We’re the generation of texting! Since before the arrival of WhatsApp and Telegram along with the convenience of the QWERTY keyboard on our phones, we have been busy integrating short messaging service into our lives! Admit it, you were already busy receiving hundreds of text a day and your parents were paying 10 cents per text since you were in high school. And since there was no QWERTY keyboards back then, we had to press the number 7 four times before we reach the letter “S”. Since texting was so tedious yet fun back then, it has led to the creation of numerous internet shorthands like LOL, LMAO, ROFL, and SMH.
Throughout the years, shorthands have evolved as the new generations join in with the text messaging fun so we saw an increase to the vocabulary of internet short hands and acronyms. It can sometimes get confusing and leave many scratching their heads!
AFK – Away From Keyboard
Most won’t be stranger to this but there are many still confused when they see AFK. To be away from the keyboard is to be busy with something else and won’t be able to reply a message.
Usage: I’m going to be AFK for a little while.
AFAIK – As far as I know
It’s a long acronym but it’s still far shorter than the full sentence! This acronym is usually used to make a statement that they have not been updated.
Usage: AFAIK, he’s not coming to the event.
1174 – Party Meeting place
Now this is a very rare acronym though we’ve probably seen some trendy person used this before. It started off as an American zip code and slowly evolve into a code to indicate a meeting place for a party.
Usage: 1174 Trec
Scoop – to pick someone up
“Picking so-and-so up” is just too long to type into a message so the new generation has shortened it to scoop!
Usage: I’m going to scoop Aaron up in a bit before heading to the party!
Dip – to leave
“Dip” will soon have a new meaning in the dictionary. To indicate that you’re leaving a location, but if you find this a little too complicated you can always just use the Malaysian word “jom”.
Usage: Let’s dip this joint!
AMO – add me on
When you meet someone new and you’re asking that friend to add you as a friend on Facebook or Instagram.
Usage: Hey AMO Facebook so I can tag you in my post!
123 – I agree
How did these letters even turn into numbers?! But the damage was done and people are using it, 123 is now an indication of your agreement with someone
Usage: 123 with you on that.
AEAP/ ALAP – As early as possible / as late as possible
If there is ASAP, then there is AEAP and ALAP! Why didn’t we see this coming since it was so obvious is beyond us.
Usage: I will be there AEAP! See you there!
TIL – Today I learned
We’re learning something new everyday, this is often used after someone has learned something for the day!
Usage: TIL some new internet shorthands and acronyms!