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The acronym “DW” is a great way to make a conversation a little less tense. We’ll tell you what it means and how to use it in your posts.

Do not worry Be Happy

DW means “don’t worry”. It is used to tell someone to relax and stop worrying about something. It can be sent on its own or combined with other sentences. For example, “dw about it” or “dw too much”.

It is a term widely used in text messages and chat applications, such as WhatsApp and iMessage. You can also find it used in social media sites like Twitter and Instagram.

The acronym is written in lower case “dw” instead of upper case “DW”. It can also be written as “d / w” with a slash between the letters, in the same way that “whatever” is written as “w / e”. However, this style is largely outdated.

The origins of DW

The phrase “don’t worry” has been around for a very long time. He was famous in Bobby McFerrin’s song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, which topped the charts in 1988.

DW is one of the first group of Internet acronyms that became popular in the 1990s and 2000s. The first definition for it on Urban dictionary dates back to 2003. With other slang terms like TBH and AFK, DW appeared in online discussion forums and early Internet forums. It then gained popularity with the rise of instant messaging applications such as AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo Messenger.

Live worry free

DW is a calming and reassuring acronym. It is used to tell someone that they don’t need to worry about something. It can defuse a tense situation with someone in discussion.

One of the most common uses of DW is to show that you have fixed a problem or situation. For example, if someone is worried about the weather for an outdoor event tomorrow, you could say, “dw, I checked the weather earlier today, and the forecast was sunny”. In this context, DW gives someone the reassurance that you are in control.

Alternatively, it can also be used to minimize the importance of something. For example, if someone is apprehensive about their outfit, you could say “dw” to let them know what they’re wearing doesn’t really matter. In this use case, it is a more user-friendly alternative to “IDC” or “I don’t care”.

Dear woman?

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Another use of the acronym DW can be found online wedding or parent forums. In this context, it means “dear wife” or “darling wife” – an affectionate term online used by people to refer to their partner. It is often used alongside other family Internet acronyms such as DH, DS, and DD, which refer to “dear husband”, “dear son” and “dear daughter” respectively.

Although this use is significantly less common than “don’t worry”, you can still come across it sometimes. It is often found in stories or posts that refer to someone’s spouse. For example, a user might post: “My DW recently repainted our master bedroom. It looks amazing! It can also be used in an ironic and sarcastic way. If they are actually very frustrated with their partner about something, they could use the extra “dear” to express that.

There are other niche uses for DW as well. It may be a shortcut for the popular British sci-fi show Doctor Who and its titular hero in film and television circles. These are also the initials of a character from the adult animated show Archer.

How to use DW

To use DW, place it in the place where you would otherwise say “don’t worry”. If you are using it in a conversation or social media post, be sure to use the lowercase “dw”. Because it’s such a casual slang term, avoid using it in formal or business communication.

Here are some ways to use DW in your posts:

  • dw, I’ll take care of it.
  • I have already requested repairs from the owner, dw about this.
  • dw, I’m sure things will improve soon.
  • dw on laundry for now.

If you don’t want to worry about knowing the right words when you are online, you should check out our explainers on other internet acronyms like NVM and TLDR.

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