You have probably seen the abbreviation NVM in a text before. Here̵7;s what this common piece of conversational internet means and how to use it properly.
What it means
Unlike most abbreviated slang terms on the internet, NVM is not an abbreviation. It is rather an abbreviated version of “never mind”. Sometimes you also see it as “NVMD” or “NM.”
Never mind can be abbreviated in both lowercase (NVM) or lowercase (nvm), but the latter is much more common. You often see it online, in message programs, chat rooms or text messages when someone wants everyone else in the conversation to ignore their latest message.
The origin of NVM
NVM has been used since the earliest online chat rooms. It was often used because people often had to write quickly and efficiently. Many messaging platforms, such as SMS, also had strict character restrictions, so it was necessary to shorten longer phrases.
The top entry for NVM on the Urban Dictionary dates back to 2003 (although it is much older) and is simply defined as “nevermind.” Since then, it has gained widespread use across the internet, on social media and messaging apps.
Use NVM in chats and texts
The most common use of NVM is to ask someone to ignore the last message you sent. This often happens when you ask for help. Suppose you are trying to solve a difficult math problem and contact someone for help. Then say that you succeed in solving the problem on your own. If you send a text to “the person you contacted for help, you will know that they can ignore your previous message.
Similarly, you can send a message to a store to see if it is in stock if you are shopping for an item. But if you then receive the item as a gift, you can announce: “Nvm, just received it as a gift!” The seller then knows that they do not need to come back with you.
You can also use nvm when you change something. For example, you can text a friend for advice on which shirt to buy. But if you decide to get something completely different, you can text “Nvm! Got a shirt instead. ”
Unusual use of NVM
NVM is also sometimes used in a passive aggressive or sarcastic way. When someone does not open your messages, you can say nvm to get their attention or make them feel guilty for not responding.
You can also use NVM if you accidentally send a message to the wrong person. While this can be embarrassing (especially if it has been read), a simple “nvm, wrong number” or “nvm, which is meant to be sent to someone else” should fix it.
Many will also use NVM when the person they are talking to does not understand their question. Here is an example:
- Person A: Have you seen the new episode yet?
- Person B: What? A new episode came out?
- Person A: LOL, nvm.
Another use of NVM is when you ask questions or make inquiries on social media. For example, suppose you ask your followers for suggestions on which movie to watch. Then you suddenly change plans and decide not to watch a movie after all. You might post something like “nvm, looks like I’m not going to watch a movie after all.”
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How to use NVM
Because NVM means “do not think”, you can use it in the same situations where you would use that phrase. It would probably be best to just use it in casual conversations.
Below are some more examples of NVM in action:
- Nvm, I fixed it.
- Nvm, you do not need to bring food. I got some delivered.
- Sorry, nvm, I meant to send that meme to Dan.
- NVM, I completely forgot what I was going to ask.
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