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Symbols and abbreviations used in social media

BFF

abbreviation

best friend(s) forever: used in social media to refer to a very close friend

facepalm

noun

used in emails, social networking sites, etc. to show that you are embarrassed, annoyed, or shocked about something

favourite

noun

an indication that you like something on a social media or other website

hashtag

noun

a word with the symbol # in front of it, used especially in social media and microblogging to identify or search for subjects of interest

HTH

abbreviation

hope that helps: used in email and social media when you have told someone something or done something for them

ICYMI

abbreviation

in case you missed it: used especially on social media to draw someone’s attention to something you think they should look at or read

IRL

abbreviation

in real life: used in social media to distinguish between online actvity and the real world

like

noun

a small sign on a social networking website that shows someone agrees with or enjoys something

OH

abbreviation

other half: a way of referring to your husband, wife or romantic partner on social media

ROFL

abbreviation

roll(ing) on the floor laughing: used in social media, texting etc to say that you find something very funny

YOLO

abbreviation

you only live once: a phrase used in social media to say that you should enjoy life to its fullest

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

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