What's UR State Saying? A Look at the Most Popular Textspeak in Each State

WordTips has examined 18 million geotagged tweets to identify the top-used abbreviations in each state.

Are your friends forced to listen to your nonstop TBHing and OMGing? Depending on your state, your use of textspeak may differ from that of others. The most common textspeak terms in each state were determined by WordTips using data from 18 million geotagged tweets. The results illustrated how, in some ways, we are all the same while also revealing specific distinctively regional trends.

The most popular textspeak expression in the United States is TBH (to be honest), followed by LOL (laugh out loud). But, alternative acronyms may be more frequent depending on where you live. For instance, you're more likely to hear "SMH" (shaking my head) if you live in Florida or California than in most other places. On the other hand, those from the south seem to use "y'all" more frequently than people from different regions of the nation.

Since they make communication more transparent and more entertaining, text acronyms are adored by people everywhere. The most common hashtag in the nation is LOL (which is used more than 1,400 times per 100,000 tweets!), but each state has its unique feature. Consider Rhode Island, the smallest of them all, the only state in America to employ the extraordinarily lengthy abbreviation CMON.

The survey also uncovered several broad national trends that span state boundaries. For example, nearly everyone employs "BTW" (by the way), "IDK" (I don't know), and "NP" (no problem). What about expressing surprise or excitement? Everyone appears to be exclaiming, "OMG!"

Despite sharing a border, Illinois and Indiana are by no means the only states who enjoy acronyms: Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Wisconsin also share this trait. Texas replies with "BF," mirroring South Dakota's candor, although Montana uses "GFs" to address their cowhands.

There is a widespread natural hunger for word-shortening when it comes to messages. Maryland was closely behind Georgia in second place with 5746 per 100,000 tweets, with Georgia topping the class with 5 942. Vermont at 2154, North Dakota at 2291, and Idaho at 2125 tweets for every 100,000 words published, on the other end of the spectrum.

So, People all around the country may relate to one another through these short-form expressions, whether you want to call it texting lingo or the digital dialect. Whether the state you're from is a leader or a lager, it's clear that the art of shortening words isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

So don't be afraid to join in and start expressing yourself. Please take a moment to reflect on how far technology has come and how linked we are all the next time you grab your phone at a gathering or dinner table to write down anything like TBH or AFK.

People worldwide may speak differently, but in some way, everyone connects through this new language of abbreviations and acronyms. It's a way for us to be closer to one another, despite the miles that may separate us. The next time you're texting your best friend in California or chatting with your long-distance significant other, remember that while we might have different accents and vocabularies, you both know what it means when you type "LOL."
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