Chatroom Acronyms, Text Abbreviations

Chat room acronyms are text abbreviations used to quickly express common emotions or actions while typing. The most ubiquitous example would probably be “LOL.” Short for “laughing out loud”, this acronym has made its way out of chat rooms and into popular culture, appearing in movies, TV and print quite often.

Acronyms are important in text-based conversations as they add a layer of depth without bogging the conversation down. People can quickly express how they are feeling or something they are doing without having to type out a lengthy description that would destroy the pace and flow of conversation. A popular functional acronym is “AFK”, short for “away from keyboard”, which allows someone to quickly notify the chat that they’ve had to step away from the computer.

Acronyms can also be used to cuss without actually cussing. Popular acronyms that include “swear words” include WTF, FFS, PITA, RTFM and BFD. The meaning is understood, but these acronyms by themselves are generally not considered profanity and will not be prohibited in chats and on message boards where more salty language can potentially get users banned.

Here are some of the most common acronyms that anyone navigating the internet should be familiar with:

  • AFAIC : As Far As I’m Concerned
  • AKA: Also Known As
  • ASAP: As Soon As Possible
  • ASL: Age/Sex/Location?
  • B/C : Because
  • B4: Before
  • BRB: Be Right Back
  • BTW: By The Way
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • GTG: Got To Go
  • IANAL/INAL: I Am Not A Lawyer
  • IDK: I Don’t Know
  • IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • J/K: Just kidding
  • K: OK
  • L8R: Later
  • MSG: Message
  • OIC: Oh, I See
  • OMG: Oh My God
  • P2P: Peer To Peer
  • PLZ: Please
  • PM: Private Message
  • ROFL: Rolling On Floor Laughing
  • THX: Thanks
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • WAH: Work At Home
  • WUF: Where You From?