What’s the Meaning of lol, lmao, rofl, brb, afk, ty, thx and np?

Updated on September 14, 2015

What’s Does Lol, Lmao, Rofl, Brb, Afk, Ty, Thx and Np Mean?

I was very curious about the meaning of these above acronyms and slang terms that I kept seeing on the Internet. I got answers from many people, and I thank them for their input. Now I know the meaning of these Internet slang terms, plus a few others that I would like to share here with new users of the Internet who may find themselves in the problem I experienced.

Below, I have included a list of Internet slang and acronyms where you can find the meaning of lol, lmao, rofl, brb, afk, ty, thx, np, and other Internet slag and acronyms.

List of Internet Slang and Acronyms

Below is a listing of Internet slang and acronyms which I believe are commonly used by many on the Internet. Feel free to comment on any Internet slang and acronyms that you may have used/noticed and that has not been included in this list.

Listing of Internet Slang and Acronyms

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Slang and Acronyms  
Meaning  
1
One, exclamation mark
2
To, Too or Two
4
For or Four
AFAP
As Far As Possible
A&F, AAF
Always And Forever
A3
Anywhere, Any time, Any place
AA
Alcoholics Anonymous
AAB
Average At Best
AAK
Alive And Kicking
AAMOF
As A Matter Of Fact
AAP
Always A Pleasure
AAR
At Any Rate
AAYF
As Always, Your Friend
ABD
Already Been Done
ABH
Actual Bodily Harm
ABN
*sshole By Nature
ABT
Absolutely
ABT
About
ADM
All Day Long
ADMIN
Administrator
ADN
Any Day Now
AEAE
And Ever And Ever
AEAP
As Early As Possible
AFAIAC
As Far As I Am Concerned
AFAIC
As Far As I'm Concerned
AFAICS
As Far As I Can See
AFAICT
As Far As I Can Tell
AFAIK
As Far As I Know
AFAIR
As Far As I Remember
AFC
Away From Computer
AFD
All F***ing Day
AFT
About F***ing Time
AGW
All Going Well
Aight
Are you alright, Yo
ALOL
Actually Laughing Out Loud
ANY1
Anyone
AYSOS
Are You Stupid Or Something?
B
Be
B4
Before
Bb
Bye Bye, Goodbye
BBIAB
Be back in a bit
BBL
Be back later
BBS
Be back soon
BD
Big deal
BRB
Be right back
BRB
Be right back or Bath-room break
BRT
Be right there
BTW
By the way
C
See
CSWS
Can't Stop, Won't Stop
CU
See you
CUL
See you later
Cuz
Because
CYA
See you
CYS
Check your settings
da
The
dat
That
der
There
DIAF
Die in a fire
Dunno
Dont know
FAQ
Frequently asked questions
FOAD
**** off and die
FTL
For the loss
FTUW
For the uber win
FTW
For the win
FWIW
For what it's worth
FYI
For your information
G2G / GTG
Got to go
GAL
Get a life
GFY
Good for you
GG
Good game, Good going
GIYF
Google is your friend
Gonna
Going to
HAND
Have a nice day
HS
Holy sh*t!
HTH
Hope this helps
IACL
I am currently laughing
IANAL
I am not a lawyer
IANARS
I am not a rocket scientist
IC
I see
ICYDK
In case you didn't know
IDGI
I don't get it
IDK
I don't know
Iggy
Igloo
IIRC
If I recall correctly
ILY or ILU
I love you
IMHO
In my honest opinion
IMNSHO
In my not so honest opinion
IMO
In my opinion
Internet slang are coined and popularized by internet users to save time on keystrokes

List of Internet Slang and Acronyms Continued...

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Slang and Acronyms  
Meaning  
IRL
In real life
ITT
In this thread
IYDMMA
If you don't mind me asking
JJ
Just joking
JK
Just kidding
JOOC
Just out of curiosity
JP
Just playing
K
Okay
KK
Ok Cool or Ok Kewl
KL
kool, cool
Kwl
Cool
L8r
Later
LLAH
Laughing like a Hyena
LMAO
Laughing my *ss off
LMFAO
Laughing my f*cking *ss off
LOL
Laugh out loud
LQTM
Laugh quietly to myself
M8
Mate
MYOB
Mind your own business
NLS
Not Life Safe
NOYB
None of your business
NP
No problem
NSFW
Not Safe For Work
Nvm
Never Mind
NVM
Never mind
NWS
Not Work Safe
O
Oh
O3
Out Of Office
OGC
Man J*cking Off
OIC
Oh, I see
OJ
Only Joking
OMG
Oh my God!, Oh my Goodness!,
OOC
Out of Character
OP
Original Poster, Original Post
OT
Off topic
PEBKAC
Problem exists between the keyboard and the chair
Pic
Picture
PITA
Pain in the *ss
Pix
Pictures
Plz, Pls
Please
PMSL
Pissing, pissed myself laughing
POS
Piece of sh*t
PPL
People
PTTL
Pop to the loo
RL
Real life
ROFL
Rolling on the floor laughing
ROFLMAO
Rolling on the floor laughing my *ss off
ROFLMAOL
Rolling on the floor laughing my *ss out loud
Shudda
Should have
SMH
Shaking my head
SO
Significant other
SOS
Same old sh*t
soz, srry
Sorry
SSDD
Same sh*t, different day
STFW
Search the f*cking web
sup
What's up?
sup homes
What's up, friend?
SWW
Sorry, wrong window - typing in the wrong box
Thnx
Thanks
Tho
Though
TIA
Thanks in advance
TTFN
Ta ta for now
TTYL
Talk to you later
TTYT
Talk to you tomorrow
TY
Thank you
TYT
Take your time
U
You
W8
Wait
Wanna
Want to
WB
Welcome back
Wd
Well done
WDUWTA?
What do you want to talk about?
Wile
While
WOOT
We own the other team
WTH?
What the hell?
WURSC
Wow, you are so cool
YCM
You copied me
Ye
Yeah, Yes
YMMV
Your mileage may vary
Yo
Hey, Your
YSVW
You are so very welcome
YW
You are welcome
Internet slang is coined and popularized to save time on keystrokes.

Coined and Popularized By Internet Users

I learned that these slang terms were coined and popularized by those on the Internet to save time on keystrokes. The acronyms are also used in text messages, emails, blogs, forums, imageboards, instant messages, as well as on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Memes Evolving By Natural Selection

Some internet slang will also develop not just for the sake of saving time, but as identification by members of the same social internet grouping in which members feel loyal to. Members will repeatedly use an acronym (a common typing error that is eventually turned into slang, for example) and soon it catches on in the world wide web as slang. When slang develops that way, they are memes that are evolving by natural selection, much like in biological evolution.

Internet Slang is a New Language Developing

Today, young people are using Internet slang not only in written communication, but also in spoken communication. This truly is a sure sign of a language that is in the process of developing into a brand new language. Whilst the use of Internet slang saves time for the writer, the reader often may take more than twice the time to understand what the writer is trying to say this way.

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      nou 

      7 weeks ago

      thx now ik what does lmao stand for

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      slitamya 

      4 months ago

      For thank you or thanks alot of people use thx

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      Amber 

      7 months ago

      thank you!

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      Tierny 

      7 months ago

      @Nadiella tysm means “thank you so much” jsyn

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      apg13\ 

      8 months ago

      LIB= Link In Bio

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      Jason Phúc Rey 

      10 months ago

      FYM - YMSMD

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      echo 

      10 months ago

      cool

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      dem derps 

      11 months ago

      there are tons more thats just like a quarter of them

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      appollo 

      12 months ago

      IMHO - in my humble opinion

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      Romaric Azongbetterboy 

      13 months ago

      I Like Dis Slangs But Many Ppl Aight Aware Of It Yet.

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      tristan 

      14 months ago

      @radman pff does not stand for anything it means "I don't believe you"

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      Ash 

      15 months ago

      Philip, STFU is Shut The F*ck Up

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      johnny 

      15 months ago

      what is lmao

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      Philip 

      16 months ago

      what is STFU?

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      Philip Morgan 

      16 months ago

      Twaz of gr8 help

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      radman 

      17 months ago

      any one know what the meaning of pff??

    • profile image

      pagx 

      17 months ago

      whats FSK

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      wat 

      17 months ago

      afk is away from keyboard, lol is laugh out loud

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      Vanessa 

      18 months ago

      I love this app i love the meanings thank you so much for the person who made this

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      mahi jacqui queen 

      20 months ago

      Thanks ppl

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      Maruko 

      20 months ago

      Please help me!!

      What's the meaning of "AFK"?

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      Nadiella 

      21 months ago

      Dis rlly help me out! So now i can understand what are the mean of the word tysm for it!

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      vishesh singh 

      22 months ago

      What is meaning of Missed AF

    • ngureco profile imageAUTHOR

      ngureco 

      22 months ago

      'AFK' is 'Away from Keyboard'.

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      Iqra 

      22 months ago

      What is the meaning of Afk

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      Nester 

      22 months ago

      What does Cruz mean. Help me guys

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      Mrs40sHistoryBuff 

      23 months ago

      Either this was added since I saw this list several months ago, or I missed it the first time, but how in the world does "OGC" become "man j*cking off"??

      There's only one letter common to both, and they are at opposite ends of their respective placement!

      Anybody have any ideas?

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      June 

      24 months ago

      What's tbo

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      sly 

      24 months ago

      What is ndo

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      sheena 

      2 years ago

      hah thx

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      Oscar 

      2 years ago

      OP means overpowered

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      Noyonika 

      2 years ago

      What's the meaning of thr

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      mr Adesanoye damilola 

      2 years ago

      thanx

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      iiiStarShooter 

      2 years ago

      Wow, Thank You!

      Only Some I Knew..

      Like..

      (Ooc: Out Of Character)

      (Lmao: Laughing My A** Off)]

      (And Some Others, Etc)

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      Greg 

      2 years ago

      DOM - Don't Come Monday

      TGIF - Thank God It's Friday

      A3 - AnyTime, AnyPlace AnyWhere is from a British advert for Martini - So the order has meaning in the UK

      IMHO - In My 'Humble' Opinion

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      Guillaum 

      2 years ago

      Wow so cute.... Thanks so much.... Thumps up

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      Melanie Shebel 

      2 years ago from Midwest USA

      Awww, I had answered your question with a brand new hub, but it appears to have been deleted as an answer. Was wondering if you know what happened?

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      random person 

      2 years ago

      useful :)))

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      Christian 

      2 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this meanings haha

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      Allan Kashoro 

      2 years ago

      Terrific explanations

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      NEINHITER1942 

      2 years ago

      Where is OOL? (Out Of Level)?

      Or NFS (Need For Speed)

      or FM (Forza Motorsport)

      or other things that only X group might said

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      Neus 

      2 years ago

      Great job. Thank you so much!

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      Random 

      2 years ago

      XD COOL DOG 4 Realz All slang today! I cant do no party without this slang dictionary

    • ngureco profile imageAUTHOR

      ngureco 

      2 years ago

      PFF: Playing For Fun

      PFF: Prioritize, Focus and Follow-up

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      SSS 

      2 years ago

      What’s the meaning of "PFF"

      it might be "Perfect full f**k" ?

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      nr55 

      2 years ago

      Gr8 listing - like it lots, many many I have never heard off - and some I will definitely use.

      Cunning - you put Afk in the header but didn't define it?

      One you missed - similar to PEBKAC - PICNIC - Problem In Chair Not In Computer

      and confusingly LOL is also used for Lots of Love - can be dangerous if user and or reader don't know the other meaning.

      TTFN

    • ngureco profile imageAUTHOR

      ngureco 

      2 years ago

      Let It Be.

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      Gladys 

      2 years ago

      What does lib stand for?

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      once 

      2 years ago

      you forgot TBH which stands for to be honest.

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      DB 

      3 years ago

      Many of these predate the internet.

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      John Mickel Almeñe 

      3 years ago

      Amazing just like a wiki. thanks a lot

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      Mrs40sHistoryBuff 

      3 years ago

      I'm not going to read through several hundred posts to see if these things have already been addressed, so apologies to whomever may be annoyed if this duplicates their concerns....

      You listed "AFK" on the headline and the lead-in to your Hub, but in your dictionary it's never addressed. In my 16 years of keyboarding experience online - yes, since 1999 and all the Y2K hubbub - AFK has always meant "Away From Keyboard." Usually indicating an anticipated absence longer than would be covered by a simple "BRB."

      The other point I wanted to make is that a few of these have histories that go way back before the internet. Most especially, the entry you have of "MYOB" or "Mind Your Own Business." That's been a "verbal" shortcut for ALAIR! I remember hearing adults use that amongst themselves when I was a kid. And since that was about FIVE decades ago, plus a little, that should give you some idea of its longevity.

      Otherwise, pretty good resource for those new to the craft! HAGD!

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      paulr6453 

      3 years ago

      you forgot WYSIWYG.... what you see is what you get

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      Eileen 

      3 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      I use these sometimes but good to know the meaning .... has to bookmark this!

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      Arpit.. 

      3 years ago

      Good one ...

      Complete the demand of social need..

      #ROFLMAO...

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      dimple 

      3 years ago

      F off is more comfortable word i guess for f**k off..

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      Thanusha 

      3 years ago

      Thankyouu So Much

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      zachary 

      3 years ago

      right now i will understand about internet slang

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      Johnf618 

      3 years ago

      Hi there! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's new to me. Nonetheless, I'm definitely happy I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back frequently! agefecaddekf

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      evelina 

      3 years ago

      great texting I know some of these ! :D

    • ngureco profile imageAUTHOR

      ngureco 

      3 years ago

      That’s right, Sher.

      "ktxbi" is used in slang texting meaning = okay thanks bye.

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      Akeem 

      4 years ago

      Seriously This Make Me Beta Thnx!

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      shanu 

      4 years ago

      i was searching for ROFL........finally got it............its really amazing to know these words

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      Dynalyn 

      4 years ago

      Wow it really helps tnkxczs ;)

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      geraldine 

      4 years ago

      So a lot! I just want to know what is lmao is. And i saw this site. So useful and knowlegable. Thank.

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      Kim 

      4 years ago

      Wow it really helps Thx

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      Raza 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for all the stuff. It really helps a lot...

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      567 

      4 years ago

      fyi...for your information

      fyki....for your kind information

      myb...mind your business

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      RoCkStAr 

      4 years ago

      I was searching for imao,rofl and sup....... finally got it

    • profile image

      suganya 

      4 years ago

      Super ji thx

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      Guest 

      4 years ago

      Awesome it help me

    • profile image

      Natasha 

      4 years ago

      This is great,

      thanks for helping my fingers instead of typing alot

    • profile image

      Anand 

      4 years ago

      thanq -thank you

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      saisil 

      4 years ago

      It's cool

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      The Geek 

      4 years ago

      I have some more to add:

      L8R-Later

      CUL8R- See you later

      KIT- Keep in touch

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      Sophie 

      4 years ago

      miss one~URAQT

      you are a cutie n.n

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      Zaya Firdaus 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for this great help

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      anonymous 

      4 years ago

      Why is there no WTF ? It is like the 2nd most commonly used in the world since LOL is the first...

      WTF - What The Fuck

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      Chandni singer 

      4 years ago

      Graat help for me thanxx LOL

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      Alanna Fox Starks 

      4 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Thank you so much for this, bookmarking it! I have seen several of these and had no idea what the person was saying... I responded with random letters back until they could type in English. ALOL!!! =^..^=

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      ADU 

      4 years ago

      superurb

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      Johnf151 

      5 years ago

      I just like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check once more here frequently. I am moderately sure I will be told lots of new stuff right right here! Best of luck for the following! cfdkdbkcedke

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      Aadi 

      5 years ago

      Its good....

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      gm 

      5 years ago

      HERE'S ONE FOR YOU GUYS!

      4Q2

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      jeffi Junaid 

      5 years ago

      Ohhh well!its g8 it vll help me a lot.Basically the thing people don't hv the tym to type full word...so this gud for me well!nw i can understand wot they intend to say...Tblu:thanx buddy love you.....mention it....asap...

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      just somebody 

      5 years ago

      i dont feel dumb on the internet anymore

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      mahesh pant(me ! mahesh) 

      5 years ago

      thanx .!!!

      this symbol help e tooo uch..!!

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      Tina 

      5 years ago

      Good

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      rajesh 

      5 years ago

      very nice yr

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      holly 

      6 years ago

      nice some did something for me so I can understand what other ppl are saying

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      Tosif 

      6 years ago

      good work..this is new kind of dictionary ;)

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      Romit patel 

      6 years ago

      Awsum stuff

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      Koggy 

      6 years ago

      what then does mdll and kdll means?

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      Rando 

      6 years ago

      Where is BYBF ? Bang Your Best Friend

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      Jack 

      6 years ago

      OK - above list helps answers a few questions. I agree with the comment way above, that it takes longer to read than when people take the time to actually spell a word in full. I'm not that old, but it seems that all these acronyms show laziness rather than cleverness. Makes me wonder if it's easier to use the first letter of the word as most people don't know how to spell anymore.

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      Tumalak 

      6 years ago

      ttyl=talk to you later

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      RAJEEV 

      6 years ago

      THANKS FOR UPGRADING MY KNOWLEDGE

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      shiinnnnnyyyyyyyy 

      6 years ago

      ohhhhhhhhhhhh thanks ,finally

      ty

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      SRS 

      6 years ago

      interesting..........

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      mayank arora 

      6 years ago

      thanks for it! XD

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