Abbreviations in English are used to shorten the writing of some words or groups of words. The most common are for formal use and we can often find abbreviations such as UK (United Kingdom) to refer to the United Kingdom or ETA (Estimated time of arrival) on the screens of an airport. However, few know the more informal English abbreviations that are often used in more relaxed environments and, above all, when chatting with friends. For this reason, in this post you will find a list of the most common English abbreviations
Normally, our academic English allows us to communicate correctly with English speakers, from a grammatical and spelling point of view. However, when we meet exchange friends or want to socialize in English with young people in informal settings, we come across certain shortcomings. In these cases, knowing how to write a formal letter or prepare an essay is of little use.
In this article we want you to learn the list of useful English abbreviations for everyday use that will allow you to communicate through social networks and chat with ease and fluency, surely you have already come across some of them and even have incorporated into your writing.
There have always been informal English abbreviations such as ASAP (as are as possible) or the typical XOXO (hugs & kisses) that we are usually taught to end letters to friends. However, since instant messaging applications such as Whatsapp emerged, a greater number of abbreviations in English have been introduced to speed up communication and save us time in responding.
List of informal English abbreviations
|@||At (to indicate a place)|
|afaik||As far as I know|
|wow||For your information|
|atb||all the best|
|brb||be right back|
|btw||by the way|
|byob||Bring your own beer|
|gtg||got to go
Sometimes it is difficult to end a chat conversation with a friend or simply tell them that it is not a good time to continue talking. In English, just put "gtg" to end a conversation.
|hth||Hope this help|
|idk||I don't know|
|IMO||in my opinion|
|LOL||laugh out loud|
|nsfw||Not suitable for work. In WhatsApp conversations with friends, funny videos or audios are usually sent with content that is not very appropriate in a formal environment, in English the abbreviation "nsfw" is used to warn your friends not to open it at work. Therefore, if you receive this message, it is better to wait until you get home to open the file if you do not want to be the center of attention in the office.|
|omg||oh my god|
|omg||on my way|
|q4u||Question for you|
|smh||Shaking my head (ugh!)|
|His p?||What's up?|
|tbh||to be honest|
|tgif||Thanks God is Friday|
|wow||Waste of money|
|wtf||What the f***|
If you start using these abbreviations in your chat conversations, you will surprise your English-speaking friends. If you want to solicize with ordinary people, you need to start familiarizing yourself with informal English. And you? Do you know other abbreviations?
There are many abbreviations and acronyms in English used on the internet. Their main function is to facilitate day-to-day communication, making the conversation faster.
There are many abbreviations and acronyms in English to chat online
When we talk personally with our family, friends, co-workers, among other people, we are not used to abbreviating words in our speech. However, when it comes to written electronic conversations, what we do most is “shorten” our utterances as much as possible!
The English language also has numerous resources that are used to facilitate and speed up online conversation.
I'm saying AAF that AML is 4 you. There's only 1thg 2say 3wds
4u: I luv u!
I'm saying as a friend that all my love is for you. There's only one thing to say, three words for you: I love you!
Here are some abbreviations and acronyms that are widely used for internet communication:
AAF = As A Friend / As a friend
AAM = All About Me / All About Me
ABM = A Big Mistake / A
ABT = About / Sobre
AML = All My Love / All my love
AP = Awesome person/ people / Wonderful / amazing person(s)
FAIK = As Far I Know / As
ASAP = As Soon As Possible /
BBL = Be Back Later / Come
BBS = Be Back in a Second / Be Back in a Second!
Don't stop now... There's more after the publicity ;)
GTG, G2G = Got to go / Gotta go
HTH = Hope This Help / Hope this helps
LOL =Laughing Out Loud
LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off / Rindo pra caramba
ROTFL = Rolling on the Floor Laughing / rolling on the floor laughing
NP = No Problem / No problem!
OIC = Oh I See / Ah sim, entendi
OMG =Oh My God/Gosh/Goodness / Oh Meu Deus
OTOH = On The Other Hand / On the other hand
PPL =people/ pessoal
PVT = private / private, personal, private.
TTYL =Talk To You Later / Depois falamos
U = You / You
AF = At First / A princípio
YWK = You Would Know / You Should Know
YWMC = Your Wish is My Command / Your wish is an order
YWSYLS = You Win Some, You Lose Some / You win some and lose some
YYSSW = Yeah Yeah Sure Sure Whatever / Yes Yes
ZZZ = Tired or Bored / Tired or Bored