w≠rds between us is a curated directory of internet slang words. The internet has had a huge impact on language and how people express themselves. This site is both a tool to help people express themselves in digital text as well as to bring attention to what truncated language does to communication.
My hope is that this site can generate discussion, provide insight and help people to be better communicators over the internet and through text message.
odds and ends
Text messages have evolved a number of different formatting rules with which to evoke emotion. This is a brief overview of some of the more popular mechanics used.
* The asterisk—Often used to encase a word or phrase and signify that another level of meaning is present.
Example: And then she licked a *lollipop.*
> < Greater than less than—Used to describe something as better then another thing.
Example: Chocolate > Ice Cream.
ALL CAPS—These are often used to give weight or increase visual noise to a message, it is much like yelling. Example: CAPS IS AUTOPILOT FOR COOL.
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This symbol is used to show affection, it can be used to suggest that any manner of things hold a special place in your life; “I <3 berries.”
I won’t fib, I really like berries. I think that berries are great. I enjoy berries.
Used as a description of ones future state, or to describe someones unresponsiveness; “Dinocerous is afk again.”
Goodbye forever. I have to go for a little bit. I’ll be back.
A short form for internet creepy inquiry, it is used mostly to poke fun at/mimic people with poor social skills; “asl?”
Where you livin’ little girl? Could you share some more information with me? asl.
Meant to mimic the sound a person might make while watching a puppy do something cute or adorable; “aw, chippy just ate a peanut.”
How unbelievably cuddly-bunny of you. That is very cute of you. Cute.
This term is used to describe a person’s social standing within your clique or group of friends, it is often used as a term of endearment; “you are totally my bff.”
You are the best of my best ever friends. I really value your friendship. We’re friends.
Used to signify an aside, an alternate point, or to initiate a segue. Also it can be used to clumsily open a conversation; “btw your boss is a loser.”
By the by your boss is a loser. Moving along, your boss is a loser. Your boss is a loser.
A phonetic phrase used as a goodbye, very colloquial in use, similar to the phrase it originates from; “cya later, I’ve gotta do homework.”
Chat you up later. I must go right now. Bye.
Primarily used as a description of a mood. It can also be used to describe someones general disposition; “Frieda is almost always dtf.”
I’m feeling rather promiscuous today. I would like to fornicate. Let’s fuck.
Used to express regret at an instance or happening, often used in a vaguely humorous way; “my shopping bag just broke, fml.”
I want to cut my wrists in suicide. My life is very unfortunate right now. Life sucks.
Most often used to express anger. fu can be used in a number of places; “I told him fu u idiot.”
You can just go right ahead and die in a fire. I really don’t like you. Fuck you.
Commonly used to express anger. It is used primarily to evict someone from a conversation or location; “I told my mom to gtfo yesterday”
Get out of here you stupid dweeb. Would you please just leave. Leave.
Used to describe someone’s usage or phrasing of something or a general attitude. An example of this might be; “don’t h8 on my new blue shoes!”
Don’t be jealous because my shoes are nicer. Why are you making fun of my new shoes? Don’t hate.
Often used to describe something as amusing, it is meant to mimic the sound someone makes as they laugh, it is less common then acronyms; “haha, you’re so funny Marina.”
You know whats really super funny, you. I’ve gained much amusement from this. Funny.
A term of endearment, because of its shortened nature it implies a less serious kind of love; “ilu because you like chocolate.”
I feel a very strong attraction to you. I think you’re pretty great. Like.
This phrase is meant to express the sadness, because of its bite sized nature it tends to feel small and inadequate; “imu so much sometimes!”
I want teleportation skills as soon as possible. I wish that I could spend more time with you. Miss you.
Used to describe a state of humour, the length of the acronym is meant to suggest that someone has found something particularly funny; “LMAO, you’re hilarious.”
Really much too funny my dear watson. You are really funny! Hilarious.
Used to signify that something has been found very mildly humorous, used often; “lol, I just saw Everyone Loves Raymond.”
That was ridiculously hysterical. The way that was put was very clever. Super funny.
A term used to describe someone as inferior or less accomplished in any number of areas; “Jimmy is such a newb.”
Your skills are inferior in every way. You are severely lacking. Loser.
People often browse the internet at work, in many cases there is content that is not safe for consumption at work, hence this censoring term; “nsfw pictures below.”
Unsafe filthy dirt pictures to follow. This should be censored for your workplace. Censored.
A phrase to explain that something is unimportant or no longer relevant in the current context; “nvm about bringing candy.”
Don’t you worry your pretty little head about it. I would not worry about it. Nevermind.
Used to express surprise, disbelief, or confusion. Potentially offensive and slightly juvenile in tone; “omg you stole my popsicle!”
Why would you say something like that? What exactly is that about? What?
This word phonetically expresses the idea of fear, it is used primarily to bring levity to the idea of fear; “ph33r me fool.”
You should feel the terror from my eyes. I think that you should be afraid. Be scared.
Used to express a victory and a certain level of disrespect for the subject that was overcome; “I pwned that can of pop bad.”
Consider yourself destroyed fool. I look down upon you. Crushed.
Mostly used as a lazy inquiry, or used to ask a question as in; “ru going to Max’s tonight?”
What is your destination this evening? Are you planning on going to Max’s later? Going out tonight?
Used to describe a noun, although primarily used for people or places, it is much the same as describing something as dirty or seedy; “Ted is such a skeeze bag.”
Filthy, you’re a filthy dirty person. Ted is very unclean. Dirty.
An expression that signifies an unexpected, often humorous event or happening. It can be used in a number of contexts; “oh snap, blueberry popsicle?”
Oh no you didn’t! How/why did that happen? Crazy.
A term that is used to describe a noun in a positive light, a shortened version of swagger; “Clair B. had mad swag today!”
You’re just the coolest cat. How very wonderful of you. Fantastic.
A very popular goodbye, very colloquial and speaks of a promise for future contact; “I gotta go make dinner, I’ll ttyl Jaws.”
Mangle words with you later home slice. I will contact you at a later date. Talk later.
Often used to describe something a person is experiencing as fun or entertaining, o’s can be added to increase its effect; “wooooooo, that roller-coaster was nuts!”
That was one wet and wild time. That was so crazy! Insane.
Used primarily to express confusion or anger. It is mostly used to lead a sentence; “wtf was that for?”
What is that even supposed to mean, fool? What are you even talking about? What’s the issue?