E-Mail/BBS Acronyms

A few of the more common electronic communications acronyms are individually included and expanded on these pages. This page expands some of the others you may encounter. Please note that shortcuts are frequently made up on the spot so there is no possibility of including every acronym you may encounter here. You may also see these in either lower or upper case. I've used upper case here for clarity.

A second page covers some of the text art used in electronic communications (emoticons or smileys).

  4EVR - Forever
  AAAAA - American Association Against Acronym Abuse
  ADR - Address
  AFAIC - As Far As I'm Concerned
  AFAIK - As Far As I Know
  AFAYC - As Far As You're Concerned
  AFK - Away From Keyboard
  AISI - As I See It
  AKA - Also Known As
  ALOL - Actually Laughing Out Loud
  AML - All My Love
  ANFSCD - And Now For Something Completely Different
  ASAP - As Soon As Possible
  ASL - Age/Sex/Location
  ASLMH - Age/Sex/Location/Music/Hobbies
  ATM - At The Moment
  AWOL - Absent Without Leave
  B/C - Because
  B4 - Before
  BAK - Back At Keyboard
  BBFN - Bye Bye For Now
  BBL - Be Back Later
  BBS - Be Back Soon
  BBSL - Be Back Sooner or Later
  BCNU - Be Seeing You
  BCOZ - Because
  BEOS - Nudge
  BFN - Bye For Now
  BKA - Better Known As
  BRB - Be Right Back
  BRT - Be Right There
  BTW - By The Way
  BUAYA - To Sweet Talk You
  CFV - Call For Vote
  CU - See You (good bye)
  CUL - See You Later
  CUL8ER - See You Later
  CY - Calm Yourself
  CYA - Cover Your A__
  DH - Dear Hubby (Husband)
  DL - Download
  DMI - Don't Mention It
  DOD - We could tell you but then we'd have to kill you!
  DUCT - Did You See That?
  EG - Evil Grin
  EL - Evil Laugh
  F2F - Face to Face
  FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
  FAQL - Frequently Asked Questions List
  FAWC - For Anyone Who Cares
  FFK - Fong Fei Kei - To Stand You Up
  FOAF - Friend Of A Friend
  FTASB - Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
  FTF - Face To Face
  FTL - Faster Than Light
  FUBAR - F_____d Up Beyond All Recognition
  FWIW - For What It's Worth
  FYA - For Your Amusement
  FYI - For Your Information
  GA - Go Ahead
  GALGAL - Give A Little Get A Little
  GBH - Great Big Hug
  GD&R - Grinning, Ducking and Running (usually after snide remark)
  GG - Good Game
  GGN - Gotta Go Now
  GL - Good Luck
  GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
  GR8 - Great
  HIH - Hope It Helps
  HILIACACLO - Help I Lapsed Into A Coma And Can't Log Off
  HTH - Hope This Helps
  HUGZ - Hugs
  IAE - In Any Event
  IANAL - I Am Not A Lawyer
  IAT - I am Tired
  IC - I See
  ICBW - I Could Be Wrong
  IDK - I Don't Know
  IGTP - I Get The Point
  IHNO - I Have No Opinion
  IHTFP - I Have Truly Found Paradise (I Hate This F_____n Place)
  IIR - If I Recall
  IIRC - If I Recall Correctly
  IM - Instant Message
  IMAO - In My Arrogant Opinion
  IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
  IMNSHO - In My Not-So-Humble Opinion
  IMO - In My Opinion
  INPO - In No Particular Order
  IOW - In Other Words
  IRL - In Real Life
  IYKWIM - If You Know What I Mean
  IYKWIMAITYD - If You Know What I Mean And I Think You Do
  JK (or J/K) - Just Kidding
  JM2C - Just My 2 Cents
  JT - Just Teasing
  K - Okay
  KBD - Keyboard
  KEWL - Cool
  KOK - Knock
  KOTC - Kiss On The Cheek
  KOTL - Kiss On The Lips
  L8R - Later
  LMAO - Laughing My A__ Off
  LOL - Laughing Out Loud
  LOLA - Laugh Out Loud Again
  LOOL - Laughing Outragously Out Loud
  LWR - Launch When Ready
  LYLAS - Love You Like a Sister
  MOMPL - One Moment Please
  MOO - Multi-user Dungeon Object-Oriented
  MOTAS - Member Of The Appropriate Sex
  MOTOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex
  MOTSS - Member Of The Same Sex
  MSG - Message
  MTBF - Mean Time Between Failure
  MTFBWY - May The Force Be With You
  MUAK - Smooch
  MUD - Multiple User Dungeon
  MUSH - Multi User Shared Hallucination
  N/A - Not Acceptable
  N1 - Nice One
  NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreement
  NM - Nevermind
  NP - No Problem
  NRN - No Reply Necessary
  NTK - Nice To Know
  OB- - Obligatory (as a prefix)
  OBJOKE - Obligatory Joke
  OIC - Oh, I See!
  OK - All Correct (I Approve)
  OMG - Oh My God
  ONNA - Oh No, Not Again
  ONNTA - Oh No, Not This Again
  OOI - Out Of Interest
  OS - Operating System
  OTOH - On The Other Hand
  OTOOH - On The Other Other Hand
  OUSU - Oh, You Shut Up
  PD - Public Domain
  PDA - Public Display of Affection
  PIAK - Slap In The Face
  PITA - Pain In The A__
  PLS - Please
  PM - Personal Message
  PMFJI - Pardon Me For Jumping In
  PMIGBOM - Put Mind In Gear Before Opening Mouth
  PMJI - Pardon My Jumping In
  POV - Point of View
  PPL - People
  PS - Post Script
  QL - Quit Laughing!
  QS - Quit Scrolling
  QT - Cutie
  RBAY - Right Back At Ya
  RE - Regards or Hello Again
  RFC - Request For Comments
  RFD - Request For Discussion
  RFI - Request For Information
  RL - Real Life
  ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
  ROFLASTC - Rolling On Floor Laughing And Scaring The Cat
  ROFLGO - Rolling On Floor Laughing Guts Out
  ROFLMAO - Rolling On Floor Laughing My A__ Off!
  ROFLOL - Rolling On Floor Laughing Out Loud
  ROTFL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  ROTFLABIC - Rolling On The Floor Laughing And Biting Into Carpet
  ROTFLOL - Rolling On The Floor Laughing Out Loud
  RTFAQ - Read The FAQ
  RTFM - Read The F___ing Manual
  RX - Regards (Regs)
  SCNR - Sorry Couldn't Resist
  SED - Said Enough Darling
  SF - Science Fiction
  SFETE - Smiling From Ear To Ear
  SMAIM - Send Me An Instant Message
  SME - Subject Matter Expert
  SNAFU - Situation Normal, All F___ed Up
  SNAILMAIL - Postal Mail Service
  SO - Significant Other (e.g., spouse, boy/girlfriend)
  SOHF - Sense Of Humor Failure
  SPAM - Stupid Persons' Advertisement
  SSEWBA - Someday Soon, Everything Will Be Acronyms
  SU - Shut Up
  SWAG - Scientific Wild A__ Guess
  SWALK - Sealed With A Loving Kiss
  TAS - Taking A Shower
  TFDS - That's For Darn Sure
  THANX - Thanks
  THX - Thanks
  TIA - Thanks In Advance
  TIC - Tongue In Cheek
  TNC - Tongue In Cheek
  TNX - Thanks
  TPTB - The Powers That Be
  TSR - Terminal and Stay Resindent
  TTFN - Ta Ta For Now
  TTYL - Talk To You Later
  TWIMC - To Whom It May Concern
  TY - Thank You
  TYVM - Thank You Very Much
  U - You
  U2 - You Too?
  UR - Your
  VBG - Very Big Grin
  VBS - Very Big Smile
  VEG - Very Evil Grin
  VSF - Very Sad Face
  W/ - With
  W/B - Write Back
  W/O - without
  WAD - Without A Doubt
  WB - Welcome Back
  WBS - Write Back Soon
  WEG - Wicked Evil Grin
  WISP - Winning Is So Pleasureable
  WNOHGB - Were No One Has Gone Before
  WRT - With Respect To
  WT - Without Thinking
  WTG - Way To Ggo
  WTH - What The Heck
  WTTM - Without Thinking To Much
  WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get
  WYWH - Wish You Were Here
  XM - Excuse Me
  XME - Excuuuuse Me
  XO - Hugs, Kisses
  Y - Why
  YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary
  YTTDSFATCCSH - Yours Till The Desert Sands Freeze And The Camels Come Skating Home
  YW - Your Welcome
  YWIA - You're Welcome In Advance
  ZZZ - Sleeping, Bored, Tired