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Text Message Slang 101

People who text on a regular basis seem to know a foreign language. In fact, some texts don't even use words! Entire messages can be written in acronyms. This can all be very confusing for those less familiar with the lingo. Here’s a quick guide to understanding some of the more common text message slang.



Many shorthand texts rely on acronyms, or using the first letter of each word to complete thoughts. Here are some common acronyms:

AAMOF – As a matter of fact
AAR – At any rate
BAU – Business as usual
CM – Call me
CT – Can't talk
DEGT – Don't even go there
DMI – Don't mention it
FCOL – For crying out loud
LOL – Laugh out loud

OMG - Oh my god


Some codes for text messaging combine different shortcuts. You might see initials combined with things you should sound out. For example, "BI5" stands for "back in five." Usually, you'll pronounce numbers like four and eight. Most people expect you to pronounce "U" as "you" and "B" as "be." Here are some common combinations:

CUL8R – See you later
2BZ – Too busy
HAG1 – Have a good one
GR8 - Great
G4N – Good for nothing
U2 – You too
F2F – Face to face
B4 – Before


With these tips and some practice, you’ll be using acronyms and abbreviating like a pro in no time.

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