Members of the Facebook group Kelmet il-Malti have been getting creative this week, making Maltese versions of popular internet acronyms and even making up their own.
While we’re sure you’re already using Maltese acronyms like “ħmt” (ħammut), and maybe more naughtier ones like “xżb” or “bl”, here are five original acronyms that you can start using in your internet jargon!
1. ħħ (ħu ħinek)
An effective replacement to “tyt”, this acronym is short, sweet, and gets the message across that whoever you’re talking to is in no hurry to get back to the keyboard.
2. uml (u mela żikk)
We’ve all been there – you had a long day at work, you’re dying to just get home and binge-watch whatever tv show Netflix feeds you through their suggestions, and suddenly your friend is messaging you to come with them to Paceville because there’s a “super cool party that you just have to come to”. U mela żikk!
3. kjb (kemm jien beżżul)
This acronym does what it says on the tin. We all get unlucky, and sometimes you just need to vent to your friends with a heated three-paragraph rant on messenger, followed by a crisp “kjb” to really send the message home.
4. tx (tgħaġġel xejn)
A variant of ħħ, but this could have a bit more of a sarcastic flair to it if worded well. This could be a fitting acronym for when your friend is taking a longer-than-normal toilet break and you want to tell them off. A cheeky “tx ta” would do the trick.
5. mħ (mhux ħazin)
Picture this: you receive a spontaneous text message from someone you haven’t spoken to in years asking “kif inti? ❤️”. You’re not necessarily in the best of moods, but you also don’t feel that it’s appropriate to start ranting about your stressful work day or dead love life. “Mħ” communicates the sentiment well.
BONUS: UFPOSUFDILO (You Fucking Piece Of Shit U Foxx Dik Il-Liba Ommok)
A throwback provided by Jean Borg, who used this in a message to Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manché, this acronym is a bi-linguistic masterpiece that will surely convey whatever anger you want to get across.