How to Decode Internet Slang You’re Getting From Friends and Family
The Millennials and Gen-Zers of the world really do adopt technology and run with it, which is understandable considering they grew up with it all at their fingertips. Although sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the latest slang, even for myself.
So let’s take a look at some of the most popular internet acronyms that are commonly used online or in text messages so you don’t have to scratch your head in confusion every time you read them.
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Why are so many things abbreviated these days?
Believe it or not, people didn’t start using acronyms to look cool. It actually started with social media restrictions.
Twitter in particular is known for this, as the company used to only allow a maximum of 140 characters in a tweet, leaving tweeters to find ways to keep their messages short, relevant and to the point.
Since Twitter is mostly used by millennials and Gen-Zers, they started creating their own language. It’s better now that Twitter allows up to 280 characters in a tweet, but abbreviations aren’t going away anytime soon.
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People also use abbreviations for several other reasons. Some people just don’t have much time in their busy schedules to type longer messages and use abbreviations to save time.
And others may use very specific abbreviations when having private conversations that they don’t want others to see. Whatever the reasoning, it’s important to know at least the most popular ones.
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What is the Most Popular Internet Acronym?
Here are the most popular abbreviations on the Internet:
- Ha ha: laugh out loud
- ASAP: as soon as possible
- for reference: for your information
- G2G: Got to go
- Facebook: Facebook
- MSG: information
- Let’s talk next time: talk to you later
- IMO: in my opinion
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There are other abbreviations that are also used to express affection or relationships. Some of the more popular ones include:
- TFW: that feeling
- Women’s Wear Weekly: when is my face
- JK: just kidding
- data center: I do not care
- Erie: I love you
- ID number: I have no idea
- Inertial Measurement Unit: I miss you
- cowry: before anyone
- best friend: best friend forever
Here are some other commonly used ones that you should probably know about.
- Angle of view: point of view
- TBH: to be honest
- by the way: for victory
- SMH: shake my head
- Ice rice: in case you missed it
- BRB: be right back
- SRSLY: seriously
- long story short: too long; didn’t read
- real life: in real life
- SOML: my life story
- National Science Foundation: job insecurity
- Precautions: no big deal
- DIY: do it yourself
- gosh: on my way
- Private letter: direct message
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You can also create your own text message shortcuts on your smartphone using acronyms.
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What are your favorite acronyms to use? Please let us know if we missed anything.
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