When you’re trying to quickly type something in a text message or don’t want to type out a full word to save your thumbs from fatigue, you can use text message acronyms. Below we cover some of the most popular acronyms, like ICYMI and LOL, to clear up any confusion you may have while trying to decipher a message you just received.
Common Text Message Acronyms
Use ACK when you want to send the message that you received without sharing any further detail or any feelings associated with your reaction.
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
When someone asks you for more information based on what you know, you can start off your statement with, “As far as I know…” or AFAIK. For example, AFAIK Beyoncé plans to be at Coachella.
AKA: Also Known As
AKA was used long before texting was ever a concept. Lady Gaga fans, AKA little monsters are some of the most loyal fans.
BFF: Best Friends Forever
Also can use BFFE (best friend for eternity), BFFL (best friends for life). You are my BFF, Jill. BFF is also known as best friends or best friend forever.
BRB: Be Right Back
I have a work meeting now but BRB. In this case, BRB implies I will be right back to talk.
BTW: By The Way
Oh, BTW, I meant to tell you that Friday, I am hosting a surprise party for my boyfriend and you are invited.
CU: See You
See ya, or CU, at the baseball stadium. CU next week.
DIY: Do It Yourself
DIY is all the rage. DIY chalk painting. DIY wall art. Do it yourself is mainly used when talking about home projects.
DM: Direct Message
A direct message is when someone on social media sends you a private message that only you can see. This is different than comments which everyone can see.
EOD: End of Day
Also can use EOW (End of Week), EOM (End of Month), and EOY (End of Year)
FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
Also can use JOMO (Joy of Missing Out). I am always experiencing fear of missing out (FOMO).
FWIW: For What It’s Worth
Giving just a bit more of your opinion. This qualifying statement is often used when feelings are involved. FWIW… it was a beautiful day and I support you.
FYI: For Your Information
FYI is commonly used when the information exchanged is purely for the benefit of the receiver. FYI, Catherine RSVP’d yes to the bridal shower.
G2G: Got To Go
Also can use GTG (got to go) instead of G2G. Got to run.
ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
News flash! ICYMI (In case you missed it), Kim and Kanye visited Miami last weekend. ICYMI, President Obama danced with his wife at the military ball.
ILY: I Love You
Alco can use ILYSM (I Love You So Much). This should be used frequently with the people you hold close to you in your life.
IMO: In My Opinion
Also can be IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) or IMHO (In My Honest Opinion).
IRL: In Real Life
He is not just my boyfriend in my dreams, he is my boyfriend IRL. I can’t wait to see you IRL.
JFC: Jesus Freaking Christ or Jesus F***ing Christ
JFC is used as an exclamation when you are really mad at something or surprised.
JFK: Just for Kicks
JFK means “just for kicks”. It’s used if someone did something just for the laugh.
JK: Just Kidding
Use JK when you said something but were just joking.
LMAO: Laugh My Ass Off
Also can use LMFAO (Laughing My F***ing Ass Off). Usually this is used for a hilarious text or message.
LOL: Laugh Out Loud
Also can use lololol or haha or jajaja (for all the latinos). LOL is a classic response to anything that makes you chuckle or even makes you uncomfortable.
NP: No Problem
A common response to thanks is NP. Jen said, “thank you so much!” Bobby replied, “NP.”
OMG: Oh My God
Also can use OMFG (Oh My F***ing God). OMG can be used when surprised, excited, shocked, or many other emotions.
OOTD: Outfit of the Day
Commonly exclaimed by teenage girls, OOTD means Outfit of the Day and is frequently used on social media to show of what they are currently wearing.
ROFL: Rolling On the Floor Laughing
This should be reserved for when you are bursting with laughter, maybe even tearing up from laughter. Jimmy Kimmel has me ROFL.
SMH: Shaking My Head or Shake My Head
SMH is used to express embarrassment or dismay. Visually imagine someone shaking their head at you.
STG: Swear to God
STG means to “swear to god”. When you really just want to pray to a higher power.
TGIF: Thank God It’s Friday
After a long week, TGIF. Couldn’t wait for the weekend, TGIF!
A brief thank you. Also can use TY (Thank You)!
TIL: Today I Learned
Today I learned, that TIL is a common phrase in texts or on social media when you happen upon a new fact in your daily life. TIL that there are grey orcas that look white in the sound’s waters.
TMI: Too Much Information
When your grandmother starts sharing details about her love life, you may want to tell her that she is sharing too much information, or TMI. Another example of TMI is commonly used about bodily functions associated with the bathroom.
TTYL: Talk To You Later
TTYL is better than goodbye. It promises the other person that they will be hearing from you soon. Have a great weekend, talk to you later.
Call me, text (TXT) me, if you want to reach me. Another common one is a quick ‘TXT me’.
TYT: Take Your Time
If it is no rush, TYT. Take your time for most of life, because rushing is usually not necessary.
WBY: What ‘Bout You?
I told you my story. Now tell me yours. WBY means “What ‘Bout You?”
WSP: What’s Up?
When you just want to know what your buddy is up to. Just ask them WSP.
WTF: What the F***?
When you are clearly shocked or mad, type this explictive.
What Does ICYMI Stand For?
Well, ICYMI in the list above, the acronym ICYMI stands for “In Case You Missed It.”