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IM slang glossary

Our IM slang dictionary defines the most popular and amusing acronyms and slang used in online chat applications.

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comprehensive IM slang glossary -- a list of the most popular, work-related, and just plain funny chat acronyms. Because you certainly don't want anyone ROTFL at you.

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AAAAA: American Association Against Acronym Abuse
AAK: Asleep At Keyboard
AAMOF: As A Matter Of Fact
AAR: At Any Rate
AAR8: At Any Rate
AAS: Alive And Smiling
AATK: Always At The Keyboard
ABT2: About To
ACK: Acknowledge
ADAD: Another Day Another Dollar
ADIP: Another Day In Paradise
ADN: Any Day Now
AEAP: As Early As Possible
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
AFAIC: As Far As I'm Concerned
AFK: Away From Keyboard
AFPOE: A Fresh Pair Of Eyes
AIAMU: And I'm A Monkey's Uncle
AKA or a.k.a:. Also Known As
ANFSCD: And Now For Something Completely Different
AOAS: All Of A Sudden
ASAP: As Soon As Possible
ATM: At The Moment
AWLTP: Avoiding Work Like The Plague
AWOL: Absent Without Leave
AYC: Aren't You Clever
AYK: As You Know
AYSOS: Are You Stupid Or Something
AYTMTB: And You're Telling Me This Because


B/C: Because
B: Back
B4: Before
B4N: Bye For Now
B4U: Before You
B4YKI: Before You Know It
BAK: Back At Keyboard
BAU: Business As Usual
BB: Be Back
BB4N: Bye-Bye for Now
BBIAF: Be Back In A Flash
BBL: Be Back Later
BBS: Be Back Soon
BC: Because
BCNU: Be Seein' You
BDC: Big Dumb Company or Big Dot Com
BEG: Big Evil Grin
BFF: Best Friends Forever
BFN: Bye For Now
BFO: Blinding Flash of the Obvious
BG: Big Grin
BHOF: Bald Headed Old Fart
BICBW: But I Could Be Wrong
BIF: Before I Forget
BION: Believe It Or Not
BKA: Better Known As
BL: Belly Laugh
BMG: Be My Guest
BOTOH: But On The Other Hand
BR: Bathroom
BRB: Be Right Back
BRT: Be Right There
BSBD&NE: Book Smart, Brain Dead & No Experience
BTA: But Then Again
BTDT: Been There, Done That
BTW: By The Way
BTWBO: Be There With Bells On
BW: Best Wishes
BYKT: But You Knew That
BYOA: Bring Your Own Advil


C/S: Change of Subject
C&G: Chuckle And Grin
CAAC: Cool As A Cucumber
CB: Coffee Break
CFN: Ciao For Now
CID: Consider It Done
CMIW: Correct Me if I'm Wrong
CRB: Come Right Back
CRBT: Crying Real Big Tears
CTRN: Can't Talk Right Now
CU: See You
CUL or CUL8R: See You Later
CYA: See Ya
CYL: See You Later
CYM: Check Your Mail


DGA: Don't Go Anywhere
DGT: Don't Go There
DHTB: Don't Have The Bandwidth
DHYB: Don't Hold Your Breath
DIKU: Do I Know You
DIY: Do It Yourself
DKDC: Don't Know Don't Care
DL: Download or Dead Link
DOE: Depends On Experience
DOS: Dozing Off Soon
DQMOT: Don't Quote Me On This
DQYDJ: Don't Quit Your Day Job
DWB: Don't Write Back
DWBH: Don't Worry Be Happy
DYOH: Do Your Own Homework


EMSG: E-Mail Message
EOD: End Of Day
EOM: End Of Message
ESO: Equipment Smarter than Operator
ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
EZ: Easy


F2F: Face-to-Face
FAB: Features Attributes Benefits
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
FC: Fingers Crossed
FITB: Fill In The Blank
FOAF: Friend Of A Friend
FOC: Free of Charge
FSR: For Some Reason
FTASB: Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
FTBOMH: From The Bottom Of My Heart
FWD: Forward
FWIW: For What It's Worth
FYA: For Your Amusement
FYI: For Your Information


G2G: Got To Go
GA: Go Ahead
GAL: Get A Life
GALGAL: Give A Little Get A Little
GBTW: Get Back To Work
GF: Girlfriend
GFC: Going For Coffee
GFETE: Grinning From Ear To Ear
GFI: Go For It
GFN: Gone For Now
GFTD: Gone For The Day
GL: Good Luck
GM: Good Morning
GMAB: Give Me A Break
GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
GR8: Great
GRA: Go Right Ahead
GTG: Got To Go
GTM: Giggle To Myself
GTRM: Going To Read Mail
GW: Good Work


H/O: Hold On
H/P: Hold Please
HB: Hurry Back
HIH: Hope It Helps
HIOOC: Help, I'm Out Of Coffee
HITAKS: Hang In There And Keep Smiling
HSIK: How Should I Know
HTH: Hope This (or That) Helps
HTNOTH: Hit The Nail On The Head


IAE: In Any Event
IANAC: I Am Not A Crook
IANADBIPOOTV: I Am Not A Doctor But I Play One On TV
IBIWISI: I'll Believe It When I See It
IBT: In Between Technology
IBTD: I Beg To Differ
IC: I See
ICBW: I Could Be Wrong
IDC: I Don't Care
IDK: I Don't Know
IGTP: I Get The Point
IHA: I Hate Acronyms
IIRC: If I Recall Correctly
ILA: I Love Acronyms
IM: Instant Messaging
IMAO: In My Arrogant Opinion
IMHEIUO: In My High Exalted Informed Unassailable Opinion
IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
IMNERHO: In My Never Even Remotely Humble Opinion
IMS: I Am Sorry
IOW: In Other Words
ISTR: I Seem To Remember
ISWYM: I See What You Mean
IYO: In Your Opinion


J/C: Just Checking
J/J: Just Joking
J/K: Just Kidding
J/P: Just Playing
J/W: Just Wondering
J2LYK: Just To Let You Know
JAS: Just A Second
JIC: Just In Case


K: Okay
KEWL: Cool
KIS: Keep It Simple
KMP: Keep Me Posted


L8R: Later
LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off
LMK: Let Me Know
LMTCB: Left Message To Call Back
LOL: Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots of Luck (or Love)
LONH: Lights On, Nobody Home
LOPSOD: Long On Promises, Short On Delivery
LWR: Launch When Ready


M4C: Meet for Coffee
MIA: Missing In Action
MOMPL: One Moment Please
M or F: Male or Female
MSG: Message
MTCW: My Two Cents Worth
MTF: More To Follow
MTFBWY: May The Force Be With You
MYOB: Mind Your Own Business


N/A: Not Applicable
N/M: Nothing Much
N2M: Not Too Much
NBD: No Big Deal
NE: Any
NE1: Anyone
NIMJD: Not In My Job Description
NMH: Not Much Here
NOYB: None Of Your Business
NP: No Problem
NRN: No Reply Necessary
NVM: Nevermind
NWR: Not Work Related
NYC: Not Your Concern


OBTW: Oh By The Way
OH: Off Hand
OIC: Oh, I See
OMG: Oh My Gosh
OMIK: Open Mouth, Insert Keyboard
OOC: Out Of Control
ORLY: Oh Really?
OTL: Out To Lunch
OTOH: On The Other Hand
OTP: On The Phone


P&C: Private and Confidential
PLS: Please
PM: Personal Message -or- Private Message
POC: Point Of Contact
POV: Point of View
PPL: People
PS: Post Script
PU: That Stinks


QQ: Quick Question


R&D: Research & Development
R&R: Rest & Relaxation
RN: Right Now
ROTFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
RSN: Real Soon Now
RTK: Return To Keyboard
RU: Are You
RUOK: Are You Okay?


SFX: Sound Effects
SIT: Stay In Touch
SITD: Still In The Dark
SLAP: Sounds Like A Plan
SMOP: Small Matter Of Programming
SOB: Stressed Out Bigtime
SOP: Standard Operating Procedure
SOT: Short On Time
SOW: Speaking Of Which
STD: Seal The Deal
SUL: Snooze You Lose
SUP: What's Up
SWIM: See What I Mean
SWIS: See What I'm Saying
SYS: See You Soon


T@YL: Talk at You Later
TA: Thanks Again
TAFN: That's All For Now
TBC: To Be Continued
TBH: To Be Honest
TC: Take Care
TFX: Traffic
TGIF: Thank God It's Friday
THX or TX or THKS: Thanks
TIA: Thanks In Advance
TIC: Tongue In Cheek
TMI: Too Much Information
TMK: To My Knowledge
TNA: Temporarily Not Available
TNT: Til Next Time
TOBG: This Oughta Be Good
TOM: Tomorrow
TPTB: The Powers That Be
TTFN :Ta Ta For Now
TTYL: Talk To You Later
TY: Thank You
TYVM: Thank You Very Much


U: You
U2: You Too
UN: User Name
UOK: Are You OK?
UPOD: Under Promise Over Deliver
UR: You Are


VFM: Value For Money
VI: Village Idiot
VM: Voice Mail


W/O: Without
WAD: Without A Doubt
WAEF: When All Else Fails
WAYD: What Are You Doing?
WB: Welcome Back -or- Write Back
WBS: Write Back Soon
W/E: Whatever
WFM: Works For Me
WIIFM: What's In It For Me
WIP: Work In Process
WKF: Well Known Fact
WTG: Way To Go
WTTTM: Without Thinking Too Much
WU: What's Up
WYSIWYG: What You See Is What You Get


YBS: You'll Be Sorry
YGLT: You're Gonna Love This
YGTI: You Get The Idea
YHM: You Have Mail
YIU: Yes, I Understand
YKWIM: You Know What I Mean
YOYO: You're On Your Own
YW: You're Welcome
YWIA: You're Welcome In Advance


ZZZ: Sleeping, Bored, Tired


@TEOTD: At The End Of The Day
14AA41: One for All and All for One (in case you're a Musketeer)
2G2BT: Too Good To Be True
2NITE: Tonight
404: I Haven't A Clue
411: Info/Data
4ever: Forever

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