If you spend much time texting with a teenager or young adult you most likely received a message that was filled with acronyms that you may or may not understand the meaning of.  I typically reply back, with something that I know is wrong, just to get my kids to spell out the full meaning.

A recent exchange with my son went like this:

  • Son: Dad did you see that such and such died
  • Me: Yes I did, sad isn’t it
  • Son: IKR
  • Me: Let Kings Run? Why did you type that?
  • Son: No- it means I know, right
  • Me: LOL

That exchange made me wonder what other acronyms or abbreviations are being used and do you know the meaning?

Here is the list I have put together:

  1. TL DR- means Too long; didn’t read. This is one I could use for many work emails.
  2. LOL- Laugh out Loud, typically a phrase used in text about something funny
  3. ROTFLMAO- is something that is REALLY funny. Spelled out is says Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off.
  4. BRB- Be right back, another use of text when you are communicating with someone and have to put your phone down for a short while.
  5. EOD- another work related acronym that means End of Day or COD, close of day.  Unfortunately COD also stands for Cash on delivery so it can be quite confusing at times.
  6. TBD- can be used in several ways and means To Be Determined.  Date and time of the rematch is TBD
Man taking a photo of himself, while floating in the water for scuba diving.

Scuba Equipment

Man taking a photo of himself, while floating in the water for scuba diving.

Others that you may not know about:

  1. SCUBA- Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus
  2. ATM- Automated Teller machine
  3. SEAL- as in Navy Seal, Sea, Air, and Land
  4. PIN- Personal Identification Number
  5. FIFA- Federation International of Football Association
  6. AFLAC- American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus
  7. GEICO- Government Employees Insurance Company
  8. MANG- MT Air National Guard
  9. AAA- American Automobile Association
  10. GOAT- Greatest of All Time
  11. YAHOO- Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle
  12. IBM- International Business Machines
  13. MAGIE- A favorite of mine- Montana Agricultural Industrial Exhibit
  14. LASER- Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
  15. NASA- National Aeronautics and Space Agency
Laser beam on eye

Laser beam on eye


What other Acronyms do you use or know of that should be on the list?

If you have a story idea or something you want to learn more about, give Randy a call at 406-788-3003 or send me an email at randall.bogden@townsquaremedia.com

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