100 Texting Abbreviations


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Are you texting more with the lockdown for Covid-19? I hope my table of 100 Texting Abbreviations is helpful.

Very early texts were limited to 160 characters. To save costs per text, abbreviations helped texters send their messages in smaller packages. Obviously, typing on small phone keyboards and the need to shorten long words and phrases helped fuel texting abbreviations.

Popular Abbreviations

To get you started, here’s a brief list of common abbreviations and their meanings. See the table for the complete list of 100 abbreviations.

  • 2MORO – Tomorrow
  • FOMO – Fear of missing out
  • IKR – I know, right
  • IMO – In my opinion
  • JK – Just kidding
  • LMK – Let me know
  • NP – No problem
  • NVM – Never mind
  • OFC – Of course
  • ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  • TBH – To be honest

Some Foreign Language Abbreviations Lists

Want to expand your horizons? Try learning to text in another language.

Here’s one list of French texting abbreviations (you can find more, of course).

Pimsleur gives proper usage with its list of Spanish texting abbreviations (jaja instead of LOL).

And a list of German texting abbreviations. (Now that’s a language which can really benefit from these! How about “hegl” instead of herzlichen Glückwunsch [congratulations]?)

My Table of 100 Texting Abbreviations

Abbreviation Meaning
1 One or won
2 To, too, or two
8 Ate
@ At
10Q Thank you
1DRFL Wonderful
2G2BT Too good to be true
2MORO Tomorrow
4U For you
AFK Away from keyboard
AIMP Always in my prayers
AKA Also known as
ASAP As soon as possible
B Be
B/C Because
B2W Back to work
B4 Before
BFN Bye for now
BRB Be right back
BZ Busy
CU See you
CUL8R See you later
CYE or CYM Check your email
D/L Download
DIKU Do I Know You?
EM Excuse me
EOM End of message
ETX End of text
EYD Enjoy your day
EZ Easy
F2F Face to face
FOMO Fear of missing out
FYI For your information
GNITE Good night
HAND Have a nice day
IDC I don’t care
IFYP I feel your pain
IHNI I have no idea
IKR I know, right
IMO In my opinion
JK Just kidding
K Okay
LMK Let me know
NP No problem
NVM Never mind
OFC Of course
OTW On the way
PLZ Please
R Are
RLY Really
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
SMH Shaking my head
SUM1 Someone
TBA To be announced
TBH To be honest
TIA Thanks in advance
TMS That makes sense
TNTL Trying not to laugh
TOU Thinking of you
TTYL Talk to you later
U You
UR Your or You’re
W/ With
W/O Without
WFM Works for me
WYWH Wish you were here
Y Why?
YW You’re welcome
HAY How are you?
HF Have fun
HI5 High five
HOAS Hold on a second
JAM Just a minute
L/M Left message
LUK Good luck
NLT No later than
NTK Nice to know
O_O Confused
PEEPS People
PIC Picture
PLS or PLZ Please
Q4U Question for you
RNN Reply not necessary
S2U Same to you
SIT Stay in touch
SOS Help
T2GO Time to go
TBL Text back later
THX Thanks
TMI Too much information
TOU Thinking of you
U/L Upload
UMK You must know
VM Voice mail
W8 Wait
WRU Where are you?
WUP What’s up?
XD A really hard laugh
YD Yesterday
YT YouTube

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