Chat slang

Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Digital characters chatting with one another.

Chat slang or netspeak is typing long words and phrases as short one-to-four letter words and is also used by people with trouble spelling. For example, instead of typing out "are," someone may only type the letter "r." Although chat slang can be easier and faster for you to type, it's difficult to read and causes people to ignore you. Below is an example of someone saying, "Are you smart because I need someone smart."

r u smart bcoz i need some1 smart

If you're looking for chat shorthand words, such as "cya," "lol," "ty," etc., see the shorthand dictionary definition for a listing of these terms and their meanings. For a list of general computer slang, see our slang page.

Below is a listing of commonly used chat slang and typos and their proper English meaning.

Slang Full word
@ at
@TEOTD at the end of the day
1 one or won
14AA41 one for all and all for one
2 to, too, or two
2B OR NOT 2B to be or not to be
2da today
3SUM threesome
4 for, four, or the prefix or suffix: fore)
411 information
459 I love you
4ever forever
86 out of, or over
AAAAA American association against acronym abuse
AAF as a friend
AAK asleep at keyboard
AAMOI as a matter of interest
AAR, AAR8 at any rate
AAS alive and smiling
AATK always at the keyboard
AAYF as always, your friend
AB ass backwards
ABITHIWTIDB a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
ABT2 about to
ACD alt control delete
ACK acknowledgement
ADAD another day, another dollar
ADBB all done bye bye
ADIH another day in hell
ADIP another day in paradise
AFAGAY a friend as good as you
AFAHMASP a fool and his money are soon parted
AFAIC as far as I'm concerned
AFAIU as far as I understand
AFAP as far as possible
AFAYC as far as your concerned
AFC away from computer
AFDN any f***ing day now
AFIAA as far as I am aware
AFINIAFI a friend in need is a friend indeed
AFK away from keyboard
AFZ acronym free zone
AGKWE and God knows what else
AIAMU and I'm a monkey's uncle
AIH as it happens
AIMB as I mentioned before
AIMP always in my prayers
AISE as I said earlier
AISI as I see it
ALOL actually laughing out loud
ALTG act locally, think globally
AMAP as many as possible
AMBW all my best wishes
AML all my love
AND any day now
ANFAWFOWS and now a word from our web sponsor
AOAS all of a sudden
AOB abuse of bandwidth
ASAFP as soon as freakin possible
ASIG and so it goes
ASLMH age, sex, location, music, and hobbies
ATB all the best
ATST at the same time
ATW all the web, or around the web
AYK as you know
AYSOS are you stupid or something
AYTMTB and you're telling me this because?
ax ask
B be, bee
BC OR B/C because
B4U before you
B4UKI before you know it
BAG busting a gut
bai bye
BAK back at my keyboard
BAU business as usual
BB bye-bye or bulletin board
BB4N, BBFN bye bye for now
BBBG bye bye, be good
BBIAS be back in a sec
BBIAW be back in a while
BBN bye bye now
BBSD be back soon darling
BBSL be back sooner or later
BBT be back tomorrow
bc because
bcoz because
BDN big d**n number
BF boyfriend
BFD big f***ing deal
BG big grin. See bg page for alternative meanings.
BIF before I forget
BION believe it or not
BIOYN blow it out your nose
BITD back in the day
BK big kiss
BKA better known as
BLNT better luck next time
BM bite me
BMOTA bite me on the ass
BOHICA bend over, here it comes again
bout about
BR bathroom. See br page for alternative meanings.
BRT be right there
BS big smile, bull sh**
BTDT been there done that
BTHOOM beats the heck out of me
BTSOOM beats the sh** out of me
BTWBO be there with bells on
BW best wishes, beautiful woman, or but why
BWD backward
BWDIK but what do I know
BY busy
BYKT but you knew that
C-T city
C see
'cause because
CB call back or chat brat. See CB page for other meanings.
CFV call for vote
CID consider it done
CMIW correct me if I'm wrong
cos or coz because
CRAFT can't remember a f***ing thing
CRAT can't remember a thing
CSL can't stop laughing
CUL, CUL8R see you later
cus, cuz, or cuzz because
CWYL chat with you later
CYT see you tomorrow
da the
dat that
DETI don't even think it
DF dear friend
DGA don't go away (or anywhere)
DGARA don't give a rat's a**
DGT don't go there
DHYB don't hold your breath
DIAF die in a fire
DIKU do I know you?
dis this
DKDC don't know, don't care
DLTM don't lie to me
DNC does not compute
doin doing
dos those
DQYDJ don't quit your day job
DRIB don't read if busy
DUNNO don't know
DUST did you see that?
duz does
duznt doesn't
DYJHIW don't you just hate it when...
DYOFDW do your own f***ing dirty work
DYOR do your own research
DYSTSOTT did you see the size of that thing?
E123 easy as 123
EAK eating at the keyboard
EM them, excuse me
ESO equipment smarter than operator
evar ever
EWI e-mailing while intoxicated
ez easy
FAQL frequently asked questions list
fav favorite
FAWC for anyone who cares
FE fatal error
FITB fill in the blanks
FO f*** off
FOC free of charge
foe for
FOFL falling on floor laughing
FTASB faster than a speeding bullet
FTTB for the time being
fwd forward
FYA for your amusement
G OR <G> grin
GA go ahead
GBH great big hug
GD good
GGN gotta go now
GO2 go to
GOK God only knows
GONNA going to
GTH go to hell
GTSY good to see you
GUD good
H how
H2 how to
HAGD have a good day
hai hi
HHOJ ha ha, only joking
HHTYAY happy holidays to you and yours
HIH hope it helps
hlp help
HUA heads up ace
HUGZ hugs
HUH have you heard
HUYA head up your a**
I1DR I wonder
IAE in any event
IANAC I am not a crook
IANAE I am not an expert
IAT I am tired
IBRB I'll be right back
IBT in between technology
IBTD I beg to differ
ICBW I could be wrong
ICCL I couldn't care less
ICYDK In case you didn't know
IDEK I don't even know
IDGAF I don't give a f**k
IDGI I don't get it
IDKY I don't know you
IDL ideal
IDM it doesn't matter
IDST I didn't say that
IDTS I don't think so
IFU I f**ked up
IGTP I get the point
IHAIM I have another instant message
IHNO I have no opinion
IIMAD if it makes a difference
IIR if I remember
IIWM if it were me
IK I know
IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion
IMS I'm sorry
in4ml informal
INMP it's not my problem
INPO in no particular order
INNW if not now, when?
IOH I'm outta here
ISS I said so
ISTM it seems to me
ISTR I seem to remember(recall)
ISWYM I see what you mean
ITM in the money
IUM if you must
IYSS if you say so
J/C just checking
J/K OR JK just kidding
J/W just wondering
JAD just another day
JAM just a minute
joo or j00 you
K ok
kbd keyboard
kewl or kool cool
KFY kiss for you
KIR keep it real
KISS keep it simple, stupid
kk ok
KMA kiss my a**
kok knock
KOTC kiss on the cheek
KOTL kiss on the lips
KTHX ok, thanks
KWIM know what I mean
KTHXBAI ok, thanks, bye
KTHXBYE ok, thanks, bye
KUTGW keep up the good work
KYPO keep your pants on
l8 late
laf or laff laugh
LAQ lame a** quote
lil little
LOLA laugh out loud again
LTIC laugh til I cry
luv love
M am
mai my
MFD multi function device
MHBFY my heart bleeds for you
MHOTY my hats off to you
MITE might
MKOP my kind of place
MMK ok
MOAR more
MOF matter of fact
MOOS members of the opposite sex
MOSS members of the same sex
MTE my thoughts exactly
MUBAR messed up beyond all recognition
MWBRL more will be revealed later
N "and" or "in"
N/T no text
N2M not to mention
NAGI not a good idea
NAZ name, address, zip
NCG new college graduate
ne1 anyone
NETHING anything
NG new game
NIMBY not in my backyard
NIMQ not in my queue
NMP not my problem
NO1 no-one
NOYB none of your business
nrg energy
NTK nice to know
ntn nothing
NTYMI now that you mention it
NW no way!
O oh
OAUS on an unrelated subject
OARS oh no, not again
OBTW oh by the way
OH over heard
OLL online love
OMDB over my dead body
OMIK open mouth, insert keyboard
OOTB out of the blue
OT off topic
OTT over the top
OTTOMY off the top of my head
OUSU oh you, shut up
OWTTE or words to that effect
P&C private and confidential
PANS pretty awesome new stuff
PCM please call me
PDQ pretty darn quick
PD public domain
PEBKAC problem exists between keyboard and chair
PIMP peeing in my pants
PITA pain in the a**
pls please
plz please
PMFJI pardon me for jumping in
PMJI pardon my jumping in
PO piss off
POG poggers
poof good bye
ppl or peeps people
PTL praise the lord
pza pizza
QL quit laughing
R are
R&D research and development
R&R rest and relaxation
RBAY right back at ya
RBTL read between the lines
re regarding
RFD request for discussion
rite right
RLF real life friend
RLH run like hell
RMLB read my lips baby
RN right now
ROFL rolling on floor laughing
ROFLMAO rolling on floor laughing my a** off
RQ real quick
RSN real soon now
RTFAQ read the faq file
RTK return to keyboard
RUOK are you ok?
RUUP4IT are you up for it?
RYO roll your own
S OR <S> smile
SCNR sorry, could not resist
SEP someone elses problem
sez says
SFETE smiling from ear to ear
SH sh** happens
SITD still in the dark
SLIRK smart little rich kid
SM so much
SMAIM send me an instant message
SME subject matter expert
SMEM send me e-mail
SMH shake my head
SNAFU situation normal, all f***ed up
SO significant other
SOK it's ok
some1 someone
SORG straight or gay
soz sorry
spk speak
srlsy seriously
SRO standing room only
sry sorry
SSDD same sh** different day
sth something
str8 straight
STRA stray
STYS speak to ya soon
sum some
sum1 someone
SUYF shut up you fool
SUX, SUX0R suck
SWAK sealed with a kiss
SWDYT so what do you think
ta the
TAFN that is all for now
TAH take a hike
TARFU things are really f***ed up
TAS taking a shower
TBC to be continued
TDTM talk dirty to me
teh the
TFN thanks for nothing
THANX thanks
THNQ thank you
tho though
thot thought
THX thanks
TIA thanks in advance
TIAIL think I am in love
TIC tongue in cheek
TLGO the list goes on
TM trust me
TNA temporarily not available
TOM tomorrow
TOT tons of time
TP toilet paper, think positive, or team player
TPTB the powers that be
TTG time to go
ttly totally
TTT that's the ticket
TTYL talk to you later
TWIMC to whom it may concern
TYVM thank you very much
U you
U2 you too?
UOK are you ok?
UR OR URE your or you're
usu usually
uve you've
VBG very big grin
VBS very big smile
VM voice mail
VRBS virtual reality bull sh**
VSF very sad face
WAD without a doubt
WAI what an idiot
WAN2 want to
WANNA want to
W/O without
W84M wait for me
wat what
WC who cares
WDYS what did you say
WDYT what do you think
WEEB weaboo
WF way fun
WFM wait for me, works for me
WIIFM what's in it for me
WKND weekend
WOULDA would of
wn when
WOG wise old guy
WRT with regards to, or with respect to
WT without thinking
WTSDS where the sun don't shine
WU what up?
WUT what
WWY where were you?
WYCM will you call me?
WYP what's your problem?
WYRN what's your real name?
WYS whatever you say
WYT whatever you think
WYWH wish you were here
X-I-10 exciting
XLNT excellent
XME excuse me
Y why
YA yet another
YAFIYGI you asked for it, you got it
YDKM you don't know me
YGBK you gotta be kidding
YHM you have mail
YIC yours in Christ
YKW you know what
YM you mean
YNK you never know
YR your, yeah right
YOYO you're on your own
YSYD yeah, sure you do
YTTT you telling the truth?
yup Yes
yur your or you're
YYSSW yeah, yeah, sure sure whatever
zzz sleeping, tired, bored

When chatting or typing anything on the Internet, unless you're talking to another user using chat slang, we recommend typing the full words and using proper capitalization and punctuation. Although this may take more time to type, it saves time for all the other users reading it. One exception to this rule is users using text messaging or any messaging services sent over cell phones or other devices that don't have a keyboard.

Abbreviation, Alphanumerish, Bulletin board, Chat terms, Gramogram, Jargon, Leet speak, Lolspeak, Shorthand