Instant Messaging (IM) programs like AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, and now MySpace IM have created an entire language all their own. This language is made up of various abbreviations and acronyms, all used as shortcuts when talking to someone online.

Unfortunately, some of these acronyms are rather difficult to comprehend. So we have listed the most often used acronyms and abbrevations for instant messaging below:

121: one to one 
ADN: any day now 
AFAIK: as far as I know 
AFK: away from keyboard 
A/S/L: age, sex, location 
B4: before 
B4N: bye for now 
BAK: back at the keyboard
BF: boyfriend 
BFN: bye for now 
BG: big grin 
BTA: but then again 
BTW: by the way 
CID: crying in disgrace 
CNP: continued (in my) next post 
CP: chat post 
CU: see you 
CUL: see you later 
CYO: see you online 
DBAU: doing business as usual 
FUD: fear, uncertainty, and doubt 
FWIW: for what it’s worth 
G2G: got to go 
G: grin 
GA: go ahead 
GAL: get a life 
GF: girlfriend 
GFN: gone for now that 
GMBO: giggling my butt off 
GMTA: great minds think alike 
HAGN: have a good night 
HDOP: help delete online predators 
HHIS: hanging head in shame 
IAC: in any case 
IANAL: I am not a lawyer (but) 
IC: I see 
IDK: I don’t know 
IMNSHO: in my not so humble opinion 
IMO: in my opinion 
IOW: in other words 
IPN: I’m posting naked 
IRL: in real life 
L8R: later
LD: later, dude 
LDR: long distance relationship 
LLTA: lots and lots of thunderous applause 
LMIRL: let’s meet in real life 
LTR: longterm relationship 
LULAB: love you like a brother 
LULAS: love you like a sister 
M/F: male or female 
MILF: a mother I would like to f***
OLL: online love 
OTOH: on the other hand 
PIR: parent in room
RPG: role playing games 
SHID: slaps head in disgust 
SO: significant other 
SOMY: sick of me yet? 
SOT: short of time 
TTYL: talk to you later 
UW: you’re welcome 
WB: welcome back 
WFM: works for me 
WIBNI: wouldn’t it be nice if 
WTGP: want to go private? 
WTG: way to go 
YM: young man
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