When a coworker told us her older, technologically challenged mother used the term "BRB" naturally in a sentence, we knew that text abbreviations, which were originally used only to save space while texting, have truly become part of our daily vernacular. Ironically, some people are still unfamiliar with the key terms of this burgeoning new language. Just how savvy are you? Browse the shorthand and corresponding definitions below and see if they are helpful or TMI.
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LOL: Laugh Out Loud
Example: Did you watch Glee last night? I was LOLing so hard I practically got an ab workout!
BRB: Be Right Back
Example: I'm going to run to Starbucks real quick. BRB.
GTG/G2G: Got To Go
Example: Sorry, can't talk now! GTG.
BFF: Best Friend Forever
Example: I don't get it. Karla and Megan hated each other last week, but they're acting like BFFs today.
Example: Did the BF bring you those flowers? They're gorgeous!
JK: Just Kidding
Example: I'm in love with Justin Bieber. JK, he's like two feet tall!
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XOXO: Hugs and Kisses
Example: Dear Lady Gaga, they're called pants. Try wearing some. XOXO, Your #1 Fan
TTYL: Talk to You Later
Example: Thanks for eating lunch with me. I'm going to go back to my desk now. TTYL.
TMI: Too Much Information
Example: Karissa started giving me a play-by-play of her Brazilian wax session so I had to stop her. TMI!
143: I Love You
Example: Bye, Dad, have fun golfing. 143!
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Example: His GF is psycho. She's been stalking my Facebook profile all day!
NBD: No Big Deal
Example: You can take the taxi. I'll walk. NBD.
OMG: Oh My Gosh
Example: OMG! I love your new haircut! You look just like Rihanna!
WTF: What the Freak
Example: WTF?! My TiVo didn't record the LOST finale!
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FML: Freak My Life
Example: The BCBG skirt I ordered last week just went on sale for half off. FML.
SOL: Shoot Out Of Luck
Example: You forgot to bring sunscreen? You're SOL, man.
H2H: Heart To Heart
Example: Meet me at our spot for an H2H. We need to talk.
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OOC: Out Of Control
Example: Girl, your hair is OOC right now. Let me help you fix that.
BTW: By the Way
Example: It was great to see you last night! BTW, where did you get the dress you were wearing? I love it!
Have we missed any? Do share your favorites!
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