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Common chat abbreviations


With the popularity and rise in online text-based communications, such as Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, email, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS), came the emergence of a new texting language, tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.

The following is a list of some common acronyms that are used on the web. The list is far from being complete, it just contains the abbreviations (new Slang / shorthands), which I consider most useful. And they should help to better understand the meaning of text centered messages.

Some abbreviations are based on the pronunciation of their corresponding letter/digit.

2 4 B C I O R U Y
to / too for be see eye owe are you why

An acronym (from Greek: acro=sharp, pointed; onym=name) denotes a combination of letters (usually from an abbreviation) which can be used and pronounced as a word.


If you are texting on your mobile phone you may easily get confused by all the abbreviations, text shortcuts and acronyms used by more experienced users. To help you out, this list contains a compilation of the 50 most common abbreviations utilized in text messages, social networks, etc, where people want (or are required) to use only a few typed characters to communicate a thought or an idea.



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