Understanding IM Lingo

by Marc Majers
Last updated: March 2006

Instant Messenger (IM) has dramatically transformed our lives because it’s such a powerful communication tool. IM users speak in a different language and below is some common IM lingo. Many IM users carry on 3 or 4 conversations on at one time; now I understand how they can because of this digital shorthand language.

AFK – Away from keyboard

AIM – AOL Instant Messenger
ASAP – As soon as possible
ASL – Age / Sex / Location
ATM – At The Moment

B – I’m back
BBFN – Bye bye for now
BBL – I’ll be back later
BBS – Be Back Soon
BF – Boyfriend
BFN – Bye for now
BG – Big grin
BO – Brain overload
BRB – I’ll be right back
BTW – By The Way

CMIIW – Correct me if I’m wrong
CTN – Can’t Talk Now
CU – See you
CUI Cracking Up Inside
CUL8R / CULR – See you later

DN – Don’t Know

EG – Evil grin

FIIOOH – Forget it. I’m out of here
FITB- Fill in the blank
FYI For Your Information

G – Grin
G2G – I’ve got to go
GF – Girlfriend
GG – Gotta Go

HW – HomeWork

IDC – I Don’t Care
IDK – I Don’t Know
IMHO – In my humble opinion
IMO – In my opinion

JAS – Just A Second

JIC – Just In Case

JIT – Just In Time

JK – Just kidding
JW – Just wondering

KOTC – Kiss On The Cheek

L8R – Later

LMAO – Laughing My A$$ Off

LOL – I’m laughing out loud

LYL – Love You Lots

LYLAB – Love Ya Like A Brother

LYLAS – Love You Like A Sister

NE1 – Anyone

NFC – No F’ing Clue

NJ – No Joke

NM / NVM – Nevermind

NM – Not Much

NP – No Problem

OIC – Oh I See

OMG – Oh my gosh

PLS or PLZ – Please

POS / “9” – Parent Over Shoulder

PPL – People

ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

SHR – Shower

SN – Screen Name

SRY – Sorry

STFU – Shut The F Up

STFW – Search The F Web

SW- So What?

THX – Thanks

TIC – Tongue in cheek

TMI To Much Information
TTFNR – Ta-Ta For Now

TTUL8R – Talk to You Later

TTYL – I’ll talk to you later

TY – Thank You

WB – Welcome back

WTF – What The F

WTH – What The He||

YT – You There

YTB – You’re The Best

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