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What’s the Meaning of fyi, 143, lmao, rofl, lol, & Other Chat terms?

Many people encounter internet slang and acronyms like “lol,” “omg,” “thx,” “wtf,” “lmao,” etc. on blogs, chat, email, image boards, text messages and forums. You may be scratching your head wondering what these words mean. Well, now you can sit back and relax because today there will be no more head scratching. I am going to reveal the definition of these words.

Not so long ago, most teenagers’ text messages read to other people like a jumble of seemingly disconnected letters, numbers, and odd punctuation. Using a combination of shortened words, creative spellings, and a liberal sprinkling of unusual punctuation, teen text message mavens created their own form of language — so-called text speak (a term itself boiled down to “txtspk”).

These days, teens are texting more than ever, but the advent of QWERTY smartphone keyboards, predictive text, autocorrect, and the removal of message character limits should allow young social butterflies the opportunity to type full, real words. However, the confusing shorthand continues to live on anyway. With the help of Twitter, the microblogging site that still limits each post to a mere 140 characters, abbreviated slang appears to be here to stay.

To help you in your quest to decode your kids’ space-constrained text babble, we’ve compiled a list of popular terms and abbreviations. Don’t be surprised if you see variations when it comes to capitalization or style; it’s common for some kids to prefer all caps to lowercase or even changing capitalization, whether at the beginning or middle of a message.

These 92 terms are among the most popular, but know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

And here we go:

  • lol – laughing out loud
  • omg – oh my God
  • rofl – rolling on the floor laughing
  • lmao – laugh my @$$ off
  • brb – be right back
  • afk-away from keyboard
  • Dos-Dozing off soon
  • ty – thank you
  • np – no problem
  • fyi – for your information
  • ttyl -Talk to you later
  • 143 I love you (popularized by no less awesome a source than Mister Rogers himself)
  • thx – Thanks
  • Lshccomnaiweda – Laughing so hard coke came out my nose and i wasn’t even drinking any
  • bak– Back at the keyboard
  • toy– Thinking of you
  • ybs– You will be sorry
  • asl – age sex location?
  • omfg – oh my funky God
  • idk – I don’t Know
  • boy – beginning of year
  • wtf – what the f***
  • wth – what the hell
  • kutgw – keep up the good work
  • idk – I don’t know
  • imo -in my opinion
  • coz – because
  • ooo – one on one OR out of office
  • gtg – got to go
  • h8 – hate
  • bol – busts out laughing
  • b2b – business to business
  • stfu – shut the f*** up.
  • DIY – do it yourself
  • ASAP – as soon as possible
  • w8 – Wait

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