20 Most Popular Internet Slang Words and How to Use them in Paper Writing

Check out these 20 popular Internet slang, texting expressions; see how you can replace them with formal equivalents and improve your vocabulary, writing.

by Leslie Anglesey

At first glance, you may not think that Internet slang words would be able to help you when writing a paper. While you should not use these exact phrases, they can make your writing more effective.

Check out 20 popular Internet and texting expressions and see how you can replace them with formal equivalents and improve your vocabulary, writing. Academic writing favors grammatically correct vocabulary.

See how the following slang words can help you get inspired.

1. YOLO - You Only Live Once
2. Swag - Be confident

Since you only have one shot at life, give your paper, your best effort. Do your research, get high-quality sources, and present your work in a confident manner.

3. TBH - To Be Honest

Honesty is absolutely the best policy when writing your paper. No plagiarizing other people's work is allowed. Your college or university has strict policies about cheating, and you will face severe consequences if you are caught.

4. IONO - I Don't Know

Admitting you don't have all the answers is a wonderful place to start researching your paper. Let your curiosity help you discover an angle to explore or questions to ask that you can incorporate into your work.

5. GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike

When you're working on your paper, you want to make it stand out. Your instructor wants to see how you interpret the concept you are discussing. Don't be hesitant to explore an idea to see if it has merit. Everything you present in your paper should be backed up with supporting material, but that doesn't mean you need to limit yourself to bland topics only. Let your instructor see how well you present your argument for what you are writing.

6. SNM - Say No More
7.OWTTE - Or Words To That Effect
8 Spot On - Spot On

These expressions remind you to be precise with the language you choose for your paper. Depending on the course you are doing the work for, you may need to use certain technical terms in your work. You'll want to make sure that you are using the correct wording in your paper.

It may be helpful to start by making an outline before you start to write. This will help you to organize your research and keep you on track as you make your key points in your paper.

Each paragraph should contain a complete idea. When you edit your work, go through each one carefully to see whether it could stand on its own. Are you happy with what you have written? Is the language clear and precise? If not, go back and make some changes. Keep polishing your work until you are pleased with the result.

9. FAQ - Frequently Asked Question
10. Already Been Posted

Thinking about frequently asked questions should be a springboard for further research on your topic, but not the place where you stop looking for information. If you want to do well on your paper, your instructor is going to expect you to dig deeper than simply scratching the surface in your discussion of the topic.

11. DHMU - Don't Hit Me Up

If the first person you ask for help with your paper can't help, keep digging. There are many sources of information available to you.

12. CAVE - Give Up

You are not going to give up looking for good sources of information for your paper. You can go to the library, use search engines, look at news sources, check out government sources (local, state and federal levels) and approach experts for information. You can also go on Twitter to reach out to various experts to get information and insights about your topic.

13. TTY - Talk To You

Go directly to sources, where appropriate. You'll be able to discuss your topic with greater authority and covey it with more confidence in your work.

14. H2H - Heart To Heart

Some people you talk to when conducting research for your paper will be very forthcoming with information. All you need to do is ask.

15. NM - Never Mind
16. MIFF - Annoy

Don't worry when you are gathering information for your paper that you will be thought of as stupid for asking something. There are no stupid questions. Go ahead and ask anything you want to find out about your topic.

17. JOOC - Just Out of Curiosity

The best questions and topics for a paper can come from brainstorming an idea that comes from something you are wondering about. It can be a good exercise to turn off your internal editor and just let the ideas come. Write them down and see how many you can come up with.

18. MY FOOT - Expression of Disbelief
19. IJK - I'm Just Kidding

When you're conducting research for your paper, you need to make sure that you check all of your sources to make sure that they are accurate and up to date. The results of one study may have been accurate at the time, but further research may put a different take on the subject. Always check dates to ensure that you are dealing with the most recent information available before quoting the results of a study in your paper.

20. GL - Good Luck

Take your time researching and writing your paper. Find good quality sources and present supporting material for each point you present. Remember to proofread your work before submitting it, and you are more likely to get a good grade.


See also this article on our sister site, MyCollegeSuccessStory.com: 10 Ways to Build and Use Your Vocabulary.


Leslie Anglesey EnhanceMyVocabulary.com guest author Leslie Anglesey is an associated educator at University of Southern California and a contributor to EssayTigers. Apart from academic life she loves travelling with her family.


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