What does TLA stand for?

Three letter acronym

"TLA" is a three-letter acronym for "three letter acronym;" boom, your mind is now blown. Many of the most common acronyms are TLAs, like BRB, LOL, BTW, and SMH, and you may see people refer to these acronyms as TLAs (although rare).

Since the instances in which you'd use TLA are so few and far between, you will likely never encounter TLA out in the wild. If you do see TLA, it will most likely be when messaging online or in texts. Or, you might see it in forums where netizens often use TLAs.


If you go to Wheaton College, IL, you will have to learn dozens of TLAs

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Updated June 27, 2022

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