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In the modern world, everything is developing at a tremendous speed, and the English language is no exception. With the growing popularity of online communication, Internet English has emerged, full of new words and of course abbreviations. What makes people syncopate?

Borders. As simple as it is, people started to abbreviate words due to the limited number of characters allowed in a single message or post. Today it is very important for us to save our efforts and time for printing text. In addition, we stopped using long speech patterns, replacing them with more understandable and short ones. Or maybe most of the abbreviations appeared only because teenagers wanted to hide their private chats from their parents?

The use of acronyms has become a part of modern English, so their knowledge opens up the possibility of online communication in English!

Today we are going to take a look at 10 popular English acronyms.

 Are your subscribers interested in your personal life? Then write AMA (Ask Me Anything) and anyone can ask you a question. For example: Even President Obama has done an AMA!

To show the sincerity of your answer, add the phrase TBH (to be honest). For example: I’ve never watched the original Star Wars trilogy, TBH.

To express uncertainty in your words, you can use the abbreviation AFAIK (As far as I know ). For example: AFAIK he works at the local McDonald's.

Speaking specifically about real life on the Internet, add IRL (In real life). For example: His screen name is DoctorAwesome because he’s a doctor IRL.

Do your friends send pictures during work hours? If the link says NSFW (Not Safe For Work), most likely viewing it at the workplace will not please the colleagues around you. For example: This is a great article about Victoria's Secret models. NSFW!

You can also add the phrase 4YEO (for your eyes only). For example: This video was made 4YEO.

The popular acronym IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) will help you express your point of view. For example: IMHO, Lady Gaga is still the best singer.

Did you get a lot of comments in response to your post on the social network? If you don’t want to read them, write: TL; DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). Using this acronym it is also possible to summarize, for example, at the end of a long article. For example: TLDR: This article is about English Internet acronyms.

The term FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) appears as a separate section on various websites and forums.

For example: Reddit has a pretty large FAQ!

The acronym OTOH (on the other hand) is used when considering the other side of a discussion or dispute. For example: “I like McDonald’s, but OTOH, it’s 20 minutes away from my house.”

TLDR, learning online acronyms is an important part in learning modern English.

Author: Yana Kosur

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