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Apparently These Are All The Abbreviations Kids Are Using These Days

Apparently These Are All The Abbreviations Kids Are Using These Days

Kids these days. I was recently listening to a podcast where a bunch of high school girls described how they interacted with their peers on various forms of social media, namely Instagram. It blew my mind. I mean, it was a language all its own. Some things meant another thing, some things were meaningless, and some things just purely didn’t make sense to me. It was almost as insightful as the poll where they asked a bunch of kids what’s considered to be “cool” these days.

But in the same fashion that we used to use A/S/L for “Age Sex Location” (which is weirdly on this list), kids are still using a ton of abbreviations to dupe parents and old people like me. Do I believe that kids still use this entire list of potentially outdated phrases? No, that would be absurd because no one needs to say “YGM” for “You’ve Got Mail” anymore. And besides, there’s Snapchat where everything disappears anyway, so kids are just abusing the hell out of that.

But, per KVUE, here they are:

1. 143 – I love you

2. 2DAY – Today

3. 4EAE – For ever and ever

4. ADN – Any day now

5. AFAIK – As far as I know

6. AFK – Away from keyboard

7. ASL – Age/sex/location

8. ATM – At the moment

9. BFN – Bye for now

10. BOL – Be on later

11. BRB – Be right back

12. BTW – By the way

13. CTN – Can’t talk now

14. DWBH – Don’t worry, be happy

15. F2F or FTF – Face to face

16. FWB – Friends with benefits

17. FYEO – For your eyes only

18. GAL – Get a life

19. GB – Goodbye

20. GLHF – Good luck, have fun

21. GTG – Got to go

22. GYPO – Get your pants off

23. HAK – Hugs and kisses

24. HAND – Have a nice day

25. HTH – Hope this helps / Happy to help

26. HW – Homework

27. IDK – I don’t know

28. IIRC – If I remember correctly

29. IKR – I know, right?

30. ILY / ILU – I love you

31. IM – Instant message

32. IMHO – In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion

33. IMO – In my opinion

34. IRL – In real life

35. IWSN – I want sex now

36. IU2U – It’s up to you

37. IYKWIM – If you know what I mean

38. J/K – Just kidding

39. J4F – Just for fun

40. JIC – Just in case

41. JSYK – Just so you know

42. KFY – Kiss for you

43. KPC – Keeping parents clueless

44. L8 – Late

45. LMBO – Laughing my butt off

46. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life

47. LMK – Let me know

48. LOL – Laugh out loud

49. LSR – Loser

50. MIRL – Meet in real life

51. MOS – Mom over shoulder

52. NAGI – Not a good idea

53. NIFOC – Nude in front of computer

54. NM – Never mind

55. NMU – Not much, you?

56. NP – No problem

57. NTS – Note to self

58. OIC – Oh I see

59. OMG – Oh my God

60. ORLY – Oh, really?

61. OT – Off topic

62. OTP- On the phone

63. P911- Parent alert

64. PAW – Parents are watching

65. PCM – Please call me

66. PIR – Parent in room

67. PLS or PLZ – Please

68. PPL – People

69. POS – Parents over shoulder

70. PTB – Please text back

71. QQ – Crying. This abbreviation produces an emoticon in text. It’s often used sarcastically.

72. RAK – Random act of kindness

73. RL – Real life

74. ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

75. RT – Retweet

76. RUOK – Are you okay?

77. SMH – Shaking my head

78. SOS – Someone over shoulder

79. SRSLY- Seriously

80. SSDD – Same stuff, different day

81. SWAK – Sealed with a kiss

82. SWYP – So, what’s your problem?

83. SYS – See you soon

84. TBC – To be continued

85. TDTM -Talk dirty to me

86. TIME – Tears in my eyes

87. WYCM – Will you call me?

88. TMI – Too much information

89. TMRW – Tomorrow

90. TTYL – Talk to you later

91. TY or TU – Thank you

92. VSF – Very sad face

93. WB – Welcome back

94. WTH – What the heck?

95. WTPA – Where the party at?

96. WYCM – Will you call me?

97. YGM – You’ve got mail

98. YOLO – You only live once

99. YW – You’re welcome

100. ZOMG – Oh my God (sarcastic)

101. 182 – I hate you

102. 420 – Marijuana

103. ADR – Address

104. CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around

105. ILU – I Love You

106. KOTL – Kiss On The Lips

107. LMIRL – Let’s Meet In Real Life

108. NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer

109. P999 – Parent Alert

110. PAL – Parents Are Listening -or- Peace And Love

111. RU/18 – Are You Over 18?

112. WYRN – What’s Your Real Name?

The more I read through this list, the more absurd I think it is. No kids are saying “nude in front of the computer” or “I want sex now” or “get your pants off.” Those would be absurd things we’d say to people online in 1999 to fuck with them when we’d assume they were old people trying to sexually harass us.

If I rolled into a high school, these kids aren’t texting each other “P999” for “Parent Alert.” They’re Snapchatting and Yik-Yakking that there’s an old dude around while pointing and laughing. These are the things molesters would put in text messages if they were trying to lure these kids in, only to get outed because they sound like they’re from 2001.

Whatever. It shouldn’t matter anyway. DWBH, IYKWIM.

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Will deFries

Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries. Email me at will@grandex.co.

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