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Common IM Acronyms

Learning the Language of IM


While our conversational English is one thing, talking on IM is completely different. In addition to learning certain time-honored etiquette rules while IMing, keep these IM acronyms handy next time you are chatting with friends!

  • AFAIK: As Far As I Know
  • AKA: Also Known As
  • ASAP: As Soon As Possible
  • BAK: Back At Keyboard
  • BBL: Be Back Later
  • BCNU: Be Seeing You
  • B4N: Bye For Now
  • BRB: Be Right Back
  • BTW: By The Way
  • dn: Double Nil*
  • F2F: Face To Face
  • ftl: For the Loss+
  • ftw: For the Win+
  • FWIW: For What It's Worth
  • FYA: For Your Amusement
  • FYI: For Your Information
  • gc: Good Cover*
  • GFY: Good For You
  • gg: Good Game*
  • GGBB: Gotta Go Bye Bye
  • GL: Good Luck
  • GMTA: Great Minds Think Alike
  • G2G: Got To Go
  • GTGB: Got To Go Bye
  • HAGD: Have a Good Day*
  • HAGE: Have a Good Evening*
  • HAGN: Have a Good Night*
  • hb: Hurry Back (Used after someone says 'BRB')*
  • ILU: Love You
  • IDK: I Don't Know
  • IM: Instant Message
  • IM ME: Instant Message Me
  • IMHO: In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO In My Opinion
  • INALB: I'm Not A Lawyer But
  • IOH: I'm Outta Here
  • IOW: In Other Words
  • IRL: In Real Life
  • ITS: I Told You So
  • KIT: Keep In Touch
  • LOL: Laughing Out Loud
  • LTL: Lets Talk Later
  • LTNC: Long Time No Chat
  • LTNS: Long Time No See
  • LU: Looking Up
  • MAYB: Maybe
  • NM: Nothing Much
  • nnp: Nice Nil, Parner*
  • np: No Problem*
  • npp: No Problem, Parner*
  • NRN: No Reply Necessary
  • NYO: Need Your Opinion
  • p: Parner*
  • PDQ: Pretty Darn Quick
  • PLS: Please
  • PMFJI: Pardon Me For Jumping In
  • POS: Parents Over Shoulder Change Subject
  • POV: Point Of View
  • ROTFL: Rolling On The Floor Laughing
  • RSN: Real Soon Now
  • RTFM: Read The Fascinating Manual
  • sry: Sorry*
  • SRSLY: Seriously
  • ss: So Sorry*
  • STFU: Shut The (Flip) Up
  • TIA: Thanks In Advance
  • tldr: Too Long, Didn't Read+
  • TMI: Too Much Info
  • TTFN: Ta Ta For Now
  • TTYL: Talk To You Later
  • TTYS: Talk To You Soon
  • TU: Thank You
  • TX: Thanks
  • TY: Thank You
  • TYVM: Thank You Very Much
  • UKW: You Know Who
  • U: You
  • U2: You Too
  • UW: You Wish
  • WB: Welcome Back

*Submitted by reader Theresa Brown, of Spokane, Wash. Thanks Theresa!

+Submitted by reader Nick Crowley, of Massachusetts. Thanks, Nick!

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