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E-Mail Acronyms and Emoticons

This page provides a list of some of the more common acronyms and emoticons that you may see in E-Mail/Newsgroup/Internet Chat messages.

Abbreviation Meaning
  
ADNAny day now
AFAIKAs far as I know
AFKAway from keyboard
AREAcronym-rich environment
B4NBye for now
BAKBack at the keyboard
BBIABBe back in a bit
BBLBe back later
BEGBig evil grin
BFDBig f***ing deal
BFNBye for now
BGBig grin
BIOYIOPBlow it out your I/O port
BLBelly laughing
BOTECBack-of-the-envelope calculation
BRBBe right back
BTABut then again...
BTWBy the way
BWTHDIKBut what the heck do I know...?
CUSee you
CULSee you later
CUL8ERSee you later
CYACover your ass
CYOSee you online
DBADoing business as
DFLADisenhanced four-letter acronym
DIKUDo I know you?
DITYIDDid I tell you I'm distressed?
DQMOTDon't quote me on this
EGEvil grin
EMFBIExcuse me for butting in
EOMEnd of message
EOTEnd of thread
ETLAExtended three-letter acronym
F2FFace to face
FAQFrequently-ask question(s)
FISHFirst in, still here
FLAFour-letter acronym
FMTYEWTKFar more than you ever wanted to know
FOMCLFalling off my chair laughing
FUBARF***ed up beyond all repair or recognition
FUDFear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIWFor what it's worth
FYIFor your information
GGrin
GAGo ahead
GALGet a life
GBTWGet Back To Work
GD&RGrinning, ducking, and running
GFCGoing For Coffee
GFETEGrinning From Ear To Ear
GIWISTGee, I wish I'd said that
GMTAGreat minds think alike
GOLGiggling out loud
GTRMGoing to read mail
HTHHope this helps
IACIn any case
IANALI am not a lawyer (but)
ICI see
IHAI hate acronyms
IIRCIf I recall/remember/recollect correctly
ILU or ILYI love you
IMImmediate message
IMHOIn my humble opinion
IMNSHOIn my not so humble opinion
IMOIn my opinion
IOWIn other words
IPNI'm posting naked
IRLIn real life
IYSWIMIf you see what I mean
JBODJust a bunch of disks
JICJust in case
JKJust kidding
KOTCKiss on the cheek
KWIM?Know what I mean?
L8RLater
LDLater, dude
LDRLong-distance relationship
LLTALots and lots of thunderous applause
LOLLaughing out loud
LRFLittle Rubber Feet
LTMLaugh to myself
LTRLong-term relationship
LULABLove you like a brother
LULASLove you like a sister
MorFMale or female
MOSSMember of the same sex
MOTOSMember of the opposite sex
MUSMMiss you so much
NFGNo f*****g good
NFWNo feasible way or no f*****g way
NIFOCNaked in front of computer
NRNNo response necessary
OICOh, I see
OLLOnline love
OTFOff the floor
OTOHOn the other hand
OTTOMHOff the top of my head
PANSPretty awesome new stuff
PCMCIAPeople can't master computer industry acronyms
PDAPublic display of affection
PEBCAKProblem exists between chair and keyboard
PIBKACProblem is between keyboard and chair
PITAPain in the ass
PMFJIBPardon me for jumping in but...
::POOF::Goodbye
POTSPlain old telephone service
PUThat stinks!
RLReal life
RORRaffing out roud
ROTFLRolling on the floor laughing
ROTFLMAORolling on the floor laughing my a** off
ROTFLMAOWPIMPRolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants
ROTFLMBORolling on the floor laughing my butt off
RPGRole-playing games
RSNReal soon now
RTFMRead the f***ing manual
RYORoll your own
S4LSpam for life
SEGS***-eating grin
SNAFUSituation normal, all f***ed up
SOSignificant other
SOLSmilling out loud or sh*t out of luck
SOMYSick of me yet?
STFWSearch the f*****g Web
STWSearch the Web
SWAGStupid wild-a** guess
TAFNThat's all for now
TANSTAAFLThere ain't no such thing as a free lunch
TFHThread from hell
TGIFThank God it's Friday
THXThanks
TIAThanks in advance
TLAThree-letter acronym
TLK2UL8RTalk to you later
TMIToo much information
TOPCATil our paths cross again
TPTBThe powers that be
TTFNTa-Ta for now
TTTThought that, too
TTYLTalk to you later
TUThank you
UAPITAYou're a pain in the ass
UWYou're welcome
VBGVery big grin
VBSEGVery big s***-eating grin
WDALYICWho died and left you in charge?
WFMWorks for me
WIBNIWouldn't it be nice if
WT?What/who the ?
WTFOWhat the F***! Over!
WTGWay to go!
WTGP?Want to go private?
WU?What's up?
WUF?Where are you from?
WYSIWYGWhat you see is what you get
YGBSMYou gotta be s***tin' me!
YMMVYour mileage may vary.

An emoticon (sometimes referred to as a "smiley") is a short sequence of keyboard letters and symbols, usually emulating a facial expression, expressing a feeling that supplements the message.

  
:-)Smile
;-)Smile with a wink
:<})User with mustache, smiling
:-||Mad
:-(Sad
:' -(Crying
:~Also crying
:-))Really happy
:-DBig grin
:-*A kiss
:-P~A lick
:-?Licking lips
:-oWow! or I'm surprised
:-|Grim
%-}Silly
:/)Not funny
:-"Pursing lips
:-PSticking out your tongue
:-\User happens to be Popeye
:-/Perplexed
=:OFrightened
=8OBug-eyed with fright
:*)Clowning around
:-}Embarassed smile
:-)<>>>>>Basic Smiley with a necktie
;-^)Tongue in cheek
%*@:-(Hung over
:-~~~Drooling
>:)Perplexed look
.)Keeping an eye out for you
8:-)Glasses on forehead
8:]Normal smiling face of a gorilla
0:-)Angel
[:-|]Robot
(:V)Duck
3:-oCow
:-[Vampire
(_8-(|)Homer Simpson
C|:-=Charlie Chaplin
=|:-)=Abe Lincoln
*<:-)Santa Claus
-:-)User sports a mohawk and admires Mr. T
(:)-)Scuba diver
:-'|User has a cold
:-{}User with heavy lipstick
:-)8User is well dressed
>:-<Mad
*#:-)Scotsman wearing his Scottish tam
%-^User is another Picasso
#-)User partied all night
<:IDunce
:-|"Have an ordinary day!" Smiley
:}{:Kisses
(-_-)Secret smile
#.-o"Oh, nooooooo Mr. Bill!!!"