Today’s most popular English acronyms and their meaning

In this post we will review the most used acronyms in English today and their meaning. Some of the best known examples have emerged as a result of chat conversations, initially by SMS and now through platforms such as Whatsapp or Telegram.

 

BASIC ENGLISH ACRONYMS FOR CHAT CONVERSATIONS

OMG

Meaning in inglés: OH MY GOD
Meaning in español:  ¡OH DIOS MIO!

TTYL

Meaning in inglés: TALK TO YOU LATER
Meaning in español:  LUEGO HABLAMOS

BRB

Meaning in inglés: BE RIGHT BACK
Meaning in español:  VUELVO AHORA MISMO

BTW

Meaning in inglés: BY THE WAY
Meaning in español:  POR CIERTO

LOL

Meaning in inglés: LAUGHING OUT LOUD
Meaning in español:  RIÉNDOME MUCHO

XOXO

Meaning in  inglés: HUGS AND KISSES
Meaning in español: ABRAZOS Y BESOS

WYWH

Meaning in Englés: WISH YOU WERE HERE
Meaning in español: OJALÁ ESTUVIESES AQUÍ

 

Why did these acronyms come up initially? The answer is very simple – the character limits!

From the first chats through mobile sms services where there were character limits to the current twitter tweets that cannot exceed 280 characters. Therefore, the popular imagination was put to work and these abbreviations emerged that allowed the number of characters used to be reduced considerably.

 

POPULAR ACRONYMS FOR EXPRESSING EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS

MFW
Meaning in English: MY FACE WHEN…
Meaning in English: MY FACE WHEN…

ILY
Meaning in English: I LOVE YOU
Meaning in Spanish: TE QUIERO

IMU
Meaning in English: I MISS YOU
Meaning in Spanish: TE ECHO DE MENOS

QQ
Meaning in English: CRYING
Meaning in Spanish: LLORANDO

ADIH
Meaning in English: ANOTHER DAY IN HELL
Meaning in English: ANOTHER DAY IN HELL

 

 

ESSENTIAL ACRONYMS TO EXPRESS OPINIONS AND REACTIONS

TBH
Meaning in English: TO BE HONEST
Meaning in Spanish: PARA SER HONESTO

SRSLY
Meaning in English: SERIOUSLY
Meaning in Spanish: EN SERIO

YNK
Meaning in English: YOU NEVER KNOW
Meaning in English: NEVER KNOW

CWOT
Meaning in English: COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME
Meaning in Spanish: UNA AUTÉNTICA PERDIDA DE TIEMPO

 

FOR WARNINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

DIY
Meaning in English: DO IT YOURSELF
  Meaning in English: DO IT YOURSELF

NSFW
Meaning in English: NOT SAFE FOR WORK
Meaning in English: NOT SAFE FOR WORK

OC
Meaning in English: ORIGINAL CONTENT
Meaning in English: ORIGINAL CONTENT

4AO
Meaning in English: FOR ADULTS ONLY
Meaning in Spanish: SOLO PARA ADULTOS

NBD
Meaning in English: NOT BIG DEAL
Meaning in English: NO PROBLEM

JIC
Meaning in English: JUST IN CASE
Meaning in Spanish: POR SI ACASO

GOI
Meaning in English: GET OVER IT
Meaning in Spanish: SUPERALOOS.

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