What are Text message abbreviations and acronyms?

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In these days of texting, there are many abbreviations and acronyms that you may not know what they mean.

 If you are confused as to what an abbreviation or acronym means, we have created this quick guide with a list of text message abbreviations and acronyms.

One way to avoid the confusion is to prevent the texts from being sent in the first place. 

When beginning a conversation, make sure you spell out each word before using one of these shorthand terms in your text message or mention it during your call instead.

If you are the recipient of one, do not be offended if the sender corrects you when they realize that you don’t know what they meant.

 It is a simple way to conserve space and time, as well as it being easier to type or say, but it can be confusing for those who aren’t in on the lingo.

Some abbreviations or acronyms are also common in e-mail communication as well. This list of text message abbreviations and acronyms includes both verbal and written communication.

what does lyl mean when texting

1. LYL: 

It means “good luck” when someone says something like “I need to go now”. 

It also means that they want to hang up the phone and it’s a way to start saying things like this out loud so they don’t have to type them out first. For example: “Hey, my Internet got cut off.” (more friendly text) .

2. OMG: OMG or Oh my God.

It is used to express sudden surprise, shock, excitement, happiness, annoyance and disgust depending on the inflection in which it was said. 

It is a more dramatic version of Oh my God! and omg (with an exclamation mark at the end) denotes displeasure with whatever it follows.

Example: Omg, I have to go to my grandmother’s funeral tomorrow!

3. LOLOL: LOLOL or LOL out loud laughing.

It is used to indicate that the speaker is laughing hard from something funny. It can be used by itself or with an additional message following it. Often, it is written as two words, lolol.

Example: A: “Hey mommy, why are there snakes in my bed?” B: “Because you shouldn’t have been playing with them!” (exclaiming) “Lolol! You should not play with snakes!”

4. ROFL: ROFL or rolling on the floor laughing.

It is used when you are laughing hard and you are literally on the floor from your hilarity, or as an exclamation at the end of a funny story or joke.

 It can also be used to indicate that a funny picture in a text message elicited laughter.

Example: A: “All I could say was ‘Forget it!’ and left the restaurant.” B: “Lolol! I would’ve done the same thing!”

5. GR8 or gr8t or g8r or gr8ful or gr8ful 8nap: This is a misspelling of great.

It is used as an adjective to describe something that is fine, great or good. It can also be used as a noun. It almost always follows the word it describes and is pronounced in the same way as the word great.

Example: A: “I am so hungry right now I could eat a gr8t horse.” B: “How about you save the money for pizza and just order online?”

6. Dope or dawg or down dog or doog: 

This can be spelled any number of ways and can refer to a place, person, thing, animal or action depending on your mood. 

It refers to something which is cool, funky or amazing according to how you use it. These terms can be used by themselves or in combination with other words.

Example: A: “Check out the new dook in my backyard.” B: “Dope!”

7. Lol, lolz, lulz or lul: 

These are used to denote laughter at a joke, funny situation etc. and are almost always followed with a statement of some kind.

 If you use lol alone it is important that you add a statement such as “lol your so dumb” or something like that. It is not used to denote laughter at random for no reason.

Example: A: “What does the fox say?” B: “Lol xD”

8. Cuz or cus: 

This is short for the word because, although it can also be used as a contraction forbecause in formal writing.

 It is mainly used to tell people why something was done or to add an explanation to a statement. It can be combined with other words to form longer sentences in place of the word because.

9. Gd or gud or good: 

This is used when indicating that something is fine, good or really great.

 It can be used by itself to mean just fine or accompanied with a statement such as “good” as an adjective, it can be used as long as it is in the context of a sentence. 

Once again, this is usually followed by a statement so make sure you use it in the context in which you need it to express your point.

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