10 Portuguese Abbreviations and Expressions for Texting and Social Media

In this post you’ll learn some very common Portuguese abbreviations and expressions that Brazilians use all the time for texting and social media. 

They are also common on emails and some of them are also used in colloquial conversation. So let’s have a look at 10 Brazilian Portuguese abbreviations and expressions.



This is normally used in text messages and comments on social media to show that you found a post or what the other person said in a previous message very funny. The name of the consonant k in portuguese is cá, so a lot of cás  makes it cácácácácá, which resembles the sounds of someone laughing.

9. rsrsrsrsrs

Rs is the internet abbreviation of risos (laughs), so a string of rs also means that you found something funny. You’re basically saying that you’re laughing a lot.

8. blz

One way of informally greeting someone is to say Tudo beleza? the word beleza literally means beauty and the letters blz together is an abbreviation of the word beleza. You can also say beleza or write blz in a text message when you want to say OK to something that was proposed by the other person.

7. bjs

Another Portuguese abbreviation very common in text messages and emails. Short for beijos (kisses).

6. abs

Similarly we have this Portuguese abbreviation for abraços, which means hugs. Again, very common for people to write this at the end of emails and text messages.

5. vc

Another Portuguese abbreviation. This one is the abbreviation for você, which means you.

4. pq?

The abbreviation for por quê? which means why?

3. bora

This one can be found in lots of memes and it’s also said by people in colloquial speech.

Bora, which is a short version of the word embora, and it’s part of the common phrase Vamos embora – which can mean, Let’s leave, but it can also mean Let’s go.

In this meme, it translates as Let’s go drink a few to cure the hangover.

2. partiu

Similarly we have partiu,comes from the verb partir, which means to part, to divide, but also to depart, to leave. So, partir conjugated in the third person singular in the simple past is partiu. This is also very common in memes, hashtags and also said in colloquial conversation when you want to show you’re excited about something that is about to start or has just started. In this meme – partiu sexta-feirasexta-feira  means Friday, so it’s like saying Friday has started! or Friday is on!

People also use partiu in a question, when inviting someone to do something: Partiu cinema?


1. arrasou

This is the past tense of the verb arrasar in the third person singular, and it means to destroy, to demolish, and we can say that to someone when we want to pay them a compliment for something they’ve done well, or even the way the look. So, if you say to someone Arrasou! it means You killed it! or You nailed it!


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