Do You Know These Common Texting Abbreviations?

Text like your English friends!

 

Whether you’re texting someone, or chatting with someone in a chat room, or playing an online game, here is a collection of the some of the most commonly used English short forms.  And because I am no spring chicken (meaning: not young anymore), please feel free to share your favorites in the comments section!

 

 

# 10

BRB (Be Right Back)

 (used for short interruptions like bathroom breaks)

 

Example:
“Got another call coming in. BRB.”

 

# 9

TTYL & B4N (Talk To You Later & Bye For Now)

(used for saying goodbye)

 

Examples:

“Gotta catch my bus soon. TTYL”
“Time to jump in the shower and take a rest. B4N.”

 

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# 8

IDK & IK (I Don’t Know &

I Know)

 (when you just cannot answer the question or those rare times when you do)

Examples:

“Where’s everyone meeting?” - “IDK”

 

# 7

IMHO (In My Humble Opinion)

 (very simple way to say I think, or in my modest opinion)

Examples:

“IMHO the Canucks could win this season.”

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#6

BTW (By The Way)

(to add a new point that is short)

 

Example:
“Yeah, that’s what Jin said.  BTW, did you get the tickets today?”

#5

CU  L8TR  (See You Later!)

(another way to say goodbye, though I usually use the expression ‘take it easy’ or ‘take care’)

Example:

“Phone you L8TR!”

 #4

2moro & 2nite (Tomorrow & Tonight)

2moro / 2nite Tomorrow & Tonight (not much to add here)

Example:

“I’ll be at work 2moro.”

“Party at Patty’s place 2nite!”

 

 

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#3

BFF Best Friend Forever

(When you want to talk about your closest friend, no matter how long you’ve known each other)
 

Example:
“Here’s a pic of me and my BFF.”

 #2

WTF (What The F#*ck)

Another classic, right up there with OMG (Oh My God). Used to show shock, disgust or excitement, so context is super important.
 

Example:

"OMG, she said that?! WTF!!”

 

 #1

LOL / LMFAO Laughing Out Loud & Laughing My F*#cking Ass Off

Both are used to tell the receiver that you find something very funny, but the second is very strong and should only be used when something is hilarious.

Examples:

"He kissed her eyeball? LOL!”

"Really? He ripped his pants open in front of his teacher? LMFAO!"

 

"Texting is apocalyptic on some level. It's a reduction of things."

- Nick Cave

Bonus!

XO Kiss and Hug

This abbreviation had been around for decades, and is not only used in romantic relationships, but rather as a sign of affection between friends as well.

 

Example:
“Miss you. xox”

 

That's all for now! xoxoxo

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  • Anna Palazzolo

    Wow!! The only short forms I knew was Tnx, btw, asap, lol, and lmao, but all the rest was new to me. Tnx for sending us the video and everything. I was like rolling on the floor laughing (rofl) when I heard that someone text lol (which means “laughing out loud”) thinking it was “lots of love” referring to such a sad circumstance. So

    • by Nessa Palmer

      Lol!!

  • Anna Palazzolo

    Wow!! The only short forms I knew was Tnx, btw, asap, lol, and lmao, but all the rest was new to me. Tnx for sending us the video and everything. I was like rolling on the floor laughing (rofl) when I heard that story about someone who texted lol (which means “laughing out loud”) thinking it was “lots of love”, so hilarious in such a sad circumstance. We should be very very careful.
    Tu again for what you do. Take care.

    Anna

  • Anna Palazzolo

    Oh I forgot to say that my favourite new one is KISS, which stands for Keep it simple, stupid! I like it 😀

    • by Nessa Palmer

      Thx Anna! I love your spirit and commitment to the English language. You rock! xo

  • Thx Anna! I love your spirit and commitment to the English language. You rock! xo