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Common Chat Room Abbreviations and Emoticons

This is a list of frequently used chat room abbreviations, as well as some of the emoticons, or symbols used to express emotions. This is not all of them, but this will help you become more familiar with some of the most commonly used ones in our chats and help you get on your way to some fun chatting. 

Also bear in mind that in chat lingo, using all capital letters usually represents shouting or screaming in the room. If in doubt about an abbreviation that is used, by all means, ask someone there. Capital letters have been used here to eliminate any confusion. For the most part, upper and lower case are acceptable in chat when abbreviations are used.


(((name))) hug to a specific person
(((HUG))) hug to room
{{{   }}}  also hug
: ) = smile
: -) = smile
(-: = left handed smile
:-/ = perplexed or confused
:-D = really big grin
: - ( = sad
; -( = crying
:-o = surprised or shocked
:-O = really surprised or shocked
;-) = wink
8-) = big eyes smile or smile with glasses

<     > = anything put in these marks is meant to express the feelings of the chatter, ex:
<frown> indicates a frown
<g> = indicates a grin
<grin> = indicates a grin
<s> = indicates a smile
<smile> = indicates a smile
<smirk> = indicates a smirk
<wink> = indicates a wink


AAMOF = as a matter of fact
ASAP = as soon as possible

BK = back
BAK = back at keyboard
BBL = be back later
BBS = be back soon
BBFN = bye bye for now
BFN = bye for now
BRB = be right back
BRBGGP = be right back gotta go potty
BTW = by the way

CRAFT = can't remember a fricking thing
CRS = can't remember stuff (or use your imagination for S)
CU = see you
CUL8R = see you later
CYA = see ya

FUBAR = fouled up beyond all recognition
FYI = for your information

GMTA = great minds think alike
GP = general practitioner
GTG = got to go

HB = hurry back

IMHO = in my humble opinion
IMNSHO = in my not so humble opinion
IMO = in my opinion

JK = joke
J/K = just kidding

K = okay

LOL = laughing out loud
LOLROF = laughing out load, rolling on floor
LMAO = laughing my a** off (use your imagination)
LTNS = long time no see

MYOB = mind your own business

NP = no problem

OIC = oh I see

PCP = primary care physician
PULMO = pulmonary

ROF = rolling on floor
ROTF = rolling on the floor
ROFLMAO = rolling on floor laughing my a** off
ROFLOL = rolling on floor laughing out loud
RT = respiratory therapist

SATS = referring to pulse oximetry value
SNAFU = situation normal all fouled up
SOL = sh** out of luck
SOS = same old stuff (or use you imagination)

TTFN = ta ta for now
TTYL = talk to you later
TU = thank you
TY = thank you

WB = welcome back
WTG = way to go

YW = your welcome

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