LOL: Quite possibly the mother of all virtual acronyms. It accompanies almost every phrase even if it’s unnecessary, irrelevant or inappropriate.
BRB: Essential. I remember an instance where I was instant-messaging a cute boy until he sent me a ‘brb.’ However, I was unaware of the ‘be right back’ message and continued to rant for about half an hour. Until he returned and I had to endure the uncomfortable explanation of ‘he was going to be right back.’
TTYL: Ouch. Almost the equivalent of ‘Yeah, I’ll call you tomorrow.’
: ) : Even Microsoft automatically recognizes the symbol. Apparently, now you’ll need this to operate computer software and be on the look-out because it might be your next resume accessory.
HMU: Can’t forget ‘hit me up.’ Since you can’t follow each text or FB status with ‘I’ll patiently be awaiting your reply,’ HMU will have to suffice in a friendly and playful manner.
GTG: Read it. Understand it. Leave it. This acronym can only be followed by a reply from the sender unless after a couple cocktails you waive this rule then you’re on your own, girlfriend.
-_- : Maybe one of the newer emoticons. If you haven’t caught on: picture the underscore as a pair of lips and the dashes as disappointed eyes. Interpretations may vary.
OMG: NOSHEDI-ENT! C’MON. If you don’t know this one, invest in a cell phone already.
FML: This one spices up any expression with a hint of naughtiness. It is also adds a pinch of hilarity to a screwed up situation.
<3: You may have a date with this one so pay close attention. If this right-shifted heart follows any flirty text feel free to reply with HMU, or immediately. However, if it follows any acquaintance’s Facebook status it may just be decoration and feel free to disregard (with this emoticon: -_-).
Now that you’ve downloaded the essentials, let your thumbs tap wild! Cheers!