Most people are familiar with ASAP (as soon as possible), FYI (for your information) but there are many many acronyms out there. Each particular area has its own. My advice is don’t use them unless you are in an online forum of some kind (message board, game, chat). And if you see one cropping up often, look it up on one of the many online dictionaries available, such as Netlingo

The ones I see mostly are

AFAIK – as far as I know

FWIW – for what it’s worth

LOL – laughing out loud

BRB – be right back

LMAO – laughing my ass off

ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

HTH – hope this helps

BTW – by the way

W/C – week commencing

FOC – free of charge

IMO – in my opinion

IMHO – in my humble opinion

OMG – oh my god

TGIF – thank God it’s Friday

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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