42 Popular Text Abbreviations for Business

August 16, 2016 Mark Glucki

Do you know FTR and IMO?

Business texting

Do you text with your colleagues, boss and business partners?

You likely do, and probably have noticed the tendency lately to use abbreviations just like you would with family and friends. In the above image, Winnipeg-based tech illustrator extraordinaire, Erica Glasier, shows a fun look at how this applies in the business world.

Since text messaging has changed communication styles for much of our business world back-and-forth, let's take a look at some more popular abbreviations to keep you in the know.

  • ASAP: As soon as possible
  • ATM: At the moment (not just bank machines)
  • BFN: Bye for now
  • BRB: Be right back (If you're still in the middle of a conversation).
  • BTW: By the way
  • COB: Close of business
  • EOD: End of day (Also see COB)
  • EOM: End of message
  • ETA: Estimated time of arrival (Great when figuring out time to meet)
  • FTR: For the record
  • FWIW: For what it's worth
  • GBTW: Get back to work
  • GMTA: Great minds think alike
  • HAGD: Have a good day (and HAND: Have a nice day)
  • HTH: Hope this or that helps
  • IDK: I don't know
  • IMO: In my opinion (also IMHO: In my humble or honest opinion)
  • IOW: In other words
  • ITYM: I think you mean
  • JK: Just kidding
  • LOL: Laughing out loud, laugh out loud (Becoming more common in business)
  • KISS: Keep it simple stupid
  • NGL: Not going to lie
  • NP: No problem
  • NSFW: Not safe for work. Warning about content that may get the viewer in trouble if viewed in the workplace. (See SFW)
  • NVM, NVMD or NM: Nevermind (NM can also be "not much" or "no matter")
  • OIC: Oh, I see
  • OMW: On my way
  • OTOH: On the other hand
  • POV: Point of view
  • RN: Right now
  • SFW: Safe for work (See NSFW)
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • TBH: To be honest
  • TGIF: Thank God it's Friday
  • TTYL: Talk to you later (and TTYS for Talk to you soon).
  • TY: Thank you
  • TYT: Take your time
  • TYVM: Thank you very much
  • W/E: Whatever
  • WTH: What the heck (There are variations on this one, depending on frustration level).
  • YW: You're welcome

Are we missing any text abbreviations you use regularly? Let us know in the comments section below. TTYL.

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