CHSV, HLS, LOL and other tricky abbreviations in social networks

– Fuck! Rumor, bro, did you find a hut on NG?

– Yes, everything is fine. Will you be with gf?

– No, her chsv has risen, she’s agitating xs why.

– Lol, then go yourself.

– Ok.

Such correspondence on Facebook or Telegram is much more common than you might think. Because a person is by nature a very lazy creature and writing a couple of extra letters in a message to a friend is like death. Especially if your interlocutor is exactly the same.

And now let’s translate gibberish into human language. Suddenly not everyone understood what was written here.

– Hello! Listen, brother, have you found a place to celebrate the New Year?

– Yes, everything is fine. Will you be with your girlfriend?

– No, she’s got some jerks, she’s angry for some reason.

– Haha, then come yourself.

– Good.

In personal correspondence, users of social networks very rarely adhere to all the rules of the language. Let’s just say that many people deliberately ignore them. After all, why waste your time when a whole sentence can be replaced with a short abbreviation?

In this article, we will look at popular abbreviations in Russian and English, which are often used in social networks.

How does it work?

Abbreviations do not appear suddenly. Because simply shortening the message is not enough – it is important that the interlocutor decrypts it correctly.

The most common abbreviations used are:

Instead of introductory and general phrases and words that are often used in communication:

KMK – it seems to me;

HZ – hell knows;

Very good – very;

Spock – good night.

Instead of voluminous semantic phrases, for which there are already well-known English-language abbreviations:

IMHO – from the English. IMHO (In my humble opinion) – In my humble opinion;

Rofl, roflit – from the English. ROFL (Rolling on the floor laughing) – Rolling on the floor laughing;

WTF? – from English WTF? (What the fuck?) – What the fuck?

OMG – from the English. OMG (Oh my god) – Oh my god

In general, the use of abbreviations allows you to reduce the length of the message by 1.5-3 times without losing the meaning.

English, WTF?

Compared to the English abbreviations, Russians nervously smoke on the sidelines. Because they are often an arbitrary set of letters and numbers, more like a cipher:

g2g, hv a d8 with my gf, cul8r

Often, only a few understandable words come across, and everything else is an incomprehensible mess. But only at first glance it is incomprehensible, because this phrase is translated quite simply:

Gotta go, have a date with my girlfriend, see you later.

I have to run, I have a date with my girlfriend. See you!

An abbreviated sentence takes 30 characters, and a full one – 56. Almost half the text is a pretty good result.

English abbreviations use the consonance of the names of English letters and numbers, which replace words in part or in full.

B4 – before;

4U – for you;

BT – but;

C – see;

B – be;

D8 – date;

GR8 – great.

Sometimes one abbreviation means a full-fledged semantic cell.

TGIF Thank god it’s friday. – Thank God it’s Friday.

XOXO – Kisses and hugs. Unexpected, but true. The X stands for the lips of two people and the O stands for a hug.

? 4U I have a question for you . – I have a question for you.

There is a fundamental difference between Russian and English abbreviations. If Russians mainly use simple abbreviations – that is, they shorten words and phrases, then English ones often replace them with sound identification – as in the example with d8 – date.

If you’re learning English as a second language, abbreviations like these may seem like a daunting topic to you. The only way to properly deal with this is to communicate in chats with natives, who themselves often use such abbreviations. In short, look for friends in the USA – according to the statistics of teachers of the online English school EnglishDom, this is where modern slang and abbreviations are used most often.

You can get inspired by the study of abbreviations and slang, but you can really learn them only in practice. Many of the abbreviations that were widely used during the spread of SMS are simply not relevant in social networks.

To understand the slang and abbreviations that are actually used by native speakers, you need to fully immerse yourself in the language environment. The difficulty is that communication is carried out exclusively in text mode. Therefore, you need to have a high level of perception of the English text. But there is good news as well. EnglishDom experts argue that it is specifically worth learning only well-known abbreviations like ASAP (as soon as possible – as soon as possible) or IMHO (in my humble opinion – in my humble opinion). The rest of the cunning tricks are fairly easy to learn in real communication.

Who uses social media acronyms most often?

It is worth emphasizing here that the vast majority of abbreviations are used only in personal correspondence with friends.

There are, of course, a small number of generally accepted abbreviations like healthy lifestyle – a healthy lifestyle, but there are quite a few of them. If you write to your business partner “SUP, HRU?” (What’s up, how are you?), He definitely won’t appreciate it.

So, abbreviations are used – unexpectedly – by people from 10 to 40 years old. As for students and schoolchildren, everything is clear here – they love everything new and unusual. People 25+ for the most part just save their time and are lazy to write big messages.

If you look by profession, then about 75% of all people 25+ who use such abbreviations work in the field of IT, digital and marketing. There are absolutely no surprises here.

Marketing slang is generally a rather strange combination of anglicisms and abbreviations that replace long definitions in Russian. Partially slang words save time in conversation or correspondence: for example, “workflow” – “goals, tasks and prescribed stages of their implementation.” Sometimes slang phrases have much more semantic meanings than literary counterparts: “fakap” is not just a mistake or failure, but a serious jamb of a specialist or even a whole department, which can negatively affect the entire project. Interestingly, marketing and IT almost entirely consists of Englishisms – there are very few words and phrases with Russian sources.

The generally accepted abbreviations in Russian are several times less than in English. The thing is that the Russian language does not allow you to create abbreviations using sound correspondences in the names of letters and numbers. We only use direct and letter-based abbreviations.

Experts of the EnglishDom online school of English have compiled a small dictionary of Russian and English abbreviations that are most often used.

A short dictionary of Russian and English abbreviations in social networks


2DAY today – today

2MORO tomorrow – tomorrow

2NYT tonight – tonight

2U to you – to you / to you

4E forever – forever

4U for you – for you

ADIH another day in hell – another day in hell

ASAP as soon as possible – as soon as possible / as quickly as possible

B to be – to be

B4 before – before before

B4N bye for now – see you

BBL to be back later – come back later

BC because – because

BF boyfriend – boyfriend, boyfriend

BK back – back

BRB to be right back – be back soon

BRO brother – brother

BT but – but

BTW by the way – by the way

C to see – see

CUL see you later – see you later

CUL8R see you later – see you later

CWOT complete waste of time – a waste of time

D8 date – date

DNR dinner – dinner

EZ easy – simple

F2F / FTF face to face – face to face

F8 fate – fate

FYI for your information – for your information

GF girlfriend – girl

GR8 great – excellent

HAND have a nice day – have a nice day

HB2U happy birthday to you – happy birthday

HIFW how I feel when – how I feel when

HOLS holidays – holidays, vacations

HRU how are you – how are you?

HV to have – to have

ICBW it could be worse – could be worse

IDC I don’t care – I don’t care

ILY I love you – I love you

IMU I miss you – I miss you

JK just kidding – just kidding

LOL laughing out loud – laughing out loud

TIME tears in my eyes – tears in my eyes

TNTL trying not to laug h – trying not to laugh

WYWH wish you were here – sorry you’re not here

Russian language:

7th – family

DR – birthday

Shl – P.S. (English letters on Russian keyboard layout)


NG – New Year

birthday – birthday


kmk – as it seems to me

kst – by the way

liu – love

MB – maybe

we can – maybe

very – very

thank you – thank you

pzhlst – please

plz – please (from English – please)

am – please

priv – hello

ck – how many

slu – listen

sun – sun (affectionate treatment)

Spock – Good Night

ATP – thanks

phone – phone

xs – hell knows

chz – through

ucha – now

yap – ash tree stump

I love you – I love you

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