In today’s fast-texting scenario, we tend to use a lot of abbreviations that makes texting easier, but reading difficult… and yes, make your text look a lot ‘cooler’ than the real words do. Here are some everyday abbreviations you use, and what they have come to stand for.
LOL: Laughing Out Loud. Used to acknowledge a joke which you didn’t laugh over. LMAO (Laughing My Ass Off) if it was vaguely funny and ROTFL (Rolling on the Floor laughing) if it did make you smile.
YOLO: You Only Live Once. Coined by hip-hop star Drake; the wreath on the old Latin phrase ‘carpe diem’. Commonly used in fast philosophy talk and when trying to convince somebody to do something they ought not. It is not even 2 years old, and is already an infuriating cliché.
SMH: “Shaking My Head. An expression of disbelief, disapproval, or an acknowledgement to something uncool and totally stupid.
ICYMI: In Case You Missed It. Prefix/suffix on the information that the ‘texter’ thinks is enviable.
TBH: To Be Honest. Used similarly to IMHO, (In My Honest Opinion), both used when the speaker – or in this case the ‘texter’ – would like to assert something and sound like the ultimate know-it-all.
BTW: By the Way. Like LOL, an integral part of every other sentence.
BB: Vaguely a term of affection, short for ‘baby’ when you don’t really feel like addressing the receiver with the actual word.
IRL: “In Real Life” — meaning, not on the Internet; Internet being another word for facebook, based on which we live life BTW. Yeah I know, LOL.
Of course there are more. In fact, if you’re having a lazy day, you could put in only the consonants and claim they’re all there in the lingo. I don’t think anybody is sure anymore.