JK - Just Kidding; used when someone is joking around about something.
KIT - Keep In Touch; used when someone would like someone to keep in contact, usually with family or friends far away.
LMBO/LMAO/LMFAO - Laughing My Butt Off, Laughing My A** Off, Laughing My F****** A** Off; used in response to something humorous that has been said or posted.
NP - No problem; used in response for helping someone do something or figure out something. For example -
- Person 1 - Thanks for the help!
- Person 2 - NP
OMW/OTW - On My Way, On The Way; usually used in online gaming when a person is headed for an area, usually to group with other people. Is also used in text messaging when stating you are headed towards a place or a person.
OMG/OMFG - Oh My God, Oh My Gosh, Oh My F****** God; used in exclamation about something. For example, "OMFG, did you see that guy the other night?"
ORLY - Oh really; used in either a response or question about something. Can also be used in a sarcastic manner. "ORLY?"
Peeps/PPL - People; an abbreviation for the word 'people'. For example, "To all my peeps on Facebook, I love you!"
PLS/PLZ - Please; an abbreviation for please.
RL/IRL - Real Life, In Real Life; used when speaking about life outside of the online world (in other words, real life). For example, "Sorry I haven't been around, had some issues IRL."
ROTFL/ROTF/ROFL/ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing, Rolling On The Floor, Rolling On Floor Laughing, Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off; like LMAO, used in response to something humorous that was said or posted.
SOL - S*** Out Of Luck; used when a situation occurs that is problematic for someone. For example, "I am SOL for rent this month."
SRLY - Seriously; used in either a response or a question in regards to something that seems unbelievable. Can sometimes be used in a sarcastic remark. "SRLY?"
SSL - Sorry So Long; used in apology when a message or post is much longer than the writer intended.
STB - Sorry To Bother; something I made up when needing to interrupt something, usually in text form to someone when I'm aware they are busy at the moment. For example, "STB, but when you have the chance, give Mrs. Iverson a call."
TC - Take Care; used in response to someone leaving a chat session or game.
TMI - Too Much Information; used in response when someone says something that is reveals too much about them or the people they know; usually inappropriate. For example, "SRLY, TMI right there."
TTFN - Ta Ta For Now; used when saying goodbye to people.
THX/TY/TYVM - Thanks, Thank You, Thank You Very Much; used when thanking someone for doing something.
WB - Welcome Back; used when a person returns to a message or chat room/forum board
WTF/WTH/WT? - What The F***, What The Hell, What The...?; used when something doesn't seem right in the world or when something has gone horribly wrong. For example, "WTF Windows!" or "WT? Why would you do that? WTH, man!"
These are of course only a few of the many shorthand stylings of IM etiquette that you can use to impress your friends and others. Try them today, and see what happens. URGTG, so GL!