What Is 'Props'? What Does Props Mean?

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"Props" is commonly used with the prepositional phrase "to (someone)." As a stylish way to publicly acknowledge someone's skill or achievement, "props" has become quite common in modern text and email conversations.

Examples of Props Usage

(Shaphira) Props to Suresh! That presentation he gave was really darn good.

(Talabarosa) Aye, big props to Suresh, for sure. He blew away all the other presenters at the conference. He put lots of work into that, and it really showed this weekend.

(User 1) Wow, Marge's website is amazing!

(User 2) Definitely. Big props to Marge and her mad web skills! Her website looks very professional and eye-catching.

(User 3) Yes, props to Marge! I love how she made the website jump out of the screen!

(Kevin) OMG, did you see the proposal that Brent put together? This is absolutely the most beautiful proposal I have ever seen!

(Shane) I just read it this morning. Props to Brent on a really amazing job!

(Dean) I haven't seen it yet. Why is the proposal so special?

(Kevin) Brent managed to use several visuals to explain the money argument so that there is no room for disputing the recommendation. Usually, I don't like bar charts, but that proposal was really compelling. Props to Brent!

(Tuan) O man I laughed so hard at Jen's presentation! That was so funny!

(Randall) HAHAHA, props to Jen on that speech she gave! She was definitely the funniest speaker all evening!

The "props" expression, like many cultural curiosities and memes of internet culture, is a part of modern English communication.

Expressions Related to Props:

  • OP (Original Poster, the person who initiated the online conversation)
  • QFT (Quoted for Truth, a type of forensic stamp or expression of support for an argument)
  • TTT / Bump (used to push a conversation to the top of the recently-active list)

How to Capitalize and Punctuate Web and Texting Abbreviations: 

Capitalization is a non-concern when using text message abbreviations and chat jargon. You are welcome to use all uppercase (e.g. ROFL) or all lowercase (e.g. rofl), and the meaning is identical. Avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase, though, as that means shouting in online speak.

Proper punctuation is similarly a non-concern with most text message abbreviations. For example, the abbreviation for 'Too Long, Didn't Read' can be abbreviated as TL;DR or as TLDR. Both are an acceptable format, with or without punctuation.

Never use periods (dots) between your jargon letters. It would defeat the purpose of speeding up thumb typing. For example, ROFL would never be spelled R.O.F.L., and TTYL would never be spelled T.T.Y.L. 

Recommended Etiquette for Using Web and Texting Jargon 

Knowing when to use jargon in your messaging is about knowing who your audience is, knowing if the context is informal or professional, and then using good judgment. If you know the people well, and it is a personal and informal communication, then absolutely use abbreviation jargon. On the flip side, if you are just starting a friendship or professional relationship with the other person, then it is a good idea to avoid abbreviations until you have developed a relationship rapport.

If the messaging is in a professional context with someone at work, or with a customer or vendor outside your company, then avoid abbreviations altogether. Using full word spellings shows professionalism and courtesy. It is much easier to err on the side of being too professional and then relax your communications over time than doing the inverse.