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May 13, 2008

Are You Text Savvy?

Do you like text messaging? I do. I find it to be quite a convenience at times when I can't physically make a phone call in order to relay a message to someone. Now I do however have problems when I get a text from a younger person and can't decipher what the heck they are saying. I received a list of definitions in an email for what I call shorthand for teens. This helped me a lot! My hubby calls this shorthand or abbreviated style the dumbing down of today's young people. I do admit I personally use the ttyl, brb and lol but that is about it~! Check out the list for yourself may learn something you did not know!
(Dang, my spellchecking function has this post all lit up!!)

AFAIK - as far as I know
ASAP - as soon as possible
B4N - bye for now
BBS - be back soon
BFN - bye for now
BRB - be right back
BTW - By the way
CUL - see you later
DQMOT - don't quote me on this
EOM - end of message
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
GL - good luck
GMTA - great minds think alike
HT - hi there
HTH - hope this helps
IAC / IAE - in any case / in any event
IMO - in my opinion
IMS - I am sorry
JK - just kidding
JMO - just my opinion
JTLYK - just to let you know
LOL - laughing out loud
NP - no problem
OTOH - on the other hand
ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing
TA - thanks again
TIA - thanks in advance
TTYL - talk to you later
TU - thank you
UW - you are welcome
WTG - way to go
WU? - what's up?
YBS - you'll be sorry
YW - you are welcome
And for the record, I am a very cool mom even if I don't understand text messages!


  1. It's funny how I couldn't make out some of the intials without looking @ the definition myself.

  2. I LOVE text messaging. It's a time saver and a very effective mode of communicating a quick message.

    Thanks for the cheat sheet ;)

  3. OMG, tell me about it, I get all cranky when anyone sends me a text message loaded with all these so called "shorthand text", and I end up taking ages just trying to understand its meaning.

    Having to deal with English is only half the problem, imagine I have to even battle with the Malay language ... God, please get someone to come out with a list for that one too :)

    Anyway, this is really helpful. Thanks Sheliza.

  4. you forgot IDK. James uses it all the time - I don't know.

    I text CONSTANTLY. To talk to my two oldest. To talk to hubby.

    Me and hubby use one that is probably just us, but works - OMWH - on my way home. And of course - LY - love you.

    It's so much easier than actually speaking.

    Sad, but true.

  5. Oh my gosh, I saw that list and thought of this code my dad and I have. We've had it for years now, long before texting came about. it's SYR, which stands for Shut Yo R@ss! You need to add that to your list:)

  6. OMG...So glad you shared SYR....funny!


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