Rosangela Souza, founder and managing partner of Companhia de Idiomas, explains the meanings of 15 very common abbreviations in English text messages
English speakers love acronyms - even more so in the business world, which often requires speed and practicality in everyday conversations.
Today we are going to learn or remember some abbreviations that are often used in text messages, a resource increasingly used in professional life.
Some people say that writing with acronyms "kills" the language as we are neglecting etymology and rules. But what is a language if not the means we use to communicate with as many people as possible? Language is part of a living culture, which adapts to the new.
Knowing the abbreviations allows you to understand what the other means, and you are free to use them whenever (and if) you want. Here is a table with 15 very common acronyms in English:
|Acronym||meaning in english||meaning in portuguese|
|BRB||Be right back||I will be back in a moment|
|BTW||By the way||by the way|
|FYI||For your information||To your knowledge|
|GTG||Got to go||Need to go|
|IDK||I don?t know||I do not know|
|JK||Just kidding/ Joking||I'm just kidding|
|LMAO||Laughing my a** off||Laughing out loud|
|LMK||Let me know||Me avise / me count|
|LOL||Laughing out loud||Laughing loudly|
|OMG||Oh my God||Oh my God|
|E.G||No problem||No problem|
|RU...?||Are you??||You're...? / You are...?|
|THX/ TX||Thanks||Thank you|
|TTYL||Talk to you later||Talk to you later|
|XO||Hugs and Kisses||Hugs and kisses|
The table was made based on information extracted from the Netlingo and Voxy websites .
Acronyms are words made up of the union of elements of two or more words, or an acronym that is pronounced as a word, for example, “FIFA”, which stands for International Federation of Football Association On the other hand, abbreviations are reduced representations of words to suppress letters, for example, “admón.”, which means administration.
So that you do not feel lost if you see or hear acronyms and abbreviations in English, we share the following list of the most used in business: