We use our computers, our smartphones, and tablets to communicate via the Internet with our circle of friends by typing text messages, called texting, which is sometimes more convenient that calling them.
Text messaging used on Twitter, chat pages, and sometimes on Facebook, usually includes lots of abbreviations and coded words because the message can be written more quickly, and in the case of Twitter, you have a 140 character limit with which to compose your message. Did you know that “A3” means Anytime, anywhere, anyplace? Or that “AFC” stands for Away from computer? Or one teenagers might use frequently; “PIR”, which means Parents in room.
Webopedia.com’s Text Messaging and Online Chat Abbreviations page, has 1,375 such abbreviations listed. So, if you’ve received a message that has abbreviations you don’t understand, you could go to this page and quickly look up that part of the message you don’t understand.
Be very careful…it can be confusing out there.
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