Learning Word Abbreviations 101

Word abbreviations are shortened versions of words or phrases that are created by using one or more letters from the original word or phrase.

For those “not too techy people” which include older adults who did not grow up using computers, individuals who have limited access to technology, or those who simply prefer traditional methods of communication and tasks, these abbreviated words may seemed foreign to them.

People use word abbreviations for a variety of reasons, including:

Efficiency: Abbreviations can save time and space when writing or typing, making communication more efficient. For example, instead of writing out “at the moment,” people use the abbreviation “ATM.”

Convenience: Abbreviations can be easier to remember and use than longer words or phrases. For example, instead of saying “as soon as possible,” people often use the abbreviation “ASAP.”

Informality: Abbreviations can also be used to convey informality or a sense of familiarity in communication. For example, using “lol” for “laugh out loud” is a common abbreviation used in informal communication.

Specific contexts: Abbreviations can be specific to certain fields or industries, allowing for more precise communication. For example, medical professionals use numerous abbreviations to describe diseases, medications, and procedures.

Cultural trends: Abbreviations can also be driven by cultural trends or social media, such as the use of “OMG” for “oh my god” or “ICYMI” for “in case you missed it.”

Here are the commonly used word abbreviations in online communication:

  1. LOL- Laugh out loud
  2. BRB- Be right back
  3. IDK- I don’t know
  4. BTW- By the way
  5. IMO- In my opinion
  6. IMHO- In my humble opinion
  7. TTYL- Talk to you later
  8. OMG- Oh my God
  9. ASAP- As soon as possible
  10. NP- No problem
  11. FYP- For your information
  12. JK- Just kidding
  13. MB- My bad
  14. ROFL- Rolling on the floor laughing
  15. TMI- Too much information
  16. BFF- Best friends forever
  17. ISTG- I swear to God
  18. FR- For real?
  19. LMAO- Laughing my ass off
  20. IRL: In real life
  21. SMH: Shaking my head
  22. WBU: What about you?
  23. HBU: How about you?
  24. IKR: I know, right?
  25. FWIW: For what it’s worth
  26. AFAIK: As far as I know
  27. NVM: Nevermind
  28. THX: Thanks
  29. YOLO: You only live once
  30. TBH: To be honest
  31. WYD: What you doin’?
  32. AFK: Away from keyboard
  33. FTW: For the win
  34. ASAP- As soon as possible
  35. ICYMI- In case you missed it
  36. DM: Direct message
  37. DM: Private message
  38. RT: Retweet
  39. CTTO: Credits to the owner
  40. FOMO: Fear of missing out
  41. P S.: Post Script
  42. TBT: Throwback Thursday (posting old photos or memories on Thursdays)
  43. TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday
  44. NBD: No big deal
  45. HBD: Happy birth day
  46. BAE: Before anyone else (used to refer to a significant other)
  47. HMU: Hit me up (contact me or message me)
  48. FAQ: Frequently asked questions
  49. GR8: Great (abbreviated spelling)
  50. DIY: Do it yourself


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