A Parent's Guide to Understanding Online and Texting Acronyms

In this article, you will find:

A brief glossary of terms

Here is a more comprehensive list of popular online and texting acronyms.

AAK - Asleep at the keyboard
AAR8 - At any rate
AFAIK - As far as I know
AFK - Away from keyboard
ASAP - As soon as possible
A/S/L - Age/Sex/Location
ATM - At the moment
ATW - Around the web

B - Back
B4N - Bye for now
BBS - Be back soon
BC - Because
BF - Boyfriend
BFF - Best friend forever
BFN - Bye for now
BG - Big grin
BMG - Be my guest
BOTOH - But on the other hand
BRB - Be right back
BTDT - Been there, done that
BTW - By the way

CD9 - Code 9: Parents nearby
CSL - Can't stop laughing
COZ - Because
CU - See you
CUL or CUL8R - See you later

DOS - Dad over shoulder
DQMOT - Don't quote me on this

EZ - Easy
EG - Evil grin

F2F - Face to face
FAQ - Frequently asked questions
FWIW - For what it's worth
FYI - For your information

G2G - Got to go
GAL - Get a life
GF - Girlfriend
GG - Gotta go
GGN - Gotta go now
GL - Good luck
GR8 - Great
GTG - Got to go
GW - Good work

H8 - Hate
HAK - Hugs and kisses

IC - I see
IDC - I don't care
IDK - I don't know
ILY - I love you
IM - Instant message
IMHO - In my humble opinion
IMNSHO - In my not so humble opinion
IMO - In my opinion
IOW - In other words
IRL - In real life

JK - Just kidding

K - Okay

L8 - Late
L8R - Later
LOL - Laughing out loud

MIRL - Meet in real life
MorF - Male or female
MOS - Mom over shoulder

NE - Any
NBD - No big deal
NP - No problem

OIC - Oh, I see
OMG - Oh my God
OTP - On the phone

P911 - Parent emergency
PAW - Parents are watching
PIR - Parent in room
PLS - Please
PLZ - Please
POS - Parent over shoulder
POV - Point of view
PRW - Parents are watching

Q - Question

ROFL - Rolling on floor laughing
ROTFL - Rolling on the floor laughing
RL - Real life
RUOK - Are you okay?

SIT - Stay in touch
SOZ - Sorry
SYS - See you soon
S2R - Send to receive

TAFN - That's all for now
TBH - To be honest
THX - Thanks
TTFN - Ta ta for now
TTYL - Talk to you later
TY - Thank you

U - You
U2 - You too

WE - Whatever
WTG - Way to go
WTH - What the hell
WU - What's up?

XO - Hugs and kisses

Y - Why?
YT - You there?