The Most Common Acronyms Used Online

Learn what INB4, BAE, BTFO and tons more acronyms stand for

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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