Internet slang has widely become popular nowadays. And before you realize it, you’ve been learning them every day from social media, chat rooms, text messages and even from the movie you’ve recently watched. Typing in an easy and fast pace is a thing for many. Fortunately, using of terms and abbreviations would do the work. For instance, instead of using “Oh my god,” most people, if not all would rather use the shorter and easier one “OMG.”
Perhaps, not all slangs are used in your professional work. However, if you are working in a digital marketing agency, learning internet slang is a great help when you want to understand and attract your target audience. Going through the list of internet slangs, you’d encounter a lot. That is why we list down some common and useful slangs for you to learn and use.
1. YOLO: You Only Live Once – YOLO is a justification for doing something that you probably shouldn’t be doing, but do it anyway.
2. TBT: Throwback Thursday – TBT is used when you want to share an old picture on social media, yet you hold it off till Thursday. This kind of post is usually tag with #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT.
3. JSYK: Just So You Know – Forget about FYI (For Your Information). JSYK is the new FYI.
4. IMO/IMHO: In MY Opinion/In My Humble Opinion – IMO/IMHO are used when you want to express something without making it rude or making yourself sound like a “Know-it-all” person.
5. ICYMI: In Case You Missed It – people use ICYMI when they are trying to be polite, especially when they are not sure if other people already know about something or anything that you have said before.
6. Facepalm: Short for “Ugh, idiot.” – Instinctively, your palm hits your face when someone does something stupid. Facepalm also convey disapproval, disappointment, dismay, or ridicule.
7. NSFW: Not Safe For Work – if you’re at the office, avoid visiting links that have an ‘NSFW” sign. It contains nudity, graphic language or anything offensive, and you don’t want to open a working environment.
8. ASAP: As Soon As Possible – if you want something from your friend or colleague, and you want it immediately, you can just tell them you need them ASAP.
9. DM: Direct Message – Direct Message is a feature from Twitter where it lets you send private messages to your friends. And instead of typing long characters, you can just use “DM.” DM is much more like PM (Private Message).
10. ELI5: Explain Like I’m 5 – ELI5 is used when you don’t understand something, and you want them to explain it to you in a simpler way as possible – like you’re a five years old.
11. FTFY: Fixed That For You – People used FTFY in two ways. One, they will literally fix something for you, especially when the mistakes is unintentional. And two, using FTFY sarcastically.
12. Headdesk: Supreme Frustration – Headdesk is a term used when someone does something super dumb, that you hit your head on the desk to convey your complete loss of faith in humanity. It is also an extreme term for facepalm.
13. IRL: In Real Life – in this millennial age, the internet is life. And many people are into having a second persona online. That is why you’d probably want to have a second thought before you trust a person. However, using of IRL is enough to let the people know you are talking something about your real life.
14. NSFL: Not Safe For Life – unlike NSFW, links that have NSFL warning contains offensive graphics or videos, that are scary enough to ruin your sanity, whether you’re around with people or not.
15. TIL: Today I Learned – TIL is used when you learned something that it isn’t new, but it hits you. This slang is used almost everywhere on social media, but mainly on Reddit.
These internet slangs mentioned above are just a few of those “lingo” you can find online. The internet has so much to offer. And every single day, we learn something new. (TIL that internet slang makes people’s lives simple and fun.)