An emerging list of new-age abbreviations have begun to dominate the way social media users connect and communicate – and it is only set to get longer.

The minefield of new meanings, at least according to social media marketing agency, have grown from the days of the simple yet effective LOL (Laughing Out Loud) abbreviation to a list as long as 60.

And the social media savvy are now employing them in every day communication.

Those using the abbreviations do so as a tactic for speed in text communication, a university professor in linguistics said, while others just choose to do so because they are a code that older people don’t quite understand. managing director Julian Ward said the various different shortcuts, which range from the compassionate ILY (I Love You) to the more profane abbreviations are commonplace now and indicate the changing way people harness social media.

The top ranking term was, LOL which was used a total of 1,242,935.

But now some abbreviations have become so complex that if sent alone without an accompanying graphic or visual element to give them context, have no meaning.

Here are 60 simple abbreviations that are used most commonly.  (I have deleted the definitions of the profane. You can see the full list at

  1. LOL: Laugh out loud
    2. OMG: Oh my god
    3. ILY: I love you
    6. PPL: People
    7. IDK: I don’t know
    8. TBH: To be honest
    9. BTW: By the way
    10. THX: Thanks
    11. SMH: Shaking my head
    13. AMA: Ask me anything
    15. TBT: Throwback Thursday
    16. JK: Just kidding
    17. IMO: In my opinion
    18. YOLO: You only live once
    19. ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing
    20. MCM: Mancrush Monday
    21. IKR: I know right?
    22. FYI: For your information
    23. BRB: Be right back
    24. GG: Good game
    25. IDC: I don’t care
    26. TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday
    27. NSFW: Not safe for work
    28. ICYMI: In case you missed it
    30. WCW: Womancrush Wednesday
    31. IRL: In real life
    32. BFF: Best friends forever
    33. OOTD: Outfit of the day
    34. FTW: For the win
    35. Txt: Text
    36. HMU: Hit me up
    37. HBD: Happy birthday
    38. TMI: Too much information
    39. NM: Not much
    41. NVM: Nevermind
    43. FBF: Flashback Friday
    45. FOMO: Fear of missing out
    47. OMW: On my way
    48. POTD: Photo of the day
    49. LMS: Like my status
    50. GTG: Got to go
    52. TTYL: Talk to you later
    53. AFAIK: As far as I know
    54. LMK: Let me know
    56. SFW: Safe for work
    57. HMB: Hit me back
    58. TTYS: Talk to you soon
    59. FBO: Facebook Official
    60. TTYN: Talk to you never

You can see the full list at