Common Social Media and Texting Acronyms

Social media and texting acronyms are most often harmless, but sometimes they can indicate red flags. Here are the most common social media acronyms teens are using to communicate with one another.

Commonly Harmless

  • 143: I love you
  • 2DAY: Today
  • 4EAE: Forever and ever
  • AF: As f—
  • ADN: Any day now
  • AFAIK: As far as I know
  • AFK: Away from keyboard
  • ATM: At the moment
  • BFN: Bye for now
  • BOL: Be on later / Best of luck / Bust out laughing
  • BRB: Be right back
  • BTW: By the way
  • CTN: Can’t talk now
  • DM: Direct message
  • DWBH: Don’t worry, be happy
  • F2F or FTF: Face to face
  • FOMO: Fear of missing out
  • FWIW: For what it’s worth
  • GAL: Get a life
  • GB: Goodbye
  • GG: Good game
  • GLHF: Good luck, have fun
  • GTG: Got to go; good to go
  • H8: Hate
  • HAK: Hugs and kisses
  • HAND: Have a nice day
  • HMU: Hit me up
  • HTH: Hope this helps / Happy to help / How the h—
  • HW: Homework
  • ICYMI: In case you missed it
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • IIRC: If I remember correctly
  • IKR: I know, right?
  • ILY / ILU: I love you
  • IM: Instant message
  • IMHO: In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • IRL: In real life
  • IU2U: It’s up to you
  • IYKWIM: If you know what I mean
  • JK: Just kidding
  • J4F: Just for fun
  • JIC: Just in case
  • JSYK: Just so you know
  • KFY: Kiss for you
  • L8: Late
  • LMAO: Laughing my a– off
  • LMK: Let me know
  • LOL: Laugh out loud
  • LSR: Loser
  • MIRL: Meet in real life
  • MOS: Mom over shoulder
  • NAGI: Not a good idea
  • NM: Never mind / Not much
  • NMU: Not much, you?
  • NP: No problem
  • NTS: Note to self
  • OIC: Oh I see
  • OMFG: Oh my f—— god
  • OMG: Oh my god
  • ORLY: Oh, really?
  • OT: Off-topic
  • OTP: On the phone / One true pairing
  • P911: Parent alert
  • PAW: Parents are watching
  • PCM: Please call me
  • PIR: Parent in room
  • PLS or PLZ: Please
  • PPL: People
  • POS: Parents over shoulder / Piece of s—
  • PTB: Please text back
  • QQ: Crying (This abbreviation produces an emoticon in text; it’s often used sarcastically or as part of trash talk during video games.)
  • RAK: Random act of kindness
  • RL: Real life
  • RN: Right now
  • ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
  • RT: Retweet
  • RUOK: Are you okay?
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • SOS: Someone over shoulder
  • SRSLY: Seriously
  • SSDD: Same stuff, different day
  • STFU: Shut the f— up
  • SUS: Suspicious
  • SWAK: Sealed with a kiss
  • SWYP: So, what’s your point?
  • SYS: See you soon
  • TBC: To be continued
  • THX: Thanks
  • TIME: Tears in my eyes
  • TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read
  • TMI: Too much information
  • TMRW: Tomorrow
  • TTYL: Talk to you later
  • TY or TU: Thank you
  • VSF: Very sad face / very severely f—— (in big trouble)
  • WB: Welcome back
  • WTH: What the h—
  • WTF: What the f—
  • WTPA: Where’s the party at?
  • WYCM: Will you call me?
  • YGM: You get me (you understand me)
  • YOLO: You only live once
  • YW: You’re welcome
  • ZOMG: Oh my god (emphatic)

Possible Red Flags

  • ASL: Age/sex/location / “As h—“
  • FWB: Friends with benefits (friends who occasionally have casual sex)
  • FYEO or 4YEO: For your eyes only (may indicate explicit photos)
  • GYPO: Get your pants off
  • IWSN: I want sex now
  • KPC: Keeping parents clueless
  • LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life
  • NIFOC: Naked in front of computer
  • NSFW: Not safe for work
  • OC: Open crib (no parents will be home) / (may also stand for Original Character, a unique character in fan-art or fanfiction not found in the original property)
  • TDTM: Talk dirty to me