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Parenting Guide to Teenage Texting Acronyms

October 27, 2016
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Texting is sacred for teenagers these days. The research showed that texting is the most popular way of communication among teens; more popular than talking over the phone, emailing or communicating face to face. Thus, parents should know about this part of their kids’ life as much as possible. We already wrote about some common teenage texting acronyms before, and today we want to offer you some more.

Teens usually use text message abbreviations for two reasons. One of them is to save time. Teenagers (13-17 years old) send approximately 3,000 – 4,000 texts per month. Of course they text fast, considering this number of messages.

The second reason why teens use acronyms is to code their message, to make it incomprehensible in case parents or other adults see it. That is why parents need to understand any teen texting code to make sure they are not involved in any inappropriate activity.

teenage sms slang


So, let’s start with the positive and neutral acronyms and then go down to the negative ones including some secret codes.

 Positive connotations

  • LMN – let me know
  • AF – its literal meaning is “as f*ck”, it is usually used as a stronger connotation of “very” – “I was hungry AF”.
  • AWHFY – Are you having fun yet?
  • B4 – before
  • BST – but seriously though
  • F2F – face to face
  • HAGD – have a good day
  • IRL – in real life
  • JAS/JAS – just a minute/just a second
  • LMK – let me know
  • TMA – take my advice
  • TMI – too much information
  • ADN – Any day now
  • FWIW – for what it’s worth
  • IIRC – If I remember correctly
  • IYKWIM – if you know what I mean
  • NTS – note to self
  • Ship – relationship
  • OT – off topic
  • CUNS – see you in school
  • MYT – meet you there
  • SFSG – so far so good
  • LYLAB/LYLAS – love you like a brother/sister

Negative connotations

The following are quite important for parents to know for many reasons. First of all, knowing them you will be able to know if your teens secretly use drugs or have intimate relationships with someone.

message shortenings


Knowing these acronyms, you can also block them on your kids’ phone so that they simply won’t see them if someone sends anything like this. So, here are some acronyms to know.

  • 420/Reggie/Mary Jane/Loud/Bud – Marijuana
  • DOC – drug of choice
  • FOAD – f*ck off and die
  • H8 – hate
  • HSWM – have sex with me
  • IHY/IHU – I hate you
  • CID – acid (the drug)
  • MILF – mother I’d like to f*ck
  • 8 – oral sex
  • PAW – parents are watching
  • POS – parents over shoulder
  • PIR – parent in room
  • P911 – parent alert
  • 303 – mom (used so that parents don’t know whom teens are talking about)
  • LSR – loser
  • DTH – down to hang
  • WTPA – where the party at?
  • SMH – shake my head. Teens usually use it in a negative way regarding adults who try to seem/look younger
  • WTTP – want to trade photos?
  • RUH – Are you horny?
  • SSDD – same sh*t different day
  • STFU – shut the f*ck up
  • NSA – no strings attached

There are much more abbreviations and code words that teens use in texting, but the listed above are the most popular texting acronyms that should be enough to start a parenting road to learning these things. You should take a look at the negative acronyms very carefully in case you see or hear some of them from your teens. Moreover, you can monitor your teens’ text messages and actually understand what’s written there.

If you believe these abbreviations should not be either used or seen by your kids, block them with Pumpic!

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