In an age where speed is everything, even when it comes to conveying information, it’s no longer uncommon to meet people who use a lot of abbreviations. Given that some are used more than others, they eventually become a norm, gaining universal recognition. One great example is OFC.
Because OFC is so widely used, we’ve decided to look over what it means, as well as when it can and cannot be used.
What does OFC mean?
Long story short, OFC is an abbreviation for of course. It is used to show your approval towards a certain idea or question.
As with the long version, OFC can also be used as a substitute for yes, although it only works with texts, and not as much when dealing with verbal communication.
The reason OFC came to be, as mentioned earlier, is the lack of time that most users experience, thus helping them convey the same message with less effort, similar to how BRB is used instead of “be right back”.
When can I use OFC in a conversation?
Because it is an abbreviation of an unformal nature, OFC can be used as much as one desires when chatting or having friendly conversation with friends and close ones.
Here’s an example of when you can use OFC naturally:
John: Will you be coming to the party tonight?
Hannah: OFC! See you there!
Note that since OFC means Of course, adding not afterwards, completely changes the meaning from of course to of course not.
When shouldn’t I use OFC?
Given the fact that OFC it is pretty much texting slang, it should never be used during formal conversations.
This includes work resumes, chatting with colleagues at work (your superiors in particular), potential work clients or anyone with whom you desire a strictly work-based relationship.
Here’s an example of when you shouldn’t use OFC:
Employer: Have you managed to do all the paperwork?
Employee: OFC I have, sir!
One exception for using OFC at work is when chatting with your own peers, people with whom you can be more open to, since your relationship with them may go way beyond work.
Here’s a great example of when OFC can be used within a work environment:
Friend A: Hey, do you want to grab a bite to eat after work?
Friend B: OFC I do! Same place as always?
OFC: when to use and when to avoid it
As a summary, OFC should only be used when talking to the following:
- Coworkers to whom you have a closer relationship
Alternatively, OFC should never be used when talking to the following:
- Your employers or potential employers
- Coworkers with whom you wish to maintain a strictly professional relationship
Now that we’ve made it clear to you what OFC means, and when you should and shouldn’t use it, we hope that your communication skills will greatly improve.
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