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Texting Lingo- What does LOL mean?

Updated on November 10, 2012

What does it all mean?

So, we have all been there. You're on Facebook, or you recieve a text from a friend, only to realize that you have no clue what they are talking about. You may get the gist of what there trying to communicate to you, but there may be a random word or phrase that you are not familiar with. Then when we ask, "What does that mean?", you get the look. You know the look I'm talking about, almost as if to say "How lame are you?". Well, this has been happening more frequently with todays technological conversations (don't feel too bad!!).So many people have found themselves in this position. This is an easy way to get the translations without the embarassment of having to ask. Here is a list of the most used Lingo out there, and the translations!

Word Lingo
Literal Translation
How It's Used
LOL
Laugh Out Loud
That is so funny LOL!
SMH
Shaking my Head
I can't believe it, Smh.
LMAO
Laughing my ass Off
That is hilarious! LMAO!
BRB
Be Right Back
I'm busy, BRB!
L8r
Later
I need to get to work L8R.
H8R
Hater
Wow, she is such a hater. (Hater meaning jealous or envious)
:)
Smiley Face
I like you :)
;)
Winky Face
I really like you ;)
<3
Heart
I <3 you!
Smash
To Eat
I'm about to "smash" on these burgers!
FML
F*** my Life
I have to work a double shift tonight, FML.
OMG
Oh My God
OMG! She did that?
BTW
By The Way
BTW, I have to meet Chris at 3 so I can't stay too long.
BTWN
Between
I don't want to come btwn you two.
IDK
I Don't Know
IDK what to say.
Chilling
To Hang Out
I'm chilling with the boys.
HMU
Hit Me Up
I'm bored, HMU. (HMU= call or text me/keep in touch)
ILY
I Love You
Hey honey, ILY.
IMY
I Miss You
Hey honey, IMY.
Wuddup
What's up
Wuddup guys? (How are you?)
K or Kk
Okay
Hey are you k?
Jk
Just Kidding
I am a Kardashian! JK!
NVR
Never
I can Nvr do that.
TU
Thank You
TU for the compliment.
Fam
Family
I love my fam!
G2G
Got to Go
G2G! I will see you later!
App
Application
Which app can I use for photos?
Dunno
Don't know
I dunno which to choose.
@
At
Where are you @?
Swag
Style/Character
He's got swag!
Burn
Got ya!!
Burn!!!! Ohhhh he pranked you so bad!
FYI
For Your Information
FYI, you're not as cool as you think.
ROTFL/ROFL
Rolling on the Floor Laughing.
That is so funny I'm ROTFL!
TMI
Too Much Information.
You're in the bathroom? TMI!!
PPL
People
Out with my PPL.
These are the most popular words and phrases that come to mind. Feel free to add or ask about any that I may have missed!

How many times do you find yourself in this awkward position of not knowing the Lingo?

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      No problem teaches! I get a little confused too sometimes so I figured others would benefit from this too :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wow, there's so much to learn! I must keep memorize these so that I can keep up with the new lingo. Thanks for the information.

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Now a days we all do! Glad it was useful :)

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey Doodlehead! Ive had to ask people the meanings to certain words too! I figured this may help others too! Thanks for stopping by glad you enjoyed it!

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      Doodlehead 5 years ago from Northern California

      I confess that I've had to do Google searches to find out meanings. There has to be a "first one" in this process, so it would seem the second, third, and fourth people in the link may have some "catching on" to do too!

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Hey Paul! I'm so glad this was helpful! And what an interesting fact about the 555 used in Thailand! Thank you so much for your support!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Nora,

      This is a very useful hub for an older person like mw who is teaching and working with youngsters in Thailand. I have seen a lot of the lingo used by my EFL students. Originally, I thought LOL meant lots of laughs or lots of luck. Thai students often use "555" in place of LOL, because the translation of the letter 5 in English is "ha" in Thai. Voted up as interesting, sharing, and pinning.

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Haha Billy! I actually get caught having to ask what certain abbreviations are Lol! So I hope this helps the others and that I'm not the only one ;)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, I have so much to learn! Thanks for the education; now I have at least a chance of not embarrassing myself. :)