130 Popular Texting Acronyms Parents of Teens Should Know

by Nancy Reynolds

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If you’ve ever glanced over your teen’s shoulder when they’re texting, chances are you found yourself pretty clueless. I mean, BFN? IU2U? WYA? What does it all mean? What are they really saying and could it be potentially risky?

It might not be our intention to invade our teen’s privacy (although it IS our job to know what’s going on in their lives), what we need to be doing is simply gaining knowledge. Because the more we know, the better we can parent and possibly prevent our teens from traveling down the wrong path or making a poor decision. 

The good news is, most of what our teens text is pretty harmless. However, there are a handful of acronyms that every parent of teens should be aware of – acronyms that are specifically used to mask risky behavior. 

To keep you “in the know,” we did some serious research, asking and digging, and came up with the most frequently used texting acronyms teenagers use today – some harmless, some not. Your teen likely doesn’t use all of these, but there’s a pretty good chance many of them are included in their daily texts.

Keep in mind that keeping up with teenagers’ secret language is like trying to hit a moving target. Slang words and acronyms are always changing. So while these are the most popular texting acronyms today, they very well may be a thing of the past next month. Here are 130 popular texting acronyms parents of teens should know.

Heads up, parents! If you want the lowdown on the latest slang words teens are using today, scroll down and check out the post at the bottom of this page!

130 Popular Texting Acronyms Parents of Teens Should Know


Popular (Harmless) Social Media and Texting Acronyms

143: I love you

2Day: Today

4EAE: Forever and ever

ADN: Any day now

AF: As f*ck

AFAIK: As far as I know

BFN: Bye for now

BOL: Burst out laughing or Best of luck

BRB: Be right back

BTW: By the way

CTN: Can’t talk now

DM: Direct message

FOMO: Fear of missing out

FRF or FTF: Face to Face

FWIW: For what it’s worth

GAL: Get a life

GB: Goodbye

GG: Good game

GLHF: Good luck have fun

GTG: Got to go (or good to go)

H8: Hate

HAK: Hugs and kisses

HAND: Have a nice day

HMU: Hit me up

HTH: Hope this helps (or Happy to help or How the h*ll)

HW: Homework

HWU: Hey, what’s up?

ICUMI: In case you missed it

IDK: I don’t know

IKR: I know, right?

ILY or ILU: I love you

IMO: In my opinion

IMHO: In my honest opinion

IRL: In real life

IU2U: It’s up to you

IYKWIM: If you know what I mean

J4F: Just for fun

JIC: Just in case

JK: Just kidding

L: Short for loose or loss

L8: Late

LMAO: Laughing my a** off

LMK: Let me know

LOL: Laugh out loud

LSR: Loser

NAGI: Not a good idea

NGL: Not gonna lie

NMH: Nodding my head (agreement)

NMU: Not much, you?

NP: No problem

NTS: Note to self

NVM or NM: Nevermind

OG: Original gangster (used for old friends or as a compliment to someone who’s “real” or “authentic”)

OIC: Oh, I see

OMG: Oh, my God

OMFG: Oh, my f***ing God

OMW: On my way

OOTD: Outfit of the day

ORLY: Oh, really?

OT: Off-topic

OTP: One true pairing or On the phone

PLS or PLZ: Please

PTB: Please text back

RL: Real life

RN: Right now

ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing

RT: Retweet

RUOK: Are you okay?

SMH: Shaking my head

SOS: Someone over shoulder

SRSLY: Seriously

SSDD: Same stuff, different day

STFU: Shut the f*ck up

SUS: Suspicious

SWAK: Sealed with a kiss

SWYP: So, what’s your problem? or So, what’s your point?

SYS: See you soon

TBC: To be continued

TFW: That feeling when

TIME: Tears in my eyes

TL;DR: Too long, didn’t read

TMI: Too much information

TMRW: Tomorrow

TT2T: Too tired to talk

TTYL: Talk to you later

TY or TU: Thank you

URAL: You’re a loser

V: Very

VSF: Very sad face or could mean “Very severely”

WB: Welcome back

WTF: What the f*ck

WTH: What the h*ll

WTPA: Where’s the party at?

WYA: Where are you at?

WYCM: Will you call me?

WYD: What are you doing?

YGM: You get me (meaning “you understand me”)

YK: You’re kidding

YKTS: You know the score

YKTV: You know the vibe

YOLO: You only live once

YW: You’re welcome

ZOMG: Oh, my God (sarcastic)

Social Media and Texting Acronyms Parents Should Be Aware Of:

ASL: Age/Sex/Location

CD9: Can’t talk parents are here

CU46: See you for sex

FBOI: A guy who’s just looking for sex

FWB: Friends with benefits (friends who hook up and have sex occasionally)

FYEO or 4YEO: For your eyes only 

GNOC: Get naked on camera

GSW: Get some weed

K2: Also known as “spice” is code for synthetic marijuana, which can be more harmful than actual cannabis

KMS/KYS: Kill myself, kill yourself

KPC: Keeping parents clueless

LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life

MIRL: Meet in real life

MOS: Mom over shoulder

NIFOC: Naked in front of computer

OC: Open crib (meaning parents won’t be home)

ONS: One-night stand

P911: Parent alert

PAL: Parents are listening

PAW: Parents are watching

POS: Parents over shoulder or Piece of sh*t

RU/18: Are you over 18?

RUH: Are you horny?

RUMORF: Are you male or female?

TDTM: Talk dirty to me

WTTP: Want to trade pictures?

X or E: Letters that stand for ecstasy, otherwise known as “molly” or MDMA

zerg: To gang up on someone

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