Abbreviations such as LOL, OMG and BTW are now part of our everyday lingo with one in ten (10 per cent) people using them everyday, but three quarters of those polled (75 per cent) don’t know what they mean.
Online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, conducted the poll to find out just how text-savvy we are, and whether we know our ‘FYI’s from our ‘OMG’s.
According to results, one in ten (14 per cent) smartphone owners use text speak in more than half the text messages they send, with the most common being LOL (41 per cent), OMG (26 per cent) and BTW (17 per cent).
The five most commonly used text abbreviations are:
1. LOL - Laugh out loud (41 per cent use this)
2. OMG - Oh my god (26 per cent use this)
3. BTW - By the way (17 per cent use this)
4. FYI - For your information (16 per cent use this)
5. WTF - What the ****? (13 per cent use this)
The five text abbreviations that proved the most confusing are:
1. FOAK – First of a kind (88 per cent don’t know this)
2. HAK – Hug and kiss (88 per cent don’t know this)
3. DGMW – Don’t get me wrong (88 per cent don’t know this)
4. KMN – Kill me now (87 per cent don’t know this)
5. C-P – Copy and paste (87 per cent don’t know this)
The most misused abbreviation is LOL with many believing it stands for ‘lots of love’, instead of ‘laugh out loud’.
Other ‘text talk’ fails include:
● WTF - Meaning: What the ****? / Misused as: What this for
● FYI - Meaning: For your information / Misused as: For your eyes only
● SMH - Meaning: Shaking my head / Misused as: So much hate
● QT - Meaning: Cutie / Misused as: Quiet time
To help smartphone users avoid any future awkward text talk fails, here’s the lowdown on what twenty of the most used abbreviations stand for.
1. LOL - Laugh out Loud
2. OMG - Oh my God
3. BTW - By the way
4. FYI - For your information
5. WTF - What the F***?
6. BRB - Be right back
7. DIY - Do it yourself
8. OTT - Over the top
9. FAQ - Frequently asked question
10. BFF - Best Friend Forever
11. IMHO - In my honest opinion
12. CTN - Can’t talk now
13. ROFL - Roll on the floor laughing
14. B3 - Blah blah blah
15. ILY - I love you
16. CWOT- Complete waste of time
17. MYOB - Mind your own business
18. PAL - Parents are listening
19. EM - Email
20. BM&Y - Between me and you
Andrew Cartledge, mobile expert at Mobiles.co.uk, said: “Text speak is a great way of communicating when we’re in a hurry. But with new abbreviations being adapted quite frequently, it can sometimes keep hard to keep up.”
“To avoid any awkward text fails make you sure totally clear on the meaning of any abbreviations you are using - hopefully our language of text talk blog will help!.”