A Children's Treasury Of Texting Slang

It's texting's 20th birthday, and as part of the celebration, we've rounded up a little museum of texting slang. You may know some of it very well, you may not recognise some of it at all. You may even find the existence of some of it to be quite dubious.

Whatever your stance on abbreviated words, it's clear that in 20 years texting has become something of a language in its own right. Enjoy it now, while you can, before the inevitable emoji revolution washes them all away.

Letters as Words

u: You

r: Are/Our

2: To/Too

c: See

b: Be

The Classics

LOL: Laughing Out Loud

BFF: Best Friends Forever

IDK: I Don't Know

JK: Just Kidding

OMW: On My Way

BRT: Be Right There

BRB: Be Right Back

GTG: Got To Go

OIC: Oh, I See

ATM: At The Moment

TTYL: Talk To You Later

BTW: By The Way

FYI: For Your Information/Interest

OMG: Oh My God

WTF: What The Fuck

LMAO: Laughing My arse Off

TXT: Text [message]

Number Slang

143: I Love You

458: I Love U (keys for ILU)

459: I Love You (keys for ILY)

831: I Love You/I Hate You (8 letters, 3 words, 1 meaning, apparently)

182: I Hate You

5150: Crazy

Absurdly Long and Specific Slang

BTWITIAILWU: By The Way I Think I Am In Love With U

CNRHKYITF: Chuck Norris RoundHouse Kicks You In The Face

BASOR: Breathing A Sigh Of Relief

DLTBBB: Don't Let The Bed Bugs Bite

IJC2SILU: I Just Called 2 Say I Love U

Sexting Slang Fox News Probably Made Up

GYPO: Get Your Pants Off

IAYM: I Am Your Master

IWSN: I Want Sex Now

K4Y: Kiss For You

LMIRL: Let's Meet In Real Life

MOOS: Member Of The Opposite Sex

MOSS: Member(s) Of The Same Sex

NALOPKT: Not A Lot Of People Know That

S2R: Send To Receive

TDTM: Talk Dirty To Me

WIN: Want It Now

That's far from an exhaustive list, of course. Did we miss any big ones? Any stupid ones? Drop 'em in the discussion below.

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