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Sunday, October 14, 2012

What Are Kids Saying when Texting?


Texting Acronyms 101:

 Popular "Text Abbreviations" or Acronyms Parents Should Know

Thirty years ago, moms and dads everywhere would yell at their kids when anyone in the house was on the phone for more than 15 minutes. They were afraid an emergency call couldn't get through, or they themselves, were waiting for an important call.
Back then, there was a dial up land line in the kitchen and everyone used the same phone. Teenagers had little privacy with this set up, it wasn't like you could take the phone to your room, or heaven forbid, the bathroom.
Now, however, technology has morphed and kids communicate instantaneously - through cell phones, the internet and typing with thumbs on a virtual keyboard, anywhere, and often in private. This is commonly referred to as texting.
For parents and other caretakers that want help understanding what their kids are texting about, see the following Texting 101 glossary of terms list.

Texting Acronyms 101: 

.!!!!: Talk to the hand

?: I have a question
?^: Let's hook up?
@TEOTD: At the end of the day
143: I love you
2bornot2b: To be or not to be
2moro: Tomorrow
2nite: Tonight
404: I haven't a clue
9: Parent is watching
Addy: address
AIMP: Always in my prayers
AYTMTB: And you're telling me this because
B4: Before
B4N: Bye for now
B4u: Before you
BC: Because
BF: Boy friend or best friend
BI5: Back in five minutes
BZ: Busy
CMIW: Correct me if I'm wrong
Convo: Conversation
CRS: Can't remember sh~t
CWOT: Complete waste of time
DBABAI: Don't be a b~tch about it
DGT: Don't go there
DHYB: Don't hold your breath
DQMOT: Don't quote me on this
F2F: Face to Face
FAWC: For anyone who cares

FF: Friends forever
FOFL: Falling on Floor, Laughing
FWB: Friends with benefits
FWIIW: For what it's worth
G4I: Go for it
G8: Great
GAL: Get a life
GLBT: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered
GOI: Get over it
GTG: Got to go
GTK: Good to know
GWS: Get well soon
HAG1: Have a good one
HAND: Have a nice day
HHOKL Ha ha, Only kidding
HIG: How's it going?
HSIK: How should I know?
HTH: Hope this helps
I&I: Intercourse and inebriation
IH8it: I hate it
ILY: I love you
IRL: In real life
JK: Just kidding
L8R: Later
LOL: Laughing out loud
NP: No problem or nosy parents
OIC: Oh I see
OMG: Oh my God
RBTL: Read between the lines
ROFL: Rolling on floor, laughing
STBY: Sucks to be You
TMI: Too much information
TTFN: Ta Ta for now
TTYL: Talk to you later
TYVM: Thank you very much
TXTG: Texting
TY: Thank you
U: You
U2: You too
WYWH, Wish you were here

Author's Note:
I believe that kids have a right to some privacy, but I also believe that parents have the right to know what their kids are up to, and should be involved in their lives. I don't necessarily advocate that parents should read their children's private texts however, if the child exhibits frustration, anger, or depression, or suddenly changes what is important to them, I do think it is permissible for parents to do everything in their power, to keep their kids on the right track, including reviewing their text messages.

Cassandra, my 22 year old daughter
Published by Kay Balbi
"Life is a journey, not a destination. You only get one life-are you living it?" Freelance writer and business management consultant Kay Balbi has many passions and interests to share. She is an author, insp...  View profile

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