NGL: Most searched text abbreviations make me an SMH

Have you heard any stories about PPL (people) texting that ignore what “LOL” means in a bad definition (“a lot of love”, for example)? It can really make messages discolored quickly. Many texting abbreviations and acronyms are used by some people as a separate language. But many others have no idea what they mean.

This explains why phone case reseller has put together a master list of the most searched text abbreviations. used the Ahrefs analysis tool to extract the data. Here’s a look at the top 35 in April 2021.

SHM (shakes my head) is clearly the “winner” with more than double searches for the number two abbreviation, LMAO (laughing my ass off). Perhaps this is because SMH can have other meanings, like “So much hate,” which appears on the first Google search. The more polished SMH dates back to 2004.

How anyone who writes is unfamiliar with the term LMAO, which dates back to the early 1990s, is mind boggling. Adding ROTF (sort of 34th place) to LMAO should be reserved for those old (or currently) accustomed to “rolling on the floor”. GOAT, at number 11, is relatively new to the lexicon but entered Merriam-Webster in 2018 and saw a 300% increase in searches, according to Google Trends

In the modern age of working from home, everyone should learn terms like AFK (away from the keyboard), BRB (be back), and BBL (be back later). Even more important, it doesn’t matter where you work: DIY (do it yourself), but make it an order (JK).

Which abbreviations have had the least research? They tend to be either similar terms (GR8, 2NITE) or, arguably, lesser-used acronyms, such as JSYK (just so you know) and SSDD (same thing, different day) and the heavy AAMOF (as In fact). B4N, TTYL.

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