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Do you know your social media slang?

Do you know your social media slang?
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Anyone with a phone and web access needs to know these terms just to survive without constantly being in a state of confusion.

TFW

TFW
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If you see someone posting a funny image of a cat lounging with sunglasses and some funny text like “TFW you’re off of work for a long weekend,” know that it’s translating to “that feel/feeling when.” It’s most commonly used in association with visual images that represent how someone is feeling. Try using it with a smiling selfie like “TFW dinner came out even better than I imagined.” These selfie captions will make your friends LOL (that’s “laugh out loud”).

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NBD

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You’ve definitely seen this one all over the Internet and via text, but what does it even mean? Quite literally, “no big deal.” It’s one of the most commonly used text abbreviations and fits just about everywhere. Next time someone says they can’t make it to your party, just text back “NBD” – even if you’re silently fuming.

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FOMO

FOMO
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FOMO is the granddaddy of text abbreviations because it’s been around for years and means “fear of missing out.” Use it when your best friend uploads a picture of herself on the greatest beach vacation of all time by just commenting, “Gorgeous, #FOMO!”

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ICYMI

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This one might’ve confused you on Facebook or Instagram, but it’s a pretty useful abbreviation to have handy as it just means “in case you missed it.” It’s great for uploading photos after the fact, like a photo from a relative’s wedding that you forgot to post the day of or a family photo from years ago. Try uploading a recent photo of a life event with the hashtag “#ICYMI.”

FWIW

FWIW
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Consider FWIW one of the most polite text abbreviations out there, because it’s a great opener, translating to “for what it’s worth.” It’s a kinder way of preambling a strong opinion, and can be used in situations like “FWIW, I never liked your boyfriend anyway.”

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TBH

TBH
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This is the twin sister of FWIW, yet another way to politely excuse a strong or possibly offensive opinion because it means “to be honest.” Try using it when your mum posts a Facebook status update asking who wants to eat tuna casserole at her house tonight. “TBH, Mum, tuna casserole is not my fave.”

FTW

FTW
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FTW means “for the win,” and is a slangy, upbeat way of celebrating something via social media commentary. Imagine yourself taking your first SCUBA lesson and posting a photo of a successful dive with the caption, “I’m officially a diver, FTW!”

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IDK

IDK
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IDK is your theme slang, because it literally means “I don’t know,” which is exactly how you felt about all these text abbreviations before reading this article. Next time you get a text from your boss asking if you can stay late at work, reply with “IDK, I have to check my schedule.”

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SMH

SMH
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SMH = shaking my head, which is what we’re all doing at least half the time we scroll through our Facebook newsfeeds and see crazy political rants from long-lost relatives. You’re a kind soul, though, so you won’t use it outwardly on these posts, but you can definitely comment “You’re not supposed to put that much baking powder in the bowl – SMH” next time you see your cousin upload a muffin-baking video that ruins Grandma’s recipe.

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