TLDR: I don’t have time for your emojis. Talk normal*. /s ()
Ever since the invention of the internet and text based communication, there has been a way of expressing how you feel or what you mean in addition to lengthy text.
My problem is that these queues don’t exist in the real world, and I’ve spent more time online than I have with people… Texting is my go-to. If you want to communicate, you have to come to me. Mine are easier to learn.
lol – laugh out load, can also mean I’m not serious, for example.
/s – means sarcasm
/drool or *drool* – typically means I want it real bad or I’m drooling over it
*word* – Indicates an emotive action. Like “Mom just asked if I wanted koolaid. *runs for the koolaid* “. Official definition: asterisks acting like stage directions.
* – indicates this topic will be followed up with fine print or a comment. Additional *’s can be used to signify more. This one is a personal one I use. These exist at the bottom of the text but can occur or reference anywhere in the text.
whrd. word* – Used to signify a typo correction
oop – A simple reaction to something, usually an awkward situation or something dramatic. It is ain exclamation that is similar to an “oh well”, and can be used when someone says something inappropriate, insulting, or unexpected. It’s also a way to acknowledge it and not leave someone on read, with you not knowing what to say. It’s considered proper and polite.
wtf – “what the f**k” kind of speaks for itself, but can have a host of meanings
sigh or *sigh* – Kind of like oop. Can be used in a variety of ways. Like “I’m ashamed to know you” or “like really?”
Iykyk – If you know you know – in other words it’s an inside joke
brb – Another important one. People will still continue to talk to you if you don’t tell them you’re leaving. It’s polite in the midst of a full on conversation to say be right back. Especially if you can anticipate they will be waiting on you and unsure where you have gone. (Could have assumed it was a car crash, for example. “brb driving” – can also mean similar to “one sec” or “one second”. With brb, it’s etiquette to say “back” when you get back, although I suppose talking works too. It’s possible to be typing and not back, in situations where your focus/attention is elsewhere for a period of time.
There’s a huge list, typically you can look these up on Google relatively quickly. Just search for “[acronym] texting,” for example: “ifykyk texting” will turn up a definition.
* Normal is relative, so it varies by person. I use emojis sometimes, although they were called emoticons when I first knew them. They didn’t exist in video games so we had our own, these are a few of mine. They’re still popular among youth, so if you have a teenage to 20s kid ask them. To be fair, also, Facebook doesn’t have a search for emojis.