What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means?

POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO…..You may have come across these letters or have seen them in written notes and emails, instant messaging, online chats, forums, bulletin boards etc. For those who are not familiar with what such letters mean, it could be quite mind-boggling to decipher the entire sentence to understand what the sender is trying to say.

POS is not the usual transaction code recorded in your bank passbook that means “Point Of Sale” referring to cashless transactions you have made using your ATM (Automated Teller Machine) card. Actually in the world of chat acronyms, it means “Parent Over Shoulder” referring to the parent of the user who happens to be looking over the shoulder of the user sitting in front of the PC to see what’s going on. A subtle means by the user to inform the other party to be on the alert and not to communicate anything that should not be said given that the user’s parent is standing behind him/her keeping watch.

Chat acronyms are combinations of letters and numbers that stand for certain words or phrases. For example, BTW means “by the way” and G2G means “Gotta go.”

Using chat acronyms makes typing messages easier and more efficient since commonly used phrases can be abbreviated using only a few characters. With the amount of communication people do today using their computer keyboard, using acronyms can save a significant amount of typing, as well as time.

Some common acronyms you may have seen are:
ASL = Age, sex, location
BRB = Be right back
G2P = Gone to pee
LOL = Laugh out loud
LMAO = Laughing my a** off
MOS = Mom over shoulder
PHAT = Pretty hot and tempting
POS = Parent over shoulder
XOXO = Hugs and kisses
🙂 means Happy
😦 means Sad

There is even a rating for each acronym from 1 to 3. A rating of 1 means that the acronym is rarely used, while a rating of 3 means that the acronym is commonly used.

You may like to browse the site for more information at www.sharpened.net or go directly to the links below for a:

1. Glossary of Acronyms
2. Glossary of Emoticons
3. Glossary of Computer Terms

Hopefully, this will help you to understand what the sender or others are conversing in the world of abbreviated communication.



2 Responses to “What does these POS, PHAT, MOS, XOXO means?”

  1. eddie mcfag Says:

    actually POS stands for piece of shit LOL i m so funee

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