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  • Hello you cool hip Eat Sleep Dreamers and people of YouTube welcome back to another

  • lesson with me Tom. Today we're looking at twenty modern English abbreviations and how

  • to use them. How many do you know? Let's find out.

  • There are three golden rules to using modern English abbreviations. Number one don't ever

  • say them. They are for written English, ok so don't say them. Number two, don't use them

  • in formal situations like an exam or a business presentation. It won't end well. And number

  • three, think about the person that you are communicating with. For example if i'm texting

  • my Grandma I'm not going to use WTF or LMAO. She's not going to want to understand so think

  • about the person you are communicating with and then decide if you should use these abbreviations.

  • Alright, let's look at number one.

  • Alright, we are going big with the first one. This is good guys. AF. Now this is a rude

  • one, I'm not going to say the rude word because this is Eat Sleep Dream English, we don't

  • say rude words in Eat Sleep Dream English. I'll leave it to you to know what this means

  • but AF is 'As f**k' the eff word. I'm not saying that word, don't try and get me to

  • say that word. Right, so what does this mean? Well, it means extremely. We use it to mean

  • extremely. I might send a message to my friend and I'll say 'I'm hungry AF' and that means

  • I'm really really hungry, ok? So you put it at the end of a sentence to emphasise what

  • you have just said. So I'm hungry and I'm emphasising exactly how hungry I am. This

  • is another brilliant one NSFW. Now sometimes people send each other messages with content

  • that maybe they don't want everyone to see. I won't go into what that is, you can use

  • your imagination. So if you are at work and your friend sends you a picture and you don't

  • know what's in that picture, if they have put NSFW that means not safe for work or not

  • suitable for work. That means don't open it at work because it contains content that's

  • not appropriate, ok? So if it has NSFW, it's not ok to look at in front of other people,

  • it's private or it's not suitable. NSFW, alright next one.

  • BTW by the way. We use btw to add an extra idea or an extra thought to what we are saying.

  • So for example you could use btw like this. You could be texting someone , you could say

  • 'Yeah we should meet up soon. BTW have you heard from John recently?' So you are saying

  • we should meet up and then a kind of extra bit of information have you heard from John

  • recently? So it's just adding an extra bit of information on to what you are talking

  • about or what the topic that you are discussing at the time. BTW, it's a nice one. I'm sure

  • you have used this one before LOL, laugh out loud. So if you find something funny you can

  • text and put at the end LOL, it means hahaha how very funny haha LOL.

  • It can also mean lots of love but usually I would say most people use it to mean laugh

  • out loud haha laugh out loud.

  • Here's another rude one WTF, what the f**k. I'm not saying it guys, you now I'm not saying

  • this word, it's another rude word. The eff word. What the f**k. Now WTF, we use this

  • when we are extremely surprised or shocked about some information. So for example your

  • friend texts you and says 'Somebody just stole my laptop!' You could text back and say WTF

  • like oh wow! This is crazy shocking news. WTF. It's rude so be careful who you use it

  • with, WTF. J/K stands for just kidding. So if you have made a joke and you want to say

  • look I'm only joking you could put J/K, just kidding. This is one I'm sure you all know

  • OMG, oh my goodness, oh my gosh, oh my god whatever you want. Again we use it to show

  • surprise. It's not as rude as WTF. So it's much more common. OMG, oh my goodness. Now

  • this is one that I have heard some people say out loud in spoken English, it's up to

  • you, it's up to you. For example 'OMG Prince Harry and Megan are getting married.' FYI

  • is for your information. We use this to make someone aware of a piece of information that

  • we think is important. So we want them to know about this thing. For example 'FYI trains

  • leave every thirty minutes.' I know that that information will be really important to you

  • so that's why I'm telling you 'FYI trains leave every thirty minutes.' I'm trying to

  • hep you out here. I'm trying to give you that extra information. So it's a nice one, it's

  • a helpful one. FYI.

  • This is a nice one, i like this. WFH, working from home. In this day and age with people

  • working on their laptops sometimes they will be working from home and so you might say

  • WFH working from home. For example 'I'm WFH today.' I'm working from home today.

  • ICYMI that's a long one. In case you missed it. So if you see something interesting and

  • you think that somebody didn't see it you might write ICYMI in case you missed it. So

  • it might be an article that you have seen or a piece of news that you have seen and

  • you want that person to see it and to notice it you might use this abbreviation ICYMI it's

  • a long one, in case you missed it.

  • This is a good one, TMI. Too much information. Let's say for example your friend has gone

  • on a date and it went very well and they start giving you details that you don't need to

  • know. You could write TMI. Ok, too much information, that's enough. I don't need to know anymore

  • about your date. I got it, I understand. TMI, that's a nice one.

  • TBH, to be honest. If you are giving your opinion you could start it by saying TBH.

  • So TBH I don't need to hear anymore about your date! So if you want to be honest with

  • someone and tell them what you think and your opinion you could start it with TBH.

  • We had LOL which was laugh out loud. We could extend that even further, we could make it

  • even funnier by saying LMAO laughing my ass off. Your ass is your bottom. Laughing my

  • ass off. So if you think something is hilarious, very very funny LMAO laughing my ass off.

  • You could also use ROFL rolling on the floor laughing. That's pretty funny. Don't use that

  • one when it's just like haha use it when you are literally rolling on the floor laughing,

  • ok? DM stands for direct message. So when we are using Instagram for example, you might

  • DM someone and that means to direct message them. Also on Twitter as well we DM people.

  • So to DM is to direct message someone. Now we do use this in spoken English I've heard

  • it before. People might request it, they'll say 'just DM me' and that means direct message

  • me. So send me a message directly, DM. Speaking of social media, obviously all the social

  • media platforms have abbreviations so YouTube is YT, Facebook is FB and Instagram is IG.

  • So we use those abbreviations to talk about these social media platforms. So 'check out

  • my new YT video.' Is check out my new YouTube video.' You got that one though, I'm sure

  • you got that one.

  • BFF is best friends forever. So if you have someone that is very special to you.They are

  • the number one friend you have in your life you could describe them as being your BFF.

  • You often see this in hashtags on Instagram as well like a picture of someone with their

  • friend and they'll put #BFF, best friend forever.

  • The next one GOAT, which stands for greatest of all time. This is another hashtag that

  • I see quite often. It might be your favourite football player and you put a picture of them

  • up and you put hashtag GOAT, greatest of all time. Of course you might send this to your

  • Mum. Maybe your Mum is a superstar and you text your Mum GOAT. Mum you are GOAT. You

  • are the greatest of all time. Make sure of course that she understands what GOAT is and

  • that you are not just calling her a goat. Because you know, Mums don't like being called

  • goats so you know, greatest of all time.

  • FOMO, fear of missing out. This is that feeling of feeling like you are missing opportunities

  • that other people are out there doing really exciting things and you aren't doing any of

  • them. So it's quite a popular hashtag #FOMO it's often you know. It's a feeling that we

  • try to fight against but sometimes yeah your life isn't as exciting as other people's.

  • So FOMO.

  • And related to that one is YOLO, you only live once. It's that idea that you know what,

  • I'm just going to go and do the thing that I want to do because. I'm going to go and

  • visit Machu Pichu because you only live once. I only have one chance to do this. YOLO, you

  • only live once. Alright I've saved the best till last, this is my personal favourite FML.

  • But be careful guys because this is another rude one, ok? Be careful! FML, it's rude.

  • The F is a rude word, it's the eff word and then my life so eff word my life. So we use

  • this when something has gone wrong in our life, we've messed up, we've made a mistake.

  • There's a situation that we just think is the worst, we say FML. So for example 'i just

  • spilt wine over my boss's shirt FML.' It's like uhh I've made this mistake oh my life.

  • So if you want to express embarrassment or just that's just the worst news you can use

  • FML. But of course be careful who you use it with because it does stand for a rude word.

  • Well that was a fun journey through modern English abbreviations. I hope you enjoyed

  • it guys. Let me know in the comments below if I've missed any out. Have i forgotten any?

  • Please tell me in the comments below and which ones do you use and which ones didn't you

  • know that you want to use in the future? Alright, remember to hit that subscribe button and

  • that notification bell so that you don't miss a single lesson. And I've got new videos every

  • Tuesday and every Friday helping you take your English to the next level. Thanks so

  • much for hanging out with me guys, I've really enjoyed it. This is Tom, the Chief Dreamer,

  • saying goodbye.

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