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Be prepared
17-05-2016

Imagine you are visiting the US and someone offers you ‘a pop’. Would you know what that is? This situation happened to me when I first visited my husband’s host family in Nebraska. My first reaction was to smile. Then, I admitted that I really did not know what that was. A pop is what […]

Be prepared

by Mariana Sucena

Imagine you are visiting the US and someone offers you ‘a pop’. Would you know what that is? This situation happened to me when I first visited my husband’s host family in Nebraska. My first reaction was to smile. Then, I admitted that I really did not know what that was. A pop is what the northern states of the US call a soda (or a Coke).

Look at this map. It can help you understand what regions in the US use the term pop for a soda.

“The loud popping sound made by opening a soda bottle is the origin of the term ‘soda pop.’” Coca-Cola Memorabilia,The Collector’s Corner, 2001.

What if you hear the expression “Have a good one!”? It’s a cool way of saying “goodbye” and “have a nice day” at the same time. It’s friendly, but you can also use it with people you don’t really know, for example, staff at coffee shops, supermarkets, clothing stores, …

Although this expression is friendly and cool, you have to respect some formality and do not use it with your teacher, doctor, dentist or older adults.

When someone wishes you “Have a good one!”, a simple and friendly “Thanks. Bye” is always going to work.

 So, here it goes: “Dear reader, have a good one!”

 

 

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Abbreviations
04-04-2016

Imagine you call a friend and he can’t answer you at the moment. Then, he texts you: CMB L8R Would you understand his message? We are always in a hurry and abbreviations are here to help writing, specially in casual conversation contexts. They are easy to type and, most importantly, they save time. However, they […]

Abbreviations

by Mariana Sucena

Imagine you call a friend and he can’t answer you at the moment. Then, he texts you: CMB L8R

Would you understand his message?

We are always in a hurry and abbreviations are here to help writing, specially in casual conversation contexts. They are easy to type and, most importantly, they save time. However, they can be hard to understand if you are not familiar with them. Abbreviations are highly used by teens and are each day more present in our lives.

Something you need to know: you need to read them letter by letter (or number by number); don’t try to make it a word.

So, check these out and tell us if you already know any of them:

  • ASAP – as soon as possible
  • B – be
  • B4 – before
  • BF – boyfriend
  • C – see
  • CU – see you
  • CUL – see you laterCMB – call me back
  • EZ – easy
  • FYI – for your information
  • GF – girlfriend
  • G2G – got to go
  • HRU – how are you?
  • IC – I see
  • IMO – in my opinion
  • JK – just kidding
  • JJ – just joking
  • LOL – laughing out loud!
  • L8 – late
  • L8R – later
  • LUV – love
  • MSG – message
  • NVM – never mind
  • OMG – oh, my god!
  • OXOX – hugs and kisses
  • PLZ – please
  • RUOK – Are you OK?
  • SRY – sorry
  • THX ou THNX – thanks
  • THNQ ou TY – thank you
  • TC – take care
  • TXT – text
  • 2 – to, two, too
  • 2DAY – today
  • 2MORO – tomorrow
  • 2NITE – tonight
  • U – you
  • UR – you’re, your
  • UW – you’re welcome
  • U2 – you too?
  • WU – What’s up?
  • X – kiss
  • ZZZ – sleeping, bored ou tired

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