Modern Word Shortenings Quiz

Guess the long form of these shortened words.
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Last updated: November 13, 2018
First submittedFebruary 7, 2012
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Short
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Fam
Family
Fab
Fabulous
Pic
Picture
'Za
Pizza
'Tude
Attitude
Delish
Delicious
Fave
Favorite
Obvi
Obviously
Ridic
Ridiculous
Short
Long
Perp
Perpetrator
Lil'
Little
Peeps
People
App
Application
Bro
Brother
'Roid
Steroid
'Rents
Parents
Prolly
Probably
Totes
Totally
Short
Long
Telly
Television
'Burb
Suburb
Perv
Pervert
Congrats
Congratulations
Legit
Legitimate
Indie
Independent
Barbie
Barbecue
'Cus
Because
Cuz
Cousin
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Level 44
Feb 7, 2012
Do people even say half of these things? Like 'za, has anyone ever said that? Maybe in the US...
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Level 20
May 21, 2012
My dad says that, but I always thought that was him being weird
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Level 47
Jun 29, 2012
'Za is more "surfer" in my book. Telly is definitely more British than American.
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Level 20
Aug 24, 2012
Never ever even heard 'Za before...so confused!
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Level 72
May 10, 2013
It's an excellent word to remember for scrabble.
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Level 69
Mar 24, 2015
Alright... gimme some za, man, alright!
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Level 42
Jul 8, 2013
I live in the US and I've never heard pizza called Za before in my life.
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Level 65
Dec 9, 2014
When to college in New England in the 80s. Never heard Za.
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Level 64
Dec 9, 2014
From Los Angeles, heard "za." Have used it once or twice.
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Level 70
Dec 9, 2014
There's always one!
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Level 55
Dec 16, 2014
Having seen the picture, I typed in "za" 2 or 3 times before reading the directions.
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2016
I've lived in the U.S. for 367 years and have never once heard anyone call it "za". I know Yanks can be as lazy as anyone, but is "pizza" really that exhaustin....whew, man, I need to take a break. :-P
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Level 36
Dec 9, 2014
I never heard "za" ever, and "Barbie" with a cap is a "Barbie doll" but "barbie" without a cap is Aussie slang for barbeque. For decades....at least since Crocodile Dundee. ;)
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2016
LOVED the Paul Hogan show!!! Macho Man "saving" the woman's cat stuck up in the tree was priceless!!!
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Level 48
Apr 17, 2018
I thought you said Logan Paul show.
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
I've never heard of 'za as relating to anything, least of all Pizza.

How lazy can you get. I can see myself walking into a Pizzeria and ordering a "za with all the trimmings", and being unceremoniously thrown out on my derriere.

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Level 36
Dec 13, 2014
Toppers Pizza.
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Level 60
Nov 6, 2016
Never heard 'za in my life but guessed it.
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Level 80
May 13, 2018
I only ever heard the stoner pizza delivery guy in the film Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny say "'za"
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Level 15
Feb 7, 2012
Imagine using all of these words in one sentence... LOLOLOLOL
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Level 65
Jan 9, 2015
My fab fam and I were with my cuz and his bro out in the 'burbs watching our fave indie movie on the telly (the cop flick where the perp is a total perv and looks in peeps' windows) when my 'rents decided to take a pic of us using that Instagram app, but we had some gas from the 'za we cooked out on the barbie (totes delish, btw) and couldn't sit still, which made them think we were all copping a 'tude and prolly on 'roids (which was a lil ridic, tbh, 'cus we were obvi in some legit pain), and they got all pissed and said, "congrats for ruining our special family moment."
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Level 79
Apr 17, 2015
Bravo!
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Level 44
Jun 4, 2015
Hurrah!
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2015
That's amazing.
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Level 79
Sep 23, 2016
(golf clap)
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Level 60
Nov 6, 2016
Good job!
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Level 44
Dec 30, 2016
Best thing i've seen yet
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Level 35
May 28, 2017
Love this!
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Level 84
Jun 20, 2017
brilliant!
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Level 80
May 13, 2018
You cook pizza on a barbecue?
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
why not, I ve eaten pizza from a microwave...(and no not micrwave oven, but the dough is precooked so not totally raw anymore...)
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2019
Lil improvement on the last sentence: "our special fam mo." :)
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Level 82
Mar 9, 2020
Sounds like a family with brousins somewhere along the line.
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Level 59
Feb 7, 2012
za is an acceptable Scrabble word now, amazingly. I've never heard it in the US.
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Level 44
Feb 7, 2012
It doesnt bother me when people write these shortened versions in short text messages. Some of them are ok to hear spoken. But when people start using them in formal conversations or documents, or using them as if they were legitimate* words, i feel great sorrow for civilization.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2019
Yes. We should absolutely do away with all "illegitimate" words. Like texting (was originally text messaging), phone (originally telephone), gym (originally gymnasium), pea (originally pease. All of these were (probably originally viewed as incorrect) shortenings of words or phrases, and all have moved into common usage.
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Level 36
Feb 7, 2012
Barbie threw me off. I was fully expecting it to be something related to a female who is all "dolled up". Barby may have worked better for me.. but it seems as if I am alone on that, since everyone else understood it to be barbecue lol. Telly also had me scratching my head because in the 90s it meant telephone and in the 2k's it meant hotel. Ahhh... guess it matters where you are from.
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Level 66
Dec 9, 2014
For waht it's worth, I tried Barbara 15 times. Isn't Barbie short for Barbara??
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Level 53
Dec 17, 2014
Well, in Australia we call barbecue 'barbie'. But yes in other countries barbie wouldn't be used as much.
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Level 72
Nov 23, 2015
Same here. I think "Barbara" should be accepted, as it's also a common shortening of the name.
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Level 46
Apr 15, 2016
I think that both should be accepted, because it is an actual shortening of the name Barbara, and of an Australian barbecue.
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Level 76
May 23, 2017
Barbie's popular in the UK too - possibly an Oz import; possibly from the Paul Hogan ad in the '80s: "Toss a shrimp on the barbie" (can't remember if it was a Fosters or tourism add)
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I tried barbara first... then it clicked. And I have never heard of your versions of telly!
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Level 67
Feb 8, 2012
Hotel = Telly, check the song Ebonics by Big L.
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Level 50
Feb 8, 2012
Barbie and telly are just how I've heard those words said in Australia and England, respectively. I've never heard anyone in American say them before. Are they common shortenings? o.O
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
well, the UK and australia do use english..
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Level 33
Feb 16, 2012
I haven't heard quite a few of these honestly. I got most of them, but nobody actually says them...
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I think teens do, or the more shallow people that try to be populair (no offense, but well they do excist and do have their lingo).

I think only pic,app, congrats and indie are in normal use. Bro is common, but more informal then the above. (you could use those with say your neighbour, but unless you are best buddies you would not use bro)

And telly and barbie are rather common too under a wide public ( not just a subculture of specefic age or lifestyle)

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Level 56
Oct 28, 2019
Actually, many of these words are not modern in the slightest, such as 'rents, which is a word my 65 year old dad uses, and is completely shocked that NO ONE uses it any more. Same goes for words like 'lil, which also has gone out of fashion - I have never seen it in print at all except for when I was reading some Donald Duck comics from the 80s when I was growing up.
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Level 60
Apr 7, 2020
as a thirteen year old, i definitely don't use any of these on a daily basis, except maybe bro/bru, congrats, app, and prolly.
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Level 13
Feb 24, 2012
couldn't spell television. so stupid.
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Level 20
Mar 5, 2012
Lol. I wish i could just write BBQ rather than barbecue...
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Level 21
Jun 6, 2016
and tv instead of television?
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Level 43
Apr 13, 2012
Easy :)
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Level 41
Jul 1, 2014
For telly, telephone? idk
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Level 43
Aug 20, 2014
Every single one of these annoy the crap out of me, along with lol, lmao, rofl, btw and plenty more.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2018
omg.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
pic too and app? And well Indie games were never réally know under other names (and it wasnt after years I figured out what it was.. indiana? thought it was just a new word)

many of these are highly annoying but pic and app are as common as photo and vet to me.

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Level 85
Oct 23, 2014
I think this should accept just "obvious" without the "ly" at the end. The abbreviation works for both.
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Level 21
Jun 6, 2016
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
yes, I tried it many times... thought i must ve typed too quickly and not paying attention, then I really started to doubt myself on the spelling. It totally had me stumped. "Isn't that obvi" (Though I think I have heard obvs a lot)

obvious for obvi please

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Level 82
Mar 9, 2020
That would be too obvious. This needs the meta treatment.
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Level 27
Nov 7, 2014
100% Woohoo! Anyone else?
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Level 64
Nov 10, 2014
no one says indie for independent
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Level 39
Dec 9, 2014
What are you talking about, Indie movies are huge, the Indie Film Festival every year is proof of that.

Indie music has its own category on Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora.

Indie games are also a category of games on their own. Go on Steam or other game providers and you will see the Indie category amongst others. Indie is probably one of the most popular ones there.

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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I think he was thinking of the normal use of the word. In any other place indepedent wont be replaced by indie. A kid that wants to leave home to stay on his own doesnt say I want to be indie..

And indeed I think many may not have realised it. I know I didnt use to know it. I had only heard indie games and indie movies and never independent games... Allways saw it as a word on its own, but was really curious why they used that word ( quarter still didnt dropped) Untill I finally knew what it was, cant remember how I found it out though, if I actively looked it up and found out some other way.

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Level 42
Apr 29, 2016
It's probably the most common one on here, to the point people use it without realising it's a shortening.
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Level 59
Dec 9, 2014
Some are irritating. I admit I do say delish quite often. But as michaelwalling says, Indie bands and Indie films are recognised genres. And who doesn't say TV or telly for television?
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
or App for application... have you ever heard an ad say you should "download our application"
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
In my language it is tv (pronounced tay-vay, not tee-vee) and televisie and I think I used both about equal amounts, maybe slightly in favour of tv but not much, 60/40 at most.

Slightly dependent on the sentences, I'd say I am watching tv, but would say the television is broken (i guess in that cause in english you might say tv-set..)

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Level 38
Dec 9, 2014
You should allow "Obvious" to be an acceptable answer for the clue "Obvi"
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
Totes, obvi!
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Level 52
Dec 9, 2014
Thank goodness the picture on this quiz is a slice of pizza, because I NEVER would have gotten 'Za without it!
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Level 55
Dec 9, 2014
Nobody should be allowed to say any of these things!
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
agree with most, but dont tell me you never said pic, app, or maybe even congrats (not sure about how often that one is said in english)
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Level 37
Dec 9, 2014
Would not have got 'Za if it wasn't for the picture of Pizza.
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2017
I tried Za Za Gabor!
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Level 59
Dec 9, 2014
I've seen both "cus" and "cuz" to say "because". "Cousin" would just be "cous" for me. You have to wonder though, do people really say "steroid" and "perpetrator" so much they need to shorten them?
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Level 39
Dec 9, 2014
Yes, and yes.

"Roid Rage" is a common phrase. I've used perp a number of times while studying court cases and police scenes.

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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
I would imagine cops had to use the term perpetrator a whole lot and they came up with the shortened perp, which then everyone else picks up from television and movies based on cops.
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Level 79
Dec 29, 2014
So would two cousins be couscous?
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
And ap(p)titude is an application with attitude.. ;)
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Level 26
Nov 24, 2017
I have only heard "steds" for steroids. It is commonly used in street drug dealing
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Level 78
Dec 9, 2014
I missed one because apparently I can't spell barbecue correctly...
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Level 80
Dec 9, 2014
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Level 80
Dec 9, 2014
I'm not sure where I heard it but in my head I hear someone with a very exaggerated California surfer accent referring to his pizza as 'za. It must have been in some movie or TV show.
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Level 80
May 13, 2018
I placed it. It was the Tenacious D movie.
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2019
Way to stick with it.
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Level 72
Dec 9, 2014
Thanks to hanging around with my 20-something nieces I only missed one -- not bad for a 52 year old. I missed, "za". Oddly hadn't heard that one, especially since unlike most folks my age, I still rank pizza as one of my four basic food groups! Fun Quiz!
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Level 58
Dec 9, 2014
After two years we can deduce that 'Za is just not a common shortening (lots of people didn't know it) and that a lot of people apparently used the word 'indie' without ever realising what word it was replacing. I quite like the fact that 'obvi' wasn't obvious, as well as not being actually "obvious". But I have to say that is also one I've never heard being used.

Last thing, guess what date this quiz suddenly just turned up on the popular list?

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Level 74
Dec 9, 2014
you should add "vacay" (for vacation). highly irritating!!!
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Level 67
Dec 10, 2014
I've heard za for pizza exactly once in my life. I thought it was just that person being stupid. I didn't realize it was a thing.
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Level 21
Dec 10, 2014
Any other nerds out there who tried "droid" for 'Roid? Anyone...?
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Level 79
Dec 29, 2014
Worse, I tried android.
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Level 58
Dec 11, 2014
I feel as if "za" takes longer to say than "pizza" does.
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
that's some strange pronunciation then
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
btw none of these are really meant to save time saying them. I don't know why people get so stuck on that.
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Level 63
Dec 12, 2014
'Za just bugs me. Who the hell thought of that? A pizza is something so wonderful and gracious - can't just call it 'Za. Sounds dumb too.
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Level 47
Dec 16, 2014
Ridic isn't that modern...I recently saw it used in "The Lost Weekend" which won the Best Picture Oscar in the 1940s. I had also thought it was a modern term, maybe it went out and came back like our crazy language tends to do!
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Level 3
Dec 16, 2014
'za wtf?

indie ..... really?

barbie..... no xD bbq

huh?

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Level 79
Dec 29, 2014
Is za pronounced zah or zuh?
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Level 69
Mar 24, 2015
Who evens says obvi? Let's just shorten every word in the English language for the sake of convenience.
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Level 60
May 13, 2018
You mean convene.
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
And langie
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2015
I thought cuz for cousin was ancient... though I might be thinking of cos. One of them is in Romeo and Juliet.

I got most of them, including indie, which for a long time I thought stood for "Indian".

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Level 67
Oct 28, 2019
I think that you are thinking of `cos`, I believe 'cuz' is more of a modern hip-hop slang thing, I feel like it's the kind of thing snoop dogg would say.
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Level 38
Oct 4, 2015
Does anyone else see a missed opportunity in not having Barbie as Barbara Millicent Roberts?
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Level 27
Dec 13, 2015
can you please accept obvious for obviously
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Level 42
Feb 20, 2016
I always think telly as a telephone. Can that be acceptable??
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I have never heard of thay being a thing. Then again I dont know everyone.. but telly for tv is used by millions so if phone didnt work, you'd obvi try tv wouldnt you?
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Level 27
Feb 29, 2016
Some of these make no sense... At all
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Level 39
Aug 26, 2016
"Obvious" for "obvi"? I tried it, was confused when it didn't work, and moved on.
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Level 36
Sep 29, 2016
Obvious should also be accepted for obvi, I mean it's an obvi oversight.
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Level 63
Nov 5, 2016
This surely is how people talk in the US 'cause I've never heard of half of them.
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
I doubt there are very many people anywhere who use all of these. people pick and choose, and I think it's more likely to use one of the shortenings if it's a word you use often, hence "perp" most likely originating from police officers.
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Level 37
Apr 21, 2018
"Perp" most definitely originated with the police, as did D/T/ P/O (Date, Time and Place of Occurrence); RDO (Regular Day Off) "Vic" (Victim);

NHI (No Human Involved) and a host of other abbreviations meant to

make their written reports less cumbersome.

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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
Hearing of them and using them are two totally different (totes diff..) things though.
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Level 53
Nov 28, 2016
Legit's a real word though lol
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Level 67
Jun 22, 2017
wow, just looked it up and according to oxford english dictionary, it is indeed a word.
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Level 54
Oct 18, 2017
Legit is legit.
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2017
Some of these are "modern" the way the Walkman is modern.
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Level 32
Mar 1, 2017
i never heard someone call pizza 'za.
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Level 37
Jun 22, 2017
Except for 'za, I've heard them all though Telly and Barbie are more common Anglo/Australian rather than American usage.
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Level 55
Sep 6, 2017
I kept trying to write "Android" for 'Roid...
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Level 60
Nov 23, 2017
I feel so much dumber just taking this quiz.

Also, "Appetizer" and "Barbara" should be acceptable.

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Level 67
Oct 28, 2019
I agree on appetizer, that came to mind first for me despite being a web developer who works with apps all the time, I got it of course, but I think appetizer should be accepted.
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Level 53
Jan 27, 2018
noone uses most of these tbh
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Level 59
Mar 19, 2018
That's how you definitely detroy a language...Now, I get that!
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
deffo!
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Level 46
Apr 30, 2018
The USA, where the English language died
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Level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...and went to hell!...
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2018
I would've said 'obvs' is more slang for obviously than 'obvi'. Never heard obvi in my life...
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
Same !! I thought it was just me and my memory playing tricks on me !!
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Level 38
May 2, 2018
allow obvious for obvy
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Level 60
May 13, 2018
Surprised about all the people who never heard za. Where I live, it's not common, but it's used sometimes.
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Level 38
May 13, 2018
It's weird that only a little over %50 of people got "pizza", even though it is the cover picture
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Level 80
May 13, 2018
Maybe they spent all their time typing in "peeperoni"... or "perperoni"
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
Why is that weird? without the picture it would have been like 2 percent.
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Level 56
Jun 13, 2018
I did not get za in spite of the picture, I find most of these absolutely ghastly! ugh
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Level 82
Jun 28, 2018
This quiz makes me want to punch an advertiser or market developer
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2018
I am convinced that most of these "word shortenings" are created by adolescents with the intent of driving adults insane. I wanted to strangle my nephew at least twice a week when he was a teen! His language deteriorated from "What's up", to "Wassup", to "S'up".
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
better than wazzzaaaa

And maybe the previous generation(s) thought the same, from goodday to hello, to hey to hi.

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Level 67
Oct 28, 2019
Language changes over time... Deal with it!!!!
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Level 67
Jun 17, 2019
I hate most of these "words" sooo much. And things normally do not bother me easily.

I am totally fine with pic bro and app, they are rather normall. But totes and obvs etc brrrr I nearly get goosebumps from it. And a little nauseous..

Btw do people really say za??? never heard of it and wouldnt have gotten it if it wasnt for the pic. (tried whatsup, like wazza, and then thought maybe thatsall 'sall => 'za. I guess in my mind I read it as a long za, zaaahhh and with pizza I suppose it is short??? I really cant imagine it being used in a sentence..)

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Level 67
Oct 28, 2019
I agree, Sifhraven.
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Level 82
Mar 9, 2020
Bro is by far away the most insufferable. It drops the speaker to about zero on the taken seriously scale.
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2019
Obvious as well as Obviously?
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Level 67
Oct 28, 2019
I dislike the use of most of these words.
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2019
Silly. But an easy 5 points, even for a grandma!!
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Level 56
Oct 28, 2019
Plenty of these words have gone out of fashion, and would not be considered modern in the slightest, such as 'za, 'rents, ridic, 'lil and peeps. The only people who tend to use these words (look at the comment section for example) are our parents who are in their 60s or older. Hardly modern then, are they, if they have already gone out of fashion?
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Level 35
Aug 9, 2020
A highschool girl pops into my head when I read these words..