Friday, September 27

LOL, OMG, and Other Internet Slang

Question: What is the difference between an Abbreviation and an Acronym?

Answer: An “abbreviation” is the short form of a word or expression.


Mister ==> Mr.

Professor ==> Prof.

feet ==> ft.

et cetera ==> etc.  

On the other hand, an “acronym” is one kind of abbreviation. In particular, an acronym consists of letters that form a word.


Federal Bureau of Investigation ==> FBI

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome ==> AIDS

Frequently Asked Questions ==> FAQs

Compact Disk Read-Only Memory ==> CD-ROM

Internet Slang

In the endless universe of the Internet, so many abbreviations and acronyms have emerged and become popular.

In the beginning, these abbreviations and acronyms were used by people to communicate faster. The fewer keys people need to press on the computer keyboard, the more time they can save.

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The same abbreviations and acronyms are used for chatting, instant messaging, and texting on cellphones. The reason for this is the small limit of characters allowed inside one message.

But soon, the abbreviations and acronyms became Internet Slang or what we call Netspeak. It is used by many different groups on the Web. Because it’s slang and slang is always changing, some groups of people can be left out or left behind.

For example, people who are not so familiar with modern computer technology and its many different applications may experience Techno Stress. This is very true especially in the case of older people. They find it hard to keep up with the many technological changes that are happening around them.

Techno Stress can also, in turn, widen the Generation Gap between older and younger people.

In the end, a serious case of Communication Gap will occur.

Techno Stress ==> Generation Gap ==> Communication Gap

A Funny Story

Below is a short funny story about a misunderstanding of Internet Slang.

Before reading, some of you should remember that the meaning of “pass away” is to “die.”

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Mother: Your great aunt just passed away. LOL

Son: Why is that funny?

Mother: It’s not funny. What do you mean?

Son: Mom, “lol” means “laughing out loud” !

Mother: Oh my goodness! I sent that to everyone. I thought it means “lots of love.” I have to call everyone back. Oh god!

Although the story above is very funny, the reality of the situation is unfortunate. Not every person is aware of the different characters and expressions used as Internet Slang.

Some Basic Internet Slang

Below is a short list of some of the most basic Internet Slang that you should know. You don’t really need to learn how to use the expressions if you’re not comfortable with them, but you should at least know what they mean in case somebody else uses them during your chat.

1. LOL

LOL” is one of the most common Internet Slang. It means “Laughing Out Loud.” You use it when your friend says something that you think is funny.

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Aside from “LOL,” there are many other similar expressions that came from LOL. For example,

ROFL = Rolling on the Floor Laughing

ROFLOL = Rolling on the Floor Laughing Out Loud

ROFLMAO = Rolling on the Floor Laughing My Ass Off

PMSL = Pissing Myself Laughing (UK)

2. OMG

The Internet acronym OMG is used to express excitement, surprise, or shock. It can mean “Oh My God,” “Oh My Gosh,” or “Oh My Goodness.”

Recently, OMG like some other Internet Slang, has stepped out of its original setting: online chats and text messages. Now you can hear some people saying “OMG” in actual spoken language. It is pronounced as a word. (Ex. Oh Em Gee!)

Here are other Net Slang that came from “OMG” :

OMFG = Oh My Fucking God

OMGWTF = Oh My God What The Fuck

ZOMG = Zoh My God

To learn more about OMG as an expression, please read:

3. IMO

IMO” means “In My Opinion.” This Internet acronym is used when you want to mention information that you are not sure about or if you want to give your personal opinion. Like its original, long version, it is a polite expression that shares what you believe even though it isn’t fact.

Similar acronyms include:

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

JMHO = Just My Humble Opinion

IMAO = In My Arrogant Opinion

AFAIK = As Far As I Know

IIRC = If I Remember Correctly

IIUC = If I Understand Correctly

4. BRB

BRB” means “Be Right Back.” 

This is another polite online acronym. When you use this, you are letting the other person know that you’ll be going away from your keyboard and you cannot give a quick reply.

Aside from “BRB,” here are other expressions:

BB = Be Back

BBL = Be Back Later

BBS = Be Back Soon / Shortly

BBIAB = Be Back In A Bit

BFN = Bye For Now

AFK = Away From Keyboard

TTYL = Talk To You Later

5. BFF

This expression is popular especially among young teenage girls (ex. Paris Hilton) who always follow the latest trends. It means “Best Friends Forever.”

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Other similar slang is:

GF = Girlfriend

FOAF = Friend Of A Friend

6. 10x

10x” means “Thanks.” It’s one of those Internet abbreviations that use numbers mixed with letters to communicate faster.

Here are other similar examples:

10q = Thank You

NE1 = Anyone

2 = Too or To

G2G = Got to go / Good to go

WUU2 = What (are) You Up To?

WUBU2 = What (have) You Been Up To?

<3 = Love

B4 = Before

4 = For

L8R = Later / Goodbye for now

M8 = Mate

W8 = Wait

F9 = Fine

Other Internet Slang

Here’s a little more Internet slang that you may see or hear:  

Internet Slang

See Ya
By The Way
I Don’t Know
I Don’t Know
At The Moment
Thank You Very Much
You Only Live Once
Be There Soon
Fuck Off And Die
I Need You
If You Know What I Mean
In Search Of
Please Pick Up
Thanks For The Info
Ok, Thanks, Bye
Take Your Time
Hit Me Up
(contact me to follow up)
Never Mind
On The Other Hand
So Far So Good
Take Care
Sounds Good To Me

Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !

Friday, September 20

Not Until

There are many Prepositions in English that are used to talk about time. The most basic and common of them are in, at, and on.

Other examples include for, since, before, after, during, by, and until.

Today we’re going to learn how to use the Preposition until inside a negative sentence. Or simply, how to combine “not” and “until.”  

If you’d like to review how to use the other Prepositions, please read:

Until (Positive Sentence)

Let’s have a quick review of the Preposition until. “Until” expresses a period of time that starts from one point in the past and continues to another point.

So if you combine “until” with a Verb inside a sentence, the meaning of the Verb will automatically become long.

For example,

She will work until midnight. (=Ok)

We slept until lunch time. (=OK)

Please wait until I come back. (=Ok)

They stayed until the policeman told them to go home. (=Ok)

In fact, this is the big difference between “until” and “by.” In the case of “by,” the action of the Verb happens only one time or at one point.


I will pay you back by Sunday. ( = I will pay one time before Sunday or on Sunday)

We’ll go there by next week. ( = We will go next week or before next week)

Your car will be ready by 4 p.m. ( = Your car will have already been fixed at 4 p.m. or before 4 p.m.)

All the examples above are correct. As you can see, even though the time period of “by” is long, its action is not. The action doesn’t continue but happens only one time (pay, go, be ready etc).

On the other hand, if you use “until,” the action of the Verb will become continuous or extended.


I will pay you back until Sunday. ( =X)

We’ll go there until next week. ( =X)

Your car will be ready until 4 p.m. ( =X)

According to the first sentence, if you combine “pay” and “until,” you will pay your friend many times – from now until Sunday.

In the second sentence, the action “go” is also repeated many times.

And in the last sentence, the car is ready now and it will continue to be ready until 4 p.m.

All the sentences above are wrong. Their meanings have become strange. This is because whenever you use “until,” the action of the Verb becomes long.

How to Fix It

If we really want to use the Prepositionuntil” inside our sentences above, we have to use different Verbs to make the meaning correct.

Again, here are our wrong sentences:

I will pay you back until Sunday. ( =X)

We’ll go there until next week. ( =X)

Your car will be ready until 4 p.m. ( =X)

You can change them this way:

I will borrow your money until Sunday. ( =Ok)

We’ll stay home until next week. (=Ok)

We will fix your car until 4 p.m. (=Ok)

Now our sentences are ok because we changed the Verbs. All the new Verbs have a long and continuing meaning. (borrow, stay, fix). They’re not short and quick.

Until (Negative Sentence)

Please take a look at our example sentences again:

I will borrow your money until Sunday. ( =Ok)

We’ll stay home until next week. (=Ok)

We will fix your car until 4 p.m. (=Ok)

The sentences above are grammatically right and acceptable. But they’re still not natural and they’re not exactly suitable for our situations.

There are other more natural sentences. Take a look:

I can’t pay you back until Sunday. ( =more natural)

We won’t go there until next week. ( = more natural)

Your car won’t be ready until 4 p.m. ( = more natural)

The technique that I am using is a combination of the negative (not) and the Preposition until.

I can’t pay you back + until Sunday.

We won’t go there + until next week.

Your car won’t be ready + until 4 p.m.

Not until” is a combo that is very common, useful, and natural. You can often hear native speakers using this expression.

Other Ways

There are other ways that we can use “not until.”

For example, imagine that you are in your company or in the office. The copier is busy because many employees need to use it.

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You also want to use the copier because you need to submit a report to your boss. If your co-worker asks you:

Q: When do you need to hand in that report?

You can say:

A: I need to hand in this report by tomorrow.( =Ok)

The answer above is correct and acceptable. But of course you can feel that your co-worker asked you because he also wants to use the copier. Maybe he needs to finish his report today and he needs to use the copier more than you do.

In this situation, it's better to use “not until.”

Q: When do you need to hand in your report?

A: I don’t need to hand in my report until tomorrow.

This answer sounds more natural in the situation. You can also add something:

Q: When do you need to hand in your report?

A: I don’t need to hand in my report until tomorrow. So you can go ahead and use the copier first.

Lastly, you can make your answer perfect by making it short:

Q: When do you need to hand in your report?

A: Not until tomorrow.

Now let’s have another example. Imagine that you are in the US. Your American friend tells you:

A: Oh, I really want to have a nice chat with you before you go. When are you supposed to go back to Japan?

B: ____________________.

What’s the best way to answer?

A: Oh, I really want to have a nice chat with you before you go. When are you supposed to go back to Japan?

B: I’m not going back until September 30th. ( =Ok)


B: Not until September 30th.

It’s also common to hear “not until” alone, not in a complete sentence.

Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !

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