Popular abbreviations in English
To chat in English like a real native, you need to know all the
popular abbreviations. Abbreviations and Internet slang will help you
not be the black ship among English speakers and pass for your own
Why do we need abbreviations in English
Like any other language, English is full of all sorts of
abbreviations and abbreviations.
What is worth remembering all these abbreviations of measurement
measures, days of the week and duty phrases. Now that most communication
takes place online, simplification and reduction in correspondence has
reached its peak.
Also read our article - 1000 most popular words in English !
Here is an example of standard correspondence in English:
- WUZZUP G2TU SMTH LMK WH5 WB ASAP
- IDK TTYL G2G
It seems that this is not at all the correspondence of two people,
but mysterious letters left by an extraterrestrial civilization. And
here is the translation of the "alien" correspondence.
- Hello how are you? We need to discuss something with you. Let me
know when you can. Reply as soon as possible.
I don't know yet, we'll talk later. I have to go now.
To easily decipher such messages and compose them yourself, memorize
the most popular abbreviations and abbreviations of the English
The more abbreviations and abbreviations you know, the less likely
you are to get into an awkward situation.
Abbreviations derived from Latin:
You can find such abbreviations everywhere: in books, magazines,
online articles, and even in spoken language.
err. (erratum, errata) - error, errors
- al. (et alia) - and others
ex - former
- (extra) - outside, outside
- eg (exempli gratia) - for example
fin. (finis) - end
- ie (id est) - that is
- (versus) - against
NB (nota bene) - remember well, pay special attention
- AD (Anno Domini) - AD, from the Nativity of Christ
- BC (Before Christ) - BC, before the birth of Christ
- AM (ante meridiem) - until noon
- PM (post meridiem) - after noon
- PS (post scriptum) - postscript, note at the end of the letter
Abbreviations of the days of the week
Used in writing. There are two options: a three-letter abbreviation
and a two-letter abbreviation for those in a hurry.
If in Russian, to shorten a word, you need to shake out all the
vowels from it (for example: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun), then in
English it is customary to simply cut off the word on the first
- Monday - Mon - Mo - Monday
- Tuesday - Tue - Tu - Tuesday
- Wednesday - Wed - We - Wednesday
- Thursday - Thu - Th - Thursday
- Friday - Fri - Fr - Friday
- Saturday - Sat - Sa - Saturday
- Sunday - Sun - Su - Sunday
Abbreviations of months, seasons
- February - Feb - February
- March - March - March
- April - April - April
- June - June - June
- July - Jul - July
- August - Aug - August
- September - Sept - September
- October - Oct - October
- November - Nov - November
- December - Dec - December
- Birthday - B-day - birthday
- Christmas - X-mas - Christmas
- New Year - NY - New Year
- Thanksgiving day - Thnksgiv - Thanksgiving Day
- Valentine's Day - VD - Valentine's Day
You can congratulate on your birthday in Russian briefly: “with
others”, both in writing and orally. In English, this can only be
reflected in the letter “Happy B-day”.
For any Russian-speaking person, the English and American systems of
measures are a real puzzle, but you also need to remember the
conditional abbreviations. You never know where you will need to convert
miles to kilometers.
- mph (miles per hour) - miles per hour, 1 mile = 1.6 km.
- kph (kilometers per hour) - kilometers per hour.
- (foot) - foot, 1 foot = 30 cm 48 mm.
- lb (libra) - pound, 1 pound = 450 gr.
- (ounce) - ounce, 1 ounce \u003d 28 gr.
- (pint) - pint, 1 pint \u003d 0.56 liters.
- (inch) - inch.
- (second) - second.
- (gram) - gram.
- (centimeter) - centimeter.
- (quart) - a quart.
Abbreviations with apostrophe
Perhaps most often in English you can find the so-called
abbreviations with an apostrophe.
An apostrophe is a small comma at the end of a word. It performs two
important functions: it indicates ownership and is used for
Apostrophe abbreviations can be roughly divided into two types:
- Pass (omission)
Reduction - omission when pronouncing one or more sounds in a
combination of two words. The English language is full of auxiliary
verbs. Such official words are almost never pronounced or written in
full. Abbreviations are indicated by an apostrophe.
- Isn't = isn't
- Aren't = are not
- Wasn't = wasn't
- Weren't = were not
- Don't = do not
- Doesn't = does not
- Didn't = did not
- Haven't = have not
- Hasn't = hasn't
- Hadn't = had not
- Can't = cannot
- Couldn't = could not
- Won't = will not
- Wouldn't = would not
- Mustn't = must not
- Needn't = need not
As for omissions, it is not uncommon in colloquial English to omit
individual letters in one word or in combinations of words. In speech,
these letters are omitted, and in writing, such omissions are replaced
by an apostrophe.
- of the clock - o'clock
The number of abbreviations in the English language is so great that
it seems that in everyday speech not a single phrase is pronounced
completely. You might think that this is the language of people who are
always in a hurry. It is this abundance of abbreviations and "cuts" that
often prevents a beginner from making out fluent English.
Abbreviations and abbreviations in Internet correspondence
So we come to the most extensive and diverse section of abbreviations
These abbreviations are the basis of the correspondence of an
English-speaking person. The essence of online communication lies in the
speed of messaging. Abbreviations and emoji are the main language tools
Abbreviations with numbers
- 2MOR - Tomorrow - Tomorrow
- 2NTE - Tonight - Tonight
- 4COL - For crying out loud - For God's sake. Finally (when the
person is irritated)
- 10X - Thanks - Thank you
- 10Q - Thank you - Thank you (to you)
- 1DR - I wonder - I think
- 2EZ - Too easy - Too easy
- 2G2BT - Too good to be true - Too good to be true
- 4EAE - Forever and ever - Forever / forever
- 4SALE - For sale
- Got to go - I have to go
- F2F - Face to face - Face to face / in person
- AAP - Always a pleasure - Always in joy / always with joy / with
pleasure. The same as you are welcome - you are always welcome
- AAR - At any rate - Nevertheless = nevertheless
- ABBR - Abbreviation - Abbreviation
- ADAD - Another day another dollar - New day - new
opportunities. It is said that this phrase was said by some American
sailor in the 19th century. If he knew that after all this time
people would insert the abbreviated form of this expression into
their chat rooms, what would he think?
- AIGHT - Alright - Good
- AMBW - All my best wishes - With the best wishes
Abbreviations and abbreviations with AS
- AAMOF - As a matter of fact - In fact
- AAMOI - As a matter of interest - For interest
- AFAIAA - As far as I am aware - As far as I know. Used when
someone says something but admits it might not be true.
- AFAIC - As far as I'm concerned - As far as I know
- AISB - As I said before - As I said before
- AISI - As I see it - In my opinion / How I see it
- AMAP - As much as possible - As much as possible
- ASAP - As soon as possible - As soon as possible. As soon as
possible. Usually attributed at the end of a request letter. Often
found in business correspondence
- AYW - As you want - As you wish / as you wish
- AEAP - As early as possible - As early as possible
The most common Internet abbreviations and abbreviations
- DUR - Do you remember - Do you remember?
- AYOR - At your own risk - At your own risk
- DIY - Do it yourself - Do it yourself
- HIFW - How I feel when - What do I feel when...
- IMO - In my opinion - In my opinion
- IMHO - In my humble opinion - In my humble opinion. IMHO tightly
entered the Russian-speaking everyday life. We say this whenever we
want to emphasize that we do not want to impose our point of view on
- JIC - Just in case - So, just in case
- LOL - Laughing out loud - I laugh out loud. The legendary LOL
has long been part of the Russian-speaking Internet culture, and
does not need a special introduction.
- PAW - Parents are watching - The parent is nearby / the parent
is watching. This is how teenagers warn each other when their
parents are on the horizon.
- RN - Right now - Right now, this minute
- RT - Real Time - In real time, right now. This is how they write
when they want to emphasize that something is happening “online”.
- SMH - Shaking my head - I shake my head. In correspondence, this
is how they shake their heads when they want to react to something
unpleasant. Shaking your head is similar in meaning to Facepalm, aka
- TIA - Thanks in advance - Thanks in advance
- TLDR - Too long, didn't read - Too long, did not read. What kind
of nonsense is it to send whole sheets of text on the Internet -
people didn’t come here to read. Therefore, if you write a message
that is too long or share a link to an immense article, you risk
getting TL;DR in response.
- TTYL - Talk to you later - Let's talk later
- WDYT - What do you think - What do you think?
WDYM - What do you mean - What do you mean?
- WFH - Work from Home - Abbreviation for 2020. I work from home.
- GMTA - Great minds thinks alike - Geniuses think alike. When you
simultaneously express similar thoughts in correspondence, you can
hint at how smart you and your interlocutor are (joking form).
- IDC - I don't care - I don't care
- IDK - I don't know - I don't know
- LMK - Let me know - Let me know
- SRSLY - Seriously - Seriously
- TBH - To be honest - To be honest / To be honest
- OMG - Oh my god, oh my gosh, oh my goodness - Oh my god. A
winged abbreviation that has long left the boundaries of the English
A few abbreviations that can be found not only in
Knowing the basics of correspondence is not enough. You also need to
master the basics of Internet slang.
- MSG - Message - Message
- DM - Direct Message - Personal message. Although it sounds like
this in Russian - write to direct.
- RP - Repost - Repost - he reposts everywhere, whatever one may
say. Shared the post - reposted.
- FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions - Answers to frequently asked
- NSFW - Not Safe For Work - A warning message that the link you
intend to open may be hiding unsafe content.
- FB - Facebook
IG - Instagram
To collect your abbreviation, the conventions will come in handy:
- 2 = to/too
- 4 = for
- B = be
- C = see
- I = eye
- R = are
- U = you
- Y = why
Play with this Lego and build your own phrases. For example:
- IOU (I owe you) - I owe you.
- 2U (to you) - to you.