Learn The Lingo And Sound Like A Pro

Learn The Lingo And Sound Like A Pro

September 8, 2016   Instant Messaging

In today’s day and age, more companies than ever before are using instant messaging applications at work. By doing so, employees have the opportunity to communicate in a fast and efficient manner.

While there are many benefits of using a chat site, there’s something to keep in mind: some people aren’t up to date with the most recent lingo. For this reason, they often times have a difficult time understanding what the other party is saying.

This is a definite concern, but it’s also one that can be overcome with the right approach.

Getting Started

The millennial generation is on the move, with people in this age group running the world in regards to technology. This is just one of the many reasons why chat sites are picking up so much steam with each passing day.

Remember, although chatting sites are popular for business purposes, there are just as many people relying on these types of applications to communicate for personal reasons.

Understanding the Lingo

It goes without saying that some people will use more chat site lingo than others. That being said, you want to familiarize yourself with as many terms as possible, as this will ensure that you are never confused and left out of a conversation.

Tip: over time, you’ll catch onto the lingo that your network likes to use when communicating via an IM program. Along with this, you may even find yourself using some of the same terms to get your point across.

When communicating for business purposes, some people try to avoid chat site lingo. After all, they want to maintain a professional environment. That being said, there are times when certain abbreviations – such as BRB for be right back – are more than acceptable.

With all this in mind, it’s time for us to dive into some of the most commonly used chat site abbreviations.

  • Away from keyboard – AFK
  • At the moment – ATM
  • Be back later – BBL
  • Be right back – BRB
  • By the way – BTW
  • See you later – CULR
  • Don’t know – DN
  • Got to go – G2G
  • I don’t know – IDK
  • In my opinion – IMO
  • Just a second – JAS
  • Just in case – JIC
  • Just in time – JIT
  • Just kidding – JK
  • Laughing out loud – LOL
  • Nevermind – NVM or NM
  • No problem – NP
  • People – PPL
  • Screen name – SN
  • So what – SW
  • Too much information – TMI
  • Talk to you later – TTYL
  • Thank you – TY
  • You’re the best – YTB
  • Whatever – WE
  • What are you doing – WRUD

Is it a Good Idea?

When it comes to using chat site lingo, you need to ask yourself one very important question: is it a good idea?

If you are communicating with a friend, discussing a personal matter, it’s okay to use any abbreviation you want.

Conversely, if you are communicating in a business setting, it’s better to stick with the same type of lingo you would use if speaking in person or via an email.

Of course, there are some abbreviations that are more appropriate than others. For instance, it may be okay to use “BRB” but not “LOL.”

Depending on your company, there may be a guide in place to ensure that you are always on the right track and never cross the line. If this exists, make sure you stick to the guidelines as it will keep you out of trouble and ensure that you are communicating in an efficient manner.

Monster.com had this to say in regards to rules associated with instant messaging:

“Since many companies have yet to formalize their rules of netiquette as it relates to IMs, an unsuspecting employee who uses instant messaging can wind up in hot water. Fortunately, some general standards and practices are beginning to govern the world of instant messaging.”

If you want to do what’s right for you and your company, here are some rules to follow:

  • Keep it professional at all times. It’s easy to believe that instant messaging is an informal mode of communication, but if you’re using it at work you need to remain professional. If everybody does this, there will never be a problem in regards to how people communicate.
  • Don’t share confidential information. Even if you are using a secure instant messaging application, you may not want to share confidential information. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that it could end up in the wrong person’s hands at some point in the future.
  • Follow company policy down to every last detail. If your company has an IM policy, review it in great detail so that you understand what’s expected of you. More companies are implementing this type of policy, so don’t assume that there isn’t one in place.

Final Tip

Now that you have a better idea of how to use chat site lingo, including the most common abbreviations, we have one last thing to discuss.

Don’t take it upon yourself to create abbreviations as you go. There are many reasons to avoid this, including the fact that you are going to confuse the person you are speaking with. On top of this, it could be taken the wrong way, which could land you in trouble with your employer.


What do you think about chat site lingo? If you’ve used an IM program in the past, you probably have some knowledge of these abbreviations (among others). If not, there is always time to learn.

As long as you keep your communication professional, it’s okay to use chat site lingo.

What do you think about this? Would you add any abbreviations to the list? Does your company have an IM policy in place? Share your answers in the comment section below.