Like it or not, we live in a world of Messenger, What’sApp, Twitter and texting … and that means if you want to read and understand conversations on the internet, abbreviations and acronyms can’t be avoided!
Having said that, no one is saying you have to use them when you write! You can write a perfectly good message WITHOUT using abbreviations. However, if you want to understand a message written by a native speaker, the chances are you are going to have to decipher an abbreviation or two!
So the next time your colleague from New York sends you a message, instead of thinking WTF?! (ha ha!) … you’ll be able to understand it!
LEVEL: Upper Intermediate and Advanced English Lesson
31 common internet abbreviations for texts and tweets
To make it easier to learn, we’ve grouped them into categories!
Abbreviations to Express Opinion
1. IMO / IMHO
-in my opinion / in my humble opinion
-Point of view
-To be honest
-Over my dead body
-Great minds think alike
-Complete waste of time
-Shaking my head (to describe a reaction to something stupid, hostile, unfair, unbelievable)
Abbreviations to Give Context
-In real life
-Today I learned
-Story of my life
-Early morning business meeting
-Just for fun
-Just so you know
-During work hours
Abbreviations for Notifications, Wishes & Greetings
-On my way
-I don’t know
-Talk to you later
-I’ll be right back
-Bye for now
-Back at you!
-Be back in a sec
See you tomorrow
Are you ok?
Gone for now
See you later
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So that’s it! 31 essential abbreviations to help you understand texts and tweets in English.
Remember to check out our lesson Text Like A Native English Speaker to help you learn abbreviations and get active practice using them.
Now it’s over to you – try writing a conversation in the comments below to show how you would use them