Abbreviations - Do you use them? What do they mean?

laugh out loud  - lol
April 11, 2008 11:55am CST
LOL= laugh out loud, or lots of laughs AFK= away from keyboard GG= good game TY= thank you You know what I'm talking about. Those abbreviations which we use when texting, or emailing, or posting an opinion on mylot. I'm really interested to hear new abbreviations, what do you use, and what do they mean? Do you think it is better to talk in "text speak", or should we be expressing ourselves in proper English? I think these expressions are useful and do use them myself especially when texting, but I try to develop my English skills at every opportunity. Thanks in advance for your responses.
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• India
19 Apr 08
he he he. no i do not use abbreviations. i find it weird and very artificial. if i wanna say something i mean i would either say it type it. not use short forms of it. to me it sounds like you would use it to anybody and evrybody. i would not use it and get mad when anyone sends me messages signed by these abbreviations.
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19 Apr 08
Thanks for the response, appreciate your thoughts. I understand when people do not want to abbreviate their words and would rather say their comments out in full.
@littleowl (7157)
20 Apr 08
hi icequeen-is there any chance you could explain what xoxoox or oxoxo mean that really baffles me-it was the other day that my son tod me that lol stands for laugh out loud-lots of love sounds good too its the xoxo or oxooxo something like that that gets me baffled-littleowl
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21 Apr 08
Hi little owl. Sorry I can't be any help with that one. I saw it myself the other day and wondered what it meant, but I'm still none the wiser. Can anyone else help with this abbreviation? xoxoxoxoxoxo
• Pakistan
12 Apr 08
Abbrivation alwyas are important and this a good and shortesst way to express some one feelings. and these especially help in chating here at net. and the right abbrivation at the right time looks so nice. see this one TU mean thank you.
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12 Apr 08
It is good to be able to express feelings, but I think it is important to make sure that they are understood. There are some abbreviations out there which people may not be familiar with, so we are in danger of not expressing our feelings. Thanks for the response.
• Pakistan
13 Apr 08
yes u are right and when i first started chating i was amzaed to see lol because i dont know this and when i know this i feel soo light and hjappy by this. so it must be understandable by alkl of us\.
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14 Apr 08
Yes I think that LOL is now a universally recognised abbreviation. :)
@Alfie1970 (257)
11 Apr 08
PMSL and LMFAO i'll let you work them out :)
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11 Apr 08
Sorry, you are going have to help me out here. Please something? Let me something? I have no ideas
12 Apr 08
thanks, will file those away for future use!
@tessah (6638)
• United States
11 Apr 08
there are alot i will use.. the lol, rofl, brb and afk.. but there are some i just dont use. i will type out "thank you" and "youre welcome" etc and i dont use the skipped vowels speach alot of the kids use, honestly it just annoys me. i guess the ones i use most that arent widely used by the non-gamer person are, pst - please send tell, omw - on my way, atm - at the moment, ftw- for the win, ftl - for the lose. theres a wide variety more that are really just gamer-ese that i dont use in regular text because they dont apply to anything at all outside of the game.
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11 Apr 08
I agree about the skipped vowels thing, I find that it takes me longer to word out what the word is!
11 Apr 08
work out* sorry for the typo!
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
25 Dec 08
I use abbreiations but only those that I understand and to tell the truth I didnt know about AFK,GG AND TY.I am also careful about where I use the abbreviations.I normally use them in semi-formal settings like in phone texting and in mylot .I find them a very useful way of conveying emotions.
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28 Dec 08
I agree, I am careful about when I use abbreviations, and whom I am sending them to. They are good for use when texting, glad you find it so too. Thanks for your response.
@liquorice (3902)
15 Apr 08
I do use abbreviations for texting people because I find it quicker than having to spell out whole words on the telephone keypad; it can get a bit time-consuming and frustrating! I don't like using them in any other circumstance though (except for the occasional lol, when I think it's appropriate - like you say this is so universal now that it's become more like a word than an abbreviation). I also don't like people doing it in messages to me, it just seems out of place as I think of it as 'texting language'. I don't like the current fashion of missing out vowels either, it just seems really lazy as if the person couldn't be bothered to write all of the letters.
15 Apr 08
I had not thought of it but now you mention it, yes it does seem a bit lazy of people not to fill in the vowels. Thanks for the response
@ellie333 (21029)
12 Apr 08
I'm in my forties and until I started on myLot I thought LOL was short for lots of love rather than the lots of laughs. I only texted rarely using full words until I started receiving texts back with abbreviaions and used to have to ask my daughters what they meant. I am a bit more up on what they mean now but still come across the odd one I don't understand the meaning of. I don't know of any new ones to share though I'm afraid. Ellie :D
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12 Apr 08
Yes kids seem to know way more about technology than "grown ups", but glad to hear that you are learning. I am obviously still learning, which was one of the reasons I started this discussion. I have learned quite a few. Have not heard of lots of love though for LOL, but it does seem quite appropriate when texting to sign off that way. Thanks for the response.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
12 Apr 08
i prefer to use proper english as much as i can... and i don't really like to use abbreviations as much as i can... and it is a good practice to use proper english and it can improve our english language as well as you say...
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12 Apr 08
Glad to hear you like to use proper English. I'm all for improving English language skills, including grammar and spelling. Thanks for the response.
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
abbreviations are accepted in scientific journals only if it is internationally accepted
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12 Apr 08
I agree, there are lots of abbreviations which are necessary. UN for example, we all know it stands for the United Nations, but is accepted as an abbreviation. Thanks for the response.
@chiyosan (29389)
• Philippines
12 Apr 08
no.. i am not used to using abbreviations. and i dont like using text speak at all, even in my sms messages, i prefer typing in exact words. :)
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12 Apr 08
Glad to hear that you type out in full, I think it makes things easier, and quicker to understand, even if it has taken longer to type. Thanks for the response
@taylor96 (46)
• United States
12 Apr 08
OH MY! I joined a site for online gameing and chatting. I wasn't interested in chatting on line with people I just wanted to play card games. Anyway, I decided to check and see what other players were talking about and I thought I was reading a foreign language. I figured out the LOL only after I asked my 11 year old. I know people use that texting language for a reason but I'm all for proper English. It may cost more money and time when texting or posting but at least I'd know what the Hades other people are trying to say. See Yah!
12 Apr 08
Funny how children often seem to know more about technology than grown ups isn't it? Glad to hear you are all for proper English too. Thanks for the response.
• China
12 Apr 08
I was a thickhead in abbreviation before, but I am not now. The work I do should contact with many customers abroad, so I should send many E-mails everyday. I used to write letters frankly one by one. However, I find that my colleagues sent faster than I. I find the secret slowly. I become to use abbreviation. In my area, there are a lot of abbreations. Such as: B/L ----Bill of landing FYI ----For your information EXW ----EX-work FOB ----Free on board CIF ----cost insurance freight .......
12 Apr 08
Sounds like you have a lot of abbreviations specific to your work. Under the circumstances, I can see the need to abbreviate. Thanks for the response
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
12 Apr 08
I only use a very limited set of abbreviations in text messaging, like LOL for laughing out loud, u for you, r for are, 4 for for, btw for by the way, 2 for to, ppl for people, and a couple of others. I never like using such short forms here in myLot or other forums except for LOL, ROFL, etc. Given the international community here and that some people are the older folks who are not conversant with "text speak", I prefer to write in the proper manner when communicating here. For me, if someone cannot understand what you write (say because of strange short forms used), then you haven't effectively communicated what you want to convey. I consider myLot and other similar forums of this nature as platforms where I exercise my thought processes and sharpen my writing skills. So using short forms here the "text speak" way will not help me to improve my writing.
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12 Apr 08
Good point about needing to convey our thoughts correctly. Even thought I do sometimes abbreviate, I find myself having to stop and think when people abbreviate everything, and I don't understand what people are trying to say. Good response.
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
12 Apr 08
Here there, at mylot I rarely use abbreviations and except lol, the one I often use here earlier. Now I never type it in my post again after we could pick lol from mylot code and just insert accordingly in the post. When doing mylotting here, I always endeavor to express myself in proper English. I understand that by doing this I then could really learn the correct spellings and improve my English language here eventually. I key in u, tq, ur, 4, 2, instead of you, thank you, your, for, to, respectively when texting.
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12 Apr 08
Always glad to hear from others who try to use proper English and spell correctly. But likewise, I think it is OK when texting. Thanks for the response.
@dierdre (2213)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
i abbreviate my words in txting coz its a lot easier and faster, plus saves you the cost if you dont abbreviate it, then you'll end up paying twice or thrice for the same message. if its abbreviated, then you only pay for the cost of one text msg. the abbreviated words that i freqeuntly use are btw, for by the way, tc for take care, sup or wasup for what's up, lol for laughing out loud, tnx for thanks, u for you, 4 for for, ppl for people, well, i remove the vowels most of the time as long as the word is stll understandable.
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11 Apr 08
Must agree, had not thought about the price of the text. If my text gets to be that long I will usually ring though. Love the avatar btw!
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
11 Apr 08
I use those all the time, especially when I chat online. Of course, I was chatting online years before texting was even around on cell phones. Sometimes it is a heck of a lot easier to use the abbreviations than types something out. Like IMHO - in my honest opinion
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11 Apr 08
I like that IMHO, must make a point of using that one. Must agree, sometimes abbreviating is much easier. Why is abbreviating such a hell of a long word?
@itsmepinky (1302)
• India
11 Apr 08
I do use them while chatting and text messaging. here are some new ones ttyl - talk to you later gn - goodnight sd - sweet dreams tc - take care gtg - got to go Somehow i just hate this aabrv LOL. dunno why. ~pinks~
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11 Apr 08
Good ones, I like that you have nice phrases, sweet dreams and take care. :)
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
11 Apr 08
here's mine: k = ok, you = u, to = 2 text = txt lol some of them were really shortcuts that i usually.
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11 Apr 08
I sometimes mix numbers in, like cu l8r Thanks for the response
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
11 Apr 08
They aren't so helpful when you are trying to learn English. That is for sure. But they can save time. And increase typing speed. They also are a timesaver. Just depends why you use them.
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11 Apr 08
Good point. I have noticed that there are quite a few people whose first language is not English on here. It must be quite frustrating trying to work out if something is an abbreviation or an actual word.