Chat Lingo & Dating Acronyms

by Barb Marcano

Almost all online dating sites use Instant messaging (IM) and chat technology. Just like talking on the phone, Instant Messaging allows instantaneous communication between two or more participants. That's why it's important to respond to your chat partner(s) in a timely fashion - take too long to reply and they may lose interest.

To help keep your online conversation flowing at a steady pace, we put together a list of the most common chat and IM shortcuts. Print out a copy and place it next to your computer so next time you'll know what they are talking about.

  • AFK Away From Keyboard
  • ADN Any Day Now
  • AKA Also Known As
  • ASAP As Soon as Possible
  • ASL Age/Sex/Location
  • AWYR Awaiting Your Reply
  • B4N Bye for Now
  • BAK Back At Keyboard
  • BBL Be Back Later
  • BCNU Be Seeing You
  • BEG Big Evil Grin
  • BF Boyfriend
  • BFFL Best Friends For Life
  • BTAIM Be That as it May
  • BTU Back to You
  • BS Big Smile
  • BTW By The Way
  • BWK Big Wet Kiss
  • CBL Come Back Later
  • CIO Check It Out
  • CU See You
  • CUL Catch you Later
  • CWYL Chat With You Later
  • DIKU do I Know You?
  • DLN Don't Leave Now
  • DTLM Don't Lie To Me
  • EG Evil Grin
  • F2F Face To Face
  • FOTCLFalling Off the Chair Laughing
  • FWIWFor What it's Worth
  • FYI For Your Information
  • G2GGot To Go
  • GAL Get a Life
  • GFAK Go Fly a Kite
  • GL Good Luck
  • GMAB Give Me A Break
  • GOI Get Over It
  • GTSY Glad to See You
  • HB Hurry Back
  • H&K Hug and Kiss
  • HAK Hug and Kisses
  • HIG How's it Going
  • ICBW I Could be Wrong
  • IDC I Don't Care
  • IDK I Don't Know
  • IDST I Didn't Say That
  • IGP I Gotta Pee
  • IMO In My Opinion
  • IRL In Real Life
  • ISO In Search OF
  • J/K Just Kidding
  • JAM Just a Minute
  • JAS Just a Second
  • KIT Keep In Touch
  • L8R Later
  • LDR Long Distance Relationship
  • LOL Laughing Out Loud
  • LOLA Laughing Out Loud Again
  • LTR Long Term Relationship
  • MB Mate
  • M/F Male or Female
  • MRS Meet Real Soon
  • MWBRL More Will be Revealed Later
  • MYOB Mind Your Own Business
  • N1 Nice One
  • N2S Neddless to Say
  • NOYB None of Your Business
  • NP No Problem
  • NRN No Response Necessary
  • NTTAWWT Not That There's Anything Wrong With That
  • NW No Way
  • OBTW Oh, By the Way
  • OIC Oh I See
  • OT Off Topic
  • PDA Public Display Of Affection
  • PLS Please
  • RBTL Read Between the Lines
  • ROFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • RUOK Are You Ok?
  • SOL Sooner or Later
  • SOMY Sick of me yet?
  • TAFN That's all for Now
  • TAH Take a Hike
  • TBDL To Be Discussed Later
  • TIAIL Think I am in Love
  • TMI Too Much Information
  • TNTC Too Numerous to Count
  • TTFN Ta ta for Now
  • TTYL Talk to you later
  • TTYS Talk to you Soon
  • TYVM Thank You Very Much
  • TX Thanks
  • VM Voice mail
  • WGTG Well, Got to Go
  • WTGP What to Go Private
  • WUF Where Are You From
  • WRU Who Are You
  • WYS Whatever you Say
  • YNK You Never Know
  • YW Your Welcome
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