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Category: Slang/Expressions
Discussion: BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?

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25842
BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
Hello everyone, I am originally from Germany but now I am studying in the UK. I am in my final year and I am doing a project about language in sms and emails. I am doing this project because I was put in strange situation by my English mates who completely forgotten that I am not native...using the mobile phone in UK has become a real adventure :) sometimes, I was not able to understand anything due to the abbreviations! Have you made similar experiences? Would you know what this means??!?


BBL
BRB
BTW
Cya l8r
IIRC
IMHO
LOL
ROTFL
RTFM
TIA

Well, now, I am quite used to it, but I am not using abbreviations as extensively as my English mates. It is quite amusing that my German friends have already started using English abbreviations as well :) anyway, have you ever been in the same situation not knowing what these abbreviations mean? Or do you use them all the time? Do you have lots of English abbreviations in your native language? I am really exited about people’s creative use of language…would be so happy to listen to your experience with text based communication.

cheers, andrea

Language pair: German; English
Andrea
February 10, 2004

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25859
Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
Hi, Andrea!
My native language is English, and even I don't know what all of these abbreviations stand for! But I'll help you as much as I can:
BBL - Be Back Later
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By the way,
Cya l8r - See you later
LOL - laughing out loud
ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing

And the rest are mysteries even to me... but I hope I helped you a little!
~Leah,


Language pair: English; Italian
This is a reply to message # 25842
Leah
Holland

February 10, 2004

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25860
Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
BBL means be back later
BRB is be right back
BTW is by the way
Cya l8r- you can figure it out if you say it aloud, it means see you(=ya) later
IIRC
IMHO - in my honest opinion, or just in my opinion
LOL - laughing out loud (common one in instant messenger chats)
ROTFL - rolling on the floor laughing
RTFM
TIA

I'm not sure about the ones I left blank. Sorry...they could be UK expressions that I don't know. Hope this still helps! :)

Language pair: English; All
This is a reply to message # 25842
Rachel
February 10, 2004

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25881
Re:Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
Hi Leah, thanks for your help! it is strange isnt it?! all these abbreviations and what is the point using them if they does not necessarily make sense?!? well, so many questions...greets from UK

Language pair: English; Italian
This is a reply to message # 25859
Andrea
February 11, 2004

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25883
Re:Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
hi rachel, thank you very much! imagine how many abbreviation are in use and i am getting completly confused about it! so if you come across a "new" one, let me know :) greets from UK

cheers, andrea

Language pair: English; All
This is a reply to message # 25860
Andrea
February 11, 2004

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26071
Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
IIRC - If i remember correctly

Don't know what TIA and RTFM means though!

I only really use abbreviations if I'm running out of space...or I'm in a lazy mood :-)

I'm going on a German exchange in a few weeks. Do Germans use text talk and abbreviations like the English?

Language pair: German; English
This is a reply to message # 25842
Paulo
Collins

February 15, 2004

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26117
Re:Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
Hi paulo,

thanks for your help! well, i have got the feeling that lots of german people already start to use english abbreviation...and it is so much easier to use the "english" numbers to get your message across - just imagine to use the german numbers "eins, zwei, drei"....that would not make any sense ;) lots of english abbreviations are used in german language and you will find lots of "angliszismen" in german dictionaries. where about in germany you are goint to? cheers, andrea

Language pair: German; English
This is a reply to message # 26071
Andrea
February 16, 2004

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28413
Re:BBL, ROTFL, BTW - What does this mean?
IMHO is usually In My Humble Opinion- humble rather than honest.
RTFM is either Right This F Minute or Read The F Manual, you can look up any acronym at AcronymFinder.com


Language pair: German; English
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Hugh
March 30, 2004

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