I’m a fun-loving university student who keeps pretty up-to-date with the latest trends but I’ll openly admit to being insufficiently fluent in chat room or text abbreviations. When I receive a message that reads, ‘omg last nite was gr8 lol, cnt w8 4 l8er. Ttyl. xo’ I honestly have to sit for a good couple of minutes trying to decipher what on earth they mean.

SMS Lingo

Are you in the same boat? Join me in a quick abbreviations lesson so that, if you meet the person of your dreams right here online and they happen to send super efficient messages, you won’t be left saying ‘huh?’ all the time.  But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll also soon be wanting them to make a little more effort than just saying ‘LY’…

U – you

C – see

L8 – late

L8er – later

BRB – be right back

Gr8 – great

LY – love you

Luv – love

OMG – oh my god

WTF – what the f***

TTYL – talk to you later

CBA – can’t be arsed

LOL – laugh out loud

BOL – burst out laughing

ROFL – roll on floor laughing

IMHO/IMO – in my honest opinion / in my opinion

FML – f*** my life

**// – wink wink, nudge nudge

W/E  – weekend

Peeps – people

YOLO – you only live once

2U2 – to you too

PM – private message

Da – the

Dem – them

R – are

TY – thank you

FYI  – for your information

PDA – public display of affection

BTW – by the way

NVM – never mind

Pls – please

Nuff – enough

Def – definitely

Natch – naturally

NBD – no big deal

O – hug

X – kiss