It is not news that the internet is one of the most used tools around the world, whether for work, study or even entertainment. It is precisely because of this high demand for use that it ended up becoming the cradle of new expressions and behaviors among the younger crowd.
Memes, hashtags, abbreviations… There are so many new things that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up, especially because they multiply and change at an amazing speed. This change of language on the internet began in the mid-2000s and has been following the digital evolution to this day. The terms present in messages, emails, social media, games or even more formal environments are usually a list of North American expressions that stood out – or, getting on the bandwagon, bombed – on the web.
If you were born before this decade and got lost in the world of the internet, we prepared a dictionary with some of the main and most famous expressions, even because, it may not seem like it, but this topic is increasingly addressed in tests, entrance exams and Enem, in addition to being materials for several behavioral studies.
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Acronym that means “away from keyboard” or, translated into Portuguese, “far from the keyboard”. The expression is used a lot in the world of games, when one of the players is going to be away for a moment and wants to warn friends.
“My delivery has arrived. I will stay AFK! ”
Translated to “as soon as possible”, the acronym “as soon as possible” is quite popular, including in the corporate world. It is used when a person urgently needs something.
“I need you to give me the report ASAP. ”
There are two terms to also let people know that you will be absent from a conversation or game for a period. The acronyms mean “be back later” and “be back in a second”, respectively, which can be translated to “volto later” and “voto em um Segundo”.
“Wait to start another match of the game. BBL, okay?” or “Something arrived here at home, BBS. ”
It means “be right back” and can also be used to inform that a person will be away from the conversation for a while. This acronym is most commonly used on social media. Its translation into Portuguese is “I'll be back soon”.
“Just a minute, BRB in conversation!”
Expression that means "by the way" or, in Portuguese, "talking about it", and aims to continue or end a conversation.
“That's what I told her BTW. ” or “Oh, BTW, I need to tell you some gossip!”
Widely used around the world, especially in Brazil, the acronym is the abbreviation of “do it yourself”, translated to “do it yourself” in Portuguese. It is used to present or encourage handicrafts of the most different formats and for the most diverse purposes.
"Hi! Today I’m going to make a totally DIY vase for the home garden.” or “I don't have the money for this shirt. I think I will DIY and customize.”
“Fear of missing out” or “fear of missing something” is a term used by people who are afraid that others are going through good or current experiences, while they are not. Because of this fear, FOMO people often share a lot of different information on their profiles.
“Look at this boy's profile. I find him very FOMO. ”
Literally translated “for the victory”, the expression “for the win” is used to indicate that some content shared is worthwhile, such as texts, videos, movies, series, etc.
“A new hero movie, FTW! ”
Short for “for your information”, the acronym has the same meaning as the well-known PSC “for your information” in the corporate world. The term aims to share or pass on content to one or more people.
“ FYI the CFO's email.”
“Joy of missing out” is an acronym used to indicate that a user will enjoy life outside the digital world.
“ JOMO ! Today is park day.”
The acronym is composed of the phrase “laughing my fucking ass off” and, in Portuguese, can be translated to the expression “chorei de riso”, for example. It indicates that something seen by the user is very funny.
“Look at this meme! LMFAO! ” or “Did you watch that comedian's stand up? LMFAO! ”
The acronym has two different meanings. The first is “laughing out loud” and indicates that something seen on the internet or some event was very funny. The second is the abbreviation for the famous online game league of legends.
“I can't believe you fell for this prank. LOL ” or “Today I'm going to play a game of LOL. ”
Portuguese acronym that has the purpose of abbreviating the phrase “por favor”.
“Help me study for the test, PFV! ”
Acronym in Portuguese that aims to abbreviate the phrase “my god”. It is common to express different feelings such as surprise, amazement, desire, disapproval etc.
“Wow, how did this happen? MDS !” or “ MDS, you let me down.”
Coming from the American phrase “rolling on the floor laughing”, the acronym “rolling on the floor laughing” is also used on social networks as a way of demonstrating that something was very funny.
“That joke was good! ROFL! ”
Acronym in Portuguese whose purpose is to abbreviate the phrase “só que não”. Its use happens in a context of debauchery or sarcasm.
“Wow, I'm going to do really well on the math test. SQN. ”
“You only live once” means “you only live once” and is often used in photo captions posted on social media, to highlight the importance of the moment lived and recorded.
“Summer day at the beach. YOLO! ”
Acronym for "really", is an expression that, in Portuguese, means "serious" and aims to show astonishment or surprise in a sentence.
"You are pregnant. RLY ?”
The expression means “not safe for work” or “not safe for work”, it is used when a person shares something with another person or group of friends, but it is not recommended that this be seen in the work environment.
“Look at this movie trailer. NSFW! ”
It means “thanks” or “thank you”, which in Portuguese translates to “thank you”.
“ TKS for the ride.”