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Quick Guide To Modern Text and IM Abbreviations/Acronyms  

I’m one of those older Millennials, the ones with no kids that have to infiltrate the 20 somethings to keep current and hang. Many times I have been stumped by what a particular phrase, acronym or abbreviation means so I am compiling them all here for quick reference. Feel free to use with caution and in context as some contain curse words. Hehe.

1. omw – on my way
2. brb – be right back
3. afk – away from keyboard
4. ttyl or ttys – talk to you later or soon
5. lmao – laughing my ass off
6. rofl – rolling on the floor laughing
7. bae – before anyone else, most important person in your life
8. bff – best friend(s) forever
9. ooo – out of office
10. imho or imo- in my humble opinion or in my opinion
11. af – as fuck
12. OMG – Oh My God!
13. np – no problem
14. wth or wtf – what the hell/heck or what the fuck
15. BSL – breed specific legislation
16. smh – shaking my head
17. btw – by the way
18. tbt – throw back Thursday
19. byo or byob – bring your own + beer or booze
20. lol – laughing out loud
21. atm – at the moment

There are many others but these are the ones that I had to look up and now use. Which ones do you use? Got any questions? Comment or send them to

By MrsEnginerd

Engineer, DIY enthusiast, world traveler, avid reader, pitbull owner, and nerd whisperer. 😎🤓😘🐶

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