Internet Slang Glossary

Texting, instant messaging, and emailing on the Internet have had a big impact on how people communicate.

Shortened phrases and words and widespread use of acronyms have become very common as people have found ways to type text quickly without having to enter long words and phrases. Internet slang has also become firmly embedded in the way people communicate, even if you're not using a router to get your message across. Slang and acronyms also help people express emotion via written text, which can be hard when you can't see someone's face or hear their voice. Learning popular Internet slang can help anyone communicate more quickly and efficiently online.

internet slang cheat sheet

ABT2: About to

ACC: Anyone can come

ADAD: Another day, another dollar

AOTA: All of the above

ASAP: As soon as possible

ATM: At the moment

AYSOS: Are you stupid or something?

B4N: Bye for now

BAG: Bust a gut

BAM: Below-average mentality

BFF: Best friends forever

BN: Bad news

BRB: Be right back

CD9: Code 9 (parents around)

CM: Call me

CT: Can't talk

CYA: See you

DC: Disconnect

Derp: Stupid or silly

DIKU: Do I know you

d00d: Dude

DR: Didn't read

FTW: For the win

FYI: For your information

EI: Eat it

Embar: Embarrassing

ES: Erase screen

FBM: Fine by me

G2G: Got to go

G9: Genius

GA: Go ahead

GAL: Get a life

HBU: How about you

HHIS: Head hanging in shame

HML: Hate my life

HTH: Hope this helps

IC: I see

ICBW: It could be worse

IDBI: I don't believe it

IDK: I don't know

Ight: Alright

IGN: I've got nothing

IKR: I know, right?

ILY: I love you

IMO: In my opinion

IRL: In real life

Jelly: Jealous

JJA: Just joking around

JK: Just kidding

KISS: Keep it simple, stupid


KOC: Kiss on cheek

L8R: Later

LMK: Let me know

LOL: Laugh out loud

MIRL: Meet in real life

MOS: Mother over shoulder

NBD: No big deal

NE1: Anyone

NM: Never mind

NP: No problem

OFC: Of course

OOAK: One of a kind

OMG: Oh my God

ORLY: Oh really?

OTOH: On the other hand

PDA: Public display of affection

Peeps: People

PIR: Parents in room

QL: Quit laughing

QQ: Quick question

RLY: Really

RN: Right now

RT: Roger that

SMH: Shake my head

SOML: Story of my life

SOZ: Sorry

TFTI: Thanks for the invite

TIL: Today I learned

TMI: Too much information

TTFN: Ta ta for now

TTYL: Talk to you later

WB: Welcome back

WYD: What you doing

WYM: What you mean

WYSIWYG: What you see is what you get

Y: Why

YMMV: Your mileage may vary

YW: You're welcome

YWA: You're welcome anyway

?: I have a question

^^: Read message above

<3: Heart

.02: Two cents' worth

1TG: One left to go

121: One-to-one

182: I hate you

10X: Thanks

10Q: Thank you

1CE: Once

1DR: I wonder

1NAM: One in a million

20: Location

2EZ: Too easy

2G2BT: Too good to be true

2M2H: Too much to handle

2MOR: Tomorrow

2N8: Tonight

411: Information

404: I don't know

420: Let's get high

459: I love you

4AO: For adults only

4COL: For crying out loud

4EAE: Forever and ever

^5: High five

555: Sobbing or crying

6Y: Sexy

7K: Sick

86: Over

88: Hugs and kisses

9: Parent is watching

*s*: Smile

*w*: Wink

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