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What's the Meaning of BRB, LMAO, AFK, ROFL, TY, and NP?

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Ngureco is a researcher with a background in math and natural sciences and an interest in Internet culture.

Need an FAQ for some common slang terms you see online? We've got you covered, FWIW.

Need an FAQ for some common slang terms you see online? We've got you covered, FWIW.

BRB, LMAO, THX, NP: What Do They Stand For?

I was very curious about the meaning of all the acronyms and slang terms that I kept seeing on the Internet, like the ones above. I got answers from many people, and I thank them for their input. Now I understand what tons of these terms mean, and I would like to share my list here with new Internet users who may find themselves with the same problem I experienced.

List of Internet Slang and Acronyms

Below, I have included a list of Internet slang that covers everything from AFK to YMMV (and beyond). These terms are commonly used by many people online and in texts. Feel free to comment on any other slang that you may have used/noticed and that has not been included in this list. TY and YW!

TermMeaning

1

One or exclamation mark (as in "!!1!!")

2

To, too, or two

4

For or four

A3

Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace

AA

Alcoholics Anonymous

AAB

Average At Best

AAF or A&F

Always And Forever

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

AFAP

As Far As Possible

AFC

Away From Computer

AFD

All F***ing Day

AFK

Away From Keyboard

AFT

About F***ing Time

AGW

All Going Well

Aight

Are you alright?

Aight

Yo

ALOL

Actually Laughing Out Loud

ANY1

Anyone

AYSOS

Are You Stupid Or Something?

B

Be

B4

Before

BB

Bye Bye

BB

Baby

BBIAB

Be Back In A Bit

BBL

Be Back Later

BBS

Be Back Soon

BD

Big Deal

BRB

Be Right Back

BRB

Bathroom 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

Don't know

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

FOAD

F*** Off And Die

FTL

For The Loss

FTL

For The LOLs

FTUW

For The Uber Win

FTW

For The Win

FWIW

For What It's Worth

FYI

For Your Information

G2G or GTG

Got To Go

GAL

Get A Life

GFY

Good For You

GG

Good Game

GG

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/Humble Opinion

IMNSHO

In My Not-So-Honest/Humble Opinion

IMO

In My Opinion

If you get a message like this, your chat is probably over for a while.

If you get a message like this, your chat is probably over for a while.

More Terms and Their Full Forms

TermMeaning

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

Okay, cool/kewl.

KL

Cool/kewl/kool

Kwl

Cool/kewl/kool

L8r

Later

LLAH

Laughing Like A Hyena

LMAO

Laughing My *ss Off

LMFAO

Laughing My F*cking *ss Off

LOL

Laughing Out Loud

LQTM

Laughing 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

NWS

Not Work Safe

O

Oh

O3

Out Of Office

OGC

Man j*cking off (look at it sideways)

OIC

Oh, I see.

OJ

Only Joking

OMG

Oh My God/Goodness!

OOC

Out Of Character

OP

Original Poster/Post

OT

Off Topic

PEBKAC

Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

Pic

Picture

PITA

Pain In The *ss

Pix

Pictures

Plz or pls

Please

PMSL

Pissed/Pissing 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

SMH

So Much Hate

SO

Significant Other

SOS

Same Old Sh*t

Soz or 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 (means you were 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.

Wut

What

YCM

You Copied Me

Ye

Yeah/yes

YMMV

Your Mileage May Vary

Yo

Hey or your

YSVW

You're So Very Welcome

YW

You're Welcome

ZZZ

Sleeping or bored

Why Do People Use Internet Slang?

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

Memes Evolve by Natural Selection

Some Internet slang will also develop not just for the sake of saving time, but also to identify members of various social internet groups. Members will repeatedly use an acronym (a common typing error that is eventually turned into slang, for example), and then it will catch on in the World Wide Web as slang. When usage develops this way, the memes are evolving by natural selection, much like in biological evolution.

Internet Slang Is a New Language Developing

While the use of these terms saves time for the writer, it may take more than twice as much time for the reader to understand what the writer is trying to say. However, that may be changing: Today, young people are using this slang not only in written communication, but also in spoken communication. This is a sure sign of the development of a brand new language.

More About Internet Language

Comments

Amelia on July 04, 2020:

Thx.Now, I understand that what my friends are saying!!!

Lol doll on April 23, 2020:

Lmao means laughing my **s off

Lol= laughing out loud

M8= mate

ʀᴏsᴇ on April 10, 2020:

This site was so amazing!

Now I know lots of slang that I can use on my friends. Thanks a lot

mads on April 05, 2020:

what is a HTML??? just wanna know

Kim on January 11, 2020:

This really helped my friends understand what I was saying better cuz They didn’t know how to abbreviate every word

Riza on December 08, 2019:

ty- thankyou

jazmine on August 13, 2019:

thx this is helpng me a lot

nou on June 24, 2019:

thx now ik what does lmao stand for

slitamya on April 18, 2019:

For thank you or thanks alot of people use thx

Amber on January 14, 2019:

thank you!

Tierny on December 24, 2018:

@Nadiella tysm means “thank you so much” jsyn

apg13\ on December 03, 2018:

LIB= Link In Bio

Jason Phúc Rey on October 22, 2018:

FYM - YMSMD

echo on October 06, 2018:

cool

dem derps on September 04, 2018:

there are tons more thats just like a quarter of them

appollo on August 14, 2018:

IMHO - in my humble opinion

Romaric Azongbetterboy on July 03, 2018:

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

tristan on June 20, 2018:

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

Ash on May 07, 2018:

Philip, STFU is Shut The F*ck Up

johnny on May 05, 2018:

what is lmao

Philip on April 23, 2018:

what is STFU?

Philip Morgan on April 10, 2018:

Twaz of gr8 help

radman on March 15, 2018:

any one know what the meaning of pff??

pagx on March 14, 2018:

whats FSK

wat on March 09, 2018:

afk is away from keyboard, lol is laugh out loud

Vanessa on January 30, 2018:

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

mahi jacqui queen on December 18, 2017:

Thanks ppl

Maruko on November 30, 2017:

Please help me!!

What's the meaning of "AFK"?

Nadiella on November 16, 2017:

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

vishesh singh on October 23, 2017:

What is meaning of Missed AF

ngureco (author) on October 11, 2017:

'AFK' is 'Away from Keyboard'.

Iqra on October 11, 2017:

What is the meaning of Afk

Nester on October 10, 2017:

What does Cruz mean. Help me guys

Mrs40sHistoryBuff on August 29, 2017:

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?

June on August 21, 2017:

What's tbo

sly on August 20, 2017:

What is ndo

sheena on August 18, 2017:

hah thx

Oscar on August 16, 2017:

OP means overpowered

Noyonika on August 13, 2017:

What's the meaning of thr

mr Adesanoye damilola on August 02, 2017:

thanx

iiiStarShooter on July 25, 2017:

Wow, Thank You!

Only Some I Knew..

Like..

(Ooc: Out Of Character)

(Lmao: Laughing My A** Off)]

(And Some Others, Etc)

Greg on May 30, 2017:

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

Guillaum on May 21, 2017:

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

Melanie Shebel from Midwest, USA on May 17, 2017:

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?

random person on May 13, 2017:

useful :)))

Christian on March 24, 2017:

Thanks a lot for this meanings haha

Allan Kashoro on March 22, 2017:

Terrific explanations

NEINHITER1942 on March 10, 2017:

Where is OOL? (Out Of Level)?

Or NFS (Need For Speed)

or FM (Forza Motorsport)

or other things that only X group might said

Neus on February 18, 2017:

Great job. Thank you so much!

Random on February 10, 2017:

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

ngureco (author) on January 03, 2017:

PFF: Playing For Fun

PFF: Prioritize, Focus and Follow-up

SSS on January 02, 2017:

What’s the meaning of "PFF"

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

nr55 on December 08, 2016:

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 (author) on December 01, 2016:

Let It Be.

Gladys on December 01, 2016:

What does lib stand for?

once on October 01, 2016:

you forgot TBH which stands for to be honest.

DB on July 07, 2016:

Many of these predate the internet.

John Mickel Almeñe on July 06, 2016:

Amazing just like a wiki. thanks a lot

Mrs40sHistoryBuff on June 13, 2016:

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!

paulr6453 on May 31, 2016:

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

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on May 16, 2016:

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

Arpit.. on January 02, 2016:

Good one ...

Complete the demand of social need..

#ROFLMAO...

dimple on December 15, 2015:

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

Thanusha on December 15, 2015:

Thankyouu So Much

zachary on December 07, 2015:

right now i will understand about internet slang

Johnf618 on October 01, 2015:

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

evelina on September 03, 2015:

great texting I know some of these ! :D

ngureco (author) on August 28, 2015:

That’s right, Sher.

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

Akeem on July 03, 2015:

Seriously This Make Me Beta Thnx!

shanu on May 21, 2015:

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

Dynalyn on May 16, 2015:

Wow it really helps tnkxczs ;)

geraldine on April 22, 2015:

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

Kim on April 19, 2015:

Wow it really helps Thx

Raza on April 07, 2015:

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

567 on March 25, 2015:

fyi...for your information

fyki....for your kind information

myb...mind your business

RoCkStAr on March 12, 2015:

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

suganya on March 11, 2015:

Super ji thx

Guest on March 10, 2015:

Awesome it help me

Natasha on February 24, 2015:

This is great,

thanks for helping my fingers instead of typing alot

Anand on February 18, 2015:

thanq -thank you

saisil on February 04, 2015:

It's cool

The Geek on February 01, 2015:

I have some more to add:

L8R-Later

CUL8R- See you later

KIT- Keep in touch

Sophie on January 17, 2015:

miss one~URAQT

you are a cutie n.n

Zaya Firdaus on December 25, 2014:

Thanks for this great help

anonymous on December 14, 2014:

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

Chandni singer on December 07, 2014:

Graat help for me thanxx LOL

Alanna Fox Starks from Detroit, Michigan on October 22, 2014:

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!!! =^..^=

ADU on October 11, 2014:

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Aadi on July 31, 2014:

Its good....

gm on July 08, 2014:

HERE'S ONE FOR YOU GUYS!

4Q2

jeffi Junaid on June 30, 2014:

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...

just somebody on March 13, 2014:

i dont feel dumb on the internet anymore

mahesh pant(me ! mahesh) on January 03, 2014:

thanx .!!!

this symbol help e tooo uch..!!

Tina on December 11, 2013:

Good

rajesh on November 07, 2013:

very nice yr

holly on June 26, 2013:

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

Tosif on June 18, 2013:

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

Romit patel on May 03, 2013:

Awsum stuff

Koggy on March 25, 2013:

what then does mdll and kdll means?

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