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Author: R. Strucel.  This reference was created for Globalrph to help translate occasional texting codes that appear sporadically in correspondence from friends, colleagues, and other professionals. At least once a month I receive messages from younger professionals that are difficult to decipher based on the presence of several texting shorthand abbreviations.   I had the author create two separate versions.  The primary version simply lists the acronym followed by the definition.  The alternative version lists the phrase / translation first and the texting code that represents the phrase.

VERSION 1: Texting acronym followed by the translation

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X Kiss
XL Extra Large
XXL Extra extra large
XLR8 Accelerate
XME Excuse me
XOXO Hugs and kisses
XTC Ecstasy
XYZ Examine your zipper


Y? Why?
Y Why?
Y2K You're too kind
YA Young adult
YAFIYGI You asked for it, you got it
YBS You'll be sorry
YCHT You can have them
YCLIT You can look it up
YCMU You crack me up
YDKM You don't know me
YGBK You got to be kidding
YGLT You're going to love this
YGM You've got mail
YGTBK You've got to be kidding
YGWYPF You get what you pay for
YHBW You have been warned
YHM You have mail
YIU Yes I understand
YKWIM You know what I mean
YMAK You may already know
YNK You never know
YOYO You're on your own
YR Your
YSIW8 Why should I wait?
YSIC Why should I care
YSK You should know
YSUD Yeah sure you do
YT You there?
YTB You're the best
YTG You're the greatest
YTTL You're taking too long
YTTT You telling the truth?
YW You're welcome
YWSYLS You win some you lose some


Z Zero
ZT Zero tolerance
ZUP What's up?
ZZZ Sleeping

VERSION 2: Phrases followed by Texting Code

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