Slang Saturday: Abbrvs. You Should Know, Part 1

As a result of instant messaging, texting and other typed, electronic communication, there’s a huge number of abbreviations that are commonly accepted and used in a variety of online mediums. They include common phrases such as “talk to you later” (TTYL) and “by the way” (BTW), and phrases that nobody ever says out loud but are frequently used in texting such as “laughing out loud” (LOL) and “for the win” (FTW).

This is a short list of the more common abbreviations and what they mean. Next week for Slang Saturday, I’ll cover some of the more obscure ones that you might not have seen before.

A lot of abbreviations, such as ASAP (as soon as possible) and TGIF (thank goodness it’s Friday) are not new to instant messaging or texting, so I have not included them here. This list mostly includes abbreviations that have become common over the last 10 years or so.

  • B4 – before
  • BCNU – be seein’ you
  • BRB – be right back
  • F2F – face to face
  • G2G/GTG – got to go
  • GR8 – great
  • IC – I see
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • IMO – in my opinion
  • JK – just kidding
  • L8R – later
  • LMAO – laughing my a** off
  • LMBO – laughing my butt off
  • LOL – laughing out loud
  • MSG – message
  • n00b – newbie
  • OT – off topic
  • PLZ – please
  • ROFL/ROTFL – rolling on (the) floor laughing
  • SMH – shaking my head (usually expresses exasperation or disbelief at something stupid)
  • TTYL – talk to you later
  • U/UR – you/your/you’re
  • WTH – what the heck

Further reading: txtdrop.com; netlingo.com

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