Does “af” look like a typo to you? I know it stands for “as fuck,” but when I see it in writing, I imagine an affff sound. For example, “bold af” doesn’t make me think “bold as fuck.” It makes me think, “bold afffff.”
Text from a friend: It’s hot af outside.
How that text reads in my head: It’s hot afffff outside.
But although it’s mentally confusing (for me, anyway), it is very handy for conserving letters when texting or tweeting — forums where every character counts. To that end, I made a list of other handy “as” phrases and their lowercase acronymns. These particular phrases might be especially useful when texting/tweeting about current events.
In fact, if you read the list in order, it adds up to a story of sorts about our times. Here’s a snippet — you can check out the whole thing on McSweeney’s, and I hope you will. Thanks! You’re cool af.
PS: If you’d like to try using one of these acronyms in a sentence, I’d very much like to see it.