Text Message Slang

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According to Nielsen Mobile, Americans have become little more than touch-typing androids:  sending 1’s and 0’s to one another as a means of communication.
Text Messages Vs. Calling
As of the fourth quarter of 2007, it turns out that US cell subscribers sent text messages more than they phoned - for the first time ever. And since then, the averages subscriber’s # of text messages has increased 64 percent as the # of actual calls (what are those?) has dropped slightly.

According to the folks at Nielsen, this is all attributed to spread of the new QWERTY-style kepads on cellphones. QWERTY owners send 54 percent MORE text messages than folks with ordinary keypads.

Additionally, companies are now offering larger text messaging plans (unlimited in many cases) where it actually makes more financial sense to send a few lines of text than to engage in a full-on conversation that could potentially put you over your monthly minute threshold.

By far, the most prolific texters are teenagers ages 13-17, who pump out 1,742 messages a month, according to Nielsen Mobile.

Nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. teens say their social life would end or be worsened without their cell phone, and nearly six in 10 (57 percent) credit their mobile device with improving their life, according to a national survey from CTIA and Harris Interactive,

Teens say texting has advantages over talking because it offers more options, including multitasking, speed, the option to avoid verbal communication, and because it is fun - in that order, according to the study.

With more than 1 billion text messages sent each day, it is no surprise that 42 percent of teens say they can text blindfolded, the study found.

Here’s a growing list of SMS slang to keep your “conversations” up to speed:

2DAY -today
2MORO -tomorrow
2NITE -to night
AAM -as a matter of fact
AB -ah bless!
ADctd2Luv -addicted to love
AFAIC -as far as i know
AKA -also known as
ALIWanIsU - all i want is you
ALOrO -all or nothing
AML -as soon as possilbe
ATB -all the best
B4 -before
BaBitsU -baby it’s you
BBFN -bye bye for now
BBSD -be back soon darling
BCNU -be seeing you
BdBy -bad boy
BF -boy friend
BFN -bye for now
BGWM -be gentle with me (please)
BRB -be right back
BTW -by the way
BYKT -but you knew that
Cld9? -cloud 9?
CMIIW -correct me if i’m wrong
CSThnknAU -can’t stop thinking about you
CU -see you
CUIMD -see you in my dreams
CUL8R -see you later
CYA -see ya
D8 -date
DLTBBB -don’t let the bed bugs bit
4EVRYRS -for ever yours
EOL -end of lecture
F2T -free to talk
FITB -fill in the blank
FWIW -for what it’s worth
FYEO -for your eyes only
FYI -for your information
GAO -glad all over
GF -girl friend
GG -good game
GMeSumLuvin -gimme some lovin’
GMTA -great minda think alike
Gr8 -great
GrOvyBab -groovy baby
GrwOldWivMe -grow old with me
GSOH -good salary, own home
GSOH -good sense of humour
GTSY -glad to see you
H8 -hate
HAGN -have a good night
HAND -have a nice day
HITULThtILuvU? -have i told you lately that i love you?
HidMeClse -hold me close
Hot4U -hot for you
HTH -hope this helps
H&K -hug and kiss
IAC -in any case
ICLW\YLuv -I can’t live without your love
IDK -I don’t know
IDntDsrveU -I don’t deserve you
IGotUBbe -I got you babe
IIRC -if I recall correctly
IJC2SalLuvU -I just called to say I love you
ILUVU -I love you
IMBLuv -it must be love
IMHO -in my humble opinion
IMNSHO -in my not so humble opinion
ImRdy4Luv -I’m ready for love
ImT14U -I’m the one for you
IOW -in other words
IOWAN2BWU -I only want to be with you
IYKWIN -If you know what i mean
IYSS -if you say so
JM2p -just my two pennyworth
JstCLMe -just call me
KIT -keep in touch
KOTC -kiss on the cheek
KOTL -kiss on the lips
L8 -late
L8R -later
LETA -letter
LOL -laugh out loud
LMAO -laughing my ass off
LstinU -lost in you
LTNC -long time no see
LtsGt2gthr -let’s get together
LuvU -love you
Luv2LuvUBab -love to love you baby
LuvisTDrug -love is the drug
LuvMeLuvMyDog -love me, love my dog
M$ULkeCraZ -miss you like crazy
MBURBMJ -my but you’re beautiful Miss Jones
MGB -may god bless
MkeMyDaSa+! -make my day, say yes
MMDP -make my day punk!
Mob -mobile
MYOB -mind your own business
NE -any
NE1 -anyone
NO1 -no-one
MO -moment
OIC -oh, I see
OTOH -on the other hand
PCM -please call me
PLS -please
PPL -people
QT -cutie
R -are
ResQMe -rescue me
RMB -ring my bell
RmbaYaMne -remember you’re mine
ROTFL -roll on the floor laughing
RU? -are you?
RUOK? -are you okay (ok)
Salt&ILDoIT -say it & I’ll do it
SETE -Smiling ear to ear
SIT -stay in touch
SITD -still in the dark
SO -significant other
SOH -sense of humour
SOHF -sense of humour failure
SOME1 -someone
SRy -sorry
StckOnU -stuck on you
StndByYaMan -stand by your man
SvnALMyLuv4U -saving all my love for you
SWALK -sent with a loving kiss
SWG -scientific wild guess
SYS -see you soon
2Hot2Hndle -to hot to handle
TDTU -totally devoted to you
THNQ -thank you
Thx -thanks
Ti2GO -time to go
TIC -tongue in cheek :-p
TkeAChnceOnMe? -take a chance on me?
TLMeImDrmn -tell me I’m dreaming
TMIY -take me I’m yours
TPTB -the powers that be
TTFN -ta ta for now
TTYL8R -talk to you later
TWIMC -to whom it may concern
U -you
UCnDoMgic -you can do magic
UdoSumthn2Me -you do something to me
UR -you are
U+Me=Luv -you + me = love
WAN2 -want to
WAN2TLK? -want to talk
WenCnICUAgn? -when can I see you again?
WER R U? -where are you?
WLUMRyMe? -will you marry me?
WRT -with respect to
WTTW -word to the wise
WUWH -wish you were here
X -kiss
XLNT -excellent
Xoxoxoxo -hugs and kisses
Xclusvly Yas -exclusively yours
Y? -why?
YBS -you’ll be sorry

[Via The New York Times]

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