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Take This Texting Acronym Quiz

by on June 28, 2013
in Phones and Mobile, Computers and Software, Blog, Tech 101 :: 4 comments

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Think about the acronyms most people understood before the advent of the cell phone and Internet chat room or forum. It used to be some of the most common acronyms involved government agencies such as the CIA or FBI so as to not have to say Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigations. Or you might write a note to your boss that included FYI instead of “for your information.” And remember writing BFF for “best friends forever” way back in the day when kids still passed paper notes?

woman textingToday, the speed with which you can type a message affects the quality of the electronic banter you can have. Considering smartphone owners aged 18 to 24 send more than 2,000 texts a month, it’s no wonder the number of abbreviations and acronyms in common use has skyrocketed.

But how firm a grasp do you have on these acronym-laded digital conversations? Take this quiz and find out. Keep in mind that none of these have to be capitalized to work and some have more than one answer.

The test

1. LOL
a) Living on Lexapro
b) Leasing out land
c) Laughing out loud
d) Lots of love

2. BRB
a) Brothers are bothering (me)
b) Be right back
c) Bring your body
d) Boys are bad

3. n00b
a) None of your business
b) New person who doesn’t know how to do something yet
c) Someone who thinks he’s savvy with gaming or the Internet but maybe isn’t as good as he should be or who doesn’t learn from those who are more experienced; also typically an annoying person who uses all caps, bad grammar or lame acronyms such as LOL.
d) A pre-adolescent obsessed with breasts

4. PAW
a) Parents are wondering
b) Parents are working
c) Parents are worrying
d) Parents are watching

5. ATM
a) Automated Teller Machine
b) All the money
c) At the moment
d) Addicted to meth

6. CYA
a) See ya
b) Cover your a**
c) See you around
d) Cry yourself a (river)

7. IDC
a) Idiot doesn’t see
b) In dire condition
c) I don’t care
d) I don’t consider

8. WTF
a) What the f***?
b) Want to forget
c) Was talking first
d) Was totally flirting

a) Tell them you’ll be late
b) Totally tanked your lair
c) Talk to you later
d) Tell them you’re lying

10. IDK
a) I don’t care
b) I don’t know
c) I don’t kiss
d) I despise kids

a) You’ve got to be kidding
b) (Did) you go to the bank
c) You got the bastard killed
d) You gave the best kegger

a) Women on my brain at the (moment)
b) A female zombie from “The Walking Dead” who is killed with a bat
c) Waste of money, brains and time
d) This one doesn’t mean anything at all.

13. FUD
a) Fear, uncertainty and disinformation
b) F**ked up damage
c) File under death
d) Flailing under debt

14. FWIW
a) For what it’s worth
b) Fighting within Warcraft
c) Forgot where I was
d) Forget who is winning

15. IMHO
a) I mean he’s oblivious
b) I’m hardly operating
c) I mostly hung out
d) In my humble opinion

16. RT
a) Real time
b) Retweet
c) Really tall
d) Roasted tomatoes

17. STFU
a) So totally f***ed up
b) So terrified for you
c) Standard topic for you
d) Shut the f*** up

18. OMG
a) On most guys
b) One more girl
c) Oh my God
d) Of my girlfriend

19. POS
a) Point of sale
b) Person on steroids
c) Piece of sh**
d) Pretty odd statement

20. HBY
a) Hassled by you
b) Hard body
c) Hated by you
d) How ‘bout you

The answers

1. LOL

c. Laughing out loud and sometimes d. lots of love. Be cool and don’t use it. It’s been overdone to death to indicate mirth even though no one is really laughing out loud. A simple hahaha will suffice (ha or haha might seem like you don’t actually think it’s that funny). Or, use "LSIMHBIWFEFMTALOL” which means “laughing silently in my head because it wasn't funny enough for me to actually laugh out loud.” Just kidding (JK).

2. BRB

b. Be right back

3. n00b

You might have guessed b. New person who doesn’t know how to do something yet, but “newb” more closely matches that definition. Answer is c. Someone clueless but thinks they know it all. Check out this stupidly funny gaming chat example from UrbanDictionary:

RGamer: Stfu n00b.
RGamer: shut up dude you suck
OGamer: Dude wtf?
RGamer: Man ill kick your ass n00b
RGamer: Has logged off
OGamer: Man you suck
OGamer: Has logged off

4. PAW

d. Parents are watching. Commonly used by teenagers to warn their texting friends to keep it clean.

5. ATM

a. Automated Teller Machine and c. At the moment.

6. CYA

a. See ya and b. Cover your a**.

7. IDC

c. I don't care. Use with caution.

8. WTF

a. What the f***? Used to express surprise and sometimes disgust.


c. Talk to you later. Apparently "Goodbye" doesn't work in the age of texting.

10. IDK

b. I don't know.


a. You've got to be kidding. A lesser version of WTF.


c. Waste of money, brains and time.

13. FUD

a. Fear, uncertainty and disinformation. This one is often used to describe an online report or story that a reader deems as one written just to scare people.

14. FWIW

a. For what it's worth and c. Forget where I was. The first to indicate you're not sure of the validity of what you're about to share, the latter because, old age. May be time to look into brain training apps.

15. IMHO

d. In my humble opinion. Used before expressing you're not so humble opinion. 

16. RT

a. Real time and b. Retweet (see Twitter 101.)

17. STFU

d. Shut the f*** up. Generally used in heated arguments and gaming sessions.

18. OMG

c. Oh my god. Usually every other sentence out of teenager's mouth.

19. POS

Technically, a. Point of sale and c. Piece of sh** are both right. Context is, as they say, everything.

20. HBY

d. How 'bout you?

Here are some others you should know.

BTW – By the way
B4N – Bye for now
L8R – Later
CUL8R – See you later
AFAIK - As far as I know
GR8 – Great
ILY – I love you
BTDT – Been there done that
ROFLMAO – Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off
LMK – Let me know

Discussion loading

10=wrong. LOL ;)

From K on June 28, 2013 :: 2:46 pm

10=wrong. LOL wink


Fixed. Thanks!

From Suzanne Kantra on June 28, 2013 :: 3:06 pm

Fixed. Thanks!



From GenUser on September 30, 2013 :: 12:53 pm

The D in FUD stands for “doubt,” rather than “disinformation.”



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