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SMS language (also known as txt, txtspk, texting language or txt talk) refers to the English language slang used on mobile phone SMS, although with the increasing prevalence of predictive text input, it is now less common. It is an abbreviated form of English, derived from rebus, a writing system popular with Benjamin Franklin. It is similar to leet, but without the script kiddie content. Another example of this is AOL speak.

It evolved from the shorthand used in Internet chatrooms due to the small number of characters allowed in a text message and the small keyboards on mobile phones.

The aim of txt is to reduce the number of characters needed to put across a meaning. One casualty of this principle is that punctuation is widely disregarded.

txt devices

Single letters can be used to replace words. Examples include:

  • be becomes b
  • see becomes c
  • are becomes r
  • you becomes u
  • why becomes y

Equally, single digits can be used to replace words. Examples include:

  • ate becomes 8
  • for becomes 4
  • to, too, or two becomes 2
     

       

Individual syllables can be replaced with a single letter or digit. Examples:

  • ate becomes 8, so:
    • activate becomes activ8
    • great becomes gr8
    • mate becomes m8
    • later becomes l8r
    • plate becomes pl8
  • be becomes b
  • for or Fore becomes 4, so:
    • before becomes (combining both of the above) b4
    • therefore becomes there4

More miscellaneous adaptations of characters include:

  • ss being replaced with $
  • oo being replaced with %

Combinations of the above can be used to shorten single or multiple words. Examples:

  • your and you are both become ur

Other transcriptions of slang or dialect terms can be used if they are shorter than the original. A good example of this is the way in which because, often pronounced as cos in English, is written like so, saving four characters.

Another device used in text language is the removal of vowels from a verb, such that a set of consonants remain, which should still be recognisable as a word. So, between could become btwn.

Equally, whole words may be omitted, especially articles.

Another device used, is the replacement of an 'orr' with the abbreviation 'oz'. Hence Sorry would become Soz and Tomorrow would become Tomoz. This can be further abbreviated into 2moz.

'Sorry I forgot to phone you. I will see you tomorrow'

...would become...

soz i 4gt 2 fon u.i c u 2moz

The use of punctuation is limited. Only full-stops and exclamation marks are ever used in general. After a full stop, a space and capital letter is often omitted.

SMS TXT Abbreviations

There are a number of txt abbreviations which are commonly recognised (these are not to be confused with initialisms, which are also commonly used) and can be found in the list below, or can be found at transl8it! where the portal allows for translations made both to and from English:

afaik

atm

asap

as far as I know

at the moment

as soon as possible

bbl

bf or b/f and gf or g/f

brb

for be back later

boyfriend or girlfriend

be right back

btw

cam

cas

by the way

web camera

cracking a smile

cnt

cob

cya

can't

close of business

see you (later)

dno

dnt

fnx

don't know

don't

thanks

ftw

fya

fyi

for the win

for your action

for your information

f9

g2g or gtg

g2p or gtp

fine

got to go

got to pee

gd

gg no re

gj

good often repeated to be gdgd

good game, no rematch

good job

gna

idc

idk

 gonna or going to

i don't care

i don't know

iirc

ily or ilu

imho

if I remember correctly

I love you

in my humble opinion

imo

jic

jk

in my opinion

just in case

just kidding

k

kk

kl

okay

okay, cool

cool

lol

lmao

l8

laugh out loud

aughing my ass off

late

l8r

m8

n

later

mate

and

nm

ne

nefin

never mind

any

anything

np

nt

nw

no problem

nice try

no worries

omg

pita

pos

oh my god

pain in the ass

parents over shoulder

rofl

roflmao

rp

rolling on floor laughing

rolling on floor laughing my ass off

roleplay

slp/slpn

soz

sry

sleep/sleeping

sorry

sorry

tb

tc

thx

Text Back

Take Care

Thanks

ty

tmr or tmz or tomoz

ttml

Thank you

tomorrow

Talk to me later

ttyl or ttul

txtm8

ty

Talk to you later

textmate

thank you

tym

w/ or w

w/e

time

with

weekend or whatever

w/o

wb

wb2my

without

welcome back

write back to my

wg

whteva or woteva

wk

well good

what ever

work or week

wkd

wt or wut

wubu2

wicked

what

What you been up to?

    wuu2

    yw

    What are you up to?

    you're welcome

     

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Examples

Combining the above "techniques" can shorten whole sentences. Using website portals such as transl8it! a community of users has helped standardize this text speak by allowing users to submit translations, staking claim with their user handle, or to submit top messages and guess the lingo phrases. Using the free website service sms translations can are easily made both to and from English as sampled below:

Short messages can be made shorter still.

  • Are you going to the pub tonight? becomes ru goin pub 2nyt

Longer messages may also be considerably shortened. A typical text message might read:

hi m8 u k?-sry i 4gt 2 cal u lst nyt-y dnt we go c film 2moz
This is 60 characters long.

This would "translate" into standard English as so:

Hi mate. Are you okay? I am sorry that I forgot to call you last night. Why don't we go and see a film tomorrow?
This is 112 characters long.

    More SMS abbreviations

    404 A3 AAP
    I don't know (adopted from the http error code 404) Anytime, anywhere, anyplace Always a pleasure
    AAR AAS ADD
    At any rate Alive and smiling Address
    ADN AEAP AFAIK
    Any day now As early as possible As far as I know
    AFK AISB AKA
    Away from keyboard As it should be Also known as
    AML AOTA ASAP
    All my love All of the above As soon as possible
    A/S/L or ASL AT ATM
    Age/sex/location At your terminal At the moment
    AYEC AYOR B/F
    At your earliest convenience At your own risk Boyfriend
    B4 B4N BAK
    Before Bye for now Back at keyboard
    BAU BBIAF BBIAM
    Business as usual Be back in a few Be back in a minute
    BBL BBS BC
    Be back later Be back soon Because
    BCNU BF BFN
    Be seein' you  Best friend Bye for now
    BG BGWM BLNT
    Big grin Be gentle with me Better luck next time
    BM&Y BOL BRB
    Between me and you Best of luck Be right back
    BRT BTA BTDT
    Be right there But then again Been there, done that
    BTW CMIIW CMON
    By the way Correct me if I'm wrong Come on
    COB COS CR8
    Close of business Because Create
    CRB CRBT CU
    Come right back Crying really big tears See you
    CUA CUL CUL8R
    See you around See you later See you later
    CWYL CYO CYA
    Chat with you later See you online See ya
    D/L DL DEGT
    Download Download Don't even go there
    DIKU DQMOT DTS
    Do I know you? Don't quote me on this Don't think so
    DV8 EBKAC EG
    Deviate Error between keyboard and chair Evil grin
    EMA EMFBI EOD
    E-mail address Excuse me for butting in End of day
    EOM EZY F2F
    End of message Easy Face to face
    F2T FBM FC
    Free to talk Fine by me Fingers crossed
    FICCL FISH FOMCL
    Frankly I couldn't care a less First in, still here Falling off my chair laughing
    FITB FRT FWIW
    Fill in the blank For real though For what it's worth
    FYEO FYI G
    For your eyes only For your information Grin
    G/F G2CU G2G
    Girlfriend  Good to see you Got to go
    G2R G9 GA
    Got to run  Genius Go ahead
    GAL GB GBU
    Get a life Goodbye God bless you
    GDR GFI GG
    Grinning, ducking, and running Go for it Gotta Go or Good Game
    GIAR GIGO GL
    Give it a rest Garbage in, garbage out Good luck
    GL/HF GLNG GMTA
     Good luck, have fun Good luck next game Great minds think alike
    OI GOL GR8
    Get over it Giggling out loud Great
    GR&D GT GTG
    Grinning, running and ducking Good try Got to go
    GTRM H&K H2CUS
     Going to read mail Hugs & kisses Hope to see you soon
    H8 HAGN HAGO
    Hate Have a good night  Have a good one
    HAND HF HHIS
    Have a nice day Have fun Head hanging in shame
    HOAS HRU HTH
    Hold on a second How are you? Hope this helps
    HV IAC IANAL
    Have In any case I am not a lawyer
    IB IC ICBW
    I'm back I see It could be worse
    IDK IDTS IDUNNO
    I don't know I don't think so I don't know
    IG2R IIRC ILBL8
    I got to run If I remember correctly I'll be late
    ILU ILY IM
    I love you I love you Instant message
    IMHO IMNSHO IMO
    In my humble opinion In my not so humble opinion In my opinion
    IMS INAL IOW
    I am sorry I'm not a lawyer In other words
    IRL IRMC IUSS
    In real life I rest my case If you say so
    IYKWIM IYO IYSS
    If you know what I mean In your opinion If you say so
    j00r JAC JIC
    Your Just a sec Just in case
    JJA JK JMO
     Just joking around Just kidding Just my opinion
    JP k/b KISS
    Just playing keyboard Keep it simple, stupid
    KIT KOTC KOTL
    Keep in touch Kiss on the cheek Kiss on the lips
    KNIM l33t L8R
    Know what I mean? leet "elite" Later
    LD LERK LMAO
    Later, Long distance leaving easy reach of keyboard Laughing my a** off
    LOL LTM LTNS
    Laughing out loud Laugh to myself Long time no see
    LYLAS LYK M8
    Love you like a sis like Mate
    MFI MorF MSG
    Mad for it Male or female? Message
    MTF MTFBWU MUSM
    More to follow May the force be with you Miss you so much
    MYOB n00b N1
    Mind your own business Newbie Nice one
    NBD NE NE1
    No big deal Any Anyone
    NFM NIMBY NLT
    None for me / Not for me Not in my back yard No later than
    NM NMH NO1
    Nothing much / Never mind Not much here No one
    NOYB NP NRN
    None of your business No problem No response/reply necessary
    NVM NW NW)
    Never mind No way No way out
    OIC OMG OMW
    Oh, I see Oh my God On my way
    OO OOH OOTD
    Over and out Out of here One of these days
    OP OTB OTL
    On phone Off to bed Out to lunch
    OTOH OTT OTTOMH
    On the other hand Over the top Off the top of my head
    OTW OVA PCM
    Off to work Over Please call me
    PDQ PLMK PLS
    Pretty darn quick Please let me know Please
    PLZ PM PMFI
    Please Private Message Pardon me for interrupting
    PMFJI POAHF PPL
    Pardon me for jumping in Put on a happy face People
    PROLLY PRT PTL
    Probably Party Praise the Lord
    PTMM PXT PU
    Please tell me more Please explain that That stinks!
    Q QIK QT
     Queue Quick Cutie
    RL RME ROFL
    Real life Rolling my eyes Rolling on floor laughing
    ROTFL ROTFLUTS RSN
    Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak Real soon now
    RTM RUOK SAL
    Read the manual Are you okay? Such a laugh
    SBTSBC SC SETE
    Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel Stay cool Smiling Ear-to-Ear
    S ICNR SIG2R SIS
    Sorry, I could not resist Sorry, I got to run Snickering in silence
    SIT SLAP SMHID
     Stay in touch Sounds like a plan Scratching my head in disbelief
    SNAFU SO SOL
    Situation normal all fouled up Significant other Sooner or later
    SOMY SOTMG SOZ
    Sick of me yet? Short of time, must go Sorry
    SPK SPST SRY
    Speak Same place, same time Sorry
    SS SSDD SSINF
    So sorry Same stuff, different day So stupid it's not funny
    STR8 STW SUITM
    Straight Search the Web See you in the morning
    SUL SUP SYL
    See you later What's up? See you later
    T+ TA TAFN
    Think positive Thanks a lot That's all for now
    TAM TBD TBH
    Tomorrow a.m. To be determined To be honest
    TC TGIF THX
     Take care Thank God it's Friday Thanks
    THNX THNQ TIA
    Thanks Thank-you Thanks in advance
    TIAD TLK2UL8R TMB
    Tomorrow is another day  Talk to you later Text me back
    TMI TMOT TMWFI
    Too much information Trust me on this Take my word for it
    TNSTAAFL TPM TPTB
    There's no such thing as a free lunch Tomorrow p.m. The powers that be
    TSTB TTFN TTTT
    The sooner, the better Ta ta for now These things take time
    TTYL TTYS TU
    Talk to you later Talk to you soon Thank you
    TY TYT TYVM
    Thank you Take your time Thank you very much
    UGTBK UKTR UL
    You've got to be kidding You know that's right Upload
    UR UV UW
    Your / You're Unpleasant visual You're welcome
    WAM WAN2TLK WAYF
    Wait a minute Want to talk Where are you from?
    W/B WB W/E
     Write back Welcome back Whatever
    WIIFM WK WKD
    What's in it for me?  Week Weekend
    WOMBAT WRK WRUD
    Waste of money, brains and time Work What are you doing?
    WTG WTH WU?
    Way to go What the heck? What's up?
    WUBU2? WUCIWUG WUF?
    What have you been up to? What you see is what you get Where are you from?
    WUWH WWJD WWYC
    Wish you were here What would Jesus do? Write when you can
    WYLEI WYSIWYG X
    When you least expect it What you see is what you get Kiss
    XLNT YA YBS
    Excellent Your You'll be sorry
    YGBKM YKWYCD YMMV
    You've got to be kidding me You know what you can do Your mileage may vary
    YR YW ZZZZ
    Your You're welcome bored/sleeping

References

  • Rai, Himanshu (October 30, 2005). "Thumbs Up!". New Straits Times, p. F14.

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Smiley and Graphic Text Messages sent in by you

=^_U= ?
x0x0x ?
:-)P It's rude to pull your tongue
:)$ Man with beard ?
:@ surprised ?
:X Cross ?
;l Sceptical ?
~~m^^m~~ ?
8^+ not sure what this means ?
:s Shocked
>'o'< Shouting?
:P STICKING UR TONGUE OWT
:- D

welcome

(.)(.)

?

:< sad
<3 love
:))) big grin
;=] smile and wink

(\_/)
(O.o)
(")(")

bunny
:* kiss
</3 Broken Heart
\=! cool with a cap
:-) X happy face and kiss

Challenge

Write a short poem or story in text language

the best being published here

(use comment box to send your txt in)

i think ppl r goin crazy,, their goin too far with this

(perhaps ur right)

kk a rellie liked da websit lyk it k

(not bad at all)

Dii$ ii$ LYK3 D@ B3$T. ic**WenUXMe ;)

(entirely readable)

txt lnguage is gr8

(yes)

ilu sophie <3

(Digital graffiti I think)

I say LOL and OMG but who really cares. It's a bit of fun (:
However, talking LYK Dii$ ii$ TOT@LLY POiiNTL3$$ :)

(You might just have a point there)

dis iz k i reli dis txt lnguge iz easy 2 understand. u just hav 2 read it properly
anywayz l8 peeps

Can just nearly understand that :-)

i think u ave got sum off da language ryt bt nt evrythng.  Wht u ave tu doo is shortin sum words and put diff lettas in them =]

(fair enough)

text is rly easy 2 understand tbh u gotta be thick 2 nt understand it xx

(yes we can understand that)

dde, sriously, ppl shud knw hw 2 use sms by nw, i mean, hu3va dsnt is rly....weird?

(OK but can't understand the last bit at all!)

(.)(.) w@t do3z tHiS me3@n ????

(here's looking at you kid !)

haha dis syte is lyke well k i mean luk at all sad ppl who cant use txt lnguage init

(not bad can anyone do better)

Comments Questions Answers

mwah means kisses
Ijs = I just saw or I'm just saying
mulu = miss you love you
NYB = not your business

Okay I have learned from my nephew that

WUD is what you doing ..

nm- NEVERMIND
or .. nm - NOT MUCH
wbu- WHAT ABOUT YOU
oic- OH I SEE
w.e- WHATEVER
SHER- sure
fb = facebook
ayt = are you there
lily = lily i love you

"G"

il jus dont no y there is so many ways u can short txt wat happens if u have lernin probs ?

HAKAS - Have A Kick As* Summer

99 - Nite Nite

Can anyone explain to me how 143 becomes I love you. Or should I just accept it without proof! Just being curious (JBC) ?

143 = I love you - 1= 1 letter (i) - 4= 4 letters (love) - 3= 3 letters (you) - Make sense?

1337 means leet or elite wassup yall evry bdy needs 2 tlk 2 ppl ttfn dont tdtm

have received a txt message 831 can you tell me what it means in English language ?

831 means 8 letters, 3 words, 1 mean.....basically I love you

y-why

text language is used to save cost of 2 or more texts, people send & receive 20 texts, to get across what they could say in a 30 second phone call :p text cost 2.00 @ 10p phone call 5p @ 10p pm just call people it's better to talk

10x: thanks

brb

have received a text message :-) X. Can you tell me what this means in English language ?

:-) X, is a happy face and a kiss. and mwah is like a kiss as well.

could u tell me what this means please - mwah ?

Apparently it is an online kiss in a flirty way ;-)

mwah means kisses

BRT- Be Right There

143--i love you

ttyl

Oh - owh
Already - dy
Tomorrow- 2molo

what does < / 3 mean??? = broken heart

what does :-(! mean?

mtia -  doesn't Ox mean a hug and a kiss?  When signing birthday cards quite often put OXOXOX which is hugs and kisses.

IOU means I owe you

don't know = idk

what does - thst- mean?

jw = just wondering

lol also means laughing out loud

LYLAS = Love Ya Like A Sister

JDMJ = Just Doing My Job

wdum = What do you mean

2moro = tomorrow

W84U@2BFN = wait for you at 2, bye for now

ly= loves you

TBH = to be honest

mua = kiss

HIM8JORH!T means 'he is major hot!'

l8r = later

no 1 m8

(..)r  what this mean

CAWBAW - any idea anybody ?

howzt = how's that

ttfn = ta ta 4 now
wat = what
wever = what ever

BTL = Below the line

W84U@2BFN = ?

w84u@ = wait for you at

Shouldn't it be 10q for thank you, not 10x?

girl friend=gf boy friend/best friend=bf !

if any one says wdc its an irish thing its wats the story

ilysm babyy<33
i love you so much babyy

bfn = 'bye for now' in IM. Can be used in text also.

c u tmrw = see you tomorrow

trx = tricks ?

oh A/S/L - age/sex/live

 for example mine is 17/f/uk

i love txt language but i write it in a way people can understand..... :-D

MTFBWU :) = May The Force Be With You

IDK = I don't kiss

ily2 = i love u 2

wats home in text language?

joj = jumped off the jet?

i know - i no

ok - k
i don't know - idk

4ever = forever

husb = husband

WEV = whatever

TTLY = Totally

bosh = nonsense ?

BBZ = babes

bby = best buy

Jfu = Just for You

otj = on the job ?

otw = on the way or off the wall or on the whole or out the window or one true way

what does MULU mean?

what does foe mean in text lingo ?

h.o = hold on

pdf = Portable Document Format

btw = by the way

mhm = members helping members

ily = I love you

lmao = laughing my ass off

&apos; = apostrophe = html code

wot does dub mean? got this in a msg reading 'that svd me a dub'

2k8 = 2008  2k7=2007 etc

tri = 3, three or triple

ilusb = I love you so bad!

what does (n) or (y) or (8) mean? I Have no idea, please help me!

:P = STICKING UR TOUNGE OWT

:- D = welcome

ttfn = ta ta for now

:oc

NNTR = No Need To Reply

 or Nothing New to Report

xixixi = Idle talk, gossip

meh=whatever

:<

xx - - just be mates

xxx - likes u more than mates

btw= by the way
atm= at the moment
cbb= can't be bothered

hey who knows wat cutie is in txt language ...
it is qt

3> = LOVE (or the other way = <3)

TIAMO = I love you in Italian

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
LCK  OR LCJK ??

BBZ = Baby

njoy = enjoy

what dus lym mean...?

Love You Much  - Love You More - Love You Millions ?

GOW = God of War ?

Yh = yes

:)))

Soz  = Sorry or see you later

what does :P mean?

Acc - Actually

;=]

LUVOO = love you

wubu2 = what you been up 2?

what does lad or ladd mean?

what does FAM mean?

(\_/)
(O.o)
(")(")
= bunny

KIT- keep in touch

lul- love u lots

btw- by the way

bby ?

"Before the Battle of Yavin", a system of measuring Dates in Star Wars.? or Baby?

:*  means that ur giving that person a kiss!

<3 means heart
ttyl talk to you later - so does t2ul8r

</3= Broken Heart
\=! is cool with a cap
%O>= confused

iciamyy4u ?

= I see I am too wise for you

what does :D x mean?

big sloppy kiss?

BRB MEANZ BE RIGHT BCK

hmph ?

easy or pointless ?

ITE means alright

rgr ?

"Roger" as used in radio transmissions ?

fomcl for fallin off my chair laughin

cbltr- call back later

cbtday - callback today

<3mwah<3

OCC ?

Might mean Occasionally

XOXO - Hugs And Kisses

lol also means lots of love

AIIRW2DT = As If I Really Wanted To Do That

BTL = below the line

lol is laugh out loud

LYM can anyone tell me what this means?

Love you much

Can you tell me what this means please ? LYMROS

i<3u=i love you

ijs ?

Dutch for Ice Cream ?

GQM ?

Goal Question Metric

wuu2 for wot you up to

what does TQ26RS mean?

what does YH mean?

Yh is IM messaging slang which means "yes"

what does MHM mean?

Could be 'members helping members'

what does nasr mean?

what does :* mean ?

 means that ur giving that person a kiss!

ne1 no what "0x" mean? mtia

what does do numbers alone mean?  For example, I have been playing a game online and at random someone will type "1" or "2" or "3".  Arrgh!  I'm too old, but don't want to look as stupid as I apparently am ;-)

what does this mean ...    \=!

is cool with a cap

4gi = forget it

heart= <3

what does yayly mean gettin on in years now and don't wanna look sad in front of my niece lol...................

</3

gdd

hya=hey

what does :)( )   mean?

lol doesn't mean lots of love it is laugh out loud! durr lol

what's the point of using "text language". When you can't even use it in exams in school!. its a waste of time, you may as well practice REAL spelling and ace your exams then be an expert on this stupid "text language". no wonder kids are thick these days! they're starting to speak like it too! one girl i know keeps saying lol and oh em gee!!!. what is the world coming to!?!?!

I am a great-grandmother and have decided it is high time I learnt some of the texting language.   How is it that if youngsters can master it why is it that as a nation we are so poor at foreign languages?

T2UL- Talk to you later
LOL- Lots of love
TCCIC- Take care cuz I care

what does IWSWDFW stand for as i am really stuck?

What does BUBIB stand for?

what does %0> stand for ?

confused

i think it is very cool that there are so many txt words... it saves time..!!!  lol  i'm just lazy!!

this is a very useful site 4 me

LTQM = Laughing quietly to myself

nub --> noob --> newbie


 


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