What Does FNA Mean?

FNA (For Necessary Action) is used in the same way as FYA (For Your Action), which is far more common. Both terms accompany information that demands some form of response. In other words, they mean "you have some work to do as a result of this message."

FNA and FYA contrast with FYI (For Your Information), which is used to pass on information that does not require any follow-on work.

Although not common, FNA is sometimes shorthand for FINNA, which itself is shorthand for "I'm fixing to/I'm going to."

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When I write FNA, I mean this:

meaning of FNA

FNA is similar to FYA (For Your Action).

Summary of Key Points

"For Necessary Action (see also FYA)" is the most common definition for FNA on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:For Necessary Action
(see also FYA)
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of FNA in Sentences

Here are examples of FNA being used in sentences:
  • FNA the CFO wants to know why the risk register isnít up to date.
  • (This either means "speak to the CFO" or "update the risk register.")
  • FNA my PC won't print.
  • (This means "come and fix it.")

An Academic Look at FNA

FNA is a prepositional phrase (the preposition is For), but it is used like a standalone declarative sentence, which best translates as "Here is some work for you."

Of note, FNA is an initialism abbreviation. This means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Eff En Ay). (NB: Initialisms contrast with acronyms, which are spoken like words.)

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "this requires your attention" or "add this to your to-do list" instead of FNA.

Example of FNA Used in a Text


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