Obviously, Obvs, or Obvi?

Sure, I realize that there may be more important issues than this, but shit’s important to me. The other day at work, I sent an email with “obvs” like I do on HA sometimes. A coworker thought it was important to let me know that the proper abbreviation of obviously is “obvi.”

Now, I don’t want to besmirch my workmates, but that can’t possibly be right, can it? Maybe?

There are a few things that make me worry that I maaaaay be wrong. First, the spelling: “Obvi” clearly cuts off in a logical place. “Obvs” really doesn’t. Second, when my coworker told me it was “obvi” I could pronounce it correctly. It took me 3 times to pronounce “obvs” and it’s my word. Finally, I’m not sure where “obvs” came from. I feel like I’ve always just abbreviated it that way.

So in conclusion, why am I talking about this? Good night!


  1. 3

    Martin Langeland spews:

    Possible “obvs” comes from the shorthand system that eliminates vowels, as in “shrthnd” But “bvsl” is a little too hard to decipher. So “obvs”
    or not.

  2. 4

    Michael spews:

    Depends on if you’re the kind of person that has multiple focuses or foci.

    Sounds like your coworker is a foci kind of person.

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    Ten Years After - Roger Rabbit is just a liberal progressive troll. spews:

    Not much going on at work these days, Carl?