Learn the Definition of the Pop Culture Phrase 'FLBP'

A primer on web and text jargon

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FLBP is a pop culture expression used to describe chesty women. It translates as "future lower back problems," and you are most likely to see it in references to photos of women who are large-breasted. The FLBP expression evolved from photo-blogging websites where pictures of chesty women are featured. FLBP largely grew in popularity thanks to TheChive website, a popular photo-sharing site for young people.

Web Expressions That Grew in Popularity With FLBP

  • DAR – Daily Afternoon Randomness, describing random photos and whimsical meme entertainment online
  • Rule 34 – a humorous description of pseudo-porn
  • YOLO – You Only Live Once

These and many other acronyms and abbreviations are in common use on the web and in text messaging. Even people who profess to know none of them know that LOL means laughing out loud. If you plan to use web jargon, you need to know a bit about the rules of usage, so as not to appear to be a rank amateur.

How to Capitalize and Punctuate Web Abbreviations

Capitalization is a nonconcern when using text message abbreviations and chat jargon. You are welcome to use all uppercase (ROFL, for example) or all lowercase (rofl), and the meaning is identical—rolling on the floor laughing. Avoid typing entire sentences in uppercase, though, as that means shouting in online speak.

Proper punctuation is similarly a nonconcern 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 acceptable formats with or without punctuation.

Never use periods between the jargon letters; it defeats the purpose of speeding up typing with your thumbs. ROFL would never be spelled R.O.F.L., and TTYL (talk to you later) 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 your audience, knowing if the context is informal or professional, and then using good judgment. If you know the person well, and the message is personal and informal, then use web jargon whenever it fits. However, if you are starting a friendship or professional relationship with another person, 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, 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 reverse.