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Whatsapp & Co: That means chat abbreviations like xoxo, imho and lmaa






Abbreviations in chat can create a lot of confusion. We explain the most common abbreviations for Whatsapp and Co.

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:

abbreviation

Written out

translation

2L8

Too late

Too late

4U

For you

To you

afaik

As far as I know

As far as I know

aka

Also known as

Also known as

akla

Understood?

aldi

Preferably you

asap

As soon as possible

As soon as possible

Atm

At the moment

At the moment / currently

bbl

Be back later

I’ll be back later

bg

Big grin

Grin wide

boon

Backwards for “noob”

Disparaging term for a beginner

brb

Be right back

I will be back soon

btw

By the way

by the way

bvid

I am in love with you

cu

see you

See you later, see you soon

dafuq? / wtf?

What the fuck?

What the hell?

last

Dumbest possible user

dn

You annoy

duw

Crouch and get away

If you said something cynical and “ducked” from the reaction

eod

End of discussion

End of discussion

eom

End of message

End of message

ez (also izi)

Easy

simple

fyi

For your information

For your information

g2g

Got to go

I have to go

* gig *

Giggle

giggle

gn

Goodnight

Good night

gl

Good luck

Much luck

hdl

I love you

Hf

Have fun

Have fun

Hth

Hope that helps

Hope that helps

idk

I do not know

I do not know

imho / imo

In my humble opinion / In my opinion

In my humble opinion / In my opinion

irl

In real life

In real life

k or kk

OK

kB

Do not feel like

lamito

Laugh me dead

“lol” in German

lmaa

Lick my a ***

lol

laughing out loud

I laugh my head off

noob

Newbie

Term for newcomers / beginners, rather derogatory

n1

Nice one

Well done

n8

“N-eight” for Night

(Good night

nsfw

Not safe for work

Not suitable at work, do not open at the workplace.

ofc

Of course

Of course / Sure

omfg

Oh my fucking god

Increase of “omg”

omg

Oh my god

Oh my God

Omw

On my way

I’m on my way

Postcode

Please

You’re welcome

rofl

Rolling over the floor laughing

I roll over with laughter

rly?

Really?

For real?

scnr

Sorry, could not resist

Sorry, couldn’t resist

tbh

To be honest

To be honest

thx

Thanks

thanks

tl; dr

Too long; didn’t read

(The text) was too long for me; I haven’t read it

wdk

Want to kiss you

xoxo

Kisses and hugs

Kisses and hugs


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:

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