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OMG! The Most Popular Texting Shortcuts

by Keren P.

Text Abbreviations, The Most Popular Texting Shortcuts

OMG! The Most Popular Texting Shortcuts

With the advent of text messaging, e-mailing and chatting, the use of texting shortcuts has passed into our daily experience of life. The changed syntax in our day-to-day communication has become the new norm. In fact, it has become so that when someone types full sentences and words, they are perceived as not being with the times, especially by millennials and the 1990s generation.

Why do people use texting shortcuts?

Standard text messages earlier had a limit of 160 characters per text message, and this caused people to abbreviate. Even a Tweet can only accommodate 140 characters, although this has been lengthened to 280 characters. With messenger services like Yahoo and MSN, people did not have to restrict themselves. However, compatibility between phones and computers, like today, was non-existent. The other reason for abbreviation may be that typing long words like “nevertheless” and established phrases simply takes too many taps.

Today, we have unlimited options to connect with people without restriction. Our devices are better, and our connectivity is more reliable. However, the abbreviation tradition lives on.

Single letter common texting shortcuts

Sometimes a single letter or number is used as a shortcut for a whole word such as:

  • 2 – To, Too
  • 4 – For
  • K – Okay
  • R – Are
  • O – Oh
  • Y – Why
  • V – We

Other common texting shortcuts

In this article, we will go through some of the most common texting shortcuts and what they stand for. Some profanity does form part of the more common texting shortcuts, which have been starred out:

  • 2moro – Tomorrow
  • 2nite – Tonight
  • BRB – Be right back
  • BTW – By the way
  • BFF – Best friends forever
  • GR8 – Great
  • IMHO – In my humble opinion
  • L8R – Later
  • LMAO – Laughing my a** off
  • LOL – Laughing out loud
  • OMG – Oh my God
  • THX/ TX/ TKS – Thanks
  • TTYL – Talk to you later
  • WTF – What the f***
  • DM – Direct message
  • RT – Retweet
  • GFN – Gone for now
  • OMW – On my way
  • DW – Don’t worry
  • HBD – Happy birthday
  • GL – Good luck
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • JK – Just kidding
  • ILY – I love you
  • IMU – I miss you
  • TTYL – Talk to you later
  • TC – Take care
  • NSFW – Not safe for work (This usually infers some sexual, nude, brutal or violent content not to be viewed at the workplace)
  • NSFL – Not safe for life (This refers to even more offensive and shocking content which can possibly disturb mentally)
  • SFW – Safe for work
  • SMH – Shaking my head (Usually used when someone witnesses inane or stupid behavior)
  • NBD – No big deal
  • TL;DR – Too long; didn’t read
  • SRSLY – Seriously
  • POV – Point of View
  • IRL – In real life
  • TBH – To be honest
  • FTW – For the win
Text Abbreviations
  • These texting shortcuts may also be written in lower case, and they usually are. Uppercase can be used to supply emphasis but are usually avoided as it can look like the person is shouting.
  • It is interesting to note that shortcuts have found their way to business communication as well. However, the person should keep professionalism and formality in mind and pick their shortcuts carefully. Shortcuts such as BTW, ASAP, and TC are possibly fine whereas TTYL, NBD, and WTF may not be.
  • The above list does not include all the shortcuts, there are possibly hundreds more. In fact, people develop texting shortcuts on their own. From there they are adopted by more until it is familiar to a sizable amount of people and these people can use it comfortably to communicate with each other.
  • By knowing the above texting shortcuts, it could possibly make it easier for you to understand texting conversations and be able to hold your own as well.

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