For many businesses, the hardest part of adopting texting isn’t onboarding or training — it’s writing the texts themselves. At this point, your team knows they should be texting consumers. But, what should they say?

List of common texting acronyms

You might think you know how to text with your customers or clients because you already use email. However, the two are not the same. Just like different social media channels are better for different types of content, so are emails and texts. What works as an email might not work as a text and vice versa. One of the biggest differences is message length – texts should be short form, whereas emails are typically longer. Part of this is due to the nature of the medium and technical limitations, but a large part also has to do with the audience.

Generally, the group of people who opt-in to receive texts from your business skew younger than those opting in for email. This doesn’t mean older generations don’t use text. Texting is simply the preferred medium for younger people, who have grown up with cell phones and the internet.

The popularity of messaging tools has resulted in an entirely new type of language: texting acronyms.

We’ve all heard the jokes about moms signing texts to their children with “LOL” thinking it means “lots of love” instead of “laugh out loud.” There’s also the Modern Family episode where Phil Dunphy uses “WTF” thinking it means “why the face.” They’re funny, but there’s a lot of truth to these jokes.

If you want to be taken seriously by your audience, do yourself a favor and learn these common acronyms. Even if you don’t feel they’re appropriate to use in your outbound communication, it’s important to know what they mean so you can better understand inbound texts.

Here’s our version of a texting acronyms dictionary or in other words, our text slang translator.

AKA: Also known as
ASAP: As soon as possible
BTW: By the way
B/C: Because
DIY: Do it yourself
DM: direct message
FTW: For the win
FWIW: For what it’s worth
FYI: For your information
G2G: Got to go
GR8: Great
HTH: Hope this helps
ICYMI: In case you missed it
IDK: I don’t know
IMHO: In my humble/honest opinion
IKR: I know, right
ILY: I love you
IMO: In my opinion
IRL: In real life

JIC: Just in case
JK: Just kidding
LMK: Let me know
LOL: Laughing out loud
MSG: Message
NP: No problem
NVM: Never mind
OMG: Oh my god/gosh
POV: Point of view
ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing
SRSLY: Seriously
SMH: Shaking my head
SO: Significant other
TBH: To be honest
TMI: Too much information
TL;DR: Too long, don’t/didn’t read
TTYL: Talk to you later
TY: Thank you
V: Very
YOLO: You only live once

Don’t be a Phil Dunphy. Learn how to use texting properly by reading more on our blog or scheduling a demo today.

Madeleine Wilson

Madeleine Wilson

Content Marketing Manager at Zipwhip
Madeleine Wilson is the content marketing manager for Zipwhip. Her experience in brand strategy, strong writing skills, and eye for design help drive traffic to the Zipwhip website. She loves telling the stories of how Zipwhip impacts businesses and consumers.
Madeleine Wilson