In this new age, it is all about short ‘bite sized’ communications. About a decade ago, it was all internet messaging done from Desktops. Now tablets and smartphones have also entered the picture. To accommodate easier thumb texting, grammar and spelling have been modified, with a lot of abbreviations introduced. The need for integrating etiquette and meaningful information is still there though. Learn these amazing texting abbreviations!
A plethora of bizarre jargon expressions have been introduced in texting. This new jargon helps to save keystrokes, thus the extra effort and time. These expressions can also express emotions and personal expressions (e.g. ‘OMG’, ‘O RLY’).
In this new style, punctuation and Capitalization are optional. Especially in text messaging, lowercase has become the norm.
Below are listed some of the most common text message and chat expressions used these days.
WBU – What About You?
We use this texting expression normally to ask about the other person’s opinion, or see for comfort level of the other person with the situation. This expression is commonly used between two well acquainted parties, in a personal conversation.
IDC – I Don’t Care
This texting expression is used to express indecisiveness or indifference. People use IDC when trying to make a decision in a conversation with a friend etc. and are open to multiple options. Though IDC is majorly an emotion-less term, still it might express a negative attitude, so it is better to use this expression with friends and old pals.
e.g. User 1: Should we go for movies or dinner this weekend?
e.g. User 2: IDC, you pick.
W/E – Whatever
This is a texting dismissive term, often seen as a rude way to reply to someone’s comment or remark. It portrays an attitude of aloofness and gives impression that you are not giving any seriousness to the other person.
PROPS – Proper Respect and Acknowledgement
This is a jargon way giving acknowledgment and congrats to someone. It gives proper recognition or respect to a deserving party. PROPS is used with prepositional phrase “to someone”. This expression has become quite common as a way of acknowledging someone’s achievement especially in email and text conversations. Example of props usage:
(User 1) Props to him for displaying such fine performance.
(User 2) Yes, props to Haris. He saved us the match.
HMU – Hit Me Up
HMU is used to convey “contact me” or “text/phone me”. It is a shorthand for inviting the intended for further communication with you.
Example of HMU
User 1: Hey I need advice buying the new Xbox.
User 2: I read an interesting article with regards to buying the Xbox 1.
User 1: Perfect, HMU! Send link to the article.
NP – No Problem
This is a jargon way to say, do not worry, everything is fine. You can use it after somebody thanks you in instant messaging. It can also be used when somebody turns down an offer from you and you want to convey that there are no hard feelings.
Example of NP
(first user) I will need you help me understand that topic before exam tomorrow.
(second user) Sry, there is a family emergency and I have to go.
(first user) Sure, np, hope everything is fine.
IDK – I Don’t Know
This is a straightforward expression used to answer someone when you don’t have any answer to offer. Like most other messaging jargon terms, this would portray politeness when you use it in a personal conversation or a trusted work related one established prior.
WTF – What the F*ck?
This is a blunt expression for showing of shock or confusion. Somewhat same as ‘OMG’, this expression is used when an alarming thing just occurred, or some unexpected, disturbing news were conveyed.
LOL – Laughing Out Loud
Also: LOLZ – Laughing Out Loud
Also: LAWLZ – Laughing Out Loud (in leetspeak spelling)
This expression is used to convey spontaneous humor and laughter. It might be the most common text message expression these days.
There are other variations as well like LOLZ or ROFL or LMAO. (Laughing out loud, Rolling on the floor with laughter, Laughing my a** off)
NVM – Never Mind
Also: NM – Never Mind
Never Mind (NVM) is used to convey to other to disregard what you said previously. This is mostly used as the user might have found out the answer after posting the question.
Example of NVM usage:
(User 1): Bro, how do sync contacts on this new xyz phone?
(User 2): Did you try left button while in contacts?
(User 1): nvm, I just found them, thnx.
TYVM – Thank You Very Much
TY – Thank You
THX – Thanks
This texting expression is used for politely acknowledging somebody.