Saturday, December 31, 2011

Shortenings of words

An abbreviation (from Latin brevis, meaning short) is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the abbreviation abbr., abbrv. or abbrev.

In strict analysis, abbreviations should not be confused with contractions or acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance.[1]:p167An abbreviation is a shortening by any method; a contraction is a reduction of size by the drawing together of the parts. A contraction of a word is made by omitting certain letters or syllables and bringing together the first and last letters or elements; an abbreviation may be made either by omitting certain portions from the interior or by cutting off a part. A contraction is an abbreviation, but an abbreviation is not necessarily a contraction. However, normally acronyms are regarded as a subgroup of abbreviations (e.g. by the Council of Science Editors).(From Wikipedia)

@------ at
ASL -----age, sex, location
F2T------ free to talk
SPK ------speak
MSG------ message
B ------be
B4------------ before
PPL---------- people
R ----------are
BTW --------by the way
PLS------- please
SOM1----------- someone
OIC-------- oh I see
OMG------------- oh my God
BRB---------- be right back
NO1 -------no one
BAK -------back at the keyboard
OTOH---------- on the other hand
FYI------- for your information
W/------ with
MOB--------- mobile
U --------you
TX--------- thanks
PCM--------------- please call me
IMO-------------- in my opinion
XLNT---------------- excellent
WU--------- what's up?
WKND---------- weekend
WAN2------------ want to
4 ---------------for
LOL--------------- lots of luck / laughing out loud
L8R---------------- later
2NITE -------------------tonight
2MORO----------------- tomorrow
2DAY------------------------ today
JK ------------------just kidding
2---------------- to, too
YR---------------------- your
H8------------- hate
GR8--------------- great
HAND----------------- have a nice day
AFAIK--------------- as far as I know
MYOB------------- mind your own business
ATB-------------------- all the best
C-------------------- see
C U --------------------see you
CUL8R--------------------- see you later
F2F--------------------- face to face
KIT-------------------- keep in touch

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