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Social Media Dictionary

While not appropriate for professional correspondence, abbreviations, emoticons and other combinations of letters and symbols almost seem like a new language.  

To help navigate this, we are pleased to provide our Social Media Dictionary.

Note:  While we have done our best to censor some of the crude, potentially offensive and inappropriate meanings of various items set out below, reader discretion is advised as some may find the content below to be offensive.

# = Hashtag, used to connect topical content on Twitter, Facebook, etc.

>:O = Angry

:p = Cheeky

:s = Confused or worried

8) or 8D = Cool (smiley with sunglasses)

:’( or :,( = Crying

:$ = Embarrassment

>:) = Evil grin

<3 = Heart

:* = Kiss

:D = Laughing

xD = Laughing very hard

:x = Lips sealed

:( = Sad

:) = Smiley

:| = Speechless

:o = Surprised

:? = Thinking

;) or ;D = Wink

AB/ABT = About

ACMO = Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario

AMA = Ask Me Anything

B4 = Before

BAE = Before Anyone Else

B/C = Because

BFF = Best Friends Forever

BRB = Be Right Back

BTT = Back To Topic

BTW = By The Way

CCI = Canadian Condominium Institute

CCI-T/CCI Toronto = Toronto & Area Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute

#CondoChat = Official hashtag of Twitter chats hosted by CCI Toronto on condo-related topics

#CondoConference = Primary hashtag used in reference to the annual ACMO/CCI Condo Conference

#CondoOfTheYear = Hashtag used to reference the Condo of the Year contest held by various CCI chapters

#CondoCourse = Hastag of condominium courses presented by CCI

CV = Condo Voice, the award winning quarterly magazine of CCI Toronto

DIY = Do It Yourself

DM = Direct Message. (A direct-message is a message only you and the person who sent it can read.)

DYK = Did You Know / Do You Know

EOBD = End Of Business Day

EOD = End Of Discussion

EOM = End Of Message

ETA = Estimated Time Of Arrival

F4F = Follow For Follow.  (A request for you to follow an individual, who has/will follow you.)

FAQ = Frequently Asked Question

FB = Facebook

FF = Follow Friday

FFS = For F’s sake

FKA = Formerly Known As

FML = F My Life

FOMO = Fear Of Missing Out

FOTD = Find Of The Day

FTW = For The Win

FWD = Foreword or Forward

FYEO = For Your Eyes Only

FYI = For Your Information

GHCCI = The Golden Horseshoe Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute

HOTD = Headline Of The Day

IC = I See

ICYMI = In Case You Missed It

IDC = I Don’t Care

IDK = I Don't Know

IG = Instagram

ILY = I Love You

IMHO = In My Humble/Honest Opinion

IMO = In My Opinion

IOW = In Other Words

IRL = In Real Life

ISO = In Search Of

JIC = Just In Case

JK = Just Kidding (joke)

JSYK = Just So You Know

KK = Ok

KYSO = Knock Your Socks Off

L4L = Like For like. (Similar to F4F. Commonly used on Instagram as a request to ‘like’ someone’s photo)

LI = LinkedIn

LMAO = Laughing My A** Off

LMK = Let Me Know

LOL = Laugh Out Loud

MT = Modified Tweet

MIRL = Me In Real Life (In person)

N/A = Not Available / Applicable

NBD = No Big Deal

NFW = No F'ing Way

NOYB = None Of Your Business

NRN = No Reply Necessary

NSFW = Not Safe For Work

NTS = Note To Self

NVM = Never Mind

OMG = Oh My G*d/Gosh

OMFG = Oh My F'ing G*d/Gosh

OMW = On My Way

ORLY = Oh, Really?

OT = Off Topic

OTOH = On The Other Hand

PLMK = Please Let Me Know

PM = Private Message (Same as Direct Message)

POV = Point Of View

PPL = People

QOTD = Quote Of The Fay

RE = In Reply To / In Regards To

ROTFL = Rolling On The Floor Laughing

RT = Retweet

RTQ = Read The Question

SEO = Search Engine Optimization

SFW = Safe For Work

SM = Social Media

SMDH = Shaking My Damn Head. (SMH, only more so.)

SMH = Shaking My Head

SNAFU = Situation Normal, All F'ed Up (slang from the US Military)

SO = Significant Other

SOB = Son Of a B***h

STFU = Shut The F up

TBA = To Be Announced

TBC = To Be Continued / To Be Confirmed

TBH = To Be Honest

TBT = Throwback Thursday

TFTF = Thanks For The Follow

TFTT = Thanks Tor This Tweet

THX or TNX = Thanks

TIA = This Is Awkward / Thanks In Advance

TIL = Today I Learned

TJ = Tweetjack, or joining a conversation belatedly to contribute to a tangent

TL = Timeline

TLDR/TL;DR = Too Long, Didn’t Read

TMB = Tweet Me Back

TQ = Thank You

TT = Trending Topic

TTFN = Ta-Ta For Now

TTYL = Talk To You Later

TW = Twitter

TY = Thank You

TYIA = Thank You In Advance

TYT = Take Your Time

TYVM = Thank You Very Much

W or W/ = With

W/E, WE or WTV = Whatever

WTF = What The F

WTH = What The H*ll / What The Heck

YOLO = You Only Live Once

#YourCondoYourCommunity = popular hashtag of annual condo conference presented by the Golden Horseshoe chapter of CCI

YSK = You Should Know

YT = YouTube

YW = You're welcome 


This is not intended to be a comprehensive list.