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50 Abbreviations All Parents Should Know

July 10, 2015
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Ok, so now you have the access to messages of your teen. Does it help you understand your child and keep track of his or her connections with others if you see mostly odd punctuations, letters, and numbers? Teens have created their own text language that is a complete mystery to any parent.

Here is a full form of many frequently used abbreviations:

  1. 143 – I love you
  2. AFAIK – as far as I know
  3. ATM – at the moment
  4. Bf/GF – boyfriend/ girlfriend
  5. BFN – bye for now
  6. BTW – by the way
  7. FTF – face to face
  8. FWB – friends with benefits
  9. FYEO – for your eyes only
  10. GR8 – great
  11. FYI – for your information
  12. HAK – hugs and kisses
  13. IANAL – I am not a liar
  14. IDK- I don’t know
  15. ILY/ILU – I love you
  16. IRL – in real life
  17. J/K – just kidding
  18. J4F – just for fun
  19. LMBO – laughing my butt off
  20. LOL – laughing out loudly
  21. NAGI – not a good idea
  22. NM – never mind
  23. NSFL – not safe for life
  24. NTS – note to self
  25. OMG – oh my God
  26. PPl – people
  27. PTB – please text back
  28. QQ – crying
  29. RUOK – are you okay?
  30. SRSLY – seriously
  31. SWAK – sealed with a kiss
  32. TIA – thanks in advance
  33. TIME – tears in my eyes
  34. TY/TU – thank you
  35. PAW – parents are watching

Mind that there are some abbreviations that are usually used in sexting. Do not miss them and ring an alarm when you see them in your child’s messages.

  1. 53X – sex
  2. CU46 – see you for sex
  3. DURS – damn you are sexy
  4. DUSL – do you scream loudly?
  5. FOI – fond of leather
  6. GNOC – get naked on cam
  7. GYPO – get your pants off
  8. IWSN – I want sex now
  9. LH6 – let’s have sex
  10. LHOS – let’s have sex online
  11. LHU – let’s hook up
  12. NFS – need for sex
  13. SOT – sex on text
  14. TDTM – talk dirty to me
  15. XTC – ecstacy

The list can be continued endlessly. Still these are the most popular abbreviations children use.

Rachel Fowlers
Rachel Flowers is a journalist with a big passion for technologies. She has recently graduated from San Francisco State University and sees herself as a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging about computer and mobile technologies as well as different software. In her free time, she learns coding and foreign languages. Contact .

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