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What Does W/ Mean?W/ means "With."
The abbreviation W/ (usually typed w/) is used to replace the word "with," as in "accompanied by" or "in addition to."
Although its origin is contested, w/ has been used at least since the rise of the fast-food industry in the 1950s. As a form of shorthand to save time when writing down food orders, waiters replaced the words "with" and "without" with the abbreviations w/ and w/o .
Since that time, the use of w/ as an abbreviation of "with" has become much more widely used. For example:
- Ali: Hey, you have something on your chin... no, the 3rd one down.
- Sam: Why don't you go and swim w/ the sharks?
- Robbie: Will you go for a drink w/ me?
- Susie: Can I bring my BF w/ me?
Image for W/When I write W/, I mean this: Burger w/ chips.
Video Summarizing W/Here's a short video explaining the origins of w/ and w/o.
Summary of Key Points"With" is the most common definition for W/ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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Adults and Teenagers
An Academic Look at W/W/ is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym.
Cyber term were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun.
Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.
Grammatically, w/ is used to replace the preposition with. For example:
- She saw the dog w/ the ball. (Here, w/ is a preposition showing the relationship between the words dog and ball.)
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?The use of w/ to mean "with" long pre-dates the digital era.
Example of W/ Used in a Text
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