Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging 106 106 people found this article helpful The Most Common Acronyms Used Online Learn what INB4, BAE, BTFO and tons more acronyms stand for By Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated November 03, 2019 Miyuki Satake / Getty Images Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls Tweet Share Email If you've ever gone online or read a text message and come across an acronym that seems to make sense to everyone but you, you've come to the right place. Why Acronyms Are So Popular Nowadays The number one reason why acronyms are so widely used now has everything to do with the time it takes to type out a word. It's faster and easier to type just three letters out than it is to type six or more. More people are also communicating via their mobile devices, meaning they're on the go when they're texting, updating their Facebook statuses, tweeting on Twitter or commenting on a Reddit thread. Everyone is busy, and we don't have time to waste typing on our mobile devices — which is why acronyms are so handy. When You Should (and Shouldn't) Use Acronyms Acronyms are best used in casual conversations between friends, relatives and acquaintances. If you're communicating to someone about a professional matter — it's best to use proper spelling and grammar to be respectful. Keeping Track of the Most Popular Acronyms New acronyms are popping up all the time and there's a countless number of them in existence. Some are used by almost everyone while others don't catch on very well. Here's a brief "cheat sheet" list of some of the most common acronyms, internet slang, and web abbreviations used online. Consider bookmarking this page to refer back to it whenever you want to brush up on your acronym and slang vocabulary, or when you recognize a term that you need to look up. ?/10 Funny stats, like "10/10 would snuggle that puppy", or "10/10 that car is amazing" AFAIC As Far As I'm Concerned AFAIK As Far As I Know AFAIR As Far As I Recall/Remember BAE Before Anyone Else BFF Best Friends Forever BML Bling My Line BTFO Back The F*** Off BYOD Bring Your Own Device CSB Cool Story Bro (usually said sarcastically) CTFD Calm The F*** Down CTFU Cracking The F*** Up DAE Does Anyone Else, Did Anyone Else DS Dear Son Epeen Electronic Penis FIFY/FTFY Fixed It/That For You (usually meant ironically/sarcastically) FTFY Fixed That For You FTW For The Win (indicating that something is extremely good) FUBAR F***ed Up Beyond All/Any Reason/Recognition/Repair FWIW For What It's Worth FWM F*** With Me GG Good Game, Good Going, Good Guy, Good Girl GGG Good, Giving and Game GOML Get On My Level GPOY Gratuitous Pictures of Yourself GTFO Get The F*** Out HBIC Head B**** In Charge HIFW, HIFRW How I Feel When, How I Feel Right When HRU How Are You? HML Hit My Line HT Hat Tip IANAL I Am Not A Lawyer (disclaimer for when giving legal information) IDK I Don't Know IDGI I Don't Get It IDTS I Don't Think So IGHT Alright IIRC If I Recall Correctly, If I Remember Correctly IKR? I Know, Right? ILY I Love You IMHO In My Humble Opinion, In My Honest Opinion IMO In My Opinion IMY I Miss You inb4 In Before (used to indicate superiority somehow) IRL In Real Life (used to talk about something that is not online) ISTG I Swear To God IYKWIM If You Know What I Mean JFC Jesus F***ing Christ KMSL Killing Myself Laughing KTFO Knocked The F*** Out LGHT Let God Handle That LMA Leave Me Alone LMK Let Me Know LML Love My Life LOML Love Of My Life LOL Laugh Out Loud MFW My Face When MHM Mhmm (Yes) MRW My Reaction When; Me Right When MT Modified Tweet, Mistell, Missed Tell MWF Married White Female/Monday, Wednesday, Friday NBD No Big Deal NGL Not Gonna Lie NMU Not Much, You? NSFB Not Safe For Breakfast or Bedtime (disturbing content) NSFL Not Safe For Life (extremely disturbing content) NSFW Not Safe For Work (includes nudity or sex) OC Original Content OFN On Foe Nem OMD Oh My Damn OMG Oh My God, Oh My Goodness, Oh My Gosh OOMF One Of My Followers/Friends OP Original Poster (original person who posted the story) OTW On The Way PTFO Passed The F*** Out RGR Roger RN Right Now RUH Are You Horny RT Retweet Shawty An Attractive Woman SMDH Shaking My Damn Head SMH Shaking My Head SOML Story of My Life TBH To Be Honest TBT Truth Be Told TFTI Thanks For The Invite TFW That Feel When THNX Thanks TIL Today I Learned TL;DR Too Long; Didn't Read TMI Too Much Information TMR Tomorrow TMW Tomorrow TMYK The More You Know TTFN Ta-Ta For Now TTYTT To Tell You The Truth TWSS That's What She Said WFH Working From Home WTH What The Hell/Heck WTV Whatever WUD What You Doing WYM What Do You Mean WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get YH Yeah YMMV Your Mileage May Vary (usually in reference to a personal anecdote that won't be universally applicable) YOLO You Only Live Once YWA You're Welcome More from Lifewire Urban Slang Dictionary: Online Acronyms, Phrases and Idioms What Does INB4 Actually Mean? 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