It seems like only yesterday that acronyms like 'LOL' and 'BRB' went mainstream, pushed along by a new generation of tech-savie individuals too busy (or some would argue lazy) to spell out each. and. every. word. they. were. trying. to. say. With the explosion of social media, we've become accostomed to 160 character updates to the point that anything longer gets barely more than a quick scan and roll of the eyes (however we all seem to have that relative who manages to tell 3-part stories about their day with their Facebook updates).
As we go towards the quicker hitting updates, there have been a number of new acronyms that have been brought into our everyday vocabulary. Let's provide a quick recap into what they all mean, so you too can join in on the conversation.
Please note that this list does not include some of the more common acronyms (OMG) that have been around for a while - LOL!
FTW- "For the Win"One of my favorite new acronyms, it's hard not to think of this one being done in a Marv Albert voice
"LeBron James for the win...... YES!"
Commonly used in voting contests or to generally give oneself props, FTW has seem to have sprung up fairly recently and spread to the point where it wouldn't surprise me who was actually using the saying - opposed to many other acronyms on this list.
An example of FTW in context:
SMH - "Shaking My Head"
Oh SMH. Also a fairly recent addition to the acronym vocabulary, SMH is used in situations where:
1) The poster (or someone they know) did something stupid
2) The poster is generally disgusted
3) Something unexpected has happened
The range of use here is also quite broad, but here are a couple of examples in context:
RT - "Retweet"
Once used almost exclusively on Twitter, RT has crept into the general vocabulary of social media, if only to signify that you should be paying attention or sharing the message that is being stated.
However, the functionality to actually retweet something is still limited to one platform - for now.
Examples of this are as follows:
YOLO - "You Only Live Once"
While not exactly born from social media, YOLO has had an interesting history of being first used as a term in a reality show, to being brought mainstream by the rappper Drake. Today, you're likely to see YOLO popping up everywhere, from people's status updates to t-shirts with Charlie Brown and Snoopy.
YOLO is generally used in the context of doing something a little crazy, pushing the boundaries, or acting stupidly in some way, shape or form.
A few examples of YOLO in context:
FML - "F&*$ My Life"
Probably the most dated acronym on this list, FML is generally used when someone is angry at the world, or having some issues. It's a lot easier to say, and will typically come with less repercussions, depending on whether or not the audience has read this article :)
As social media continues to evolve, new acronyms will continue to pop up and spread. While it may seem like a difficult task to keep up with every new saying that is trending, the internet has turned into a wealth of information to determine what something means, and why people are saying it.
GL staying on top of the new trends, and let me know if there are any other interesting acronyms that you've heard recently below!