What Does RN Mean in Internet Lingo?

This popular acronym can show up practically anywhere

Whether you're reading tweets on Twitter or texting with your BFF, you're bound to see someone use the acronym RN sooner or later. Here's what you need to know about this relatively popular acronym.

RN stands for:

Right Now

It's just that simple. RN refers to the present moment — not yesterday, or tomorrow, or an hour ago or five minutes from now. It means exactly now!

iPhone screen saying "Wyd?" "Nothing rn"

How RN Is Used

RN is used to help describe anything that is currently happening in the present. This might include:

  • Current events or situations
  • Current thoughts or emotions
  • Current actions or behaviors
  • Current needs or wants
  • Current environmental conditions

The current event (or thought, feeling, etc.) is usually described first, and then RN follows directly after. Unlike other popular acronyms such as IDTS, HRU, WYM, and others, RN is hardly ever used as a standalone phrase and almost always acts as an additional piece of information following a statement.

Examples of RN in Use

Example 1: A current event or situation

"Jones is starting to go over the exam prep rn, so u better get to class if u don't wanna miss it!"

Example 2: A current feeling

"So tired rn, feel like I could sleep for 2 days straight..."

Example 3: The current weather conditions

"It's snowing pretty bad rn, maybe we should reschedule."

Example 4: A current need or want

"Craving a burger pretty intensely rn... wanna go out for lunch?"

When to Use RN

Despite its popularity, RN is an acronym that isn't really necessary to use. For instance, consider the fact there isn't much difference between saying something like, "It's raining" and "It's raining rn." You'd most likely assume that it was raining right now anyway even if RN wasn't tacked onto the end.

RN is more about adding emphasis rather than offering extra information. Most people can already figure out that you're talking about something that's happening in the current moment (unless you specifically describe it as having happened in the past or as expected to happen in the future), so RN does nothing but emphasize the here and now.

Take another look at the four examples above, but this time, pretend that RN isn't there. You'd still assume that these events were taking place in the present. The extra addition of RN simply highlights this fact.

Other Time Period Acronyms to Know About

RN is used to emphasize what's happening in the given moment, but there are other abbreviations you can use to refer to other time periods as well. Here are the ones that are worth knowing about:

Tmrw: Tomorrow e.g. "I'm not going to work tmrw."

Yday: Yesterday e.g. "Yday was a lot of fun."

Yr: Year e.g. "It's been 2 yrs since I've visited this place."

Mth or Mo. for plural: Month e.g. "We're going away next mnth" or "I broke up with him 6 mo. ago."

Wk.: Week e.g. "They're calling for rain next wk."

W/E: Weekend e.g. "I'm free on the w/e if u wanna hang out."

Hr: Hour e.g. "Meet me at our table in the coffee shop in 3 hrs."

Min: Minute e.g. "Give me 5 mins to get my things together."

Sec: Second e.g. "I'll be there in a sec."

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