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.


Ex.


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.


Ex.


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

Meaning
CYA
See Ya
BTW
By The Way
THX
Thanks
IDK
I Don’t Know
IONO
I Don’t Know
ATM
At The Moment
TYVM
Thank You Very Much
YOLO
You Only Live Once
BTS
Be There Soon
FOAD
Fuck Off And Die
INY
I Need You
IYKWIM
If You Know What I Mean
ISO
In Search Of
QT
Cutie
WHT
What
PPU
Please Pick Up
TFTI
Thanks For The Info
KTHNXBI
Ok, Thanks, Bye
TYT
Take Your Time
HMU
Hit Me Up
(contact me to follow up)
NVM
Never Mind
OTOH
On The Other Hand
SFSG
So Far So Good
TC
Take Care
SGTM
Sounds Good To Me




Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !










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