Hey, you! Yeah, you. Have you ever been in one of those situations where you can’t for the life of you understand what exactly you’ve just read online? You know what I mean - when someone’s randomly strung along a set of letters together and they just expect you to understand. And you’re going to play along, obviously. You don’t want them thinking you’re not in with the times.
Well, Cosmo is here to help. I’ve rounded up the most common abbreviations found on social media so no longer will we have to keep Google close when we're texting or browsing online.
For the purpose of this article, I'll be referring to social media short forms as 'shorties', in keeping with the theme of shortening words (lol). Here we go:
The Common Knowledge Shorties:
If you don't know what these are, I feel for you, as these are the basics, my friends...
LOL: Laugh Out Loud
BRB: Be Right Back
NBD: No Big Deal
JK: Just Kidding
BTW: By The Way
KK: Cool, Okay (Kewl Kewl)
LMK: Let Me Know
Your Daily Shorties:
These are the ones you can whip out mid-convo and really impress or confuse the person you're speaking to. It's great fun!
FTW: For The Win
FYA or FYE: For Your Amusement or For Your Entertainment
FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
GTI: Going Through It
HTH: Here to Help or Happy to Help
IRL: In Real Life
ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
ICYWW: In Case You Were Wondering
NBC: Nobody Cares Though
YOLO: You Only Live Once
Shorties That Look Like Typos But Really Aren't:
These are the acronyms that people type out where you're just like: "Surely that's just an autocorrect fail?". Well, I'm here to set the records straight and tell you what they truly mean.
POIDH: Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen
ZOMG: Oh My God, but, like, more emphatic
AFAIK: As Far As I Know
JSYK: Just So You Know
TL;DR: Too Long; Didn’t Read
YGTR: You Got That Right
Well, now that you know what they all mean, it's only fair you use them all. Like, are you even texting someone right if the other person doesn't spend at least five minutes trying to decode your texts? Shorties FTW.