As Bob Dylan says in one of his moving lyrics, times are changing. Romantic letters carefully written with poetic words to the loved one are in the past. We are in the era of sending abbreviations by WhatsApp and detail, without taking our eyes off the TV.
Nostalgia aside, we have to admit that slang and abbreviations make text conversations between friends and family a lot easier, so we need more than ever to master them, after all, no one deserves to be consulting Urban Dictionary, or to be causing harm. understood by not knowing what they mean.
We have separated 11 abbreviations and acronyms in English used in WhatsApp that you need to know “asap”.
Meaning: “To be honest” (To be honest)
Used to tell good truths or simply express an opinion on a certain subject.
Frank: Is everything okay for tonight?
Jake: Tbh, I'd rather stay at home. I'm watching Breaking Bad again.
Meaning: “Casual” (Informal).
It is often used ironically and can cause an eye roll depending on who it is used with. There is a lot of disagreement about the correct spelling, its phonetic variant is “caʒ” but to make it easier, “caj” is used. It can also be used sarcastically when something is downright informal.
Jake: This weekend, Mark is going to Japan with Rihanna, first class.
Frank: Oh sure, caj.
Meaning: “I Know, right?” (I know, right?)
This abbreviation can be used when you are in complete agreement with the person typing.
Jake: Omg, this talk is taking too long to finish.
Frank: Ugh, ikr! !
Meaning: “On my way”.
The “omw” is more than perfect when you are in a hurry, leave the house running to catch the bus at the stop and need to tell your friends that you will be arriving soon. It can also be used to reassure the person who is waiting for you and let them know that you have already left the house and are not lying on the sofa in your bathrobe (when in fact, you are).
Frank: Everyone has been at the restaurant for over half an hour Jake! You better hurry.
Meaning: “Of course”(Of course).
Another perfect abbreviation to save your time and tell your colleague he's right.
Frank: Did you take a three-hour nap and not work again?
Meaning: “I don't care”.
This one is pretty straightforward. If you need someone to know how little you care, just use these three letters and that's it.
Frank: Friend, I think you put your clothes inside out...
Jake: Meh, idc.
Meaning: “In real life”.
Everyone knows that social media doesn't necessarily depict real life. This abbreviation is used when someone or something is a little different, and it is quite useful for those who browse various social networks.
Frank: I'm obsessed with the dogs I follow on Insta.
Jake: Me too, but I bet they're even more adorable in real life irl.
Meaning: “To be fair”.
Widely used to present a counter-argument or add a dose of rationality to text conversations.
Jake: I can't believe Jerry left his shift an hour early.
Frank: Tbf, last weekend he did 14 hours of overtime.
Meaning: “Obviously” (Obviously).
This is another proof of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (fear of long words), not even obviously escaped. “Obvs” is more than enough to express your feelings.
Frank: Would you like to have a pizza with us later?
Meaning: “Very” (Very).
Why write a million "very, very, very" to emphasize something you're typing when you can just put a "v"? This is the advantage of modernity.
Frank: Are we still going out to dinner later?
Jake: Yeah, Mark will bring Rihanna, I'm excited.
Meaning: “At the moment”.
Although the combination of these three letters is known as the “Automated Teller Machine”, in a text conversation it is likely to mean “at the moment”.
Frank: Help me, my shirt got caught in the zipper of my jacket and I can't get it out.
Jake: Atm I'm watching Breaking Bad, I'll help you later.