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    Most people send text messages from the very small keypads on their mobile phones, and most people who receive text message messages read them on the tiny screens of their mobile phones.

    Because of those considerations, and because many service providers limit text messages 160 characters in length, most people who use text messages learn to type their messages using a number of popular text message shortcuts.Text Message Shortcuts

    Text Message Shortcuts

    These are some of the more common text message shortcuts.

    2D

    To Delete

    2G4Y

    Too Good For You

    4E

    Forever

    4YEO

    For Your Eyes Only

    IOU1

    I Owe You One

    AAK

    Asleep At Keyboard

    AFAIK

    As Far As I Know

    AFK

    Away From Keyboard

    ASAP

    As Soon As Possible

    ATW

    At The Weekend

    AWHFY

    Are We Having Fun Yet?

    AYOR

    At Your Own Risk

    BB4E

    Bye Bye Forever

    BBB

    Bye Bye Baby

    BBFN

    Bye Bye For Now

    BBL

    Be Back Later

    BBN

    Bye Bye Now

    BBS

    Be Back Soon

    BF

    Boy-Friend

    BG

    Big Grin

    BH

    Blockhead

    BION

    Believe It Or Not

    BRB

    Be Right Back

    BTW

    By The Way

    BWL

    Bursting With Laughter

    CB

    Ciao Bella

    CM

    Call Me

    CMM

    Changed My Mind

    CU

    See You

    CUL

    See You Later

    CUSOON

    See You Soon

    CUT

    See You Tomorrow

    DAK

    Dead At Keyboard

    DK

    Don't Know

    DLTBBB

    Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

    DTRT

    Do The Right Thing

    DWBH

    Don't Worry Be Happy

    DYSWIS

    Do You See What I See

    E2EG

    Ear To Ear Grin

    EMSG

    Email Message

    EOD

    End of Discussion

    F2F

    Face To Face

    FUD

    Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

    FWIW

    For What It's Worth

    FYA

    For Your Amusement

    FYE

    For Your Entertainment

    FYI

    For Your Information

    GA

    Go Ahead

    GAL

    Get A Life

    GF

    Girl-Friend

    GFN

    Gone For Now

    GIGO

    Garbage In, Garbage Out

    GMTA

    Great Minds Think Alike

    GTSY

    Glad To See You

    IAC

    In Any Case

    IC

    I see

    ILU

    I Love You

    IMHO

    In My Humble Opinion

    IMNSHO

    In My Not So Humble Opinion

    IMO

    In My Opinion

    IMPOV

    In My Point Of View

    IOW

    In Other Words

    IRL

    In Real Life

    IWALU

    I Will Always Love You

    J2LYK

    Just To Let You Know

    JK

    Just Kidding

    L8R

    Later

    LMHO

    Laughing My Head Off

    LOL

    Laugh Out Loud

    LTM

    Laughing To Myself

    LTNS

    Long Time No See

    LY

    Love You

    LYWAMH

    Love You With All My Heart

    MTF

    More To Follow

    MU

    Miss You

    NC

    No Comment

    NN

    Nothing Ne

    NP

    No Problem

    O4U

    Only For You

    OIC

    Oh, I See

    OL

    Old Lady (wife)

    OM

    Old Man (husband)

    OOSOOM

    Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

    OTOH

    On The Other Hand

    OTTOMH

    Off The Top Of My Head

    PC

    Private Chat

    PM

    Private Message

    POAHF

    Put On A Happy Face

    QSL

    Reply

    QSO

    Conversation

    QT

    Cutie

    RL

    Real Life

    ROTFL

    Rolling On The Floor Laughing

    RTFM

    Read The Fine Manual

    RUOK

    Are you ok?

    SC

    Stay Cool

    SO

    Significant Other

    SWAK

    Sealed With a Kiss

    TA

    Thanks Again

    TAF

    That's All Folks

    TNT

    Till Next Time

    TOY

    Thinking Of You

    TTFN

    Ta Ta For Now

    TU

    Thank You

    TUVM

    Thank You Very Much

    VBG

    Very Big Grin

    W4U

    Waiting For You

    WB

    Welcome Back

    WTH

    What the hell?

    WUWH

    Wish You Were Here

    YAFIYGI

    You Ask For It; You Got It

    Create Your Own Text Message Shortcuts

    You can create your own text message shortcuts by combining other words with these common word translations:

    Be

    B

    For

    4

    See

    C

    To

    2

    You

    U

    Why

    Y

    Warnings About Text Message Shortcuts

    There are a couple of risks to keep in mind when using text message shortcuts.

    The first risk is that the receiver won't understand what you are saying. Stick to the shortcuts that make sense to you and you should be fine.

    The second risk involves using text message shortcuts outside of text messaging or in conversation with business associates. "Normal" people sometimes find text message shortcuts to be unprofessional.

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