Common WhatsApp English Slangs That You Cannot Avoid

In today’s fast-paced world, the pace of life often demands that we find shortcuts and optimize our time in every aspect of communication. As our lives become increasingly intertwined with technology, and our conversations are primarily digital, the use of slang in communication has become second nature. WhatsApp slang is a unique linguistic phenomenon, making conversations faster and more efficient. While they may appear cryptic to the uninitiated, these slang are increasingly common and can help you navigate the digital realm with ease.

What are the WhatsApp English slangs that are hard to avoid?

Cafe Converse, the leading spoken English institute for students shares a few of these slangs in this article.

·  OMG

 “OMG” originates from the phrase “Oh My God,” which is an exclamation used to convey astonishment, shock, awe, or disbelief. It’s a way to express intense emotion in response to something surprising, extraordinary, or unexpected.

Examples:

  • Surprise or Shock: “OMG! You won the lottery? That’s incredible!”
  • Amusement or Laughter: “OMG, that joke was hilarious!”
  • Excitement: “OMG, I can’t wait for the concert tonight!”
  • Irony or Sarcasm: “You wore the same outfit as me? OMG, how original.”

·   Tbh

Tbh or “To Be Honest” is an expression that signals the speaker’s intention to be frank, truthful, or candid about a particular matter or subject. It is often used when giving an opinion, sharing a perspective, or expressing feelings genuinely.

Examples:

  • TBH, I wasn’t a fan of that new restaurant.”
  • “TBH, I think the idea is brilliant and deserves recognition.”
  • “TBH, I feel overwhelmed with work these days.”

·       NBD

NBD or “No Big Deal” is a casual and informal way to express that something isn’t significant, important, or troublesome. When someone uses NBD in a conversation, it usually means that the matter being discussed is not something worth making a fuss about, or it’s not a significant issue. It’s a way to downplay the importance or seriousness of a situation or event.

·       BRB: Stands for “Be Right Back

When someone says “BRB” in a conversation on WhatsApp, they are indicating that they need to step away or temporarily leave the conversation. It’s a polite way of letting others know that they will not be actively participating in the conversation for a short period, but they plan to return.

Examples: “I have a call coming in. BRB!”

                   “I’m stepping out for a quick errand. BRB!”

·       IDK

IDK or I Don’t Know is used to express uncertainty or lack of knowledge about a particular topic or question. When you’re uncertain or clueless about a particular topic, IDK can come in handy.

Examples: “IDK which book to read tonight; any suggestions?”

  •                   “Have you tried the new restaurant downtown?”
  •                   “IDK, I haven’t had a chance to go yet.”

·       Ofc

It stands for “of course,” and it’s often used to express agreement or confirmation.

Examples

Confirmation

When someone asks you a question or requests confirmation, you can respond with “ofc” to indicate that you agree or are confirming something. For example:

Friend: “Are you coming to the party tonight?”

You: “Ofc! I’ll be there.”

Agreement

You can use “ofc” to express agreement with a statement or opinion. It’s a way of saying that you wholeheartedly agree with what’s being said. For example:

Friend 1: “I think that new movie was amazing.”

You: “Ofc, I loved it too!”

·       Idc

It stands for “I don’t care.” It’s a shorthand way to convey disinterest, indifference, or lack of concern about a particular topic, situation, or statement.

Examples:

Casual Conversation:

  • Person 1: “I can’t believe they canceled the concert. I was really looking forward to it.”
  • Person 2: “IDC, I wasn’t even planning to go.”

Gossip and Drama:

  • “Did you hear what happened to Rani and Rahul?”
  • “IDC about their drama. Let them sort it out themselves.”

Final Thoughts

These are just a few of the commonly used WhatsApp English slang. There are many more such abbreviations that have an integral part of modern communication. While it may be tempting to embrace these shortcuts fully, it’s crucial to strike a balance. 

Sonu Goel leading English Coach Teacher IELTS coach

Ms Sonu Goel is a professionally acclaimed certified ESL trainer from the British Council having 15 years of strong background for teaching the English language in both online and physical classes. She is dedicated to teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands-on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible. Ms Goel has travelled to various European countries and experienced an array of cultures and linguistic skills for the English language.

To learn more about Sonu Goel please visit : https://cafeconverse.com/best-english-tutor-coach-teacher-sonu-goel.html

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