LOL, OMG and ILY: 60 of the dominating abbreviations

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Those using the abbreviations do so as a tactic for speed in text communication, a university professor on linguistics said, while others just choose to do so because they are a code that older people don’t quite understand.

WeAreSocial.com.au managing director Julian Ward said the various different shortcuts, which range from the the compassionate ILY (I Love You) to the more profain WTF (What the F***) are commonplace now and indicate the changing way people harness social media.

Using social listening tools, WeAreSocial.com.au monitored trending terms used by Australians on Twitter from April 1 to June 30.

The top ranking term was, LOL which was used a total of 1,242,935.

We can see a range of clever to practical acronyms as people look for speed and limited thumb work – plus of course it feels good to be in the know, especially on more subversive terms,’ Mr…

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5 thoughts on “LOL, OMG and ILY: 60 of the dominating abbreviations

    Carol Balawyder said:
    July 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    LOL 🙂

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    Kev said:
    July 19, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Idk Jo, I still don’t know all of them… sometimes someone will drop one on me and I’m like (Wtf!) but always ask politely… What does …. mean? (even if I am taking chances on looking dumb) 😉

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      July 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      LOL! I’m always googling these things – got a memory like a sieve – although sometimes google can give you some unexpected answers. 😉 A couple of times I’ve guessed totally wrong and put my foot in things – REALLY good at that! 😀

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        Kev said:
        July 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

        I know what you mean. I have a Ph.D in googling too! 😀

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