Abbreviations in chat can create a lot of confusion. We explain the most common abbreviations for Whatsapp and Co.
“I’m otw”: This is hidden behind the most common chat abbreviations in Whatsapp and Co
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Chat abbreviations have become indispensable in online jargon, because both German and English are constantly developing new abbreviations to express emotions or to shorten empty phrases. If you keep stumbling over unknown abbreviations and the text of your chat partner in WhatsApp or other messengers raises more questions than answers, it is high time for a little refresher course – we have listed the most important chat abbreviations for you.
From “afaik” to “xoxo” – that’s what the chat abbreviations mean
Even if it sounds obvious: Do not use any abbreviations that you are not 100 percent sure of what they mean – because precisely because they are often only two or three letters, it is all the more important that they are correct. If you write someone “lmaa” instead of “lmao”, the reaction might be different than you expected … Here is the list of all currently common chat abbreviations:
Note that some English abbreviations are also understood in German jargon, but not all. Examples such as “atm”, “bg” or “hth” are less common in this country, while “cu” or “btw” are. But even that is not a fixed law and can change again and again. If in doubt you are not sure whether your chat partner understands the abbreviation or not, it is better to write out the meaning 😉
If you also want to know how to format text in Whatsapp or set individual chat tones, the following articles will help you: