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Last night I met a new chatter who was a little confused about some of the acroymns we use in chat & on the board. The room thought it would be a good idea to post some common abbreviations to help new members make the transition into chat. I know when I first joined I was VERY confused by chat acronyms & now I'm rotflmao with everyone else smile.gif. Please know that we all remember how scary it is to jump into chat, and I think you'll find that members are more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Also, if you are new, please let me take this opportunity to remind you to read the Chat Rules - they're important!

First, these abbreviations are board abbreviations taken from the Help Menu (one of the buttons at the top of the screen, underneath the RAINN phone number:

We have a lot of acronyms that are used on this board. Here is a run-down on the some of the most used.
(((name))) = Someone is giving you a hug.
LOL = laughing out loud
T = Therapist
CSA = Child sexual abuse
ED = eating disorder
SI/SH = self injury/self harm
SU = suicide
*t* = triggering
tw = trigger warning

Now, for chat abbreviations common in our chatroom & others:

brb = be right back
bbl = be back later
wb = welcome back
tc = take care
ttyl = talk to you later
ttfn = ta-ta for now

imho = in my honest (or humble) opinion
otoh = on the other hand
fwiw = for what it's worth
btw = by the way
atm = at the moment
irl = in real life
r/l = real life
omg = oh my god
ty = thank you
yw = you're welcome

bf = boyfriend
gf = girlfriend
so = significant other
dh = darling husband
dw = darling wife
dd = darling daughter
ds = darling son

lol = laughing out loud
lmao = laughing my ass off
rotflmao = rolling on the floor laughing my ass off

Those are all I can think of offhand. I'm sure people will come & add to this thread with some more!

Take care,

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htp=have to pee :D

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You GOTTA add

g2g: got to go

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Great topic!

hb= hurry back

bbs= be back soon

bbiab= be back in a bit

wtg= way to go

bfn= bye for now

ttyl= talk to you later

bc= because

w/o= without

idk= I don't know

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You GOTTA add

g2g: got to go

You already did! ;) My hope with this thread was that everyone would chime in with all the abbreviations I knew I'd forgotten. So thanks!

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htp=have to pee biggrin.gif

I needed this one.


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Great idea!!! love the idea. This is very helpful but like you said members here have always been more than eager to help. I LOVE this place. :D

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Thank you, ((((((((((((((WHITNEY)))))))))))) That was very thoughtful of you! We appreciate the education and effort.


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I tried to chat again and I feel sooooooooooo oooooooooooooold :D

Thanks for the crutch


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THANKS! I'm kind of slow with the PC and abbreviations!



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Great thread. There were a couple i didn't know!!! :o

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Here is a large list:

Abbreviation Meaning

<3 heart

404 I haven't a clue

ADN Any day now

AFAIK As far as I know

AFK Away from keyboard

ARE Acronym-rich environment

ASAP As soon as possible

A/S/L? Age/sex/location?

B4N Bye for now

BAK Back at the keyboard

BAS Big a** smile

BBIAB Be back in a bit

BBL Be back later

BBN Bye bye now

BBS Be back soon

BEG Big evil grin

BF Boy friend

BFD Big f***ing deal

BFN Bye for now

BG Big grin

BIBO Beer in, beer out

BIOYIOP Blow it out your I/O port

BL Belly laughing

BMGWL Busting my gut with laughter

BOTEC Back-of-the-envelope calculation

BRB Be right back

BTA But then again...

BTDT Been there, done that

BTW By the way

BWL Bursting with laughter

BWTHDIK But what the heck do I know...?

CICO Coffee in, coffee out

C&G Chuckle and grin

CNP Continued in next post

CRB Come right back

CRBT Crying real big tears

CU See you

CUL See you later

CUL8ER See you later

CYA See ya

CYA Cover your ass

CYO See you online

DBA Doing business as

DFLA Disenhanced four-letter acronym (that is, a TLA)

DL Dead link

DLTBBB Don't let the bed bugs bite

DIKU Do I know you?

DITYID Did I tell you I'm distressed?

DOM Dirty old man

DOS Dozing off soon

DQMOT Don't quote me on this

DTRT Do the right thing

DWB Don't write back

EG Evil grin

EMFBI Excuse me for butting in

EMSG E-mail message

EOM End of message

EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion)

ETLA Extended three-letter acronym (that is, an FLA)

F2F Face to face

FAQ Frequently-ask question(s)

FC Fingers crossed

FISH First in, still here

FLA Four-letter acronym

FMTYEWTK Far more than you ever wanted to know

FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing

FTBOMH From the bottom of my heart

FUBAR F***ed up beyond all repair or recognition

FUD Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt

FWIW For what it's worth

FYI For your information

G Grin

GA Go ahead

GAL Get a life

GIGO Garbage in, garbage out

GD&R Grinning, ducking, and running

GF Girlfriend

GFN Gone for now

GGP Gotta go pee

GIWIST Gee, I wish I'd said that

GL Good luck

GMAB Give me a break

GMTA Great minds think alike

GOL Giggling out loud

GTRM Going to read mail

GTSY Glad to see you

H&K Hug and kiss

HAGN Have a good night

HAND Have a nice day

HHIS Hanging head in shame

HIG How's it going

HT Hi there

HTH Hope this helps

HUB Head up butt

IAC In any case

IAE In any event

IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)

IC I see

IGP I gotta pee

IHA I hate acronyms

IHU I hear you

IIRC If I recall/remember/recollect correctly

ILU or ILY I love you

IM Immediate message

IMCO In my considered opinion

IMHO In my humble opinion

IMing Chatting with someone online usually while doing other things such as playing trivia or other interactive game

IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion

IMO In my opinion

IMS I am sorry

IOW In other words

IPN I'm posting naked

IRL In real life (that is, when not chatting)

ITIGBS I think I'm going to be sick

IWALU I will always love you

IYSWIM If you see what I mean

J4G Just for grins

JBOD Just a bunch of disks (like redundant array of independent disks, etc.)

JIC Just in case

JK Just kidding

JMO Just my opinion

JTLYK Just to let you know

k ok

KISS Keep it simple stupid

KIT Keep in touch

KOTC Kiss on the cheek

KOTL Kiss on the lips

KWIM? Know what I mean?

L8R Later

L8R G8R Later gator

LD Later, dude

LDR Long-distance relationship

LHO Laughing head off

LLTA Lots and lots of thunderous applause

LMAO Laughing my a** off

LMSO Laughing my socks off

LOL Laughing out loud

LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment)

LSHMBH Laughing so hard my belly hurts

LTM Laugh to myself

LTNS Long time no see

LTR Long-term relationship

LULAB Love you like a brother

LULAS Love you like a sister

LUWAMH Love you with all my heart

LY Love ya

LY4E Love ya forever

MorF Male or female

MOSS Member of the same sex

MOTOS Member of the opposite sex

MTF More to follow

MUSM Miss you so much

NADT Not a darn thing

NFG No f*****g good

NFW No feasible way or no f*****g way

NIFOC Naked in front of computer

NP or N/P No problem

NRN No response necessary

OIC Oh, I see

OLL Online love

OMG Oh my God

OTF Off the floor

OTOH On the other hand

OTTOMH Off the top of my head

PANS Pretty awesome new stuff (as opposed to "POTS")

PAW Parents are watching

PCMCIA People can't master computer industry acronyms

PDA Public display of affection

PEBCAK Problem exists between chair and keyboard

PIBKAC Problem is between keyboard and chair

PITA Pain in the ass

PM Private message

PMFJIB Pardon me for jumping in but...

POAHF Put on a happy face

::POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room)

POTS Plain old telephone service

PU That stinks!

QT Cutie

RL Real life (that is, when not chatting)

ROR Raffing out roud (Engrish for "laughing out loud")

ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off

ROTFLMAOWPIMP Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants

ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off

RPG Role-playing games

RSN Real soon now

RT Real time

RTFM Read the f***ing manual

RYO Roll your own (write your own program; derived from cigarettes rolled yourself with tobacco and paper)

S^ S'up - what's up

S4L Spam for life (what you may get when you become someone's customer or client)

SHCOON Shoot hot coffee out of nose

SEG S***-eating grin

SETE Smiling ear to ear

SF Surfer-friendly (low-graphics Web site)

SHID Slaps head in disgust

SNAFU Situation normal, all f***ed up

SO Significant other

SOL Smilling out loud or sh*t out of luck

SOMY Sick of me yet?

SOT Short on time

SOTMG Short on time must go

STFW Search the f*****g Web

STW Search the Web

SU Shut up

SUAKM Shut up and kiss me

SUP What's up

SWAG Stupid wild-a** guess

SWAK Sealed with a kiss

SWL Screaming with laughter

SYS See you soon

TA Thanks again

TAFN That's all for now

TANSTAAFL There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

TCOY Take care of yourself

TFH Thread from hell (a discussion that just won't die and is often irrelevant to the purpose of the forum or group)

TGIF Thank God it's Friday

THX Thanks

TIA Thanks in advance (used if you post a question and are expecting a helpful reply)

TILII Tell it like it is

TLA Three-letter acronym

TLK2UL8R Talk to you later

TMI Too much information

TNT Till next time

TOPCA Til our paths cross again (early Celtic chat term)

TOY Thinking of you

TPTB The powers that be

TTFN Ta-Ta for now

TTT Thought that, too (when someone types in what you were about to type)

TTYL Talk to you later

TU Thank you

TY Thank you

UAPITA You're a pain in the ass

UW You're welcome

VBG Very big grin

VBSEG Very big s***-eating grin

WAG Wild a** guess

WAYD What are you doing

WB Welcome back

WBS Write back soon

WDALYIC Who died and left you in charge?

WEG Wicked evil grin

WFM Works for me

WIBNI Wouldn't it be nice if

WT? What/who the ?

WTFO What the F***! Over!

WTG Way to go!

WTGP? Want to go private?

WU? What's up?


WUF? Where are you from?

WYSIWYG What you see is what you get

YBS You'll be sorry

YGBSM You gotta be s***tin' me!

YMMV Your mileage may vary.

YW You're welcome

Taken from: http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/sDefinitio...i211776,00.html

And some may be repeated here:



14AA41 one for all and all for one

1-D-R I wonder

121 one to one

143 I love you

411 information

4ever forever

86 over

AAF as a friend

AAK alive and kicking

AAMOF as a matter of fact

AAR at any rate

AAS alive and smiling

AATK always at the keyboard

ABT2 about to

AFAIK as far as I know

AFK away from keyboard

AFN that’s all for now

AKA also known as

ARE acronym-rich environment

ALOL actually laughing out loud

AND any day now

AOTA all of the above

ASAP as soon as possible

A/S/L? age, sex, location

A/S/L/M/H? age, sex, location, music, hobbies

AYSOS are you stupid or something

AYTMTB and you are telling me this because

B4 before

B4N bye for now

BAG busting a gut

BAK back at the keyboard

BBBG bye bye be good

BBIAB be back in a bit

BBIAF be back in a few

BBIAS be back in a sec

BBL be back later


BBML be back much later

BBN bye bye now

BBS be back soon

BBSL be back sooner or later

BCNU I’ll be seeing you

BD big deal

BEG big evil grin

BF boyfriend

BFF best friends forever

BFN bye for now

BG big grin

BIOYN blow it out your nose

BKA better known as

BL belly laughing

BR best regards

BRB be right back

BRH Be Right Here

BRT be right there

BTA but then again

BTHOOM beats the heck out of me

Btw between you and me

BTW by the way

BWL bursting with laughter

BWO black/white/other

BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know

BYKT but you knew that

CB chat brat

C&G chuckle & grin

CID crying in disgrace

CMF count my fingers

CNP continued (in my) next post

CP chat post

CRBT crying real big tears

CRTLA can’t remember the three letter acronym

CSG chuckle, snicker, grin

CSL can’t stop laughing

CU see you

CUL or CUL8ER see you later


CUNS see you in school

CUOL see you online

CUZ because

CWYL chat with you later

CYA see ya

CY calm yourself

CYL see you later

CYO see you online

CYT see you tomorrow

DBEYR don’t believe everything you read

DEGT don’t even go there

DETI don’t even think about it

DF dear friend

DGA don’t go anywhere

DGT don’t go there

DH dear Hubby

DHYB don’t Hold Your Breath

DIKU do I know you?

DIY do it yourself

DKDC don’t know don’t care

DL dead link

DLTBBB don’t let the bed bugs bite

DLTM don’t lie to me

DMI don’t mention it

DNC does not compute

DQMOT don’t quote me on this

DUST did you see that

DYFM dude you fascinate me

DYJHIW don’t you just hate it when

E123 easy as 123

EAK eating at Keyboard

EG evil grin

EL evil Laugh

EM? excuse me?

EMA what is your E-mail address

EMFBI excuse me for butting in

EOM end of message

EOT end of thread


EZ easy

F2F face to face

FAQ frequently asked question(s)

FAWC for anyone who cares

FC fingers crossed

FISH first in, still here

FITB fill in the blanks

FMTYEWTK far more than you ever wanted to know

FOAF friend of a friend

FOCL falling off chair laughing

FOFL falling on floor laughing

FOMCL falling off my chair laughing

FTBOMH from the bottom of my heart

FUBAR fouled up beyond all repairs

FUD fear, uncertainty, and doubt

FWIW for what it’s worth

FYI for your information

GA go ahead

GAL get a life

GD&R grinning, ducking, & running

GF girlfriend

GFN gone for now

GGOH got to get out of here

GIWIST gee, I wish I’d said that

GL good luck

GMBO giggling my butt off

GMTA great minds think alike

GOL giggling out loud

GR&D grinning, running, and ducking

GR got to run

GRRRR growling

GTR got to run

GTRM going to read mail

GTSY glad to see you

H&K hug and kiss

HA hello again

HAGD have a good day

HAGD have a great day


HAGN have a good night

HB hurry back

HHIS hanging head in shame

HTH hope this helps

HHO1/2K ha ha only half kidding

HHOK ha ha only joking

HHOS ha ha only being serious

IAC in any case

IAE in any event

IANAC I am not a crook

IANAL I am not a lawyer (but)

IB I’m back

IBTD I beg to differ

IC I see

ICBW I could be wrong

ID10T idiot

IDGI I don’t get it

IDK I don’t know

IDKY I don’t know you

IDTS I don’t think so

IFAB I found a bug

IGTP I get the point

IHA I hate acronyms

IHAIM I have another instant message

IHNO I have no opinion

IIRC if I remember correctly

IIWM if it were me

ILU I love you

IM instant message

IMHO in my humble opinion

IMing chatting with someone online

IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion

IMO in my opinion

IMS I am sorry

INMP it’s not my problem

IOH i’m outta here

IOW in other words

IPN I’m posting naked


IRL in real life

ISS I said so

IWALU I will always love you

IYKWIMAITYD if you know what I mean and I think you do

IYKWIM if you know what I mean

IYO in your opinion

IYSS if you say so

IYSWIM if you see what I mean

J/C just checking

JAS just a sec

JBOD just a bunch of disks

JIC just in case

JK just kidding

JM2C just my two cents

JMO just my opinion

JT just teasing

JTLYK just to let you know

JW just wondering

K okay

KEWL cool

KFY kiss for you

KIR keep it real

KIT keep in touch

KOC kiss on cheek

KOL kiss on lips

KWIM know what I mean?

L2M listening to music

L8R later

LD later, dude

LDR long distance relationship

LHM lord help me

LHU lord help us

LLTA lots and lots of thunderous applause

LMIRL let’s meet in real life

LMSO laughing my socks off

LOL laughing out loud

LSV language, sex, violence

LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing


LSHMBH laughing so hard my belly hurts

LTM laugh to myself

LTNS long time, no see

LTR long term relationship

LTS laughing to self

LULAB love you like a brother

LULAS love you like a sister

LUWAMH love you with all my heart

LY love you

LYL love you lots

M/F male or female

M8 mate or mates

MA mature audience

MHBFY my heart bleeds for you

MIHAP may I have your attention please

MKOP my kind of place

MOOS member of the opposite sex

MOSS member of same sex

MOTOS member of the opposite sex

MSG message

MTF more to follow

MTFBWY may the force be with you

MUSM miss you so much

N1 nice one

N2M not to mention

NADT not a darn thing

NAZ name, address, zip

N-E-1 ER anyone here?

NE1 anyone

N-E-1 anyone

NG new game

NIMBY not in my back yard

NM never mind

NOYB not of your business

NP nosy parents

N/P no problem

NRN no reply necessary

NTK nice to know


NT no thanks

NUFF enough said

NW no way!

OBTW oh by the way

OF old fart

OIC oh I see

OL old lady

OLL online love

OM old man

OMDB over my dead body

OMG oh my god

ONNA oh no, not again

OT off topic

OTF off the floor

OTH off the hook

OTOH on the other hand

OTP On the phone

OTTOMH off the top of my head

OTW on the way

P2P peer to peer

P911 my parents are coming!

PA parent alert

PAL parents are listening

PANB parents are nearby

PANS pretty awesome new stuff

PAW parents are watching

PDA public display of affection

PDS please don’t shoot

Peeps people

PIR parent in room

PLZ please

PM private message

PMJI pardon me for jumping in

PMFJIB pardon me for jumping in but….

PMP peed my pants

PO piss off

POAHF put on a happy face

POS parent over shoulder


POTS plain old telephone service

POV point of view

PPL people

PU that stinks

P-ZA pizza

QL quit laughing

QSL reply

QSO conversation

QT cutie

R&R rest and relaxation

R/t real time

RBAY right back at ya

RBTL read between the lines

RL real life

RLF real life friend

RMLB read my lips baby

RMMM read my mail man

ROL raffing out loud

ROFL rolling on floor laughing

ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing

RPG role playing games

RSN real soon now

RTBS reason to be single

RTFM read the flipping manual

RU are you?

RUMORF are you male or female?

RUUP4IT are you up for it?

RX regards

S4L spam for life

SCNR sorry, could not resist

SED said enough darling

SEP somebody’s else’s problem

SETE smiling ear to ear

SF surfer friendly

SFETE smiling from ear to ear

SFX sound effects

SH same here

SHCOON shoot hot coffee out of nose


SHID slaps head in disgust

SITD still in the dark

SLIRK smart little rich kid

SMAIM send me an instant message

SMEM send me an E-mail

SN screen name

SNERT snot nosed egotistical rude teenager

SO significant other

SOHF sense of humor failure

SOMY sick of me yet?

SOT short of time

SOTMG short of time, must go

SPST same place same time

STR8 straight

STW search the web

STYS speak to you soon

SU shut up

SUP or WU what’s up

SUYF shut up you fool

SWAK sealed with a kiss

SWALK sealed with a loving kiss

SWDY so what do you think?

SWL screaming with laughter

SYL see you later

SYS see you soon

TA thanks again

TAFN that’s all for now

TAS taking a shower

TAW teachers are watching

TCOB taking care of business

TCOY take care of yourself

TFH thread from hell

TFX traffic

TGIF thank God it’s Friday

THX thanks

TIA thanks in advance

TIAIL I think I am in love

TIC tongue in cheek


TILII tell it like it is

TLK2UL8R talk to you later

TM trust me

TMI too much information

TNT ‘till next time

TOM tomorrow

TOPCA ‘til our paths cross again

TOT tons of time

TOY thinking of you

TPS that’s pretty stupid

TPTB the powers that be

TRDMF tears running down my face

TTFN ta ta for now

TTG time to go

TTT thought that too

TTTT these things take time

TTYL talk to you later

TU thank you

TWHAB this won’t hurt a bit

TWIWI that was interesting wasn’t it?

TYVM thank you very much

U-L? you will?

UV unpleasant visual

UW you’re welcome

VBG very big grin

VBS very big smile

VEG very evil grin

VSF very sad face

WAD without a doubt

WAI what an idiot

WB welcome back or write back

WC welcome

WC who cares?

WDALYIC who died and left you in charge?

WDYS what did you say?

WDYT what do you think?

W/E whatever

WEG wicked evil grin


WEU what’s eating you?

WFM works for me

WIBNI wouldn’t it be nice if

WT? what the or who the

WTG way to go

WTGP want to go private?

WTH what/who the heck

WUF where are you from?

WWJD what would Jesus do?

WWY where were you?

WYCM will you call me?

WYRN what’s your real name?

WYSIWYG what you see is what you get

WYSLPG what you see looks pretty good

X-1-10 exciting

XME excuse me

XOXO hugs and kisses

YAA yet another acronym

YBS you’ll be sorry

YDKM you don’t know me

YG young gentleman

YGBK you gotta be kiddin’

YHM you have mail

YKW? you know what?

YNK you never know

YL young lady

YM young man

YOYO you’re on your own

YR yeah right

YSYD yeah, sure you do

YS you stinker

YTTT you telling the truth?

YVW you’re very welcome

YWIA you’re welcome in advance

YW you’re Welcome

YYSSW yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever

ZZ Sleeping, Bored, Tired

Taken from: http://www.missingkids.com/adcouncil/pdf/l...onlinelingo.pdf

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I've been e-mailing and chatting with friends for about 8 yrs now, and some of these phrases are new to me. :P

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its so weird because i can use all of those abbreviations on my cell phone when i text but when i get on chats i blank and totally forget them!!!! lol so i now have them saved to my computer thank you everybody!!!

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WOW!!! I have been chatting online since 1999 and have never seen a lot of those... Lol, I am now armed!!! hehe ... WEG (My personal favourite).

also DH can stand for Dear Husband, Darling Husband or D*ick Head.... depending on your feelings at the time :D

And WTF = What the F*ck (VERY common one that) :D

ROFLMFAO = Roll on floor laughing my fat/f*cking a** off

in-s/o - Insignificant other... usually used when the s/o has made you mad :D

LO = child, (little one).

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rofl --> rolling on floor laughing

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Posted (edited)

I thought of another one! :P:D My ** yr old sister is kinda nosey, so here's one "in honor " of her: "SOS"="Sister Over Shoulder" :P

Edited by blondie2002

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"SOS"="Sister Over Shoulder"

Cute! I love it!!!

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It means that you have to make a total of 5 posts on the board. So for instance, your post above this that asks that question is one post. We have this rule to help to keep the chat room as safe as possible. I see you now have 6 posts, so you are free to enter the chat room :)

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What do the icons next to members' names mean? The sunshine and moon--online and off? Or, daytime and nighttime? And also, the purple icons?


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A moon means they are offline and the sun means they are online. I'm not sure what purple icons you mean?

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Tvgc-Take very good care

Tc- Take care

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