What Does "NVM" Mean?

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NVM means "never mind." This common abbreviation is often used in text messaging and online chat conversations. NVM is used to say "Please disregard my last question/comment," usually because the user found the answer seconds after posting the original question.

When to Use NVM

Because most text messages and online conversations are casual by nature, it is usually appropriate to use NVM, particularly with people you know.

If any of your text messages are with business clients, avoid abbreviations altogether in the interest of clarity.

NVM can also be used in all lowercase as "nvm."  As with most Web jargon, uppercase and lowercase versions are interchangeable so they are easy to type on a smartphone. Don't bother with periods, such as N.V.M.—they defeat the intent of being quick to type.

Examples of NVM Usage

  • User 1: I recommend getting the 2WD version with automatic transmission. You will get slightly better mileage that way.
  • User 2: The car only comes in 4WD automatic.
  • User 1: Ahh, nvm then. Get the 4WD automatic!

and

  • User 1: Hey, does anyone know where I turn in this quest? It's called "Opening the Gate," and I'm here in Grizzly Hills region.
  • User 2: Is that the quest where you have to tame the wild horses?
  • User 1: nvm, I found the quest turn-in. It was right behind me, LOL!

NVM Is a Casual Term

The NVM expression, like many cultural curiosities of the internet, is a part of modern English communication.

It is less likely to appear in speech or formal communications than some of the other acronyms in use, though, because of the implied immediacy of the comment.

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