25 Popular Internet Acronyms

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In the internet age, any attempt to learn English the way it is actually spoken includes learning vocabulary words  that have been created purely because we are in a new digitized age, where we communicate instantly wherever we are, whether on smartphones or tablet or laptop – or even smart watches.  The speed of communication demands making the way we communicate quicker.  That’s where the new internet acronyms come in!

Internet Acronyms and Slang are the new Vocabulary Words

What is an Acronym?

Acronym  noun   [ C ] US ​  /ˈæk·rəˌnɪm/  a word created from the first letters of each word in a series of words: NASA is an acronym for National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
(Cambridge Dictionary)

There are many, many acronyms that have been created as the language of the internet.  They are used for text messaging, emails and on social media.

Acronyms Learn English25 of the Most Popular Internet Acronyms

  1. AKA Also Known As
  2. BTW By the Way
  3. CYS Check Your Settings
  4. EOD End of Discussion
  5. TLGO The List Goes On
  6. LOL Laughing Out Loud
  7. HF Have Fun
  8. ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  9. YMMD You Made My Day
  10. OT Off Topic
  11. YAM Yet Another Meeting
  12. LNT Leave No Trace
  13. DTP Disturbing The Peace
  14. DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid, Did Not Attend, Does Not Apply
  15. KIG Keep It Gangsta
  16. AYT Are You There?
  17. WYM Watch Your Mouth, What You Mean?
  18. LMK Let Me Know
  19. LI Laughing Inside
  20. WDYWFM What Do You Want From Me?
  21. NGU Never Give Up
  22. HBY How About You?
  23. IMMD  It Made My Day
  24. LBNL Last But Not Least
  25. LYLT Love You Long Time

We are grateful to www.smart-words.org for a very comprehensive listing of the internet acronyms used in emails and on the web, and ones which are more common in text messages and SMS.


Internet Acronyms


SMS Acronyms

Acronyms play a huge role in internet language, the main reason being that the creators of these terms by definition are looking for ways to shorten phrases and words, to reduce them to their bare essentials and still convey meaning.  Internet acronyms are here to stay and if you are planning to learn English as it is spoken and written now these will have an enormous influence on our standard English vocabulary words as they become accepted by the mainstream.

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