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Modern Word Abbreviations

Can the guess the long form of these shortened words?
Some of these are very recent, others are "modern" as in the Modern Era
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Last updated: November 10, 2021
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First submittedFebruary 7, 2012
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fam
family
fab
fabulous
pic
picture
'za
pizza
'tude
attitude
delish
delicious
fave
favorite
obvi
obviously
ridic
ridiculous
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perp
perpetrator
lil'
little
peeps
people
app
application
bro
brother
'roid
steroid
'rents
parents
prolly
probably
totes
totally
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Long
telly
television
'burb
suburb
perv
pervert
congrats
congratulations
legit
legitimate
indie
independent
sus
suspicious
'cus
because
cuz
cousin
100 Recent Comments
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2014
'Za just bugs me. Who the hell thought of that? A pizza is something so wonderful and gracious - can't just call it 'Za. Sounds dumb too.
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Level 44
Dec 16, 2014
Ridic isn't that modern...I recently saw it used in "The Lost Weekend" which won the Best Picture Oscar in the 1940s. I had also thought it was a modern term, maybe it went out and came back like our crazy language tends to do!
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Level 75
Dec 29, 2014
Is za pronounced zah or zuh?
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
Zah
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Level 68
Mar 24, 2015
Who evens says obvi? Let's just shorten every word in the English language for the sake of convenience.
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Level 58
May 13, 2018
You mean convene.
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
And langie
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2015
I thought cuz for cousin was ancient... though I might be thinking of cos. One of them is in Romeo and Juliet.

I got most of them, including indie, which for a long time I thought stood for "Indian".

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Level 73
Oct 28, 2019
I think that you are thinking of `cos`, I believe 'cuz' is more of a modern hip-hop slang thing, I feel like it's the kind of thing snoop dogg would say.
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Level 39
Oct 4, 2015
Does anyone else see a missed opportunity in not having Barbie as Barbara Millicent Roberts?
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Level 59
Feb 20, 2016
I always think telly as a telephone. Can that be acceptable??
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
I have never heard of thay being a thing. Then again I dont know everyone.. but telly for tv is used by millions so if phone didnt work, you'd obvi try tv wouldnt you?
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Level 27
Feb 29, 2016
Some of these make no sense... At all
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Level 69
Nov 5, 2016
This surely is how people talk in the US 'cause I've never heard of half of them.
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Level 73
Jun 22, 2017
I doubt there are very many people anywhere who use all of these. people pick and choose, and I think it's more likely to use one of the shortenings if it's a word you use often, hence "perp" most likely originating from police officers.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2018
"Perp" most definitely originated with the police, as did D/T/ P/O (Date, Time and Place of Occurrence); RDO (Regular Day Off) "Vic" (Victim);

NHI (No Human Involved) and a host of other abbreviations meant to

make their written reports less cumbersome.

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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
Hearing of them and using them are two totally different (totes diff..) things though.
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Level 55
Nov 28, 2016
Legit's a real word though lol
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Level 73
Jun 22, 2017
wow, just looked it up and according to oxford english dictionary, it is indeed a word.
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Level 51
Oct 18, 2017
Legit is legit.
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Level 70
Feb 4, 2017
Some of these are "modern" the way the Walkman is modern.
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Level 28
Mar 1, 2017
i never heard someone call pizza 'za.
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Level 37
Jun 22, 2017
Except for 'za, I've heard them all though Telly and Barbie are more common Anglo/Australian rather than American usage.
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Level 57
Sep 6, 2017
I kept trying to write "Android" for 'Roid...
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Level 55
Jan 27, 2018
noone uses most of these tbh
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Level 65
Mar 19, 2018
That's how you definitely detroy a language...Now, I get that!
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
deffo!
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Level 74
Nov 18, 2021
You must be thinking of the Detroyjan Horse. Not endemic garden-variety language processes.
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Level 44
Apr 30, 2018
The USA, where the English language died
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Level 34
Jun 16, 2018
...and went to hell!...
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Level 68
Apr 30, 2018
I would've said 'obvs' is more slang for obviously than 'obvi'. Never heard obvi in my life...
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
Same !! I thought it was just me and my memory playing tricks on me !!
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Level 71
Nov 18, 2021
I agree, obvs
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Level 71
May 13, 2018
Surprised about all the people who never heard za. Where I live, it's not common, but it's used sometimes.
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
"Any word that I don't know is a word that doesn't exist".
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Level 34
May 13, 2018
It's weird that only a little over %50 of people got "pizza", even though it is the cover picture
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Level 82
May 13, 2018
Maybe they spent all their time typing in "peeperoni"... or "perperoni"
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
Why is that weird? without the picture it would have been like 2 percent.
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Level 55
Jun 13, 2018
I did not get za in spite of the picture, I find most of these absolutely ghastly! ugh
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Level 89
Jun 28, 2018
This quiz makes me want to punch an advertiser or market developer
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
I am convinced that most of these "word shortenings" are created by adolescents with the intent of driving adults insane. I wanted to strangle my nephew at least twice a week when he was a teen! His language deteriorated from "What's up", to "Wassup", to "S'up".
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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
better than wazzzaaaa

And maybe the previous generation(s) thought the same, from goodday to hello, to hey to hi.

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Level 68
Jun 17, 2019
I hate most of these "words" sooo much. And things normally do not bother me easily.

I am totally fine with pic bro and app, they are rather normall. But totes and obvs etc brrrr I nearly get goosebumps from it. And a little nauseous..

Btw do people really say za??? never heard of it and wouldnt have gotten it if it wasnt for the pic. (tried whatsup, like wazza, and then thought maybe thatsall 'sall => 'za. I guess in my mind I read it as a long za, zaaahhh and with pizza I suppose it is short??? I really cant imagine it being used in a sentence..)

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Level 89
Mar 9, 2020
Bro is by far away the most insufferable. It drops the speaker to about zero on the taken seriously scale.
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Level 68
Nov 18, 2021
I don't know. Pronouncing probably as prolly is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Totes is a close second. Bro seems pretty inoffensive by comparison. (Depends on usage, though).
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Level 52
Oct 28, 2019
Silly. But an easy 5 points, even for a grandma!!
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Level 63
Oct 28, 2019
Plenty of these words have gone out of fashion, and would not be considered modern in the slightest, such as 'za, 'rents, ridic, 'lil and peeps. The only people who tend to use these words (look at the comment section for example) are our parents who are in their 60s or older. Hardly modern then, are they, if they have already gone out of fashion?
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
Given how many rappers are named "Lil", I'd say that one is far more popular than ever. "Peeps" probably peaked around the time of that Shaggy song.

But yeah, "rents" is old-fashioned now.

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Level 68
Mar 25, 2024
have never heard anyone over 60 say any of these things. The ones you named are definitely for people below 30, mid 30 at a push. Pic and fave and congrats are older but still wouldn't define them as words used by the 60+ crowd. Congrats is nearly without age boundraries I think, but still, some older people think it is only proper if you stay very formal (talking 70 or 75+) My dad for instance, once got very angry with me beacuse I used something that was the equivalent of bye (or was it hi) in an email (when messaging apps weren't around yet) instead of something like, hm what is a formal way to say goodbye, but not farewell... Anyway normal language which is in no way slang or condescending, but he thought it was improper for me to adress him like that... Never have forgotten that...

And now every time I use the word hi (hoi) in a message I am hesitant to do so, and am reminded of that incident. Even though it has been years ago (and years between the mail and us starting messaging

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Level 35
Aug 9, 2020
A highschool girl pops into my head when I read these words..
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2021
Allow "Individual" please?
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Level 76
Nov 10, 2021
Also allow "suspicious"
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Level 82
Nov 10, 2021
isn't "sus" also short for suspicious?
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Level 91
Nov 10, 2021
+1 for allowing suspicious
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
Suspicious is actually the better answer. Changed it. Thanks.
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2021
Cos is probably more common than ‘cus

Also obvs instead of obvi? Who says obvi?

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Level 80
Nov 10, 2021
I'm in UK. Have only heard 13/27 of these. Who says 'za or obvi?
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Level 91
Nov 10, 2021
How about 'zee? Short for lazy.
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Level 60
Nov 10, 2021
'Zee is what you type when you're too 'zee to write it out.
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Level 92
Nov 10, 2021
Knew them all but 'rents.

Had never heard that one before.

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Level 89
Nov 10, 2021
Hemorrhoids were called roids long before steroids became the rage.
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Level 88
Nov 10, 2021
Might be an age thing, but Wikipedia recognizes both: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roids
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Level 80
Nov 10, 2021
Another appropriate answer for "fab" could be "fabricate" or "fabrication" (at least, it's very common in the blue collar working world). I got the correct answer, so NBD either way.
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Level 85
Nov 10, 2021
Thanks to Rick Beato, I now know about sus chords. Maybe "suspended" should be allowed as an answer.
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Level 83
Nov 10, 2021
Seems like all the kids now say "bruh" instead of "bro"
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Level 59
Nov 18, 2021
bruh is more of an exclamation and bro is what people call their friends or just someone they know
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Level 71
Nov 10, 2021
You know you're too much of a foodie when the first thing that comes to mind when you hear 'app' is appetizer and not application. But I still think it should be accepted or replaced.
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2021
Appetizer will work now.
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Level 60
Nov 10, 2021
Shouldn't 'pro' (for 'professional') be on here? It's pretty much the token word shortening.
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Level 36
Nov 11, 2021
i thought "cuz" more commonly meant because, so i looked it up and it says the meaning is because

please accept because for both "cuz" "cus"

from the dictionary:

cuz1

/kəz/

conjunctionINFORMAL

because.

"I don't have much money to buy games cuz I'm a student"

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Level 76
Nov 17, 2021
Went with "because" first, then "cause" then, finally, the requested answer. Thank you one friend who uses cuz for that.
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Level 53
Nov 11, 2021
Are some of these made up? Never in my life have I heard half of these.
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Level 76
Nov 13, 2021
I ate 'za last night without having any idea anyone anywhere has ever called it that.
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2021
You should include "sesh" for session.

Oh, and "info".

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Level 65
Nov 18, 2021
sus
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Level 57
Nov 18, 2021
Yo what kinda loser doesn't know all this diction
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Level 76
Nov 18, 2021
With all this talk about pizza, is anyone else hungry now?
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Level 45
Nov 18, 2021
no way 'rents and 'burb are real thing not where I'm from at least
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Level 72
Nov 18, 2021
Some of these are very odd. But nice idea for a quiz. Only got za cos I think Brian said it on Family Guy once or something.
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Level 55
Nov 18, 2021
Way too easy. But dumb. Maybe a reflection of society, unfortunately. Cannot spell or be bothered to write anything longer than a couple of syllables.
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Level 63
Nov 18, 2021
sus amogus
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Level 78
Nov 18, 2021
Got all but 'tude!!
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Level 61
Nov 18, 2021
A 50 year old American father who still thinks he's young definitely made this quiz...
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Level 56
Nov 18, 2021
The only one I missed was 'rents. I thought parents might be it but then thought that sounded stupid. I should have stuck with my gut on this.
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Level 56
Nov 18, 2021
"'Rents" seems out of date, honestly.
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2021
doh Only missed za

Didn't look at the picture

Must remember to look at picture

Must remember to look at picture

Must remember to look at picture

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Level 36
Nov 18, 2021
prob is also abbreviation for probably
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Level 57
Nov 18, 2021
You know your generation is doomed when you recognize most of these without even being from an English speaking country.... I'm from Germany and I absolutely hate it when people use words like "bro", "legit" or "fam" in a GERMAN conversation. And believe me when I say it happens very often. They use "nice" instead of "gut", "fresh" instead of "schick", "lost" instead of "verloren" and so on. It really has become a tragedy. Our traditional German dialects are dying out and they get replaced by that shit?
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Level 21
Nov 19, 2021
Perpetual is actually commonly shortened as "Perp". Would be nice if you accepted that.
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Level 67
Nov 19, 2021
When the perp is sus
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Level 54
Nov 21, 2021
Some of these aren't really "modern." Like I'm pretty sure cuz is in Romeo and Juliet, might be wrong tho.
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Level 65
Nov 22, 2021
I can't believe I didn't get because. I've always used it as 'coz'
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Level 77
Dec 7, 2021
This is one of the few quizzes on this site that I feel has made me dumber somehow.
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Level 56
Apr 20, 2022
Can you please accept "individual" for indie?
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Level 65
Sep 5, 2023
this is so inaccurate nobody says za or tude or ridic or rents or perp or telly (unless you're bri'ish) or cuz for cousins, cuz is another one for because, also bc, obviously is obv, totes is outdated, peeps is someone out of the loop tryna (trying to, there another one) sound cool especially at like a church camp of something, indie is for games, burbs is for adults mainly cuz high schoolers don't talk about suburbs, fam and fab are also pretty dated they belong in like 2014

source: i am in high school rn

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Level 27
May 16, 2024
You may be surprised to learn that people who aren't in high school also exist and say things.
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Level 79
Jan 12, 2024
When were these words modern?

I got them all because they're pretty easy but who uses them?

I thought 'rizz' might have made it as it was Oxford University Press Word of the Year in 2023.

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Level 68
Mar 25, 2024
depends on your defintion of modern, they were all after the middleages and I think nearly all postwar.

If you think of modern as the last decade, then only a few might fit the description.

(I think in this context I would think of modern as anything that got popular after I was a teenager or like early 20s, after college/university)

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Level 44
Apr 23, 2024
i gave this 5 stars because it had sus in it
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Level 66
May 13, 2024
Why's indie the lowest? Does nobody care about indie games?