Please explain: can somebody decipher the language of texting and blogging for me?


Can someone please decipher the language of texting and blogging for me?

What are the terms, and what do they mean?

Please explain.


About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. Steve Healy says

    well, JTH, there’s lol, which means “laugh out loud”, and there’s a few others that I don’t use but im sure my fellow teenagers do

  2. Lol- laugh out loud
    Rofl- Roll on floor laughing
    Lmao- laugh my ass off
    Omg- Oh my god
    “He’s mint” – gee that guy is good looking
    “What a muffin!” – “what a cute guy, too bad he’s younger than me!”
    Bffl- Best Friends for Life
    Fully sick- when some thing is so cool or ‘hip’ (this is Muzza talk)

  3. Lol: Laugh out loud
    Rofl: Rolling on floor laughing
    Lmao: Laughing my arse off
    Iirc: If I recall correctly
    Btw: By the way
    Brb: Be right back
    G2g: Got to go

    There’s a few more floating around the internet..

  4. IMO- in my opinion
    ATM- at the moment
    BRB- be right back
    BBS- be back soon
    GTG- got to go
    L8tr- later
    Lyk- like

  5. Damian Watson says

    Danni what does ‘ILY’ mean? I’ve heard that term before.

  6. Emo- Genre of softcore punk music that integrates unenthusiastic melodramatic 17 year olds who dont smile and wear lots of black and ripped clothes.

  7. ILY- I love you

  8. Apart from the ones already mentioned:

    FWIW – For what its worth
    TTYL – Talk to you later
    IMHO – In my humble opinion (a more mature one)
    FML – The last two words are “my life” (a less mature one)
    MLIA – My life is average
    JK – Just kidding

    I should add that all the laughter ones are very overused.

  9. 7: Naw thanks :) haha

    Gee, i’m trying to think of more abbreviated words used in the internet and texts but my mind has gone blank.

  10. Love Danni’s definition for emo.

    Metro – A Metro, or Metrosexual Male, that is straight, but mistaken for being homosexual because of his fun, happy personality, his good hygiene, and his neat dressing.

    Connex – An older version of a Metro.

  11. Chillax
    A mixture between the terms “chill out” and “relax”.

    Bros actually chose this name for themselves as they often refer to each other as “bro” even though they are not related. (again this abused by muzzas)

  12. Danni, give the explanation of a ‘muzza’.

  13. Steve Healy says

    Muzzas are low life drug addicts who have spiky hair

  14. i got this off a website-

    muzza is a young male, usually of southern European decent (even though they’ve never been there), that are born and raised Melbournians. Living in middle-class western and northern suburbs they are depicted by their cars..
    Usually canary yellow VL turbos (often built by the Rajabs), VN 5 litre’s, VQ Statesmans or the R33 Skyline..

    Baseball caps are constantly worn alongside hair product, but to make sure they dont wreck their hair the caps sit on top of their hair (and away from the fringe). Bum-bags are a must to hold all your mobile phones (one for the bros, and one for the hoes), and also some change to spend at maccas.

    They walk like they’re trying to immitate a scarecrow, or like they’re holding a bucket of water in each hand (with a subtle swaying motion) This is often a result of going to the gym once or twice and thinking your lats are so huge you cant put your arms straight down your side.

    They spends $100 + on hair care products. A muzza is usually in Champion, Adidas, Kappa, Diesel, P.O. Box etc. for any occasion.

    ps- at one stage in her life Danni found them appealing b/c of their as much. lol

  15. IMHO can also mean: in my HONEST opinion

    As well as all the ones above, there are some pretty ridiculous ones going around that more or less mock the acronym frenzy:
    ROFLOL – Roll on the floor laughing out loud
    ROFLOLSHMTH – Rolling on the floor laughing out loud so hard my tummy hurts
    ROFLOLSHMFJ – Rolling on the floor laughing out loud so hard my fat jiggles

    And so on and so forth.

    And no, I did not make those last two up. They were all the rage about 4 years ago.

  16. 10: Speaking of LMAO – good one Adam :p

  17. Oh and you also have Roflmao (which rolls of the tongue quite beautifully): Rolling on floor laughing my arse off

  18. Steve Healy says

    theres also cul8r (see you later)

  19. Damian Watson says

    SOTTVIRWIIN?- Some of this text vocabulary is ridiculous why is it needed?

  20. i think Metro guys dress the best!!

    sk8terboi- i dont mind skaterboys

  21. I consider myself to be a tiny bit Metro..that’s not a bad thing though.

  22. 21- lol i agree and no its a VERY GOOD THING!! :)

  23. Nawww- when some thing happends that is really CUTE!

    EG- a mother duck and her 20 ducklings over take you on a foot path.

  24. Steve Healy says

    That only happens in cartoons danni

  25. 24- but its the perfect example!

  26. “Rents” – short for parents.

  27. Meh: Sort of a sigh as if you don’t really care.

  28. Steve Healy says

    omgcysdttmpirgfuwaybs- oh my god can you stop doing this to me please, im really getting fed up with all your bull sh*t

  29. 28: that’s a new one.

  30. 23: How slow are you walking if ducklings can overttake you??? :-s

  31. 30- lol pretty slow, i dunno i really like duckies!! so i just used that as my example! lol

  32. Steve Healy says

    29- Nah its actually real, there’s also this:


    what time are we meeting up tonight mate, is 6 all right, cool, see you there then, and remember to bring some money because we are going to throw it into a river on our way to the hospital while eating fish

  33. LNSOTCOJTHT – Let’s not stage our trivial conversations on John T Harms’ thread. What does the T stand for anyway?

  34. johnharms says


  35. Gee I hope we didn’t confuse you Mr.Harms

  36. Steve Healy says

    Danni, your use of Mr.Harms makes JTH seem like a mean english teacher

  37. I don’t think anyone has mentioned “wtf” yet, which, as I understand it, means “I’m confused”.

  38. Peter Flynn says

    Nor has “nfg”.

  39. I’m not sure what NFG stands for, but it did remind me of NFI – not a clue.
    np – no problem
    nw – no worries

  40. 5 – Damian W, did you ask that question just so you could hear Danni say those magic words to you?

  41. lol Gigs! don’t be mean.
    In all seriousness Damo didnt know what it meant!
    Josh in the other hand..lmao comment-9

    wtf- well the poltie way of putting it is What the FUDGE- ofcourse the Fudge part is normally replaced with the real ‘f-word’

  42. ILY – that’s what I said to a poster of G Ablett junior after last year’s GF victory – after a thousand stubbies too.

  43. 42- lol i dont need any sort of alcohol to say ILT to my Computer screen saver of Jack Anthony! lol
    infact i prob say it eveytime i go to the main screen!

  44. ILY***

    Wasnt able to get it out when i met him though!

  45. Steve Healy says

    surprised no ones questioned me about 32 hahaha.

  46. 32: ..what sorta fish??

  47. Steve Healy says

    flake my friend

  48. Ian Syson says

    I’m glad no-one’s been told to STFU yet. Nor has anyone been pwnd. Maybe that’s because no-one cbf. Whatever: KUTGW.

    John, put the terms into google and it will show you the way.

  49. Just never ever use these terms as a substitute for real words in an actual conversation. If you do, it may just be suggested that you GTFU…

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