Most Common Acronyms and Abbreviations Used Online

Most Common Acronyms and Abbreviations use online
Most Common Acronyms and Abbreviations use online

You will learn what BAE, INB$, BTFO and other tons of more acronyms and abbreviations stand for, meaning, difference and how to use it. If you are going online or using an instant messaging app or text message and come across an acronym or abbreviation that seems to make sense to all people but you. In this article you will see the most popular acronyms and abbreviations that using online, Email, Chat, SMS and Text messages.

What is the Difference between Acronyms and Abbreviations?


An acronym from the Latin word acro- meaning “beginning” + -onym meaning “word, name” is a name or word from the initial components of a longer phrase or name usually using the individual initial letters or from the letters of the descriptive title or name. For example, EU or NATO, but sometimes is using syllables, as in Benelux, or a mixture of the two, as in radar.


  1. ASAP: As soon as possible
  2. Radar: radio detecting and ranging

The word initialism uses the same way. But the word or phrase is pronounced letter by letter.


  1. UAE-United Arab Emirate
  2. BBC: British Broadcasting Corporation

And last but not least, there are many units and/ or symbols of reference, like kg for kilogram or min for a minute.


An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase, by anyway and used mainly in the writing to represent the entire form. Drive from Latin word brevi³re → brevis meaning “short”. It may consist of a group lower cases of letters do count or words taken from the full version of phrase or word usually has a full stop at the end.


  1. Dr. for Doctor
  2. Approx for approximate
  3. Abbr. for abbreviation
  4. Pro.  For Professor

Why Acronyms are so popular this time?

The important reason of why acronyms are so broadly used. Now days has everything to do with the time it takes to enter out a word. It is easier and faster to type only three letters out than it is to type completely.

More public is also conversation or chatting using their Smartphone, mean of this they are on the go when sending text messages, commenting on a Reddit thread or Tweeting on Twitter, updating their Facebook statuses. All the people are busy, and nobody has time to waste typing on their own mobile phone devices –  That is why the acronyms are so handy.

When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Use Acronyms

The best time to of using acronyms in casual chatting between relatives, beloved, friends, and acquaintances. If you are communicating with anyone about a professional matter – it is best to use proper grammar and spelling to be respectful.

Keeping Track of the Most Popular Acronyms and Abbreviations

New acronyms and abbreviations are rising up every day and there’s an unlimited number of them available. Some are used by almost everybody while others don’t catch on very well.

Most Popular Online Acronyms

Let’s show you a brief cheat sheet or list of some of the most used acronyms, web abbreviations, and internet slang used online. Whenever you want to clear your acronyms and phrase, consider re-marking this page, or that you need to find out when you recognized a term.

Cheat Sheet of Acronyms

Acronyms Meaning
?/10 Funny stats, like “10/10 would snuggle that puppy”, or “10/10 that car is amazing”
AFAIK As Far As I Know
AFAIC As Far As I’m Concerned
AFK Away from Keyboard
AFAIR As Far As I Recall/Remember
AAMOF As a Matter of Fact
ACK Acknowledgment
AKA Also known as
2F4U Too Fast For You
4YEO FYEO For Your Eyes Only
B2K BTK Back to Keyboard
BTW By the Way
BTT Back to Topic
B/C Because
CTFU Cracking The F*** Up
CU See you
C&P Copy and Paste
CYS Check your Settings
DS Dear Son
DIY Do it Yourself
DGMW Don’t get me wrong
EOM End of Message
EOBD End of Business Day
EOD End of Discussion
EOT End of Thread / .. Text / .. Transmission
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FWM F*** With Me
FKA Formerly known as
FAQ Frequently asked Questions
FACK Full Acknowledge
FTW Fuck the World / For the Win
FWIW For what it’s Worth
FYI / JFYI (Just) For your Information
HBIC Head B**** In Charge
HTH Hope this Helps
HT Hat Tip
HIFW, HIFRW How I Feel When, How I Feel Right When
HF Have fun
HRU How Are You?
HML Hit My Line
IDK I Don’t Know
IDGI I Don’t Get It
IDTS I Don’t Think So
IGHT Alright
IIRC If I Recall Correctly, If I Remember Correctly
IKR? I Know, Right?
ILY I Love You
IRL In Real Life (used to talk about something that is not online)
IMHO In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion
IMY I Miss You
IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean
IMO In My Opinion
inb4 In Before (used to indicate superiority somehow)
ISTG I Swear To God
JFC Jesus F***ing Christ
KMSL Killing Myself Laughing
KTFO Knocked The F*** Out
LGHT Let God Handle That
LML Love My Life
LOL Laugh Out Loud
LMA Leave Me Alone
LMK Let Me Know
LOML Love Of My Life
MFW My Face When
MHM Mhmm (Yes)
MMW Mark my Words
MRW My Reaction When; Me Right When
MT Modified Tweet, Mistell, Missed Tell
MWF Married White Female/Monday, Wednesday, Friday
NBD No Big Deal
noob n00b Newbie
N/A Not Available / Applicable
NGL Not Gonna Lie
NRN No Reply Necessary
NSFB Not Safe For Breakfast or Bedtime (disturbing content)
NaN Not a Number
NMU Not Much, You?
NOYB None of your Business
NNTR No need to Reply
OFN On Foe Nem
OTOH On the other Hand
OT Off-Topic
OOMF One Of My Followers/Friends
OMG Oh My God, Oh My Goodness, Oh My Gosh
OP Original Poster (original person who posted the story)
OMD Oh My Damn
OTW On The Way
POV Point of View
PTFO Passed The F*** Out
PEBKAC Problem exists between Keyboard and Chair
RGR Roger
RUH Are You Horny
RSVP Repondez s’il vous plait (French: Please reply)
RN Right Now
RTFM Read the fine Manual
RT Retweet
ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
Shawty An Attractive Woman
SMDH Shaking My Damn Head
SCNR Sorry, could not Resist
SMH Shaking My Head
SOML Story of My Life
SFLR Sorry, for late Reply
SPOC Single Point of Contact
TBA To be Announced
TWSS That’s What She Said
TBH To Be Honest
TBC To be Continued / To be Confirmed
TFTI Thanks For The Invite
TIA Thanks in Advance
TBT Truth Be Told
TFW That Feel When
TTFN Ta-Ta For Now
TGIF Thanks God, its Friday
THNX Thanks
TMR Tomorrow
THX TNX Thanks
TIL Today I Learned
TL;DR Too Long; Didn’t Read
TYVM Thank You Very Much
TYT Take your Time
TMW Tomorrow
TQ Thank You
TTYL Talk to you Later
TMYK The More You Know
TMI Too Much Information
TTYTT To Tell You The Truth
WTV Whatever
WFH Working From Home
WYM What Do You Mean
WTH What The Hell/Heck
WUD What You Doing
YOLO You Only Live Once
WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get
YWA You’re Welcome
YH Yeah
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary (usually in reference to a personal anecdote that won’t be universally applicable)

Most Popular Online Abbreviations and Text Messaging (Short Message Service)

I will share with you the most common and famous abbreviations for text messaging or the internet on your Smartphone. You can get easily all the text shortcuts, acronyms, and abbreviations used by more experienced users. The below list will help you out and including a compilation of fifty most popular and common abbreviations used in the social media platforms, text messages IMS, etc. Where users can use only short letters or a few type letters to chat an idea or thought. 

Cheat Sheet SMS Abbreviations and Text Messaging

2moro Tomorrow
2nte Tonight
AEAP As Early as Possible
ASAP As Soon as Possible
ALAP As Late as Possible
ASL Age / Sex / Location?
B4YKI Before You Know it
B3 Blah, Blah, Blah
BM&Y Between Me and You
BRB Be right Back
BRT Be right There
BFF Best Friends, Forever
BTAM Be that as it May
CTN Cannot talk now
C-P Sleepy
CWOT Complete Waste of Time
CUS See You Soon
CYT See You Tomorrow
EM? Excuse Me?
EOD End of Day
E123 Easy as 1, 2, 3
FC Fingers Crossed
FOAF Friend of a Friend
F2F Face to Face
GR8 Great
HAK Hugs and Kisses
IDK I Don’t Know
IDC I Don’t Care
ILU / ILY I Love You
IRL In Real Life
IMU I Miss You
J/K Just Kidding
JTLYK Just to Let You Know
JC Just Checking
KMN Kill Me Now
KFY Kiss for You
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
L8R Later
MoF Male or Female
MYOB Mind Your Own Business
MTFBWY May the Force be with You
NC No Comment
NAZ Name, Address, ZIP
N-A-Y-L In a While
NP No Problem
NTIM Not that it Matters
NM Never Mind / Nothing Much
NSFW Not Safe for Work
NIMBY Not in my Backyard
NVM Never Mind
OIC Oh, I See
OATUS On a totally Unrelated Subject
OTL Out to Lunch
OMW On My Way
OTP On the Phone
PAL Parents are Listening
P911 Parent Alert
PIR Parent in Room
PAW Parents are Watching
PROP(S) Proper Respect / Proper Recognition
POS Parent over Shoulder
QT Cutie
RU Are You
RN Right Now
SITD Still in the Dark
SEP Someone else’s Problem
SMIM Send Me an Instant Message
SLAP Sounds like a Plan
SO Significant Other
TMI Too Much Information
UR Your / You are
WB Welcome Back
W8 Wait
WYWH Wish You Were Here
WYCM Will You Call Me?
XOXOXOX Hugs, Kisses, …

Important Note:

Keep in mind one thing if using the above acronyms are written in All CAPS, it is not compulsory to use the lowercase or capital letters, and most users tend to mix upper it depending on your own taste. If you use caps for the acronyms themselves is normally not considered poor netiquette, however writing whole sentences or words in ALL CAPS is usually read as shouting, and thus easily considered offensive.

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