Historical note:

Many of these expressions originated in the Dark Ages of computing,
and were used for efficiency when typing messages from terminal to terminal in real-time chat mode (predating IRC and chatting on the World Wide Web, of course).

** Note that many people new to the Internet (particularly those to whom English is a second or later language) will not always understand these abbreviations, so it's always wise to judge youraudience carefully before using them.

Part of the reason they are used so much is because it's quicker and easier to type out a few letters, rather than typing out the full expression. Below is a list of some of the more common ones you will see - -
> : o
Surprised
:-P
Face sticking tongue out
{{name}}
hugs for 'name'
:-))
Very big grin
:-)
smiley or laugh or grin
BRB
Be right back
BTW
By the way
FYI
For your information
<g>
grin
<G>
big grin
IMHO
In my humble opinion
LOL
Laughing out loud
ROTFL
Rolling on the floor laughing
TITK
Tears in the Keyboard
TTFN
Ta ta for now
VBG
Very big grin
VBS
Very big sigh



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