Email and SMS Language


Shorthand has been around since before the days of Pitman I’m sure, and every generation seems to invent its own language.  Lately in my training sessions I’ve noted an increase in younger delegates texting away during sessions (that’s another topic!). I’ve noticed they use short codes the same as the ones in Email, Chat programs, Forums, SMS’s and other space and attention is at a premium.

If, like me, you’ve felt like a dinosaur because you couldn’t work out what that abbreviated language meant, then here is a post that should enlighten you.


<G> Grinning
<J> Joking
<L> Laughing
<S> Smiling
<Y> Yawning
AAMOF As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIC As Far As I Can…
ASAP As Soon As Possible
BBFN Bye Bye For Now
BFN Bye For Now
BTW By The Way
BYKT But You Knew That
CMIIW Correct Me If I’m Wrong
EOL End Of Lecture
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FITB Fill In The Blank
FWIW For What It’s Worth
FYI For Your Information
GBU God Bless You
GMTA Great Minds Think Alike
HTH Hope This Helps
IAC In Any Case
IAE In Any Event
ICL In Christian Love
IMCO In My Considered Opinion
IMHO In My Humble Opinion
IMNSHO In My Not So Humble Opinion
IMO In My Opinion
IOW In Other Words
LMAO Laughing My Arse Off
LOL Lots Of Laughter
MGB May God Bless
MHOTY My Hat’s Off To You
NRN No Reply Necessary
OIC Oh, I See
OTOH On The Other Hand
PTL Praise The Lord
ROF Rolling On the Floor
ROFL Rolling On the Floor Laughing
ROTFL Rolling On The Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Arse Off
RSN Real Soon Now
RTFM Read The F*** Manual
SITD Still In The Dark
TTFN Ta Ta For Now
YMMV Your Mileage May Vary
TIA Thanks In Advance
TIC Tongue In Cheek
TTYL Talk To You Later
TYVM Thank You Very Much
WYSIWYG What you See Is What You Get


Maybe we should start including some of these abbreviations in our training materials to engage Gen Z or whatever we’re up to! Scarily I’ve noticed I use 2 and 4 instead of “to” and “for” in my flip charting!

I’m sure there are more abbreviations .. know any?
IAC, folks, HTH. BFN!