Popular Instagram abbreviations and their meanings

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Abbreviations for text deserve almost their own dictionary. It seems that there are countless ways to Instagram abbreviations words in English text messages – some of them are common and others from elsewhere.

With each generation, the slang of the text changes, and completely new Instagram abbreviations need to be learned, especially if you want to stay up to date in your marketing messages because even companies use abbreviations in the company text (you will see some of them at work as different SMS templates).

Here’s a guide to text Instagram abbreviations and ideas on how you can use them to improve text messaging and text marketing.

Popular Instagram abbreviations and their meanings

1. LOL: Laugh out loud

2. OMG: Oh my god

3. ILY: I love you

4. LMAO: Laughing my a** off

5. TTYS: Talk to you soon

6. FBO: Facebook official

7. HMB: Hit me back

8. PTFO: Passed the fuck Out

9. ASL: Age/Sex/Location

10. AFAIK: As for as I know 

11. IMHO: In my humble opinion

12. IRL: In real love

13. ISO: In search of

14. J/K: Just kidding

15. L8R: Later

16. POV: Point of view

17. RBTL: Read between the lines

18. RT: Real-time

19. BTW: By the way

20. CTN: Can’t talk now

21. CYE: Check your email

22. dI: Download

23. ETA: Estimated time of travel

24. FWIW: For what it’s worth

25. FYI: For your information

26. GG:  Good game

27. GJ: Good job

28. GL: Good luck

29. GR8: Great

30. GTG: Go to go

31: GTM: Got my vote

32: HTH: Hope this helps

33. OT: Off-topic

34. PC: Personal computer

35. pls: Please

36. POS: Parent over shoulder

37. ppl: People

38: Txt: Text

39. W/E: Whatever

40. W8: Wait

41: FFS: For Fu*k sake!

42: IG: Instagram

43. FF: Follow Friday

Common text abbreviations

44. ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing

45. STFU: Shut the *swear word!* up

46. ICYMI: In case you missed it

47. TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read

48. LMK: Let me know

49. NVM: Nevermind

50. TGIF: Thank goodness it’s Friday

51. TBH: To be honest

52. TBF: To be frank

53. RN: Right now

54. QOTD: Quote of the day

55. OOTD: Outfit of the day

56. BRB: Be right back

57. BTW: By the way

58. LOL: Laugh out loud

59. TTYL: Talk to you later

60. HMU: Hit me up

61. FWIW: For what it’s worth

62. IMO: In my opinion

36. IMHO: In my humble opinion

64. IDK: I don’t know

65. TBA: To be announced

66. TBD: To be decided

Romantic text abbreviations

67. ILY: I love you

68. MCM: Man crush Monday

69. WCW: Woman Crush Wednesday

70. BF: Boyfriend

71. GF: Girlfriend

Final Thoughts

Proper use of Instagram abbreviations will allow your customers to speak normally with customers and show them that you really understand their language. Make sure your abbreviations are simple and straightforward so people understand what you mean. If in doubt, choose the full-length version of the word you are trying to reduce.

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