I've gone into a Pogo game/chat room, and often seen this, or something similar, typed on the screen:
Chatter one: g2g cul gle1
Chatter two: hagn tc hb
Here's what they are really saying:
Chatter one: Got to go. See you later. Good luck, everyone
Have a good night. Take care. Hurry Back.
Makes perfect sense, right? I've heard that it all started way back in the days of true bulletin boards, before chat, when
the briefer the better in communications. So much of what you'll see you'll just pick up by putting it in context, and/or sounding it out.
Don't worry about memorizing these, just get the general concept.
Brackets < > are often used to indicate
actions or facial expressions. For example: <snicker> note: some chat software won't accept brackets, because they are used as html commands as well. In that case, use *,
like *s* for smile
You will see these abbreviations in both small case and capital letters. Feel free to print this, but these abbreviations will
come naturally after just a few chat sessions. There are many more used currently and being introduced all the time, and be careful... you'll start using these abbreviations with non-chatters too)