Age/sex/location; B4N Bye for now; BFN Bye for now; BL Belly laughing; BRB Be right back ; BTW By the way; BWL Burst With Laughter; CU See you; CUL See you later or CUL8ER See you later; DIKU Do I know you?; EOM End of message; EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion); F2F Face to face; FAQ Frequently-ask question(s); G2G Got to go; GA Go ahead; GAL Get a life; GOL Giggling out loud; HTH Hope this helps; IAC In any case; IC I see; IDK I don’t know; ILU or ILY I love you; IM Immediate/Instant message; OMG Oh my God; JIC Just in case; JK Just kidding; LOL Laugh(ing) Out Loud; LMAO laughing my a** out; LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment) LTM Laugh to myself LTR Long-term relationship; LULAB Love you like a brother; LULAS Love you like a sister; MUSM Miss you so much; POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room); POS Parent over shoulder (change the topic); ROR Raffing out roud (English for “laughing out loud”); ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing; ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off; ROTFLMAOWPIMP Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants; ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off…The article links the decline in proper grammatical skills to the shortcuts and abbreviations used in text and instant messages.Some of the short forms are as follow: AFAIK As far as I know, A/S/L?KPC – Keeping parents clueless KS – Kill then steal ( L2G – Like to go?L2G – (would) Love to go L2K – Like to come l33t – Leet, meaning ‘elite’ L8R – Later L8RG8R – Later, gator LBAY – Laughing back at you LD – Later, dude / Long distance LD – Learning Disability LEMENO – Let me know LERK – Leaving easy reach of keyboard LFG – Looking for group () LGH – Lets get high LH6 – Lets have sex LHSX – Lets have sex LHM – Lord help me LHO – Laughing head off LIC – Like I care LIK – liquor Li L or lil – Little LIMT – Laugh in my tummy LMAO – Laughing my *a* off LMBO – Laughing my butt off LMFAO – Laughing my freaking *a* off LMIRL – Lets meet in real life LMK – Let me know LMNK – Leave my name out LOA – List of acronyms LOL – Laughing out loud LOL – Laugh out loud LOL – Lots of love LOLH – Laughing out loud hysterically LOLO – Lots of love LOLWTF – Laughing out loud (saying) “What the fuck ? SOS – Meaning help SOS – Son of Sam SOT – Short of time SOTMG – Short of time, must go SOWM – Someone with me SPK – Speak () SRSLY – Seriously SPST – Same place, same time SPTO – Spoke to SQ – Square SRY – Sorry SS – So sorry SSDD – Same stuff, different day SSIF – So stupid it’s funny SSINF – So stupid it’s not funny ST&D – Stop texting and drive STFU – Shut the fuck up STR8 – Straight STW – Search the Web SUITM – See you in the morning SUL – See you later SUP – What’s up?
NO1 – No one NOOB – Meaning someone who is bad at () O – Meaning “hugs” O -Over OA – Online auctions OATUS – On a totally unrelated subject OB – Oh baby OB – Oh brother OI – Operator indisposed OIC – Oh, I see OJ – Only joking OL – Old lady OM – Old man OM – Oh, my OMDB – Over my dead body OMFG – Oh my fucking G-d omfglmaobbqroflcopteriss oh my fucking G-d, laugh my ass off, owned, roll on floor spinning around I’m so sad OMG – Oh my G-d OMGYG2BK – Oh my G-d, you got to be kidding OMW – On my way ONL – Online OO – Over and out OOC – Out of character OOH – Out of here OOTD – One of these days OOTO – Out of the office OP – On phone ORLY – Oh really? ) S2S – Sorry to say SA-1 – Special Agent 1st Class SA-2 – Special Agent 2nd Class SA-3 – Special Agent 3rd Class SAL – Such a laugh SA – Special Agent SAM – Smart and mouthy SBT – Sorry ’bout that SC – Stay cool SDMB – Sweet dreams, my baby SETE – Smiling Ear-to-Ear SFAIK – So far as I know SH – Same here SH^ – Shut up SHID – Slapping head in disgust SICNR – Sorry, I could not resist SIG2R – Sorry, I got to run SIHTH – Stupidity is hard to take SIMYC – Sorry I missed your call SIS – Snickering in silence SIT – Stay in touch SK8 Skate SK8NG – Skating SK8R – Skater SK8RBOI – Skater Boy SLAP – Sounds like a plan SMHID – Scratching my head in disbelief SNAFU – Situation normal all fouled up SNERT – Snot nosed egotistical rude teenager SO – Significant other SOAB – Son of a Bitch SOB – Son of a Bitch SOHF – Sense of humor failure SOL – Sooner or later SOL – Shit outta luck or Shit out of luck SOK – It’s ok SOMY – Sick of me yet? TAU – Thinking about u (you) TAUMUALU – Thinking about you miss you always love you TBAG – Process of disgracing a corpse, taunting a fragged/killed player () TIA – Thanks in advance TIAD – Tomorrow is another day TIC – Tongue-in-cheek TILIS – Tell it like it is TLK2UL8R – Talk to you later TL – Too long TMB – Text me back TMI – Too much information TMOT – Trust me on this TMTH – Too much to handle TMWFI – Take my word for it TNSTAAFL – There’s no such thing as a free lunch TNT – Till next time TOF – Twisted Old Fuck TOJ – Tears of joy TOU – Thinking of you TOY – Thinking of you TPA – The Port Authority TPM – Tomorrow p.m.
WITW – What in the world WIU – Wrap it up WK – Week WKD – Weekend WRT – With regard to W/O – Without WOMBAT – Waste of money, brains and time WOW – World of Warcraft () WU – What’s up?
WUCIWUG – What you see is what you get WUF – Where are you from?
When it comes time to writing professionally or academically, it is difficult to stop this habits from slipping into the work, as they have been patterned into the way we express ourselves and may seem normal to us but it’s not in any way normal.
In essence, I will advise that we have to be careful with the way we use all these short forms so that they don’t affect our good grammar usage.