Top 50 Twitter Acronyms, Abbreviations and Initialisms

This past January,  I wrote up the “Top 15 Twitter acronyms” for@pistachio‘s Touchbase blog. As readers rightly pointed out, many were abbreviations or initialisms — hence the title for this post. I followed that up with a “Top 10 NSFW Twitter Abbreviations.” This list combines the two and includes some key additions, like HT, RE and FML. If you have others you think I missed, add ‘em in the comments.

Reply to [username]

As Far as I Know


Bye For now

Best Regards

By the Way

Direct Message. d username sends one.



Usually #FF for Follow Friday#FollowFriday is supposed to work better than it does. If you #FF someone, take the characters to explain why.

For F–k’s Sake

F–k My Life

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Top 10 Tips for Learning English

How can I improve my english?

It’s hard to give specific advice without knowing more about you. So I’m going to give you some general advice. Which may be of interest to other listeners and readers.

Point one
Be clear about why you want to learn english. Do you want it for your job? To help you get a job. To talk to english speakers. To help you study.

Point two
Be clear about, how good you want your english to be. How good do you want to be at speaking english? Listening… Reading… Writing…

Point Three
Have a clear image of yourself when you have achieved the proficiency that you want. What will you see? What will you hear? How will you feel?

Point four
If possible enroll on a language course, if you can’t put yourself in situations where you can use english which leads on to point five.

Point five
Look for opportunities to learn and use english. Speak english whenever you can, listen to the radio and CDs in english, read and write in english. If you look for opportunities you will find them.

Point six
Write down new words and phrases in a notebook, keep the notebook with you. So you can look at it when you have a spare moment.

Point seven
Practice practice practice… There is an expression in english “If you don’t want to lose it use it”. This is very true when it comes to learning foreign languages.

Point eight
Find the learning buddy or colleague. Find someone you can learn english with. Speak with each other, send each other messages in english.

Point nine
Learn little and often. Make it a habit to learn english for 10 minutes each day, this is much better than learning for longer once a week.

Point ten
And a final point at the beginning of a learning period, ask yourself. What do I want to learn today?. At the end of a learning period, ask yourself. What have I learned today?

There is a story about a teacher who told his students “you know you’re making progress in english when you speak in english, think in english and dream in english”. One day a student came into the class very excited and said teacher… teacher. “Last night I dreamed in english”. The teacher said “That’s wonderful, what did you dream about?”. And the student said. “I don’t know it was in english”. hehehe

Transcribed by: Alessandro and Mary
Source: BBC Learning English

How do you say “cantadas/xavecos” in English?

Pickup lines – cantadas, xavecos
Prepared opening line of conversation intended to get someone interested in having a causal sexual relationship.
(Frases prontas destinadas a arranjar alguéminteressado em ter uma relação sexual causal. )
Pickup Lines
“I know that milk does a body good, but damn- how much have you been drinking?”
(“Eu sei que o leite faz um corpo bom, mas puxa, o quanto você andou bebendo?”)
Apart from being sexy, what do you do for a living?
(Além de ser sexy, o que você faz para viver?)
Am I dead, Angel? Cause this must be heaven!
(Estou morto, Anjo? Porque isso deve ser o paraíso!)
 Can I borrow a quarter? [“What for?”] I want to call my mom and tell her I just met the woman of my dreams.
(Posso pedir uma moeda de 25 centavos? [“Para quê?”] Eu quero ligar para
minha mãe e dizer que acabei de encontrar a mulher dos meus sonhos.)
There must be something wrong with my eyes cuz I can’t take them off you.
(Deve haver algo errado com o meus olhos porque eu não posso tirá-los de você.)

Job Interview tip – Final Question


This is a very popular question that is often asked at the end of an interview. This is the final point where you can ‘sell’ yourself. You should already know the answer to this question.

Never say you plan to be in the same role in five years – this does not show very much ambition.

Do not talk about your personal life goals, only talk about you career goals. Think about the role you are applying for and where you can develop from this position.

Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: I know I will still be in sales. A role like this one will give me more experience as a sales manager. In five years I imagine myself in the position you are in, or running my own business.