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How the heck do you DO that?

Speaking Textese

September 14, 2009

By Emily Dominici

The Scene

DYJHIW you get a text message full of what appears to be jibberish? You try to decipher it because your're a smart person - really you are!

Then after reading it you still end up saying "BTHOOM!"

Ha! The technology monster has once again reared its ugly head. And no matter how bad you want to stop that guy, he's gonna keep coming. The best thing to do is to learn his language - especially if you are a parent of a tween or teen.

So CY DFs, because I'm going to help you. The following is a list of key text messaging shortcuts from that should help you to FITB.

411 - information

4ever - forever

AAF - as a friend

AFK - away from keyboard

AOTA - all of the above

ASAP - as soon as possible

A/S/L? - age, sex, location

B4 - before

B4N - bye for now

BAK - back at the keyboard

BBL - be back later

BEG - big evil grin

BF - boyfriend

BFF - best friends forever

BRB - be right back

BTHOOM - beats the heck out of me

Btw - between you and me

BTW - by the way

CSL - can't stop laughing

CU - see you

CUL or CUL8ER - see you later

CUNS - see you in school

CUOL - see you online

CUZ - because

CYA - see ya

CY - calm yourself

DEGT - don't even go there

DF - dear friend

DGT - don't go there

DIKU - do I know you?

DKDC - don't know don't care

DYJHIW - don't you just hate it when

EG - evil grin

EL - evil Laugh

EM? - excuse me?

F2F - face to face

FC - fingers crossed

FITB - fill in the blanks

GA - go ahead

GAL - get a life

GF - girlfriend

GFN - gone for now

GL - good luck

GMTA - great minds think alike

GR - got to run

H&K - hug and kiss

HA - hello again

HAGD - have a good day

HAGN - have a good night

HB - hurry back

IB - I'm back

IC - I see

ICBW - I could be wrong

IDK - I don't know

IDTS - I don't think so

IGTP - I get the point

IHA - I hate acronyms

ILU - I love you

IMHO - in my humble opinion

IMS - I am sorry

INMP - it's not my problem

IOH - i'm outta here

ISS - I said so

IWALU - I will always love you

IYSS - if you say so

J/C - just checking

JAS - just a sec

JIC - just in case

JK - just kidding

JW - just wondering

K - okay

KEWL - cool

KFY - kiss for you

KIR - keep it real

L8R - later

LDR - long distance relationship

LMIRL - let's meet in real life

LOL - laughing out loud

LTR - long term relationship

LY - love you

LYL - love you lots

M/F - male or female

M8 - mate or mates

MOSS - member of same sex

MOTOS - member of the opposite sex

MTFBWY - may the force be with you

MUSM - miss you so much

NM - never mind

NOYB - not of your business

NP - nosy parents

N/P - no problem

NT - no thanks

NW - no way!

OIC - oh I see

OLL - online love

OMDB - over my dead body

OMG - oh my god

OT - off topic

OTH - off the hook

OTOH - on the other hand

OTP - On the phone

OTW - on the way

P911 - my parents are coming!

PA - parent alert

PDA - public display of affection

PIR -parent in room

PLZ - please

PM - private message

POS - parent over shoulder

PPL - people

RBTL - read between the lines

RUMORF - are you male or female?

SETE - smiling ear to ear

SH - same here

SN - screen name

SO - significant other

SPST - same place same time

STR8 - straight

SU - shut up

SUP or WU - what's up

SYL - see you later

SYS - see you soon

TA - thanks again

TAFN - that's all for now

TAW - teachers are watching

THX - thanks

TIAIL - I think I am in love

TMI - too much information

TOM - tomorrow

TTYL - talk to you later

TU - thank you

U-L? - you will?

UV - unpleasant visual

UW - you're welcome

VBS - very big smile

WC - who cares?

WDYT - what do you think?

W/E - whatever

WFM - works for me

WTG - way to go

WTGP - want to go private?

WYRN - what's your real name?

WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get

YBS - you'll be sorry

YTTT - you telling the truth?

YW - you're Welcome

ZZ - sleeping, bored

So there you have it. Hopefully you are now better equipped to understand the language of text.




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