Those of us of a certain age probably tend to use correct spelling and punctuation and so on when emailing or texting someone, partly out of habit and partly because using a lowercase i as a pronoun just looks so wrong and perhaps partly so we can lift a mildly scornful eyebrow at kids today.
On the other hand, texting abbreviations and acronyms are kind of fun. More importantly, in SHADOW TWIN, Miguel and Cassie spend most of the book in separate locations, so they frequently text back and forth. They’re a lot younger than I am and a lot more used to texting, so they use far more acronyms and abbreviations than I do.
This is the extremely long list of texting acronyms I used when putting together their texted conversations. I tried to use a combination of familiar acronyms we probably all know (FWIW, FUBAR), acronyms that are readily deciphered, and plain English. But some acronyms I particularly liked also crept into these conversations, even though I don’t know whether they’re quite that familiar.
Hopefully the resulting text conversations will be understandable even if the occasional acronym might be mysterious. But on the chance some of you might find a list of acronyms helpful, here are the ones that appear in Shadow Twin:
AFK — Away from keyboard
BAMF — Bad-ass motherfucker
BG2CU — I’m sure this is too obvious for words — Be good to see you
DKFS — Don’t know for sure
HRU? — How are you?
FUBAR — Fucked up beyond all recognition
FWIW — Here’s one we all know — For what it’s worth
KIT — Keep in touch
LMAO — standard these days, but — Laughing my ass off
LOLH — Laughing out loud hysterically
L8R — obviously this means — Later
RGI — Real good idea
ROTFLUTS — Rolling on the floor laughing unable to speak
RSN — Real soon now
RYT — Are you there?
TGIO — Thank God it’s over
VDE — Very damn early
WTG — Way to go
YGTBKM — You’ve got to be kidding me
YMMV — Your mileage may vary
YYSSW — and my personal favorite, which I learned while looking up text abbreviations for this book — Yeah yeah sure sure whatever
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