By now, texting acronyms like LOL and OMG are pretty pervasive in pop culture; my daughter knew them in preschool, you hear them from the least hip anchors on TV morning shows, and heck, your own parents probably have texted you an LOL at some point. But when you’re the parent of a tween or teen, and you’re keeping careful track of who – and what – they’re texting, it’s good to be able dig a little deeper. Here, 99 texting acronyms and expressions that every parent should know. It’s not complete by any means, but it’s a start.

Of course, lots of text speak will vary by region or even school or peer group. This is really just to help you understand that this kind of language exists in the first place. And yes, there will be completely new ones by the time you have these memorized. Wily kids.


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143          I love you

1432        I love you too

ATM        At The moment

gerd          Abbreviation for ermagerd (Oh my God)

GR8          Great

CMB         Call Me Back

CUNS       See You In School

F2F          Face to Face

FOAF       Friend Of A Friend

FML          F*** My Life

FTW          For The Win

GTG           Got to Go

GTFO       Get the F* Out

HAK        Hugs and Kisses

HMU       Hit Me Up

IKR         I Know, Right?

IDC          I Don’t Care

IDK         I don’t Know

ITA/D     I Totally Agree/Disagree

IRL         In real life

J/K         Just Kidding

KK          Okay

KWIM    Know what I mean?

L&R        Love and respect

mmk       Mmm…okay

MEGO     My Eyes are Glazing Over

MYT        Meet You There

NAGI       Not A Good Idea

NBD        No Big Deal

NGH       Not Gonna Happen

NMP        Not My Problem

NSFW      Not Safe for Work

NSFL       Not Safe for Life

NTIM       Not That It Matters

N00B      Newbie

OATUS   On a totally unrelated subject

O RLY    Oh, really?

P&C         Private and Confidential

PITA        Pain in the A**

REHI       Hi, again

RUOK      Are You OK?

QQ            Crying (often humorously)

SFSG       So Far So Good

SLT         Something Like That

SOL         Sh** Out of Luck

SUP        What’s up?

UOK        Are you okay?

4Q             F*** You

VCDA      Vaya Con Dios, Amigo

VSF         Very Sad Face

WDYM  What Do You Mean?

WFM     Works For Me

WRUD    What Are You Doing?

WTG        Way To Go!

W00T      Hooray!

WTH        What The Hell?

XOXOZZZ Hugs, kisses, sweet dreams

ZOMG       Oh my God


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AITR       Adult in the Room

303          Mom

M/POS    Mom/Parents over shoulder

PIR          Parent in Room

PAL         Parents are Listening

PAW       Parents are Watching

CD9         Parents around/Code 9

PA / PA911    Parent Alert

9                Parent Watching

99             Parent Gone


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53X          Sex

?^              Want to Hook Up?

ASLP       (What is your) Age/Sex/Location/Picture? (Also ASL)

CU46         See You For Sex

DYHAB/G    Do You Have A Boyfriend/Girlfriend?

DTH          Down To Hang (I’m up for getting together)

FWB           Friends With Benefits

GNOC         Get Naked on Camera

I&I              Intercourse & Inebriation

IPN            I’m Posting Naked

LH6           Let’s Have Sex

LJBF        Let’s just be friends

LMIRL    Let’s Meet In Real Life

LYLAB/S Love You Like A Brother/Sister

NSA        No Strings Attached

RU/18      Are You Over 18?

WTTP      Want To Trade Pictures?

 *Note that most sexual Internet abbreviations  are derived from dating sites and message boards. You’re more likely to see them on apps like Tinder than on texts to friends. 


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1174        The meeting place for  a party

420          Marijuana

BYAM     Between You and Me

4YEO      For Your Eyes Only

CRAFT    Can’t Remember a F’ing Thing

CICYHW  Can I Copy Your Homework?

DADT      Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

DOC          Drug Of Choice

SOBT       Stressed Out Big Time

TWD        Texting While Driving

WTPA      Where’s The Party At?

%\            Hangover

#-)         Exhausted, partied all night

%*}      Inebriated