Internet slang

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Internet slang (Internet language, Internet Short-hand, leet, netspeak or chatspeak) is a type of slang that Internet users have popularized, and in many cases, have coined. Such terms often originate with the purpose of saving keystrokes. Many people use the same abbreviations in texting and instant messaging, and social networking websites. Acronyms, keyboard symbols and shortened words are often used as methods of abbreviation in Internet slang.

List of Internet slang words

When typing on the Internet or text messaging, some users will write in slang or shorthand. The following is a list of some common words or phrases that are used.

Shorthand words

Some of the common shorthand words are below. They can be written in upper case or lower case.

Slang Meaning
<3 Heart (can also be typed as S2)
@ At
1 Bye, Goodbye
2 To, Too or Two
4 For or Four
B Be
Bb Bye, Goodbye
B4 Before
C See
Ite Are you alright, Yo
Cos Because
da The
der There
Gonna Going to
Iggy Ignore
K Okay
Kwl Cool
L8r Later
M8 Mate
Nvm Never Mind
O Oh
Pic Picture
Pics or Pix Pictures
Plz, Pls, Plx or Pl0x Please
R Are
Shudda Should have
sup What's up?
sup homes What's up, friend?
soz Sorry
Tho Though
Thnx Thanks
U You
W8 Wait
Wanna Want to
Wile While
Ye Yeah or Yes
Yo Hey or Your


Some of the common acronyms are below. They can be written in upper case or lower case.

Acronym Meaning
AFAIC As far as I care
As far as I'm concerned
AFAICS (chiefly Internet slang) as far as I can see
AFAIK As far as I know
AFAIR As far as I recall
As far as I remember
AFK Away from keyboard
ASL? Age, sex, location?
AYH? Are you high
AYBABTU All your base are belong to us
BBIAB Be back in a bit
BBL Be back later
BFD Big fucking deal
BRB Be right back or Bath-room break
BRT Be right there
BTW By the way
CSWS Can't Stop, Won't Stop
CU See you
CUL See you later
CYA See you
CYS Check your settings
DIAF Die in a fire
FAQ Frequently asked questions
FFS For fuck's sake
FOAD Fuck off and die
FML Fuck my life
FWIW For what it's worth
FTL For the loss
FTW For the win
FTMFW For the mother fucking win
FYI For your information
G2G / GTG Got to go
GAGF Go and get fucked
GAL Get a life
GFY Good for you
Go fuck yourself
GG Good game
Good going
GIYF Google is your friend
GTFO Get the fuck out
Get the fuck off
HAND Have a nice day
HTH Hope this helps
IACL I am currently laughing
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IANARS I am not a rocket scientist
IC I see
In Character
ICYDK In case you didn't know
IDGI I don't get it
IIRC If I recall correctly
ILY or ILU I love you
IMO In my opinion
IMHO In my honest opinion
In my humble opinion
IMNSHO In my not so honest opinion
In my not so humble opinion
IRL In real life
ITT In this thread
IYDMMA If you don't mind me asking
JFGI Just fucking google it
JJ, JP, or JK Just joking
Just playing
Just kidding
JOOC Just out of curiosity
KK Ok Cool or Ok Kewl
LLAH Laughing like a Hyena
LMAO Laughing my ass off
LMFAO Laughing my fucking ass off
LOL or LQTM Laugh out loud(Loche in French), Laugh quietly to myself
KL Abbreviated form of "kool" or "cool." Can also be a question, meaning "Are you ok?"'
MOFO Mother Fucker", also MF
MYOB Mind your own business
NVM Never mind
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NSFW Not Safe For Work
NWS Not Work Safe
NLS Not Life Safe
OIC Oh, I see
OJ Only Joking
OMG Oh my God
OMGWTFBBQ Oh my God what the fuck be back quick
OMFG Oh my fucking God
OMFL Oh my fucking lag
OOC Out of Character
OP Original Poster, Original Post or Overpowered
OT Off topic
PEBKAC Problem exists between the keyboard and the chair
PFO Please fuck off
PITA Pain in the ass
POS Piece of shit
Parent over shoulder
PPL People
PMSL Pissing myself laughing
PTTL Pop to the loo
RL Real life
ROFL Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
ROFLMAOL Rolling on the floor laughing my ass out loud
RTFA/M Read the fucking Article / Manual
SMH Shaking my head
SO Significant other
SOS Same old shit
SSDD Same shit, different day
STFU Shut the fuck up
SWW Sorry, wrong window (typing in the wrong box)
TIA Thanks in advance
TTFN Ta ta for now
TYT Take your time
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYT Talk to you tomorrow
TY Thank you
WB Welcome back
WDUWTA? What do you want to talk about?
WOOT We own the other team
WTF? What the fuck?
WTH? What the hell?
WURSC Wow, you are so cool
YCM You copied me
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YW You're welcome
YSVW You're so very welcome