not For Me
  • NFS = Not For Sale
  • NM = Nothing Much
  • NM = Not Much
  • NOYB = None Of Your Business
  • NP = No Problem
  • NSFL = Not Safe For Life
  • NSFW = Not Safe For Work
  • NTS = Note To Self
  • NVM = Never Mind
  • OH = Overheard
  • OIC = Oh, I See
  • OMG = Oh My God
  • OMW= On My Way
  • ORLY = Oh, Really?
  • OT = Off Topic
  • OTB = Off To Bed
  • OTOH = On The Other Hand
  • OTP = On The Phone
  • OTT = Over The Top
  • PAW = Parents Are Watching
  • PCM = Please Call Me
  • PLS = Please
  • POV = Point Of View
  • PPL = People
  • PTB = Please Text Back
  • PTMM = Please Tell Me More

Text Abbreviations/ Texting Acronyms List (Q-Y)

List of texting abbreviations that start with Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X and Y.

  • QQ = Crying
  • RAK = Random Act of Kindness
  • RBTL = Read Between The Lines
  • RIP = Rest In Peace
  • RL = Real Life
  • ROFL = Rolling On the Floor Laughing
  • RT = Real Time
  • RTM or RTFM = Read The Manual
  • RYS = Are You Single?
  • SBY = Somebody
  • SFAIK= So Far As I Know
  • SH= Sh** Happens
  • SIMYC = Sorry I Missed Your Call
  • SIS = Sister
  • SITD = Still In The Dark
  • SMH = Shaking My Head
  • SOL = Sooner Or Later
  • SRSLY = Seriously
  • SRY = Sorry
  • SSDD = Same Stuff, Different Day
  • STBY = Sucks To Be You
  • SWAK = Sealed (or Sent) With A Kiss
  • SWYP = So, What’s Your Problem?
  • TAFN =  That’s All For Now
  • TBA = To Be Announced
  • TBC = To Be Continued
  • TBH = To Be Honest
  • TBL = Text back later
  • TCB = Take care of business
  • TFH = Thread From Hell
  • TFS = Thanks For Sharing
  • TFTI = Thanks For The Invitation
  • TGIF = Thank God It’s Friday
  • THX = Thanks
  • TIA= Thanks In Advance
  • TIAD = Tomorrow Is Another Day
  • TIME = Tears In My Eyes
  • TLC = Tender Loving Care
  • TLK2UL8R = Talk To You Later
  • TMI = Too Much Information
  • TMRW = Tomorrow
  • TTYL = Talk To You Later
  • TTYS = Talk To You Soon
  • TYFYC = Thank You For Your Comment
  • TYVM = Thank You Very Much
  • U4E = You Forever
  • UR = Your
  • VAT = Value Added Tax
  • VBG = Very Big Grin
  • VSF = Very Sad Face
  • WAM = Wait A Minute
  • WB = Welcome Back
  • WC = Who Cares
  • WE = Whatever
  • WEG = Wicked Evil Grin
  • WITP = What Is The Point?
  • WKND = Weekend
  • WTF = What The F***
  • WTH= What The Heck?
  • WTPA = Where The Party At?
  • WUF = Where Are You From?
  • WYCM = Will You Call Me?
  • WYWH = Wish You Were Here
  • XLNT = Excellent
  • XOXO = Hugs and Kisses
  • YCMU = You Crack Me Up
  • YGM = You’ve Got Mail
  • YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary
  • YOLO = You Only Live Once
  • YTB = You’re The Best
  • YW = You’re Welcome
  • YWSYLS = You Win Some, You Lose Some

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What is ” cover your ass”, please? Thank you, in advance

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What does M Ov mean. Thank you

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What is IMAO?

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