How to decode internet slang you receive from friends and family


The world’s millennials and Gen-Zers have really taken to technology and run with it, understandably growing up with it at their fingertips. However sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the latest gossip, and even I have trouble with it.

So, let’s go over some of the most popular internet abbreviations that are commonly used online or in text messages so that you don’t have to scratch your head in confusion every time you read something from them.

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Not sure what those texting abbreviations mean? Here is a guide. (

Why are so many things abstract now?

Believe it or not, people didn’t start wearing shorts just to look cool. It actually started with social media limitations.

Twitter is particularly known for the fact that the company only allowed up to 140 characters in a tweet, leaving tweeters to figure out how to make their messages short, sweet and to the point.

As Twitter is mostly used by millennials and Gen-Zers, they started to create their own language. It’s a little better now that Twitter allows up to 280 characters in a tweet, however, abbreviations aren’t going away anytime soon.

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People use acronyms for many other reasons as well. Many do not have much time in their busy schedules to type long messages and use abbreviations to save time.

While others may use very specific abbreviations when having private conversations that they don’t want others to see. Whatever the rationale, it is important to at least know about the most popular ones.

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What are the most popular internet acronyms?

Here are some of the most popular acronyms used on the Internet:

  • LOL: laugh out loud
  • ASAP: as soon as possible
  • FYI: for your information
  • G2G: had to go
  • FB: Facebook
  • MSG: the message
  • TTYL: talk to you later
  • IMO: in my opinion

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Other acronyms are also used to express feelings or relationships. Some of the more popular ones are:

  • TFW: That feeling when
  • MFW: When my face
  • JK: I’m kidding
  • IDC: I don’t care
  • ILY: I love you
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • IMU: I miss you
  • BAE: before anyone else
  • BFF: Best friend forever

And here are some more commonly used ones you should probably know.

  • POV: perspective
  • TBH: to be honest
  • FTW: For the win
  • SMH: My head is shaking
  • ICYMI: If you missed it
  • BRB: be right back
  • SRSLY: Seriously
  • TL; DR: very long; did not read
  • IRL: In real life
  • SOML: The story of my life
  • NSFW: Not safe for work
  • NBD: No big deal
  • DIY: Do it yourself
  • OMW: at work
  • DM: direct message

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You can also create your own texting shortcuts on your smartphone using abbreviations.

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Check us out Steps to create a text shortcut on your smartphone By visiting and searching for “How to Create Your Own Text Shortcuts” By clicking on the magnifying glass at the top of my website.

What acronyms are your favorites to use? Let us know if we missed any.

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