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Instagram Slangs you need to know

Feb 5, 20224 min readParvathy Nair

As times change, you have to change too. The Instagram jargon is here to stay, and the faster you adapt to it, the better it is.


Social media has become such a massive part of everyone's life at the moment, and being able to converse in the internet slang help you keep afoot at the door, especially in the gen z era. Also, there are times when these slang words may appear in the company's marketing reports and business meetings. This highlights the need of understanding what they stand for to improve your job performance, especially in the age of social media and cancel culture. Prevention is always better than cure, so learning about the new lingo might not be that bad.


Okay, we get it. It might take a bit hard to learn all of the gen z slang at once, and learning something new the first time is always a bit hard, but that's what we are here to help and remember every expert started as a beginner, so it's pretty okay. Here is our list, so let's get into it


1)TBH

To be honest, It's a form of speech meaning, to be honest in a conversation


2)Dm

Direct message, you know how you sent a message to a particular person directly to their inbox


3)OOTD

Outfit of the day, Influencers use it to show off their outfit for the day


4)Nvm

Nevermind


5)TTYL

Talk to you later


6)POTD

Photo of the day


7)Fitspo

It's short for Fit inspiration


8)Regram

This is when you repost a picture from another users profile


9)Foodporn

This is used when someone posts pictures of food that makes your mouth drool


10)L4L, F4F

Like for like and follow for follow


11)WCW,MCM

Women crush Wednesday, Man crush Monday


12)BTS

Not to be confused with the band BTS, BTS actually stands for behind the scenes; this acts as a sneak peek into the process of creators and artists


13)BTW

By the way


14)FOMO

Fear of missing out, FOMO is what fuels social media people have this innate fear of missing out on fun things, so using hashtags like FOMO fuels this fear of being left out


15)G2G

Got to go.`


16)IRL

In real life


17)LOL

Laugh out Loud, this is one of the oldest slangs on social media, and I'll be honest with you this one is dying out a little


18)LMAO

Laughing my ass off, this is mainly used to give effect to the humor of the content posted


19)ROFL

Roll on the floor laughing. This is also very similar to LMAO and LOL


20)SMH

Shakes my head, you know when you explain something to someone about a million times, and they still don't get it, or when your friend says something so profoundly dumb, that's when you use SMH


21)TGIF

Thank god it's Friday; I don't think this one needs any explanation


22)TL;DR

Too long didn't read, you know how sometimes your friends send you something that looks way too long to read, and you didn't go through it


23)EXI5

Explain it to me like I am 5; this are mostly found on Reddit threads and retweets, basically meaning to explain the content in the most straightforward way


24)AMA

Ask me anything, ask me anything," and it's commonly used on social media sites. Instagram also has features for the same


25)GOAT

Greatest of all time, The best in the field like how Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are GOATs of football or how Meryl Streep is the GOAT of acting