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Text Language and Chat Abbreviations

With the rise in usage of real time text-based communications, such as cell phone text messaging (SMS), instant messaging, e-mail, and online gaming came the emergence of a new text language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media. To help you understand what friends and family are really saying in those quick text messages, Webopedia has put together several guides to help you decipher the abbreviated text language lingo and to assist you in using different online communication applications.  

Text Message and Chat Abbreviations

If you have ever received a text message or you have been in an online chat room, instant messenger, or on a game server and the messages seem to be in its own foreign language, this Webopedia Quick Reference will help you decipher the text language by providing the definitions to over 1,000 text and online chat abbreviations. 

Text Faces (Smiley Faces) and Emoticons
A 'smiley face', often called a text face, smiley face, or emoticon, is used in text communications to convey an emotion with a text message. this Webopedia Quick Reference offers step-by-step instructions to understanding and creating your own text faces.

A Guide to Understanding eBay, Auction and Classified Ad Acronyms
With the growing popularity of online buying and selling, Internet and online classified lingo has also grown. Abbreviations and acronyms on eBay and other sites are important to sellers as they allow you to say as more about your item for sale without going over the character-length requirements.  This Webopedia Quick Reference will help you decipher what sellers are really saying in their online ads.

Online Personals & Dating Ad Slang
If you've ever looked at online and local personal ads and wonder exactly what all those abbreviations and slang terms mean, this guide will help you decipher the dating text chat and personals ad lingo.

A Guide to Online Forum Etiquette
Forums are an online discussion areas where you can post and read messages from other users with similar interests, usually in an organized thread layout. The Webopedia Forum Etiquette Guide can help you learn forum language, and offers tips to keep new users from being banned.

Webopedia "Did You Know... Internet Grammar Concerns?"
With new technology comes new jargon, and often it takes years before we can agree on the proper spelling and usage of words that seep into our vocabulary from common usage.

Webopedia Quick Reference: A Guide to Public IM Services
From AIM to Meebo to Yahoo Messenger, here's a list of the leading public (and free) instant messaging services.

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