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  • How do you understand those little abbreviations like this one, this one, and this one?

  • Oh my God.

  • It's so annoying.

  • Now, you shouldn't say any of these out loud, it would sound strange.

  • This is really just text speak or in an e-mail for shorthand when you can't spell the whole word.

  • So don't say them in real life.

  • LOL and LMAO.

  • They mean the same thing, they're just an expression of saying something's funny.

  • So LOL means "laugh out loud".

  • Although we don't really mean laugh out loud.

  • Usually, LOL is just like a...

  • LOL you're the funniest boyfriend ever!

  • LMAO means "laugh my ass off"

  • LMAO! No, no, YOU'RE the funniest girlfriend ever!

  • STFU, "shut the fuck up".

  • When someone's talking too much, and you just want to say "Oh my God, stop talking!"

  • I love you but please STFU.

  • BTW.

  • What's that?

  • "By the way".

  • For example,

  • BTW it's my birthday today. You remembered right?

  • SMH. What does SMH mean?

  • SMH stands for "shake my head".

  • This is when you're disappointed in something, like, (sighs and shakes head).

  • For example,

  • Where are you taking me for my birthday dinner?

  • Today is your birthday?! Sorry I forgot!

  • SMH!

  • FFS. What does that mean?

  • FFS mean "for fuck's sake".

  • Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening. This is the worst thing to happen ever.

  • Happy birthday! We need you to work today! Sorry! -Your boss.

  • Oh FFS!!

  • TBH. What do you think it means?

  • It means "to be honest".

  • When you want to be honest with someone, be frank, be direct,

  • in a text message or e-mail, whatever, that's what you use.

  • For example.

  • What do you think of my new pink gloves?

  • If you ask someone's opinion about your new pink gloves.

  • The reply could be,

  • TBH it's not your color.

  • WTF. That one's really easy.

  • It means "what the fuck".

  • So for example, if you're very disappointed with someone's reply,

  • like this. Then you could use WTF.

  • What the hell is like, the more polite way of saying it.

  • You can use both. WTH is fine. WTF is stronger.

  • OMG. Everyone knows this one.

  • "Oh my God".

  • AF. What does that mean?

  • It means "as fuck".

  • There's a lot of swearing in this video, I just realized.

  • For example, if it's very cold, you could say

  • "It's cold AF".

  • BRB.

  • When you're just going away for a short time and then coming back,

  • you might want to say "BRB".

  • I'm going to pee. BRB!

  • And finally, IRL.

  • What do you think this means?

  • Let's get a bit interactive here.

  • My friends from Interactive English will help with this one.

  • If you think IRL means "in rhino land", click here.

  • If you think IRL means "I really love", or "I really like", click here.

  • If you think IRL means "in real life", click my head.

How do you understand those little abbreviations like this one, this one, and this one?

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How to understand Texting Abbreviations!!

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    Colleen Jao posted on 2017/06/07
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