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Country Roads: LOL: A strange new language

Arvid Huisman
Arvid Huisman

Texting is something I can do but don’t like to do. It’s easier to carry on a telephone conversation than to type a message on a tiny little keyboard. That said I know texting is the “in” way to communicate nowadays. Texters have developed a special language for effective communication. It’s a collection of abbreviations that permit quicker communication.

One of my problems with this texting language is that I’m a grammar snob and all those little texting abbreviations don’t cut it. I prefer to write out the words and phrases and that takes forever on the little keyboard on my smart phone. (Maybe I’m not smart enough for a smart phone.)

Let’s start with LOL. It’s an overused term that means “laughing out loud.” Some people add to that basic phrase and type ROFLMAO: rolling on the floor laughing my (butt) off.

Here, for your information, is a partial list of today’s texting shortcuts. Some of these may have you LOL:

ADAD: another day, another dollar.

AWC: after while crocodile. (So would “later alligator” be LA?)

AYDY: are you done yet? (A phrase heard often in large families with only one bathroom.)

B2W: back to work.

BFF: best friends forever.

BFFLNMW: best friends for life, no matter what. (Sort of sounds like marriage to me.)

BPLM: big person little mind. (As a large person I’m not sure I like this one.)

CIAO: good-bye; in Italian.

CLAB: crying like a baby.

CMIIW: correct me if I’m wrong.

CUMID: see you in my dreams.

E123: easy as one, two, three.

FBF: fat boy food. e.g. pizza, burgers, fries. (I can think of a better phrase for these fine foods.)

G2CU: good to see you.

GAS: greetings and salutations. (Yeah, this one fooled me, too.)

GGP: got to go pee. (It happens to all of us.)

H2CUS: hope to see you soon.

IMHO: in my humble opinion. MWAH: meaning “kiss;” the sound made when kissing through the air. NALOPKT: not a lot of people know that. (Obviously.)

NIFOC: naked in front of computer. (TIM: too much information.)

NSA: no strings attached. (Seldom the case.)

NSISR: not sure if spelled right. (How would you know with this shorthand?)

OATUS: on a totally unrelated subject. (I could use this; I have trouble staying on subject.)

OI: operator indisposed. (Could this be related to GGP?)

PITA: pain in the (butt.) (I know a number of PITA people.)

PTIYPASI: put that in your pipe and smoke it. RUMOF: are you male or female? (The answer could be critically important.)

SHID: slapping head in disgust. SNERT: snot nosed egotistical rude teenager. (I fear I may have been one.)

SWAK: sent/sealed with a kiss. (Now there’s one us old folks know.)

SWMBO: she who must be obeyed. A wife? (My ham radio buddies use XYL – ex-young lady – to refer to a wife.)

TNSTAAFL: there’s no such thing as a free lunch. (To be learned early in life.)

UGTBK: you’ve got to be kidding. UR2YS4ME: you are too wise for me. (I’ve never been told this.)

ZUP: meaning “what’s up? 2BZ4UQT: too busy for your cutie! (That’s just too busy.)

YRNBITYWY: you are now better informed than you were yesterday. (I just made that one up.)

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