30 Most Common English Internet Acronyms

Ever since the advent of the Internet, users have tried their hardest to say as much as they can in as few characters as possible. For example, any variant of the homophones two/too/to is written as (2day = today; me 2 = me too), verbs are regularly omitted, and words that can be reduced to one letter are commonly shortened (y u mad? = Why are you mad?) The list of Internet initialisms is constantly changing, but if you want to use the English-language Internet, you’ll need to know the following.

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  • AKA – Also Known As  –  manchester united aka the red devils    (different name)
  • AMAAsk Me Anything  –  i dont mind – ama    (ask any question you want)
  • A/S/LAge/Sex/Location  –  tell me about yourself – a/s/l?    (to find out someone’s basic information)
  • BTW – By The Way  –  btw – im going to be 10 minutes late    (before giving information)
  • B/C – Because  –  im not going b/c ive got no money
  • CU – See you (later)  –  “ive got to go”   “cu”    (way to say goodbye)
  • FFSFor Fuck’s Sake  –  ffs – my phone’s not working    (shows anger)
  • F2FFace To Face  –  lets meet f2f 2night    (in person, i.e. not online)
  • FYIFor Your Information  –  fyi – the deadline’s on friday    (before giving information)
  • HTHHope This Helps  –  here are my notes – hth    (used after giving somthing)
  • IDKI Don’t Know  –  sorry – idk where he lives
  • IIRCIf I Recall Correctly  –  it was a long time ago but iirc there were 5 of us    (from what I remember)
  • IMO/IMHOIn My (Humble) Opinion  –  imo real madrid are the best team in europe    (my belief is)
  • IRLIn Real Life  –  ive never seen her irl before    (not online)
  • ITTIn This Thread  –  lots of angry people itt    (in this comments section)
  • J/KJust Kidding  –  don’t be angry – j/k    (don’t be angry – it was just a joke)
  • LOLLaugh(ing) Out Loud  –  “he’s stupid”    “lol”   (demonstrates laughter)
  • LMAOLaughing My Ass Off  –  i lmao when i watched conan    (demonstrates laughter)
  • NE1 – Anyone  –  i don’t know NE1 in this town
  • NSFWNot Safe For Work  –  b careful! this picture’s nsfw    (don’t open in public)
  • OMGOh My God  –  omg! i can’t believe you did that!   (wow!)
  • OPOriginal Poster  –  the op got it wrong    (the first person in the thread is the OP)
  • POVPoint Of View  –  from my pov, he did nothing wrong    (my belief is)
  • RO(T)FLRoll On (The) Floor Laughing  –  “I left my bag on the plane”   “rofl”    (demonstrates laughter)
  • SOBSon Of (A) Bitch  –  i can’t believe the sob did that    (insult)
  • STFUShut The Fuck Up  –  stfu and leave me alone    (rude way to say “be quiet!”)
  • SFLRSorry For (The) Late Reply  –  sflr – I’ve been busy    (after not replying for a long time)
  • THX/TNX – Thanks  –  thx for your help
  • TTYLTalk To You Later  –  im going for dinner – ttyl    (way to say goodbye)
  • WTFWhat The Fuck  –  leicester are top of the league?!?! wtf?!?!    (shows surprise)

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As you’ve probably noticed, most Internet and text message language doesn’t involve capital letters, and punctuation is sparse. The maxim for electronic English seems to be “the less effort, the better,” so don’t worry too much about grammar and punctuation when you’re sending a text to a friend or writing an online post. Formal written English rules still apply in most work environments, so make sure you don’t use any of the above abbreviations when emailing a boss, client, or professor.

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