Trying to familiarize yourself with the thousands of text message and chat abbreviations can be overwhelming. I often find myself consulting with my teenage acquaintances and family members to stay on top of the most important ones. A client recently commented that she received a message from a colleague, but didn’t know what LOL meant.
IMHO, I thought an intervention might be in order.
This conversation actually reminded me of a funny story that my daughter once told me.
A mother was trying to be “hip,” and decided to send her daughter a text message to inform her that a beloved relative had passed away. Mom wrote, “Aunt Susie passed away in her sleep last night. LOL. Mom.”
The daughter called her mother (gasp; she actually opted for a live conversation) and said, “Mom, what is funny about Aunt Susie dying? Why did you say, Laughing out Loud?”
Mom sheepishly said, “Oh. I thought it meant, Lots of Love.”
If you can relate to the mom more than the daughter in this story, it is time to brush up on some abbreviations that you may find on your own cell phone!
LOL: Laughing out loud
BRB: Be right back
IMHO: In my humble opinion
TMI: Too much information
AAK: Asleep at the keyboard
TTYL: Talk to you later
GTG: Got to go
OFC: Of course
If you need more help, you can check out Text Messaging Survival Guide by Jack Shoeman, or “Google it!” The abbreviations are constantly evolving!