LOL, LMFAO and XOXO: Understand all the main English abbreviations
and slang on the internet!
As in Portuguese, there are also many abbreviations and slang in
English. It is very common to find them in texts on social networks on
the internet and during informal conversation with people from other
countries. If you want to understand a little about the informality and
the daily communication of Americans, Canadians, British etc, follow our
Today, we brought you the main abbreviations and slang in English.
Don't be in doubt anymore and learn how to use it, how to be part of the
tribe. Check out.
What are abbreviations and slang?
Abbreviations are ways of writing shortening words, in more formal
language it is common to indicate it with a period, for example, adj.
(adjective) and max. (maximum). But they are even more common during
conversations on WhatsApp, for example, when we use “vc” (you), “tbm”
(too) and “pvt” (private).
Slang, on the other hand, is a linguistic phenomenon that occurs
within specific groups in society, but that can be adopted by everyone
depending on the degree of acceptance. For example, “speaking out” is
slang for saying that someone has gossiped and is very common.
Thus, there are always new terms that have become popular on the
internet, such as “biscuitteiro” (people who want attention), “sextou”
(celebration of the arrival of Friday), “contatinho” (person with whom
they have fun without commitment) and even “hi, gone” (a sign of
Now here are some abbreviations and slang in English that are very
Now check out the list with the most common English abbreviations:
- 2DAY -today (today)
- 2U – to you (to you)
- 4U – for you (for you)
- 4E – forever – (forever)
- AFAIK – as far as I know (as far as I know)
- AYT – Are you there? (are you there?)
- ASAP – as soon as possible (as soon as possible)
- ATB – All the Best
- B4 – before (antes)
- B4N – bye for now (bye, see you later)
- BBL – to be back later
- BC – because (porque)
- BF - boyfriend (boyfriend)
- BK – back (back, back)
- BRB – to be right back (volto logo).
- BTW – by the way (by the way)
- BRO – brother (brother)
- COS / CUZ – because
- DIY – Do it yourself (Do it yourself – tutorial)
- EZ – easy (easy, quiet)
- FYI – for your information
- GTG – got to go (preciso ir)
- HAND – have a nice day
- HB2U – happy birthday to you
- HOLS – holidays
- HRU – how are you? (how are you?)
- IDK – I don't know (I don't know)
- IDTS – I don't think so (I don't think so)
- ILU / Luv U – I Love You
- JK – just kidding (I'm just kidding, it's a joke)
- KIT – to keep in touch (manter contato)
- KOTC – kiss on the cheek (kiss on the cheek)
- LMAO – laughing my ass out
- LOL - laughing out loud
- LSKOL – long slow kiss on the lips
- MU – I miss you (I miss you, I miss you)
- MUSM – I miss you so much (I miss you so much)
- MYOB – mind your own business
- M2 – Me too (Me too)
- NE1 – anyone (anyone)
- NO1 – no one (nobody)
- NP – no problem (no problem)
- OMG – Oh my God (oh my God)
- PCM – please call me (please call me)
- PLS – please (por favor)
- PS – relatives (pais)
- QT – cutie (cute)
- R – are (forma do verbo to be)
- ROFL / ROTFL – Rolling of the floor laughing
- RUOK – are you ok? (it's all right?)
- SIS – sister
- SCHOOL – school (escola)
- SMMR – summer (summer)
- SOB – stressed out bad (feeling strong stress)
- SYL – see you later
- TGIF – thank God it's Friday
- THX – thanks (thanks)
- TTYL – talk to you later
- WAN2 – to want to (querer)
- WKND – weekend (weekend)
- WR – were (forma do verbo to be)
- X – Kiss (kiss)
- XLNT – excellent (excelente)
- XOXO – hugs and kisses.
- YR – your / you're (your / you + verb form to be)
Now check out a list of the main English slang used in the United
States and Europe.
- Babe – love (used for boyfriend/girlfriend)
- Bae (Before Anyone Else) – like no one before (used for someone
very special, eg boyfriend)
- Bite Me – Bite Me (Fuck you)
- Bucks – dólares
- Bloody – bloody (used to emphasize a sentence)
- Catch you later - catch you later (to say you'll talk to the
person when you meet them again)
- Chick – babe (used to say that a girl is pretty)
- Chill – chill (to say it is relaxing)
- Collecting receipts – collecting receipts (people who take
screenshots of their cell phone screen to show they are right)
- Cool – Cool (used to say something is cool)
- Dead – dead (this is when someone finds something really funny)
- Dibs – show that you want preference in something
- Dude - face
- Extra – Extra (to say that someone is exaggerated)
- Fancy – chic (can also be used to say that you really like
something or someone)
- Flex – flex (used for people who sport)
- For real? - Serious?
- Full Send – ski lingo (used to say that someone did something
- I'm In – I'm in (to count on the person)
- I am hyped – I am hyped
- I don't buy that - I don't buy it (don't believe in something)
- Life – life (to say something is very good)
- Mate – mate, friend
- Mind-blowing – mind blowing (refers to something impressive)
- On Fleck – beautiful appearance (to say that someone is
- Roast – roast (reaction of someone who has just been insulted)
- Rocks – rocks (when someone rocks)
- RT – retweets (to agree with someone, came from Twitter
- Squad – squadron (used to talk about the gang)
- Slay – to slay (to say that someone has done something amazing)
- Snatched – snatched (used similarly to “on fleck')
- Spill It – spill (speak soon)
- Stalk – stalk (spy on someone's social media)
- Stan – Stan (proper name, but used for people who are big fans
- Sus – suspicious (when someone acts strangely)
- Tea – tea (used to talk about gossip)
- Throwing shade - throwing shade (when you judge someone or give
someone a disapproving look)
- To ship – to embark (to cheer for a couple)
- What's up? - How is it going? (would it be “beauty?” in
- Wig – wig (to say that something is insane, that made your wig
- Woke – awake (person who has a social conscience)
- YOLO (You only live once) – you only live once
It's very important to know abbreviations and slang in English,
because depending on the conversation, if you don't know the meaning,
it's almost impossible to understand from the context. Therefore, in
order to have a full understanding of the language, it is essential to
have contact with traits of the culture.
The English love to make abbreviations and acronyms and use them all
the time, even in the name of their country! In order to fully
understand their language, you need to know the most common
English abbreviations. Today we give you a cable with this
22 common English abbreviations and acronyms.
- Abbrev: Abbreviation (abbreviation)
- Admin: Administration or Administrative(administration
- Advertor Ad: Advertisement
- AGM: Annual general meeting.
- A/C: Bank account(account number).
- AKA: Also Known As(also known as).
- ASAP: As Soon As Possible(as soon as possible).
- BOGOF: Buy One Get One Free(two for one).
- : Department.
- DIY: Do It Yourself(“do it yourself”, that is, DIY).
- ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival.
- FAQ: Frequently AskedQuestions
- FYI: For Your Information.
- GB: Great Britain. eye! Not to be confused with UK
: Great Britain is the larger of the two islands.
- Hq: Headquarters.
- Rep: Representative (representative).
- RSVP: Répondez s'il vous plait(French formula commonly
used in English to confirm attendance).
- Sp: Spelling(spelling, spelling)
- Specs: Spectacles, specifications(glasses,
- UK: UnitedKingdom
- Vocab: Vocabulary(vocabulary).
Do not get confused with the abbreviation: ie versus eg
Both ie and eg are two widely used abbreviations in professional
documents, so it is very important that you know them well. However,
they are often confused with each other or used incorrectly. We teach
you its secrets.
ie = id est = "this is"
This abbreviation is used to introduce explanations or descriptions.
To remind yourself, you can think of i as the initial for in essence
or in other words. Use it to expand on, explain, or describe
what you just said. For example:
The giraffe is a mammal (ie a warm-blooded animal that drinks its
mother's milk when young). The giraffe is a mammal (in other words,
a warm-blooded animal that drinks its mother's milk when young).
I went to my least favorite place, ie the dentist. I went to
the place I least like, that is, to the dentist.
eg= exempli gratia = "for example"
This abbreviation is equivalent to Spanish e.g. To memorize it,
remember that it begins with the e of example. As in Spanish,
we use eg to introduce one or more examples.
Please, buy some fruit, eg carrots.
I love eighties rock bands, eg Guns and Roses.
In both cases, and for all abbreviations in general, you should not
write them in bold or italics. They are just another part of everyday
English and as such do not need special treatment.