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  • Hello, and welcome to this week's video.

  • Now, if you're anything like me, this little object spends a lot of time in your hand.

  • If that is the case, then today's video on text abbreviations is a must-watch for you.

  • And helping us with the video is my sister, Tessa, and her friend George, who are going to compete to tell you the full meaning of each text abbreviation.

  • And just before we start the video proper, I'd just like to ask, if you're new to 'Learn English with Cambridge', please subscribe to the channel, because subscribing will ensure that you get notified every time we release a new video and ensures you won't miss out on a thing.

  • So yeah, please subscribe, and yeah, anyway, let's get cracking with the video.

  • So what I'm going to do is I'm going to read out a text acronym, and when you know the answer, Tessa, I would like you to beep your horn.

  • Let's hear it. Thank you.

  • Okay, and George, I would like you to squeeze your chicken.

  • BRB?

  • George?

  • 'Be right back.'

  • 'BRB.'

  • You use this when you're going away for a short while but with the intention of coming back.

  • -[Have you done your homework yet?] -[Nope! BRB, just doing downstairs for dinner.]

  • LOL.

  • George? -No!

  • 'Laugh out loud.'

  • 'LOL' or, when you're speaking, lol.

  • Quite obvious this one.

  • You use it when you find something funny.

  • -[Did you see that guy fall over yesterday?] -[Yeah, it was so funny. LOL.]

  • B…

  • 'By the way?'

  • Yes, George, BTW, by the way.

  • 'BTW.'

  • We use this when you're adding something or bringing something up that's off-topic.

  • -[I've booked the table for 8 people at 8 o'clock.] -[Sweet, see you there. I'm leaving early though BTW, I'm working at 6am tomorrow.]

  • I…

  • 'I don't know.'

  • IDK, I don't know.

  • Thank you, okay.

  • 'IDK.'

  • This is very obvious.

  • You use this when you don't know something.

  • -[What time is the match tomorrow?] -[IDK! Ring George, he'll know.]

  • YOL

  • Tessa?

  • -'YOLO.' -YOLO. -Oh, 'you only live once'.

  • 'YOLO' or, when spoken, yolo.

  • You use this to express the idea that you should take risk and live life to the fullest.

  • -[You can't come - you need to save money for your holiday.] -[I know but it's going to be such a good concert - YOLO.]

  • FOMO.

  • 'Fear of missing out.'

  • Yes, Tessa.

  • 'FOMO' or, when spoken, fomo.

  • We use this to describe feeling apprehensive about the idea of missing out on something potentially cool or rewarding.

  • -[Are you sure you don't want to come?] -[Yeah I'm sure...although I've got major FOMO, I reckon it'll be a great party.]

  • So, there you have it.

  • Six really useful text abbreviations for next time you're texting somebody in English.

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B1 UK tessa yolo george fomo btw lol

Commonly used text abbreviations in English | Learn English with Cambridge

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    Elise Chuang posted on 2021/07/05
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