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Most Used Internet Slangs and Abbreviations

Technology has changed lives. Chitrangada likes the old ways of communication, but also loves to explore the many advantages of technology.

Widely used Internet Slangs

Widely used Internet Slangs

What is the meaning of Internet slangs?

During my school days, my teachers didn’t like the students, to use short forms of words, while writing answers to a question.
For example,

  • we had to write government, and not govt.
  • we had to write constitution, and not const.
  • we had to write examinations, and not exams.

This became a habit, which continues even now.

Few years ago, when I started using social media, I was totally confused to see people writing very short words, to convey a message or to communicate. I had to refer to Google many times, to see what the shortened words mean.

Then there were emojis, to express an emotion, which may be laughter, sadness, excitement, sorrow, hugs, food, flags, birds or animals, flowers etc., etc. etc.

You have the liberty to write not only short forms, but even only the initials of the words will do, and no one will complain.

I am talking about the popular Internet slangs and abbreviations, which are frequently used in communication.

What exactly are the Internet slangs?

Internet slangs are words, made popular on the Internet, by the users to communicate a message, while saving some keystrokes.
Such words or the Internet slangs are used on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and many other.
The Internet Slangs are also used in text messages, while using mobile phones as well. For example, when using SMS(Short message service), or What’s app etc.

Internet has a language of it’s own, and as such, it is sometimes different from the standard English language. The grammar and spelling conscious people may not like it. But the popularity of these words, can’t be questioned.
People believe it saves their time, is quite informal, and most of them find it easy to use and convey your thoughts.


Popular Internet Slangs

Popular Internet Slangs

The Popular and Most Used Internet Slangs

  • LOL—laughing out loud
  • BTW—By the way
  • OOTD—Outfit of the day
  • DM—Direct message
  • GTG—Got to go
  • AMA—Ask me anything
  • HBD—Happy Birthday
  • IDC—I don’t care
  • TBH—To be honest
  • Totes—Totally
  • TBT—Throwback Thursday
  • FAQ—Frequently asked questions
  • FOMO—Fear of missing out
  • FBF—Flashback Friday
  • RT—Retweet
  • BRB—Be right back
  • FB—Facebook
  • KK—Okay
  • NSFW—Not safe for work
  • BG—Bad game
  • OMG—Oh My God
  • ASAP—As soon as possible
  • GR8–Great
  • G2G—Got to go
  • LMK—Let me know
  • RT—Retweet
  • IRL—In real life
  • 4EAE—For ever and ever
  • ABT—About
  • B4–Before
  • BD—Big deal


Most Used Internet Slangs

Most Used Internet Slangs

Popular and Most Used Internet Slangs

  • BRB—Be right back
  • IMHO—In my humble opinion
  • AMA—Ask me anything
  • IRL—In real life
  • TBH—To be honest
  • TLDR—Too long, didn’t read
  • NSFW—Not safe for work
  • 2M2H—Too much to handle
  • AFAIR—As far as I remember
  • BFF—Best friends forever
  • DM—Direct message
  • DIKU—Do I know you
  • DND—Do not disturb
  • EOM—End of message
  • FIFY—Fixed it for you
  • HAND—Have a nice day
  • HTH—Hope that helps
  • ICYMI—In case you missed it
  • IDK—I don’t know
  • IMHO—In my humble opinion
  • J4F—Just for fun
  • LTNS—Long time no see
  • MYOB—Mind your own business
  • NBD—No big deal
  • ROFL—Rolling on the floor, laughing
  • DAE—Does anyone else
  • ELI5–Explain Like I am 5
  • EOM—End of message
  • F2F—Face to face
  • FIFY—Fixed it for you
  • FYI—For your information
  • GM—Good morning
  • HRU—How are you
  • IIRC—If I remember correctly
The popular internet emojis

The popular internet emojis

Some Types of Internet Slangs

Did you know that there are multiple types of Internet slangs, based on their characteristics.

.The most widely used are as follows:

  • Letter Homophones:

The most common types of slang is usually composed of a group of letters taken from the initial letters of the words of the phrase.

For example:

C is used for See,

U is used for You.

  • Onomatopoeia:

Associated sound of a word, is a popular slang to express or convey that word.

For example:

Hahaha,

Woof woof

  • Punctuation:

Punctuation mark is enough to communicate the message. This is another widely used Internet Slang.

For example:

??? or !!!

  • Heterography:

Making use of a combination of words and numbers, to communicate a message.

For example:

2moro or 2day or GR8 or 2Nite

  • Emojis:

One of the most popular and widely used Internet Slangs are the various emojis. By the use of expressions or objects, an idea or a word is conveyed.
For example:

A smiley, a sad face, an excited face, picture of a cake or balloon to wish happy birthday, folded hands for regards or namaste, handshake symbol and many-many interesting examples.

  • Leetspeak:

Modification of spellings to form a shortened and understandable characters.

For example: Pwned

  • Direct Request:

Widely used in chat engines or online games, another type of internet slang is used, when a user identification is unknown or hidden.

For example:

ASL — Age, sex, and location.

The online community via the social media platform

The online community via the social media platform

To Conclude:

  • Internet slangs have become a part of life for the people, both online and offline. It’s popularity with today’s global and digitally literate people around the World, has made it, a part of their day today language.
  • There is no doubt, that the Internet has helped people all over the World, to get connected with each other, across the borders. Global relationships have been formed. Therefore, it’s important that such internet slangs, frequently used online, should be recognised and understood by everyone.
  • As a result, non English speaking countries are quickly catching up with English on the Internet. According to a survey, there has been a considerable increase of Internet usage by non English speaking countries, which is quite good.
  • The popular use of the internet slangs has resulted in a never before, unique online community, and a diverse but homogenous online culture.

Some Suggested Readings:

1. English Internet Slangs via fluentu

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/english-internet-slang/

2. Widely used Internet Slangs via 7esl.com

https://7esl.com/internet-slang/

3. Ultimate list of English Internet slangs via speak confident English https://www.speakconfidentenglish.com/english-internet-slang/


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 13, 2021:

Thank you Nithya, for reading and appreciating the article.

Good to know that you found it informative. Always a pleasure to read your feedback. Much appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 13, 2021:

An interesting and fun read, I did not know the meaning of many of these terms! Now I do thanks to your article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2021:

Thank you M G Singh ji, for your kind words of appreciation. Glad that you liked the information and found it helpful.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 12, 2021:

This is a nice article Chitra and you have taken a lot of pains to collect all this information. Very helpful indeed.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 12, 2021:

Thank you so much for appreciating the article. Glad you found it useful and informative.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for reading and commenting. Yes, the times have changed, and no one complains, when internet slangs are used for conveying a message or for communicating.

I am glad that you liked the article. Thank you and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2021:

Thank you Devika, for your kind visit and comments.

Yes, it’s interesting to know about these internet slangs, and how the younger generation loves using them. I have learnt their meaning, while using social media platforms.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

manatita44 from london on February 11, 2021:

Wow! My Didi ji!

You've covered a lot! Some I know and others I don't. A new age indeed!! Thank you so much!!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 11, 2021:

ChitrangadaSharan I know these slang words and it is just so interesting to know how the Internet has changed our lives. Through this lots has been learned. My first time online did surprise me of what each slang meant , but over time I understood it. Thank you for this informative hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 11, 2021:

Thank you Audrey, for reading and commenting on this article. I am glad that you found it useful.

Like you, I also belong to the pre internet times. As I have mentioned in the article, when I started using social media, I had to refer to Google, to find meanings of the frequently used slangs all over.

It’s interesting to know, how the young generation communicates, although I may not use these words myself.

Thank you for appreciating the article and your support. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 10, 2021:

I must admit, the only internet slang I am familiar with is LOL. Your article will be a big help to me. Thank you for devoting time and energy to help us understand this new language. I guess I'm showing my age. This is a great article!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Peggy, for appreciating the article. I know that many of us, do not use, and may not use those Internet Slangs. But, it’s interesting to know, about how the young generation communicates.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much Peggy, for your kind words and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Ericdierker for sharing your personal experiences and thoughts on this topic.

When I started using social media, I came across many such words, and I had to refer to Google, to know what they mean. I find it interesting, how the young generation communicates, even if I may not use those slangs.

Thank you for reading and appreciating the article. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you so much Rosina, for appreciating the article.

Yes, it’s interesting to know about them, even if we don’t use them. I am glad that you found it useful.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for reading and supporting my work. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for sharing your thoughts on this article.

I also don’t use any one of those slangs. But, I was interested in knowing more about them, and thus this article.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 10, 2021:

Wonderful, so full of inspiration. I had no idea about most of them. I worked in policy of the early internet. Before texting for sure. We dealt with languages and locales around the world. Some had terribly low bandwidth so email was needed to keep short. Abbreviations and aviation English was important. Interesting how it developed.

Rosina S Khan on February 10, 2021:

This is an intriguing article, Chitrangada. Although I knew some of the Internet Slangs and emojis, I didn't know many of them. This article certainly revealed many slangs I wasn't sure about. Although I wouldn't like to use all of them, next time I encounter them I will know what they mean. Thank you for your wonderful contribution.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2021:

I use LOL a lot....a lot...but I don't touch the others, probably because I have no idea what they mean, and if it's too easy for me to use them, I'll start using them and forsake the English language, which I love. :) Still, a very interesting article, my friend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Ravi Ji, for reading and commenting. I am glad that you found it informative.

I agree, that there are so many of these slangs, we don’t know. Although, I don’t use them, it’s interesting to know about them. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 10, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I have to admit that most of these abbreviations were new to me. ASAP, LOL, and a few others were familiar. Thanks for the tutorial, not that I will be communicating that way with many people.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 10, 2021:

Very useful information Chitragada.I have been working online for so many years now and this is the 1st time I had heard some of the phrases. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Brenda, for sharing your thoughts on this article.

Like you, I refer to Google, whenever some new internet slang crops up. They may not go well with the language and grammar conscious people, but they are trendy and popular.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you John, for reading and commenting.

Yes, there are so many of them. I have mentioned only the more popular ones. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for your support.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 10, 2021:

Chitrangada,

Thanks for this useful article.

I am lost when it comes to these abbreviations.

I find myself constantly asking my phone what they mean.

A language all of it's own...others grasp well.

Take care

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Pamela, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article.

I didn’t know much about these internet slangs, and I feel conscious about using them in my conversations. But I do like the emojis.

Thank you so much for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you Liz, for reading and appreciating the article. Like you, I belong to the pre Internet, or even Pre computer times. Honestly, I didn’t know many of them. My children have been helpful to make me understand them. Though, I still rarely use them myself.

Thank you for commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 10, 2021:

Thank you so much Misbah, for reading and appreciating.

I am glad that you liked it. My good wishes to you.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 10, 2021:

Thank you for this informative article, Chitrangada. I actually knew what 14 of these Internet slang were..more than I expected, but there were even more that I didn't know.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 10, 2021:

I agree with the use of internet slang, and I don't know all of it. Your article is wonderful as you show the slang, the emojis, etc. This is a very well-written and informative article, Chitragada.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 10, 2021:

This is a fascinating article. It's a must-read for those of us who grew up in the distant pre-internet days.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on February 10, 2021:

Chitrangada, I enjoyed reading your article.

Thanks for a lovely share

Sending Blessings