Abbrieviations in conversation

It seems that every time you chat with someone on the internet, there are about 10,000 new abbreviations. Ex- Ok are you going to the game tomorrow? reply-W/E. apparently meaning whatever Needless to say, it is mind-boggling at times that people spend their time thinking of ways to shorten typing, since it is unbelievably faster than writing. Any new ones that I probably dont know about/similar experiences?

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What’s the question? I mean, obviously there are a ton of abbreviations used in Internet correspondence. You know that. So, do you want us to list off examples, or what? If so, I’ve got a good one: MPSIMS.


I really wish people wouldn’t abbreviate to begin with. It bugs me to read it. When a person says, “Hi, how r u?” it makes me think of a Neanderthal talking.


I wonder what the king is doing tonight?

I think the abbreviation craze has roots in people’s desire to appear “with it” or “hip to the lingo.” You know you’re hooked when someone tells a good joke in person and you say L-O-L instead of laughing. brb…

Well, I admit I use abbreviations occasionally, but a lot of it is because I use a lot of abbreviations on the computer at work–when we attach notes to customer accounts, we have a limited amount of lines for each note, so there is a standardized list of abbreviations to use to fit the necessary info. e.g. tt = talked to, wcb = will call back, bc = because, lm = left message. Of course not all of the abbreviations are Internet compatible (cwsc = customer will send check is one I’m not going to use a lot), but sometimes I’ll find myself writing something like: “I tt X about tomorrow, but not Y bc he wasn’t home. I lm with his brother and Y wcb asap.”, especially if I’m online shortly after getting off work.

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True enuf, but don’t forget the PPTS (Piss Poor Typist Syndrome). When you type as badly and slowly as I do, abreviations and truncations enable you to keep up in a chat or game that you couldn’t play if you had to spell out and proof everything.

I never said LOL in converstion but I have the devil’s own time not putting emoticons in business correspondence. :slight_smile:

WTB-BRB (that’ll flush out the GEnie Trivia Vets)

Lex Non Favet Delicatorum Votis

U B rite ,JB I 2 have PPTS.N the Nformality of places like SDMB’s I am more interesred N gettin the point than N making sure ever 1 is B N formally correct. " hip to the lingo"? Well allreet, you hep cat. no i do it cause its way easier. nuff sed.

“Pardon me while I have a strange interlude.”-Marx

The only net abbreviation I use IRL is “IRL”.

I think some of it has to do with information theory, IOW :slight_smile: to transmit information from the sender to the receiver in the most efficient (and reliable) manner possible. e.g. Shorthand, jpg & zip files. As a side note (to answer the OP ?) IRL abbreiviations I use most often are

FO&D - (F Off and Die) for screw you
WTFO - (What The F, Over) for huh ?
WFO - (Warp Factor One) for excess speed


I thought this thread was about abbreviations in actual speech, such as someone saying “e.g.” or “FYI”, or even, God forbid, “i.e.”, and I was going to respond that IMO this is extremely annoying.

But since it isn’t, I won’t.

Didn’t there used to be a comic who pronounced all the punctuation marks QWRK ThatUHs cool KHWIWOO Might need PTK PTK PTK a glass oUH water now anUH then QOINK though PTTHT Oh QOINK well PTTHT


Why is ‘Abbrieviations’ such a long word?

Nanobyte: You’re probably thinking of Victor Borge, the comedian and pianist. I think I remember him doing his punctuation routine on an old Sesame Street or Electric Company. Funny stuff.

Oblio said:

Personally, I hate all these stupid acronyms. I think they make messages more difficult to read and I tend to tune out posts containing many of them. Hardly an efficient and reliable manner to transmit information, if you ask me.

Plunging like stones from a slingshot on Mars.

FO&D :wink:


I agree with you that Acronyms & Abbreviations and Initialisms (AAI for short :slight_smile: ) can be misused and actually hamper the flow of information if misused. This usually happens when a specialized AAI is used in a more general forum. After a time, some AAI become common knowledge and are quite acceptable to the general populace. e.g. RADAR, SONAR, LASER, PC, GPS, CD to name few off the top of my head. How many people do you know that say ‘my personal computer just crashed’ ?

I use IMO, BRB, LOL and the like when chatting on line (or when playing games) and speed of communication is an issue. I don’t use them when I have time to type actual words (as here) because I’m trying to fool people into thinking I’m articulate and/or intelligent. Don’t use 'em much in real life, because spoken English doesn’t require the same sort of speed-shorthand as communicating in type does.

A person who says LOL in real life instead of just Ling OL needs to spend a little more time off-line. IMO. :wink:

[qoute]Didn’t there used to be a comic who pronounced all the punctuation marks…[/qoute]
The “sound clips” section at includes one of Victor Borge explaining his Phonetic Punctuation system.

Well, that was an impressively dumb typo.

My girlfriend used to say grin a lot IRL.