LOL, OMG, BTW, ILY, TBH, IMHO, YOLO or FOMO: people who aren't familiar with social media speak will in all likelihood need to google around to discover what a number of the ones abbreviations mean.

Many humans worry that the fashion popularized through text messages and tweets is ruining the English language. But if it's any comfort, the Germans had been doing it extensively for way longer, and it hasn't mainly threatened their language.


Bureaucratic jargon with a darkish tradition

looking to decode a bureaucratic report in Germany is regularly an high-quality task — even for Germans. On pinnacle of the complex sentence systems, the texts are loaded with cryptic abbreviations. While you come across social media acronyms, at least you're typically only a click on or far from an evidence; that's no longer the case with the ones reliable letters from German government businesses.

A area-saving tool?

but bureaucratic jargon is not the most effective vicinity you'll discover abbreviations in Germany. They're anywhere — and most of them obviously don't have anything to do with the Nazis.

Of route, many German phrases are impressively long, so it makes feel to shorten them a chunk. But a number of the language's shortest words get the identical treatment. You'll on occasion find the conjunction "und" (and) shortened to "u." quantity of characters saved: 1. 

The MfG drama

certainly one of Germany's best-acknowledged pop-rap bands, Die Fantastischen Vier, criticized the inflationary use of abbreviations inside the German language of their hit single from 1999, MfG. before they rap a list of good sized abbreviations, a spoken intro states that what's approximately to start "tells of the drama of a whole way of life…"

The abbreviation MfG is a full-size form to sign off an electronic mail, abbreviating the formal greeting "Mit freundlichen Grüssen" (literally, "with pleasant greetings"). In addition, you'll often see VG, for "Viele Grüsse" ("many greetings") and LG, for the extra intimate "Liebe Grüsse."

even though it carries the phrase "love," the latter is not only reserved to enthusiasts or close pals; the greeting also seems in emails to colleagues or maybe to strangers in "cooler" fields of labor. If you're in opposition to writing the L-word, LG is really a useful opportunity — even though you ought to be conscious that it's also the name of a South Korean electronics corporation.

A time-saving device?

the principle argument at the back of the ones shortened greetings, of route, is that they keep time. In spite of everything, if you are required to answer tons of emails each day, you want shortcuts. One obvious option would be to really skip the signal-off in an e mail communique, but for some cause, that takes place more quickly in English than in German: A -letter abbreviation nevertheless seems extra well mannered than no signal-off in any respect.

still, no longer everyone concurs with the time-saving argument, as one poem posted one the walls of a Berlin S-Bahn station reminds us:

"however what do you definitely do

you nimble 2d-hoarders

with all the time you keep with the aid of typing 'lg'

as opposed to kindly greeting?"

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