Slang Saturday: Abbrvs., Part 2

Last week I told you about some common texting/instant messaging abbreviations. This week I’m going to talk about the less common ones.

You may be wondering what these have to do with grammar, and why I’m spending time telling you about texting lingo on a blog about “real” writing. Well, there are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to know these terms – especially if you’re a blogger like me.

First, it’s important to understand your audience. If you’re a blogger, you may get comments on your posts from readers who like to abbreviate things. And even if you’re not, social media is a big part of marketing these days. Chances are, if you’re any type of writer then you have to spend time marketing your work, and that involves interacting with your audience through social media, which is rife with abbreviations and millennial slang.

The better you know your audience, the more effectively you can speak to it. So without further ado, here’s my list of abbreviations. Please feel free to comment with any that I missed!

  • 2moro – tomorrow
  • 2nte – tonight
  • 4YEO/FYEO – for your eyes only
  • AAMOF – as a matter of fact
  • ACK – acknowledgment
  • AFAIK – as far as I know
  • AFAIR – as far as I remember/recall
  • AFK – away from keyboard
  • B2K/BTK – back to keyboard
  • B3 – blah, blah, blah
  • B4YKI – before you know it
  • BM&Y – between me and you
  • BTAM – be that as it may
  • BTT – back to topic
  • CTN – can’t talk now
  • CUS – see you soon
  • CWOT – complete waste of time
  • CYS – check your settings
  • EM? – excuse me?
  • EOD – end of discussion
  • EOM – end of message
  • EOT – end of thread/text/transmission
  • FAQ – frequently asked questions
  • FACK – full acknowledge
  • FKA – formerly known as
  • HF – have fun
  • HTH – hope this helps
  • IRL – in real life
  • JC – just checking
  • JTLYK – just to let you know
  • KFY – kiss for you
  • L8R – Later
  • N-A-Y-L – In a While
  • NC – No Comment
  • NP – No Problem
  • NSFW – Not Safe for Work
  • NTIM – Not that it Matters
  • OATUS – On a totally Unrelated Subject
  • OIC – Oh, I See
  • OTL – Out to Lunch
  • OTP – On the Phone
  • PROPS – Proper Respect/Proper Recognition
  • QT – Cutie
  • RN – Right Now
  • RU – Are You
  • SLAP – Sounds like a Plan
  • SMIM – Send Me an Instant Message
  • SO – Significant Other
  • TMI – Too Much Information
  • UR – Your/You are
  • W8 – Wait
  • WB – Welcome Back
  • WYCM – Will You Call Me?
  • WYWH – Wish You Were Here

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