Your Quick SMS Lingo Guide

August 10, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Tricks

Nothing makes you feel older—our out-of-touch with American youth culture—when you realize you don’t understand half of what those SMS-friendly abbreviations mean. Luckily the Wall Street Journal was kind enough to orient its old-fogey readership!


UG2BK You got to be kidding
GBTW Get back to work
NMP Not my problem
PIR Parent in room
GFTD. Gone for the day
FYEO. For your eyes only
BI5 Back in five minutes
DEGT Don’t even go there
BIL Boss is listening
PAW Parents are watching
99 Parents are no longer watching
PCM Please call me
IMS I am sorry
TOY Thinking of you
KUTGW Keep up the good work
CID Consider it done
FWIW For what it’s worth
HAND Have a nice day
IAT I am tired
NRN No response necessary
4COL For crying out loud
WRUD What are you doing
LMIRL Let’s meet in real life
^5 High five

Of course, you’ve got the classic LOL (laughing out loud), ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) and OMG (Oh my… do I really have to tell you what that means?

Most interesting though are “shocking” abbreviations like:

GNOC Get naked on camera
POS Parent over shoulder
IWSN I want set now

So, dear readers, GBTW. It’s NMP you WSN. But that probably doesn’t match up with the example provided by the source article, featuring a clueless woman texting a friend “I’m so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. LOL. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.” Yes, she meant lots of love.


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