What Does W/ Mean?
W/ means “With.”The abbreviation W/ is used to replace the word “with” in any context (e.g., “in addition to” or “along with”).
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Although its origin is contested, W/ has been used since the rise of the fast-food industry in the 1950s, when, as a form of shorthand to save time, waitresses replaced the words “with” and “without” with the phrases W/ and W/O when writing down food orders.
Summary of Key Points
“With” is the most common definition for W/ on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
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When I write W/, I mean this:
W/ means “with”
Examples of W/ in Sentences
Here are examples of W/ being used in conversations:Sian: Will you take me shopping?Robert: No. Go and play W/ your brother. That”s basically the reason we had him.Billy: Hey, you have something on your chin… no, the 3rd one down.Tina: Why don”t you go and swim W/ sharks?
An Academic Look at W/
W/ is classified as a cyber term as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, cyber term terms were introduced for brevity, but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations. W/ is used to replace the preposition with. For example:She saw the dog W/ the ball. (Here, W/ is a preposition showing the relationship between the words dog andball.)
What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?
Before the digital era, we might have said something like “together with” instead of W/.
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