21 Texting Abbreviations And Acronyms You Need To Know If You Ever Want To Understand Reddit

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21 Texting Abbreviations & Internet Acronyms People Use On Reddit

TFW you have no idea what anyone is saying... (IKR?!)

The only reason I know that I'm still culturally relevant at 34 is the fact that I mainly know all of the texting abbreviations and Internet acronyms people use on Reddit and across social media. Sure, anyone with an internet connection can open site up and snoop around as much as they want, but it takes a hip and socially with it person to actually navigate the oddly nerdy/geeky terrain and interact with the people who spend their time there. 

The regulars over there have their own little world going on, and if you want to become a part of that world so you don't feel totally strange when you ask a question or comment on a thread, it's important to learn how to speak their native language. 



Sure, you may already know what TTYL (talk to you later) and BRB (be right back) means, but since the year is 2017, those two probably won't help you very much.

Like, even a little. Or at all, even. 


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Below are 21 of the most commonly used acronyms used on Reddit, so keep this glossary handy the next time you go check out that forum to end all forums and you'll be able to fit right in (or at least understand what's going on) the first time you decide to join in yourself! 

1. FTFY 

Fixed That For You

While this may sound like a nice thing to have done for someone, it is typically used  for comedic, if somewhat sarcastic, effect by Redditors going out of their way to point out something you could have done, said, written, photo-shopped better or opined about better.

Who knew an acronym could be so smug, right? 


2. QFT

Quoted For Truth

Don't let the actual definitions of these words as you know them confuse you, as this one has nothing to do with someone actually quoting an accurate source. People usually whip out "QFT" when they sharing something from someone else whom they happen to agree with. Like, if my friend Arianna posts something along the lines of, "Men are the worst," and I share it, I'd write "QFT" in my caption, because obviously.  



I Am Not A Lawyer

This one is the equivalent of people answering a question about your health by saying, "I'm not a doctor, but I'd get that checked out," only in the case of legal matters.



People use this to preface an opinion they share to CYA (cover your a**), because if they turn out to be wrong they've already told you they actually don't know WTF (what the f**k) they're talking about anyway. 



If I Recall Correctly

This one is used exactly they way you would expect it to be, i.e., when you want to share something but your memory about is a bit shaky. As an example: "IIRC, Becca Stokes was the first person to ever say the phrase, 'Blast my cache when I die."



5. TL;DR

Too Long; Didn't Read

Let's face it, the internet is a place where brevity is valued above all other things. You can write a beautiful 400-word Facebook status, but if you do, most people will probably look at it and think to themselves, TL;DR. People also use this to quickly summarize a longer post. 


6. AMA

Ask Me Anything

This one was born and bred on Reddit! Typically, people with interesting stories to tell, such as celebrities and people with unusual experiences and/or afflictions, post in subreddit as an invitation to join them for a candid conversation. 




As Far As I Know

This one is super popular as a quick way to share information with the caveat, i.e., "Look, this is all the information I have on this particular subject and I can't vouch for it, but I can sure as hell dish with them best of 'em on the Internet, and it's only AFAIK, so no one can hold me to it." 


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8. DIAF 

Die In A Fire

Basically, this is just a mean thing some people say to other people on the internet when, you know, they want them to die in a fire. Of course, it isn't directed at people exclusively. If you really hate Ray-Bans, you're certainly welcome to say, "I hate you, Ray Bans. DIAF."

As for why you might harbor such ire for Ray Bans, well, that's another story. Probably one best left for your next therapy session.  


9. BAE

Before Everyone Else 

Do not, I repeat, do not get confused. When someone refers to their significant other or their crush as bae, they're talking about something else entirely. When someone writes something like, "I was into thrash metal, BAE," they want you to know they are the kind of special and unique individual who discovers things before they become cool. You should probably also know that they are, most certainly, a total douche. 


10. IRL

In Real Life

In this day and age, we spend so much time online staring at our phones or computer screens that people came up with an acronym for reality. People use it when they arrange to get together, or when discussing something that happened while they were offline.

Think something akin to, "IRL, I'm a sweaty monster and not this avatar of Kim Kardashian." 


11. IKR

I Know, Right?

This one is a personal favorite because I utter these words roughly eighty times per day at a minimum. When you reply to a post with "IKR" you're making a statement of emphatic agreement with the poster's point of view.



12. MFW 

My Face When

This one usually accompanies a GIF and is used to describe your reaction to something. For instance, if I were to post a picture of a woman looking over a pair of sunglasses and grinning, I would write, "MFW I pass gas right before exiting an elevator."

You get it.



13. OOTD 

Outfit Of The Day

This one is often used by fashion bloggers on Instagram, although it also appears on Reddit all the time. People mainly use it as a hashtag when sharing a photograph of their chosen wardrobe for the day. 


14. SRS


This one means "serious" and it's a stretch, right? But, oh, what the people of Reddit won't do to save themselves the hassle of having to write out extra letters. It's used in the way you would use the word serious, usually paired with the words "are you?"

For example, "Tommy put his whole fist in his mouth and his fingers got stuck."

"OMG r u srs?"



15. TIL

Today I Learned

You'll also find this one on places like Digg or any other site or app where people post links to articles they find informative. 


16. WIP 

Work In Progress

You may even see this one somewhere like on your mom's refrigerator — that's just how ubiquitous it has become. It is often used when people are sharing something that's, well, you know, a work in progress... like themselves.



17. TIFU 

Today I F**ked Up

This is actually a huge subreddit. It's a place where people, you guessed it, share stories about all of the different ways that they mess things up for themselves, and it is just as hilarious as you might expect it to be.


18. TYBG 

Thank You BasedGod​

This one is in homage to Bay Area rapper, Lil B The BasedGod. Based is the word he uses to describe the genre of his work, which he explains as follows:

"Based means being yourself. Not being scared of what people think about you. Not being afraid to do what you wanna do. Being positive. When I was younger, based was a negative term that meant like dopehead, or basehead. People used to make fun of me. They was like, 'You’re based.' They’d use it as a negative. And what I did was turn that negative into a positive. I started embracing it like, 'Yeah, I’m based.' I made it mine. I embedded it in my head. Based is positive."



It's become an internet joke in the way saying, "Thanks, Obama," briefly became an internet joke. Find $20 on the street? Say TYBG, even if you've literally never even listened to one of his tracks or mixed tapes. 


19. TFW

That Feel When

I love this one so much that I probably use it a tad too often. People will post "TFW" and then follow it up with a GIF or a statement they find to be highly relatable. For example, "TFW you wake up feeling well rested and eager to start the day, only to realize it's already noon and you will probably be fired." 


20. DAE 

Does Anybody Else...?

This is usually followed by a question that the Redditor hopes someone else with a similar interest, fetish, feeling, or taste in canned can help them out with. 



21. OOMF

One Of My Friends/Followers

This is an abbreviation used to describe a person you are Internet-friends with or who follows you on your social media accounts. You don't call each other every night, or probably ever, but you do keep tabs on each other on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Reddit. 


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Rebecca Jane Stokes is a sex, humor and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cat, Batman. She hosts the sex, love, and dating advice show, Becca After Dark on YourTango's Facebook Page every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 pm Eastern. For more of her work, check out her Tumblr