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OMG! Secret Acronyms Your Teens May Be Using

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Wouldn’t life be great if all parents were given a manual called, “What to expect when your kids are texting”? In a world of smartphones, Facebook and twitter, keeping up with your kid’s activity can sometimes seem impossible.

Don’t worry parents, we launched deep into cyberspace to decode some of the most current teen-talk. You may recognize some of these internet acronyms, but many of them are shocking!




Have a read-through for yourself then tell us below, is it OK for teens to use inappropriate language through short codes and acronyms? Is using short codes equivalent to actually cursing or swearing?


  • AFK: Away from keyboard
  • ASL: Age, sex, location
  • BBL: Be back later
  • BF/ GF: Boyfriend/Girlfriend
  • BFF: Best friend(s) forever
  • BRB: Be right back
  • DM/PM: Direct/Private message
  • DTF: Down to f—
  • E/ X: Ecstasy
  • FML: F— my life
  • GFU: Get f—ed up
  • GTFOH: Get the f— out of here
  • GTG: Got to go
  • GTL: Gym, tan, laundry
  • HMU: Hit me up
  • IDC: I don’t care
  • IDK: I don’t know
  • ILU/ ILY: I love you
  • IMO: In my opinion
  • JK: Just kidding/ joking
  • K/KK: Okay
  • KPC: Keeping (my) parents clueless
  • LMAO: Laughing my a– off
  • LMFAO: Laughing my f—ing a– off
  • LMK: Let me know
  • LOL/ LOLZ: Laughing out loud
  • NIFOC: Naked in front of computer
  • NSA: No strings attached
  • NSFW: Not safe for work
  • OMG: Oh my god
  • OOC: Out of control
  • PDA: Public display (of) affection
  • PIR/ MIR/ DIR: Parents/ Mom/ Dad in room
  • POP/ MOP/ DOP: Parents/ Mom/ Dad on (the) prowl
  • POS/ MOS/ DOS: Parents/ Mom/ Dad over (my) shoulder
  • ROFL: Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • ROFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my a– off
  • ROFLMFAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my f—ing a– off
  • S2R: Send to receive (a photo or video)
  • SMH: Shaking my head
  • STFU: Shut the f— up
  • STHU: Shut the heck/ hell up
  • TTYL/ TTYS: Talk to you later/ soon
  • WTH: What the heck/ hell
  • WTF: What the f—
  • WYH: Wish you (were) here

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