Do You Know the Meaning of These Texting Acronyms?

By: Becky

Do You Know the Meaning of These Texting Acronyms?
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About This Quiz

Prove you're a texting pro by acing this quiz.

Way back in the 1960s and 1970s, adults complained they didn't understand what young people were saying. All the groovies and far outs were confusing to those who weren't in the know. Today's youth have confused their hip parents with a new language - the acronyms used in texting. Let's be serious, though - even adults are doing it.

Texting acronyms were originally a way to speed up conversations, especially in the era of the old-school T9 cell phone keypads. Boy, were those a beast to text on! Although some acronyms, such as ASAP (as soon as possible), IOU (I owe you) and MYOB (mind your own business), existed long before texting became common, many acronyms were first used in internet chat rooms, instant messaging services and discussion boards. Most people caught on to the lingo pretty quickly. Today's internet and smart phones are slowly doing away with these acronyms, though, so enjoy them while you can. Emoticons and reactions are now often coded to turn these shorthand messages into visual displays that are fun and engaging. Guess the next generation will have a new language to confuse this one some day.

So, let's GAMO (Get A Move On... yeah, we made that up) and take the quiz!

LOL
Linger on lawn
Lunch over laughter
Laugh out loud
LOL stands for "laugh out loud." Not that anyone would know if you were actually laughing, out loud or otherwise, via text.
Last offer last

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TBH
To be happy
To bring hamburgers
To be honest
TBH means "to be honest." TBH, it would be a pain to spell this out.
To bat half

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IMHO
In my honest opinion
IMHO means "in my honest opinion." It could also mean "in my humble opinion."
In my highest opinion
Isn't my hair opulent
Important medicine hospital organizations

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TXS
Tuxedos
Tickets
Thanks
TXS means "thanks." Seriously, it would take us longer to get used to using "txs" than spelling this out.
Trick or Treat

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411
Information
411 is a way of asking for information. We supposed you'd have to have been a child of a landline to remember the origins of this one.
Dialup
Emergency
Coordinates

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<3
Heart
<3 is how you text a heart. Many devices and programs will now actually turn this into a picture of a heart.
Rose
Greater than
Less than

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BRB
Boil red bananas
Banner rusty barrel
Bonny runs backward
Be right back
BRB means "be right back." This isn't used so much in SMS messaging as in chats.

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911
Information
Coordinates
Where are you
Emergency
911 is a way of saying that something is very important. Remember - type this, don't call it.

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ILY
I love you
ILY means "I love you." Not sure if we really want to hear that over a text message.
I look yonder
In Lauren's yard
It's later yesterday

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OMG
Over my garage
Often many guys
Oh my goodness
OMG means "oh my goodness." It can also mean "oh my gosh" or something involving the Lord's name.
Obliterate my ghosts

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TMI
Too many idiots
Three more invaders
There my ink
Too much information
TMI means "too much information." This means you are oversharing.

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AMA
After my allowance
About mastered all
Ask me anything
AMA means "ask me anything." This was popularized on the internet.
Added more ammo

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ISO
Inner circle
In search of
ISO means "in search of." This is used quite a bit on internet buy, sell, trade groups.
Inside Sally's office
If she offers

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BTW
By the way
BTW means "by the way." BTW, how many of these texting acronyms do you use?
Bring the water
Boring to watch
Buying too windy

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POV
Pulled over vehicle
Pass onto Veronica
Partner of venues
Point of view
POV means "point of view." This might also be familiar to you English majors.

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TTYL
Take Tammy's yard lounge
The town yonder lies
Talk to you later
TTYL means "talk to you later." We think a simple "later" would suffice.
Totally

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JK
Just kidding
JK means "just kidding." This texting is no joke.
JK Rowling
Junior knowledge
Harry Potter

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ASAP
After Sally's after party
Actor Sam awards prizes
As soon as possible
ASAP means "as soon as possible." This acronym predates the internet and texting.
Albert said adapt promptly

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ROTFL
Roost of the flower language
Random over taken Florida
Rolling on the floor laughing
ROTFL means "rolling on the floor laughing." Thank goodness for emoticons.
Rusty order taken flowers

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TYVM
The yellow van moves
Thank you very much
TYVM means "thank you very much." Does anyone use this one anymore?
Tammy yells very much
Toys yield vast money

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B4N
Bye for now
B4N means "bye for now." We think a simple "bye" would do.
Bring four nuggets
Ban for Nascar
Book for Nancy

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L8R
Later
L8R means "later." Isn't it easier to type "bye"?
Last eight runners
Linger infinitely rowdy
Late rocker

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RT
Run together
Roam tonight
Retweet
These days, RT means "retweet." It once meant "real time."
Ralph Tanner

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YW
You're welcome
YW means "you're welcome." You might say this after someone sends you a text that says TXS.
Young women
Yellow wagon
Yup word

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JS
Joker sought
Jingle song
Just saying
JS means "just saying." This is similar to JK, which means "just kidding."
Jamboree soiree

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XOXO
Gossip Girl
Bye
Later gater
Hugs and kisses
XOXO means "hugs and kisses." This originated long before texting.

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CYA
Columbus young Americans
See your acronym
See ya
CYA means "see ya." We think it would be cool if it referred to the Alps, though.
Climb yonder Alps

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LMBO
Laugh my butt off
LMBO means "laugh my butt off." There is a less G-rated version of this for adults.
Limbo
Linger more back out
Line my barbecue over

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TLC
Tender loving care
TLC means "tender loving care." This acronym existed long before the internet or texting.
Take longer cars
Together language counts
Tammy loves Charlie

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IOU
I owe you
IOU means "I owe you." This acronym has been in play for a long time.
Inside our union
Inked on upper
Iffy or under

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NP
Not possible
North Pole
Next person
No problem
NP stands for "no problem." Back in the day of chat rooms, it may have meant "nosy parents."

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GR8
Tony the Tiger
Go round infinity
Great
GR8 means "great." Seriously, two more letters and you could spell out the whole word.
Grover

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AKA
After King's altar
Also known as
AKA means "also known as." This is an acronym from way back.
Abracadabra
Above Kenny's Attic

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IC
Icky
I see
IC means "I see." So, does UC mean "you see"?
Hospital
Ice cream

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IRL
In real life
IRL means "in real life." IMHO IRL is GR8.
In Russian language
Inside Rosie's lounge
I roll

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