Ultimate Text Abbreviations List | 200+ Texting Acronyms
Ultimate Text Abbreviations List | 200+ Texting Acronyms

The Ultimate Texting Acronyms List of 200+ Common Text Abbreviations and Texting Terms

Texts with acronyms, abbreviations, or slang terms can get confusing. You’re probably familiar with a few common text acronyms like “LOL” or “OMG”. 

But are text abbreviations and texting acronyms appropriate for business text messaging?

In this article, I cover:

  1. What text abbreviations and texting acronyms are
  2. Why different abbreviations may or may not be useful in business contexts
  3. How to use text abbreviations in SMS marketing and business communication
  4. A full list of text abbreviations and acronyms

Read on for more.

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5 Reasons Why Text Abbreviations May or May Not Be Appropriate in Your Text Conversations

Text messaging has clear advantages, especially over email and voice. In fact, texts get up to 98% open rates

But text message abbreviations may or may not be appropriate in business text messaging

This all depends on the context of your conversations, your audience, and the voice and tone of your brand or organization.

I’ve written already on professional texting etiquette (be sure to check that out). But the following are some additional things you should consider before using text abbreviations and acronyms in your messaging.

1. People expect clarity and professionalism in business communications

In business communication, clarity and professionalism are essential. Text abbreviations can sometimes lead to misunderstandings or confusion. 

This is especially true if the recipient isn’t familiar with the acronyms you’re using. Complete words and sentences keep your messages sounding clear and professional.

2. Different audiences and age groups require different levels of formality

Consider your audience. Are you texting with colleagues or clients in a less formal setting? Then some commonly understood abbreviations may be acceptable. 

However, in more formal or professional settings, it’s generally better to use full words. This helps you maintain a higher level of professionalism.

The exception here may be in communicating with younger audiences. But this depends on your brand’s voice and tone.

3. Text abbreviations may or may not be consistent with your brand image 

Text abbreviations may or may not be appropriate depending on your brand voice, tone, and audience. 

Are you building your brand for a younger audience? They may have different communication expectations and patterns for when they receive a text. Acronyms and abbreviates might help your messaging resonate with that kind of audience. 

What if your organization strives to maintain a professional, polished, and formal image? 

In this case, it's best to avoid using text abbreviations. You run the risk of sounding too casual or informal.

4. Acronyms can alter your voice and tone, leading to misinterpretation 

Text abbreviations often convey a more casual or informal tone. This is not appropriate for certain business conversations. 

So it's important to consider the potential impact of using abbreviations on the tone and perception of your messages.

If there is a chance that your intent or tone could be misconstrued, it's safer to use complete words and sentences.

5. Abbreviations and acronyms may be inconsistent with your industry

Some industries or professions have stricter guidelines for communication and may not tolerate the use of text abbreviations. 

It's important to be aware of any specific guidelines or expectations within your industry or organization.

When in doubt, it's generally safer to opt for clear, complete words and sentences to ensure effective communication.


How to Use Texting Abbreviations and Acronyms in Your Text Messaging

As I mentioned earlier, it’s best to approach using text abbreviations in SMS marketing campaigns with caution. 

But there are some instances where acronyms and abbreviations may be appropriate, especially in more casual or informal contexts. 

Below are a few casual examples of how texting abbreviations can be used in SMS campaigns. You’re also free to check out my list of 100+ text message templates for more.

1. Limited-time offer 

Hurry! Our sale ends 2nite! Get 20% off all items with code SAVE20. T&Cs apply.

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

2. Event reminder

Don't forget 2 join us 4 our webinar tmrw @ 3 PM EST. Exciting insights await! Reply YES to confirm your attendance.

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

3. New product announcement

Introducing our latest gadget! Check out the XYZ phone w/ a stunning display, AI camera, and more. Preorder now!

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

4. Customer feedback request

Thanks for being our BFF - we really value your opinion. Pls take a moment to rate your recent purchase on our website. Help us serve you better! Thank you!

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

5. Contest or giveaway promotion

Win big! Enter our #SummerFun contest for a chance to win awesome prizes. Share your best summer pic & tag us. T&Cs apply.

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

6. Promotional message for retail

Need a last-minute Christmas gift for your S.O. or bestie? Our entire sale section is an extra 20% off today only! Shop here: www.website.com.

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

7. Customer appreciation message

Thx 4 being an awesome customer! As a token of our gratitude, enjoy FREE shipping on your next order. Use code SHIPFREE at checkout!

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

8. Appointment reminder

Hi! Just a reminder of ur appt w/ us on Thu, 2 PM. Pls reply C to confirm or call us if you need to reschedule. See you soon!

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am

9. Auto-reply out-of-office message

Hi there. Thanks for your text. I’m currently OOO and will return on [date]. I’ll be sure to reply to your text when I’m back. If you need to get in touch sooner, please call or text my colleague [person] at [number].

Delivered 01/06/23, 07:01 am
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List of Texting Acronyms, Texting Abbreviations, and Texting Slang

Below is a list of abbreviations for texting and common business text abbreviations or slang terms. IMHO (in my humble opinion) these 200+ words and phrases represent an exhaustive list.

  1. ADR: All due respect
  2. AFAIK: As far as I know
  3. AKA: Also known as
  4. AMA: Ask me anything
  5. AMAA: Ask me almost anything
  6. ASAP: As soon as possible
  7. ATM: At the moment
  8. Bae: Before anyone else
  9. B4N: Bye for now
  10. BBL: Be back later
  11. BC or B/C: Because
  12. BDAY: Birthday
  13. BFF: Best friends forever
  14. Bestie: a best friend or term of endearment
  15. BRB: Be right back
  16. BTW: By the way
  17. BYOB: Bring your own beverage/beer
  18. COB: Close of business
  19. CYA: See ya
  20. CYT: See you tomorrow
  21. DAE: Does any else
  22. DIKY: Do I know you?
  23. DIY: Do it yourself
  24. DM: Direct message
  25. EOD: End of day
  26. F2F: Face to face
  27. Finna: going to, intending to
  28. FML: F*** my life
  29. FOMO: Fear of missing out
  30. FTFY: Fixed that for you
  31. FTW: For the win
  32. FWIW: For what it’s worth
  33. FYI: For your information
  34. G2G: Got to go
  35. GR8: Great
  36. HBU: How about you?
  37. HIFW: How I feel when
  38. HMU: Hit me up
  39. HW: Homework
  40. HTH: Hope this helps
  41. ICYMI: In case you missed it
  42. IDC: I don’t care
  43. IDK: I don’t know
  44. IFYP: I feel your pain
  45. IG: Instagram
  46. IIRC: If I recall correctly
  47. IKR: I know, right
  48. ILY: I love you
  49. IMO: In my opinion
  50. IMHO: In my humble/honest opinion
  51. IRL: In real life
  52. ISTG: I swear to god
  53. IYKYK: If you know you know
  54. JIC: Just in case
  55. JK: Just kidding
  56. JSYK: Just so you know
  57. K: ok
  58. KMN: Kill me now
  59. LMK: Let me know
  60. LOL: Laughing out loud
  61. LMAO: Laughing my a** off
  62. MFW: My face when
  63. MID: Below average or low quality
  64. MRW: My reaction when
  65. MSG: Message
  66. NBD: No big deal
  67. NGL: Not gonna lie
  68. NP: No problem
  69. NSFW: Not safe for work
  70. NTH: Nice to have
  71. NVM: Nevermind
  72. OFC: Of course
  73. OG: Original gangster
  74. OMG: Oh my god/gosh
  75. OML: Oh my lord
  76. OMW: On my way
  77. OOTD: Outfit of the day
  78. OTOH: On the other hand
  79. PNL: Peace & love
  80. POV: Point of view
  81. PPL: People
  82. PSA: Public service announcement
  83. QAP: Quick as possible
  84. QOTD: Quote of the day
  85. RIP: Rest in peace
  86. RN: Right now
  87. ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
  88. RSVP: Répondez s'il vous plaît (respond please)
  89. RT: Retweet
  90. SFLR: Sorry for the late reply
  91. SFW: Safe for work
  92. SMH: Shaking my head
  93. SNMP: So not my problem
  94. SO: Significant other
  95. SRSLY: Seriously
  96. Sus: Suspicious
  97. TBA: To be announced
  98. TBC: To be continued
  99. TBD: To be determined or to be decided
  100. TBF: To be frank
  101. TBH: To be honest
  102. Tea: Gossip, drama
  103. TFW: That feeling when
  104. TGIF: Thank goodness/god it’s Friday
  105. THX: Thanks
  106. TIA: Thanks in advance
  107. TIL: Today I learned
  108. TL;DR: Too long, don’t/didn’t read
  109. TMI: Too much information
  110. TTP: To the point
  111. TTYL: Talk to you later
  112. TY: Thank you
  113. TYT: Take your time
  114. V: Very
  115. VIP: Very important person
  116. WDYM: What do you mean?
  117. WFH: Work from home
  118. WTF: What the f***
  119. WTH: What the h***
  120. W/O: Without
  121. WYWH: Wish you were here
  122. Yeet: To throw something or used as an exclamation
  123. YGTI: You get the idea
  124. YMMV: Your mileage may vary
  125. YOLO: You only live once
  126. YP: Yes please
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Common business text abbreviations

  1. YSK: You should know
  2. ACCT: Account
  3. ACK: Acknowledge 
  4. AFC: Away from computer
  5. AOV: Average order value
  6. ​​API: Application program interface
  7. B2C: Business to consumer
  8. B2B: Business to business
  9. BCC: Blind carbon copy
  10. BD: Business development
  11. BOGO: Buy one get one
  12. CAC: Customer acquisition cost
  13. CC: Carbon copy
  14. CMS: Content management system
  15. COB: Close of business
  16. COGS: Cost of goods sold
  17. CPC: Cost per click
  18. CVR: Conversion rate
  19. CRO: Conversion rate optimization
  20. CSAT: Customer satisfaction score
  21. CTA: Call to action
  22. CX: Customer experience 
  23. DSC: Dedicated shortcode
  24. EPS: Earnings per share
  25. F2F:  Face to face
  26. FW: Forward
  27. FTE: Full-time employee
  28. FTP: File transfer protocol
  29. GA: Google Analytics
  30. EOB: End of business
  31. EOD: End of day
  32. EOM: End of month
  33. EOT: End of thread
  34. EOW: End of week
  35. HR: Human resources
  36. HQ: Headquarters
  37. IAM: In a meeting
  38. ICP: Ideal customer profile
  39. IPO: Initial public offering
  40. JV: Joint venture
  41. KPI: Key performance indicator
  42. LOI: Letter of intent
  43. LTV: Lifetime value
  44. OOO: Out of office
  45. M&A: Mergers & acquisitions
  46. MGMT: Management
  47. MMS: Multimedia messaging service
  48. MoM: Month over month
  49. MRR: Monthly recurring revenue
  50. MSG: Message
  51. MTD: Month to date
  52. NDA: Non-disclosure agreement
  53. NGO: Non-governmental organization
  54. NFS: Not for sale
  55. NPS: Net promoter score
  56. NRN: No reply necessary
  57. OS: Operating system
  58. PIN: Personal identification number
  59. PIP: Performance improvement plan
  60. P2P: Peer to peer
  61. PC: Personal computer
  62. PTO: Paid time off
  63. PTE: Part-time employee
  64. POC: Point of contact or proof of concept
  65. PPC: Pay per click
  66. QA: Quality assurance
  67. RE: Regarding
  68. RFI: Request for information
  69. ROI: Return on investment
  70. SaaS: Software As A Service
  71. SEM: Search engine marketing
  72. SERP: Search engine results page
  73. SLA: Service level agreement
  74. ‍SMB: Small and midsized businesses
  75. SME: Subject matter expert
  76. SMS: Short messaging service
  77. SPAC: Special purpose acquisition company
  78. UX: User experience
  79. T&C: Terms and conditions
  80. UGC: User-generated content
  81. WFH: Work from home
  82. WOM: Word of mouth
  83. VPN: Virtual private network
  84. VoIP: Voice over Internet protocol
  85. YoY: Year over year
  86. YTD: Year to date
  87. 10DLC: 10-digit long code
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