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Abbreviation

Learn how to abbreviate and shorten some words and how to use them.

E.g. vs. I.e.—How to Use Them Correctly

E.g. vs. I.e.—How to Use Them Correctly

Even though e.g. and i.e. are some of the most commonly used Latin abbreviations in the English language, they are often misused or used interchangeably.

Milena Lazova
Milena Lazova
English
“XOXO” Meaning and Its Origin

“XOXO” Meaning and Its Origin

Generally, XOXO is an informal phrase used to express love, good friendship, faith, and sincerity when concluding well-meaning messages, emails, or letters.

Geoffrey Mutie
Geoffrey Mutie
English
When to Use Ms., Mrs., and Miss to Address People

When to Use Ms., Mrs., and Miss to Address People

Titles are used as a sign of respect when speaking to strangers when we do not know their first name, as well as our elders and our superiors, for example, in a professional context.

Milena Lazova
Milena Lazova
English
What Does Lmk Mean, and How to Use It Correctly?

What Does Lmk Mean, and How to Use It Correctly?

Lmk is one of the most common abbreviations used in text messages and emails, standing for “let me know,” either capitalized or not.

Milena Lazova
Milena Lazova
English
IRL meaning and in which contexts to use it

IRL meaning and in which contexts to use it

When trying to discern whether something is real or part of digital life only, you can use the abbreviation “IRL” which means in real life.

Beth Taylor
Beth Taylor
English
LMAO meaning in text messages and online

LMAO meaning in text messages and online

Have you ever received a message from a friend or acquaintance that simply read “lmao”? This 4-letter abbreviation means “laughing my ass off.”

Beth Taylor
Beth Taylor
English
FYI Meaning and its use in formal and informal contexts

FYI Meaning and its use in formal and informal contexts

FYI is an abbreviation of “for your information.” This phrase informs the addressee that the message that follows is simply to provide information and requires no action on their part.

Beth Taylor
Beth Taylor
English
The “AFK” meaning in the gaming community and other online chatrooms

The “AFK” meaning in the gaming community and other online chatrooms

AFK is an abbreviation of the phrase “away from keyboard.” It is an initialism, meaning that it takes the first letter of each word to create a new term that’s shorter and easier to type.

Beth Taylor
Beth Taylor
English
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