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16 text abbreviations you need to know for fluent English

Anyone who has a phone and network access should know these abbreviations so as not to feel stress and misunderstanding.

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1. TFX

The reduction came from That feel / feeling when translates as “this feeling / feeling when” and is most often used in combination with visual images. Try using it with a smiling selfie, for example,

TFW dinner came out even better than I imagined - That feeling when dinner turned out even better than I imagined.

These self signatures will make your friends lol (“laugh out loud”).

2. NBD

You have definitely seen this before, but what does it mean? No big deal - literally translated as "nothing to worry about." It is one of the most commonly used textual abbreviations and is suitable for almost any situation. The next time someone says they can't come to your party, just write “NBD"- even if you are silently indignant.


Fear of missing out - a recent abbreviation, meaning the fear of missing something. For example, a party.

I have to go to that party! I have severe FOMO! - I have to go to this party! I have a hard fear of missing something important!

4. Icymi

It is an abbreviation derived from a long expression. In Case You Missed It. Used in a conversation to explain the topic under discussion to someone who has just connected to it: "In case you missed ...".

ICYMI, we were talking about our healthcare system - In case you missed, we discussed our healthcare.

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5. Fwiw

Consider FWIW one of the most polite text abbreviations, which stands for "I don’t know how important this is." This is an opportunity to politely formulate a strong opinion and can be used in situations such as:

FWIW, I never liked your boyfriend anyway “I don’t know how important it is, anyway, I never liked your boyfriend.

6. TVN

This is the twin sister of FWIW, from To be honest Is another way to politely present a strong or possibly offensive opinion, and is translated "be honest / honest." Try using it when your mom posts a status update on Facebook asking who wants to eat tuna casserole at her home today.

TBH, Mom, tuna casserole is not my fave “To be honest, Mom, I don’t like the tuna casserole.

7. CSL

Abbreviation from Can't Stop Laughing. She, on the contrary, says that the interlocutor cannot stop laughing at the mention of something really cheerful. In fact, another version of LOL.

Have you seen that? - Saw this video with a dancing dog?
CSL! - I can not stop laughing!


IDK from I don`t know Is the topic of this article because it literally means “I don’t know,” and this is how you treated all of these text abbreviations before you knew what they mean. The next time you get a message from your boss who asks if you can stay late at work, answer:

IDK, I have to check my schedule - I don't know, I have to check my schedule.

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9. SMH

This is short for Shaking my head translated as “shaking my head” and means a reaction to something unpleasant or very strange.

He's late again - He's late again.
SMH - I shake my head.

10. TLDR

Too long. Didn`t read - this abbreviation is relatively new in the world. She appears all over the place in lengthy social media posts. Literally translated as "too long, did not read."

The next time your colleague uploads a status of six paragraphs about her condition, try commenting:

TLDR, but I hope you feel better soon! - Too long, I have not read it, but I hope that you will recover soon!

TLDR can also be used at the end of the email, followed by a short story for those who are tired to read it all.

11. IIRC

This is short for If I recall correctly and translates to "if I remember correctly." This abbreviation is useful when you need to say something like:

-IIRC, you promised me so much more. Here's a screenshot to prove it “If I remember correctly, you promised me much more. Here's a screenshot to prove it.

12. IRL

Abbreviation from In real life, which translates as "in reality."

She's great for saying something like

-Would love to see you soon IRL! - I would like to see you soon, really.

13. LMK

Abbreviation Let me know useful when your friends are not sure of something. It translates as “let me know”.

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14. Omw

Abbreviation On my way and means "on the go" and is most often used when you are not even on the go.

If you are still blow drying your hair, but should be at dinner ten minutes ago, try writing your friend something like:

OMW, see you soon "On the way, see you soon."

15. AF

Stands for As fuckbut abusive means nothing. This is the extreme degree of something like a Russian "to go nuts."

Those tacos were spicy AF! - These tacos were awesome how sharp!

16. Fam

What would you call your best friend or friend with whom you are very close? Would you probably say that they are like brother or sister? In English there is an abbreviation FAM from the word Family.

My fam is always there for me - My close friends are always ready to help me.

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