“TTYL” and 48 More Popular Texting Abbreviations

10 September 2022
By Sarah Angela Almaden

Unsplash: Erinada Valpurgieva

The 411 (aka information) is that you are twiddling your thumbs about five times or five hundred times a day. But let me tell you a secret: you’re not the only one committing this crime, because many of us are in this together.

Fortunately, we no longer have to rely on messenger pigeons for our messages to get across. But if we still had that option, wouldn’t that be interesting? Oh well, now we have the T word – texting. Texting is a great way to communicate with our friends, family, strangers, exes, neighbors, and whomever you can think of. And we do it quite a lot. Also in different mediums like Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, iMessage, Telegram, Slack, Instagram, Twitter, and the list goes on and on.

The texting process is fairly simple. Step 1: type out your text. Step 2: hit the send button (typically located on the corner right of the text box). Step 3: wait for your recipient to reply. Step 4: repeat the entire process if you want to continue the conversation.

As you can see, texting isn’t really too bad. It’s simple and easy. Although, if you want to do something extra fancy, you can send a voice note in lieu of a text message. A voice note is a text message version 2.0, think of it as somewhere between texting and calling, and that’s because you can actually hear the person’s voice and listen to the message instead of reading it.

Texting is fun and all, but what can be annoying is how our messages are sometimes limited to a number of characters. Know the feeling when you’re typing a message and suddenly your words are cut in half because you don’t have enough room? You’re about to say “very cute” at the end of your message, but since you have no characters left, you end up saying “ve” which is six letters away from the phrase “very cute.” Oopsie, now that’s not very cute at all. Or let’s face it, you just don’t want to type out the entire phrase “at the moment” because it’s too long.

Is there a remedy to this kind of surface-level problem? Yes, there is and it will require you to use abbreviations and acronyms. Perhaps, this texting shortcut will help you become a master texter of this generation. So ladies, gents, and enbies, time to take out your pen and paper… err no. Scratch that. Or forget that. Instead, take out your phone and see how many of these texting abbreviations and acronyms you can use in one sitting.



  1. ASAP – As soon as possible
  2. LMK – Let me know
  3. YKIM – You know what I mean
  4. BRB – Be right back
  5. FOMO – Fear of missing out
  6. IMO – In my opinion
  7. AWOL – Absent without leave
  8. FYI – For your information
  9. LOL – Laugh out loud
  10. BTW – By the way
  11. TBH – To be honest
  12. NP – No problem
  13. HMU – Hook me up
  14. TTYL – Talk to you later
  15. NSFW – Not safe for work
  16. TLDR – Too long didn’t read
  17. ATM – At the moment
  18. ICYMI – In case you missed it
  19. RN – Right now
  20. OOTD – Outfit of the day
  21. TBF – To be fair
  22. IDK – I don’t know
  23. ILY – I love you
  24. MCM – Man crush Monday
  25. WCW – Woman crush Wednesday
  26. G2G – Got to go
  27. IFYP – I feel your pain
  28. TFW – That feeling when
  29. IMY – I miss you
  30. IDC – I don’t care
  31. POV – Point of view
  32. SMH – Shake my head
  33. AFAIK – As far as I know
  34. IRL – In real life
  35. SOML – Story of my life
  36. OMW – On my way
  37. NGL – Not gonna lie
  38. SFW – Safe for work
  39. TIL – Today I learned
  40. BC – Because
  41. CYA – See ya
  42. DM – Direct message
  43. FTW – For the win
  44. NBD – No big deal
  45. NVM – Nevermind
  46. ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  47. SO – Significant other
  48. TMI – Too much information
  49. QT – Cutie
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