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Text speak for parents – A whole other language you might not know

Are you up to speed with all the jargon and txt speak your kids are using when texting or messaging on Snapchat or Kik messenger?

If you get a reply like this from your kid do you immediately know what it means?

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If not, you might want to swot up on the most common used acronyms. From a parenting perspective, these break down into two groups.

1. Coded warnings to the other person that you (the parent) are around, or sexting acronyms that might concern you if you see them on your kids phone.

2. The most commonly used innocent abbreviations


1. Coded Warnings and Sexting

The Better Parenting Institute posted an excellent list of text speak that parents should be on the look out for on their kids phones. You can read the full list at the Better Parenting Institute  but here are some which relate to “Parent Alert!” and Sexting.


Parent alerts

CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around

99: Parent has left

P911 – Parent Alert

PAL – Parents Are Listening

PAW – Parents Are Watching

PIR – Parent In Room

MOS – Mom Over Shoulder

KPC – Keeping Parents Clueless


Some sexting acronyms

GNOC – Get Naked On Cam

GYPO – Get Your Pants Off

IMEZRU – I Am Easy, Are You?

IWSN – I Want Sex Now

KFY -or- K4Y – Kiss For You

LMIRL – Let’s Meet In Real Life

MPFB – My Personal F*** Buddy

NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer

TDTM – Talk Dirty To Me

WYCM – Will You Call Me?

DUSL – Do You Scream Loud?


2. Most commonly used  abbreviations

If you want to get up to speed on the most commonly used abbreviations that your kids are using, here’s a pretty comprehensive list.


ASAP     As Soon As Possible

ASAIC    As Soon As I Can

LOL         Laugh Out Loud

TU          Thank You

GM        Good Morning

GE          Good Evening

GN         Good Night

JFY          Just For You

MTUK   More Than You Know

OSLT      Or Something Like That

ACC        Actually

AFS        Always Forever and Seriously

APP        Application

AUO      I don’t know

AW         Any Way

B4           Before

BBS        Be Back Soon

BBL         Be Back Later

BBN       Be Back Never

BBT        Be Back Tomorrow

BF           Boy Friend

GF          Girl Friend

BFF         Best Friend Forever

BOT        Back On Topic

BBZ        Babes

CYL         Catch You Later

D8           Date

DAM      Don’t Ask Me

DAQ       Don’t Ask question

DARL     Darling

DAT        That

DDT        Don’t Do That

F9           Fine

FBF         Facebook Friend

G2E        Go To Eat

G8          Great

GTH       Go To Hell

GTG      Got To Go

H2CUS  Hope To See You Soon

HAGL     Have A Good Life

HAGD    Have A Good Day

HAGN   Have A Good Night

HAGE    Have A Good Evening

HAND    Have A Nice Day

HBU       How About You

HDU       How Dare You

HEY        Hello, Hi

HF           Have Fun

HHOJ     Ha Ha, Only Joking

HHOK    Ha Ha, Only Kidding

HHVF     Ha Ha, Very Funny

IAS         In A Second

IHS         I Hope So

IIL           I’m in Love

IK            I Know

J4F          Just For Fun

J4L          Just For Laugh

J4U         Just For You

JLT          Just Like That

K             Okay

KL           Cool

B4           Before

IDK         I Don’t Know

L8            Later

L8ER       Later

ME2       Me Too

N             And

N2G       Need To Go

PPL         People

PLZ         Please

PM         Private Message

RI8          Right

S2U        Same to You

SRY         Sorry

THANX, TNX, TX                Thanks

THN       Then

TTLY       Totally

TTYL      Talk To You Later

TTUL      Talk To You Later

TTUS      Talk To You Soon

U             You

UR          Your

W/          With

W/O      Without

W/E       Whatever

W8         Wait

WC         Welcome

W^         What’s up

XLNT      Excellent

X_X        Dead

Y              Why

YEAH, YH              Yes

SD           Sweet Dreams

WTF       What The F**k

BTW       By The Way

BRB        Be Right Back

JK            Just Kidding

FYI          For Your Information

FB           Facebook

WTH      What The Hell

LMK       Let Me Know

OMG     Oh! My God


Hope you found that useful and BTW, GTG HAGD and TTYL!



About the author

Evan is a digital marketing lecturer and trainer and also delivers digital parenting workshops throughout Ireland for schools and parent groups. He developed his digital media expertise in London where he was Head of European Marketing for Yahoo! Mobile, Head of Customer and New Media marketing at Orange and Head of Direct Marketing at BT. He has extensive experience of digital marketing across web and mobile covering the Irish, UK and European markets Evan is the founder of The Digital Parenting Academy and www.digitalparenting.ie