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With more than 82 million people texting regularly, it's no wonder you've seen this cryptic looking code! These abbreviations are used by people to correspond with each other. Acronyms are an integral part of computer culture. The use of acronyms grew rapidly on the Internet and created a new lingo, known as shorthand, online jargon and leetspeak
The difference between acronyms and shorthand is that with acronyms, you pronounce the letters as a new word (for example, FUBAR is pronounced foo-bar and RADAR is pronounced ray-dar). In contrast, shorthand pronunciations are like an initialism (a set of initials) in which you say the letters one-by-one (for example, ESP is an initialism for extra sensory perception whereas esp. is an abbreviation for especially). The online practice is to refer to any online shorthand, initialisms, or abbreviations as acronyms.

Internet and Text Term Resources:

Net Lingo a Web site that provides definitions of Internet and texting terms
Quick, Tell Us What KUTW means! A wall street journal article on this topic
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Instant Message Lingo

13wt
Loot, often illegal downloads
d00d
Dude
f00
Fool
ftw
For The Win
haxX0rz
hacker
i5
is
j00
you
l4m3r
Lamer (insult)
l8a
Later (Late-ah)
llama
Lamer
m4d sk1llz
Mad skills
nerf
To modify or change. Usually to make weaker.
n00b
Newbie (an insult)
0rz
Added to the end of certain words for emphasis. Can be use as “or”.
0w|\|
Owned (also 0wn3d)
ph33r
Fear – (ie. “ph33r m3!”). Also phjear
pr0n
Porn
pwn
own or owned (as in, “Tim was pwned by Jon in Quake”)
pwn4g3
Pwnage (as in, “that was some serious pwn4g3”)
r4wr
Literally “roar”. Used as a greeting, frustration, and in lolcatz
r0x0r
Rocks
S2R
Send To Receive (pictures, torrents, files – fair trade)
suxXor
sucks
teh
The
thI5
This
t001
tool (an insult)
warez
Pirated Software
w00t
The cyber-cheer


Text Lingo

Texting takes time. Any person who regularly sends text messages will quickly adopt text abbreviations… here are some of the most common.
10x
Thanks
kk
OK
1drf1
Wonderful
kthx
OK, thanks
2moro
Tomorrow (2nite, 4get, B4…)
kthxbai
OK, thanks, bye
AFK
Away from keys
laf or laff
Laugh
ANFSCD
And now for something completely different
(L)MIRL
(Lets) meet in real life
ASL(R/P)
Age Sex Location (Race / Picture)
LOL
Laugh Out Loud (also lawl and lolz)
AYT
Are you there?
m
Am
BAMF
Bad A$$ mother Fr
mmk
OK-South Park reference
BB
Baby or bye-bye
MorF
Male or Female
BF / GF
Boyfriend / Girlfriend
MOS
Mom Over Shoulder
BRB
Be Right Back
NIFOC
Naked in Front of Computer
BTDT
Been There Done That
NMU
Not much, you?
CD9
Code 9 - parents are around
ne1
Anyone
bcoz
Because
PIR
Parent In Room
bout
About
POS
Parent Over Shoulder
c
See
plz
Please
cos
Because (also coz, cus, cuz)
ppl
People (also peeps)
da
The
P911
Parent Emergency
dat
That
PAW
Parents are Watching
dis
This
PRW
Parents Are Watching
dos
Those
s or <s>
Smile
dunno
Don't know
sez
Says
duz
Does
sok
It's ok
em
Them
soz
Sorry
GNOC
Get Naked on Cam (webcam)
sum1
Someone
j0
Yo, - greeting.
TDTM
Talk dirty to me
g or <g>
Grin
teh
The
go2
Go to
ttly
Totally
GTG
Got to Go
W/E
Whatever
gud
Good
wtf
What the F*ck? (also FO, FU,BTFO, and just F)
IDK
I don't know
y
Why



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