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With real time text-based communications, such as cell phone text messaging (SMS), instant messaging, email, social media and online gaming came the emergence of a new text language tailored to the immediacy and compactness of these new communication media.

From newsgroup etiquette to understanding Twitter abbreviations, our Internet slang dictionary offers a glossary of important terms you need to know to decipher online chat messages. If this isn't enough slang for you, be sure to visit our list of Text Messaging and Online Chat Abbreviations.

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