A List of Text Message Abbreviations and their Meaning
USING ENGLISH TEXT MESSAGE ABBREVIATIONS IS BECOMING MORE ACCEPTED IN A BUSINESS CONTEXT (AND THESE ARE OFTEN USED IN EMAILS AS WELL) WHY? BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE TOO BUSY TO WRITE IN FULL SENTENCES ANYMORE.
But what about these new forms of communication? # English Text Message Abbreviations. What do all these signs and symbols mean??
In many cases, your guess is as good as mine. And the worse part is, they keep coming up with new ones every day! So it is hard to keep up. But I have mined the Internet to get some clarity on a few abbreviations that I have seen in correspondences between business people. These English text message abbreviations would only be appropriate if you already know the recipient and you have a fairly informal business relationship. I don’t think text message abbreviations should ever be used in a formal context or in a formal email. Nor should English text message abbreviations be used when you don’t know the recipient very well. As I said, these can also be used in emails.
BELOW ARE 20 COMMON ENGLISH TEXT MESSAGE ABBREVIATIONS THAT YOU CAN USE IN A BUSINESS CONTEXT:
- 4YEO = For your eyes only
This is used to tell the recipient that the message or document should not be read by anyone by him or her. It is confidential
2. BTW = By the Way
This has no definitive meaning really. It is really idiomatic. A way to give additional information. For example, you say “By the way, I sent you the powerpoint yesterday.” This means that in addition to what I just said, you should know that I also sent you the powerpoint.
3. B/C = Because
Obviously, because is a subordinating conjunction in English used to connect two distinct clause. “I left because it was difficult to get paid afterwards.” You can also say “I left because of the difficulty of getting paid afterwards.” This latter would be using because with a prepositional phrase. But it is still two distinct clauses.
4. ASAP = As soon as possible
ASAP is used to tell the recipient that time is of the essence.
5. F2F = Face to Face
This is used I imagine to ask for a face to face meeting or explain that something has or has to happen face to face.
6. CYT = See you tomorrow
This one is self explanatory.
7. FC = Fingers crossed
This means that you are hoping that a situation will work out for the best.
8. B2B = Business to Business
This means that products and services are from one business to the other and not to consumers which would be B2C
9. IMHO = In my humble opinion
This is another way of saying “according to me” but of course in English, you never say “according to me” instead you say “in my opinion” or “in my humble opinion.”
10. RSVP = Repondez vous s’il vous plait
This is used to ask the recipient to respond to an invitation with an acceptance or rejection.
11. TBC = To be continued
To be continued means that the matter is not finished, there is more to come.
12. WTF = What the fuck
This means, “what?!” but in a vulgar way. So it is better not to use it in a business context unless the recipient has already used it and you know it will be OK.
13. YAM = Yet another meeting
This means the writer is fed up with having to go to “yet another meeting.” And thinks the meetings are not even necessary or productive.
14. ICYMI = in case you missed it
This is a gossipy abbreviation that means “let me bring you up to speed on what has been going on while you were gone.”
15. TQ = Thank you
This is self explanatory. You can also say TY
16. TGIF = Thank god it’s Friday
This means the sender is really happy the weekend has arrived
17. FYI = For your information
This means here is some information you ought to have or to know.
18. TBA = to be announced
This means that there is pending information which will be sent out to all who are concerned once it is available.
19. HF = Have fun
This is self explanatory. It tells the recipient to “enjoy themselves and have a good time.”
20. EOD = End of discussion
This means “the end.”
# English text message abbreviations meaning