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How do you determine the meaning of common texting lingo?

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The meanings of common texting lingo can sometimes be determined by the way it looks. Texting lingo such as "QQ," for example, is supposed to resemble a pair of eyes with tears and is translated as "crying." Some other texting abbreviations can be deciphered by speaking them aloud, as is the case of "GR8," meaning "great," and "B4," meaning "before."

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More commonly, however, texting abbreviations are acronyms for the phrases they are intended to convey. Some common examples include:

  • DWBH: Don't worry, be happy
  • GLHF: Good luck, have fun
  • HAK: Hugs and kisses
  • IRL: In real life
  • LOL: Laughing out loud
  • NM: Never mind
  • OMG: Oh my God
  • ROFL: Rolling on (the) floor laughing
  • TIA: Thanks in advance
  • WTPA: Where the party at?
  • YW: You're welcome

Sometimes single words may also be given as acronyms, in which case the first letter of each syllable is provided. Examples include "FB," meaning "Facebook," and "B/C," meaning "because."

It is common for the word "you" to be substituted by the letter "U" in texting abbreviations, as is the case of "ILU," meaning "I love you," and "NMU," meaning "not much, you?" The words "to" and "for" are also often substituted with the numbers 2 and 4, as in "J4F," meaning "just for fun" and "IU2U," meaning "it's up to you."

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