116 Teen Text Terms Decoded for Confused Parents (2023)

Kids today—who can understand them? Of course this is a timeless sentiment, but one that’s no less true today, with young ones constantly nose-to-the-glass with smartphones and tablets, chatting with their friends. If you dare to peek at their tweets and posts, other than a near hieroglyphic scroll of emoji, you’ll find a language of all their own.
Below are terms that have been rolling off kids tongues, popping up in songs and memes, and generally floating around the Internet lately.

Study them. Learn them. Then, never use them, because there’s nothing more out of place than a parent who is trying to fit in.

AF: Technically an acronym for “as f#¢&,” it means extremely. As in, “I’m hungry AF.”

Bae: Babe or baby, in the romantic (and not the infant) sense. Also short for “before anyone else.” So, imagine “I Got You Bae,” as sung by Pharrell and Miley, instead of Sonny and Cher.

Basic: Despite meaning thoughtless, boring, conforming, self-important and many other unflattering things, a lot of thought has gone into this term, and its sidekick, “basic bitch.”

Bye Felicia: Adismissive term said when you want an annoying person to buzz off. Still popular, despite being a throwaway line in the movie Friday, which came out more than more than 20 years ago.

Can’t even: An expression of exasperation, “can’t even” can’t even finish the sentence, it’s that frustrated.

Fam: Short for family, “fam” is used with only your closest friends. It could be an acronym for “from another mother,” or that may just be a coincidence. Either way, that’ll help you remember when someone says, “What’s up, fam?” the two people aren’t related.

Feels: Shorthand for feelings, “feels” is a noun, not a verb. The term derived from “right in the feels,” a meme that expresses extreme sadness. Also sad, it would appear we have arrived at peak feels. It’s all downhill from here.

Hooking up: Think back to years ago when that younger, more attractive version of yourself ‘hooked up’ with someone at a bar or a party. Now slap a Rated-G tag on that memory — today’s “hooking up”means much, much more, and legally shouldn’t be performed in public.

Lit: An adjective used to describe something that’s active or popular, like a party. It can also mean drunk or stoned. So, technically you could get lit at a party that was lit, though the only person who would ever say that would be Eugene Levy in a straight-to-video movie.

Is everything: Something that is great and/or important. For instance, if you’re big into modern art, you might say “Outside is everything,” as TIMEdid in 1952. (Yeah, we’re avant garde AF.)

Netflix and chill: The modern version of being invited into a date’s home for a nightcap, “Netflix and chill” has nothing to do with movies or relaxing, and everything to do with hooking up.

Obvi: This one should be obvious.

On fleek/On point: Used asan adjective,thesetwo terms both mean impeccably styled or groomed. So, which should you use? On fleek was added to Random House’s Dictionary.com last year, but logophiles think Merriam-Webster is totally on point (and recognizes neither). Ultimately, you should use neither, because you’re not 17.

OTP: An acronym for “one true pairing” it means the fictional couple you think were meant to be together, despite their will-they/won’t-they history. For instance, you could say, “Pacey and Joey are my OTP,” but only if you want to sound really old and out of touch.

Slay: Short for doing something very well, “slay” is shorthand for slaying, which is a synonym of kill. So, in other words, killing it, only six characters shorter, thus easier on the Twitter.

Ship: As a noun, “ship” is short for a romantic relationship. As a verb, it means wanting a romantic relationship. But because it’s spoken by teens (who have a hard time grappling with their own awkward feelings) it’s mainly used in fictional terms. For instance, “I ship Ron and Hermione so hard.”

Snatched: 2016’s version of “on fleek” and “on point.” Presented with a third option, which should you use? Again, none. You people already killed “on fleek.” Can’t you just leave “snatched” alone?

SMH: An acronym for “shake my head,” it’s what teens will say about you if you use their slang. For instance: “Woman just said my outfit was on fleek. Smh.”

Swipe right: Derived from the user interface of the popular hook-up app Tinder, “swipe right” is a term of approval.

TBH: An acronym for “to be honest,” this term evolved into a game on Facebook. Users post “Like this status for a TBH,” and then leave previously unrevealed truths in the comment fields for all their friends who like the post.

Turnt/Turnt Up: Similar to “Lit,” these adjectives describe a particularly loud, lively affair, or being inebriated, or both. Reddit users have discussed the etymology of the term, linking it to songs by Soulja Boy, among other sources. Tbh, It likely started with Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel turning his amp up to 11.

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V: Short for “very,” as in “I type v fast.” So fast that the e, r, and y just get in the way.

YAS: A very enthusiastic version of yes, “YAS” should not be confused with YAZ, a contraceptive which in other words means “no.”

You da real MVP: A meme that basically thanks people for doing seemingly mundane but important tasks, this term taken from the 2014 NBA MVP speech of Kevin Durant, who saluted his mother was “da real MVP.” Here’s an example:

143: I love you (popularized by no less awesome a source than Mister Rogers himself

2DAY: Today

4EAE: For ever and ever

ADN: Any day now

AFAIK: As far as I know

AFK: Away from keyboard

ATM: At the moment

B/C: Because

B4: Before

BF / GF: Boyfriend / Girlfriend

BFN: Bye for now

BOL: Be on later

BRB: Be right back

BTW: By the way

DM: Direct message

DWBH: Don’t worry, be happy

F2F or FTF: Face to face

FB: Facebook

FF: Follow Friday (Follow Friday is a recurring topic on Twitter. Each week, users post lists of people that they think others should followusing the #FF or #FollowFriday hashtag.)

FTL: For the loss / For the lose

FTW: For the win

FWB :Friends with benefits

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FWIW: For what it’s worth

FYEO: For your eyes only

FYI: For your information

GLHF: Good luck, have fun

GR8: Great

HAK: Hugs and kisses

HAND: Have a nice day

HT or H/T: Hat tip or heard through (usually referencing news or an informative link)

HTH: Hope this helps / Happy to help

IANAL: I am not a lawyer

IDK: I don’t know

IIRC: If I remember correctly

IKR: I know, right?

ILY / ILU: I love you

IMHO: In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion

IMO: In my opinion

IRL: In real life

IU2U: It’s up to you

IYKWIM: If you know what I mean

J/K: Just kidding

J4F: Just for fun

JIC: Just in case

JSYK: Just so you know

K or KK: Okay

LMBO: Laughing my butt off

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LMK: Let me know

LOL: Laughing out loud

MM: Music Monday. Another recurring Twitter topic. In this case, users post a song or two that will get your week off to a better start.

MSM: Mainstream media

NAGI: Not a good idea

NM: Never mind

NMU: Not much, you?

NP: No problem or Now playing (as in “My MP3 stream is now playing LMFAO’s Party Rock.)

NSFW: Not safe for work. If this is attached to a link, you’re strongly advised not to check it out while in the workplace or any other venue where inappropriate content would be, well, inappropriate.

NSFL: Not safe for life. Usually a humorous disclaimer that something formerly innocent is going to be irreparably sullied if you click the link.

NTS: Note to self

OH: Overheard

OMG: Oh my God

ORLY: Oh, really?

PAW: Parents are watching

PLS or PLZ: Please

PPL: People

PTB: Please text back

QQ: Crying. Rather than an abbreviation, this is an emoticon, a picture created in text. The tails of the capital Q form tears, while the circles are the eyes. Saying “QQ” aloud also can mimic the “boo hoo” of someone who’s upset. Usually used sarcastically or contemptuously.

RAK: Random act of kindness

RL: Real life

ROFL: Rolling on the floor laughing

RT: Retweet. Similar to forwarding an email, Twitter lets you echo other people’s tweets for your own followers to read. In some cases, folks will ask for something they’ve said to be amplified by saying “Please RT” or “PLS RT.”

RUOK: Are you okay? In Australia, #RUOK is a regularly trending topic, following a government initiative called RUOK Day, which raises awareness of mental health issues on social networking sites.

SMH: Shaking my head

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SRSLY: Seriously

SSDD: Same stuff, different day

SWAK: Sealed with a kiss

SWYP: So, what’s your problem?

TIA: Thanks in advance

TIME: Tears in my eyes

TMB: Tweet me back

TMI: Too much information

TMRW: Tomorrow

TTYL: Talk to you later

TY or TU: Thank you

VSF: Very sad face

WB: Welcome back

WTH: What the heck?

WTPA: Where the party at?

WYCM: Will you call me?

YGM: You’ve got mail (to alert your texting partner that you’ve contacted them via that staid old email thing. That’s sooo 2001!)

YMMV: Your mileage may vary

YW: You’re welcome

ZOMG: Oh my god (sarcastic)

This article has been expanded from an earlier version, which was written by Jessica Citizen and originally appeared on Tecca.

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What does LH6 mean in texting? ›

LH6 - Let's have sex.

What does 20 mean in texting? ›

Overview. “What's your 20?” is shorthand for 'where are you' or 'what's your location'.

What does Pmoys mean in texting? ›

PMOYS: This acronym stands for "Put Me On Your Snapstory" and is usually requested by someone to prove that there is some sort of relationship or friendship.

What does KK mean in text? ›

(Internet slang) Reduplication of k (“okay”) (indicates that no further explanation is necessary for a subject, or that the message was understood and will be acted upon without further confirmation). (Internet slang) okay cool (a shortened response usually used at the end of a conversation).

What does STWW mean in texting? ›

Summary of Key Points

"Search the Web" is the most common definition for STW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. STW. Definition: Search the Web.

What does 1174 mean? ›

1174 is leetspeak for "Meet in person at." It is typically used in text messages to discreetly refer to the place where the sender and recipient(s) will meet together to party. 1174 is often used by teenagers to covertly communicate about party plans in case a parent or other authority figure sees the conversation.

What does 710 mean in texting? ›

710 refers to July 10, just as 420 refers to April 20. This date was chosen for the simple fact that, if you turn the number 710 upside down, you can read the word “oil”, a reference to cannabis concentrates. Just as 420 is the time to light a joint, 710 is the time to dab.

What does 143 mean? ›

143 means I love you. 143 is an internet slang numerical expression that conveys a message of love. Home.

What does 10.10 mean? ›

According to the book Angel Numbers, by Kyle Gray, when you see 10:10 on a clock or elsewhere, it means “You are on the cusp of something miraculous. Trust that God and angels are one and are with you now.”

What does NFS mean? ›

NFS = not further specified. NS = not specified. Food codes with NFS, NS, quantity not specified, or guideline amount per... in the measure description are used when the amount of food eaten is not known.

What does SMO mean on SMAP? ›

In some instances, SMO stands for “Shout Me Out” which is referring to the act of users “shouting out” another profile by sharing their account, as a means of increasing their publicity and online visibility through things like followers and friends.

What does PMO stand for? ›

A project management office (PMO) is a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The primary goal of a PMO is to achieve benefits from standardizing and following project management processes, policies and methods.

What does Okkk mean in text from a girl? ›

Okkk: she is interested in you , she wants to know more about you and want to spend more time with you. The kkk shows her excitment for u. Okay: you are might be a person having a good command on a topic of her interest.

What does it mean to YEET? ›

Yeet is a slang word that functions broadly with the meaning “to throw,” but is especially used to emphasize forcefulness and a lack of concern for the thing being thrown. (You don't yeet something if you're worried that it might break.)

What does 3 mean in texting? ›

The emoticon <3. means "Love" or "I Love You." The characters < and 3 (which together mean "less than three") form a picture of a heart on its side and are used as an emoticon, meaning "love" or "I love you." For example: Sam: <3.

What does cul8r mean in texting? ›

Phrase. cul8r. (Internet slang, text messaging) Abbreviation of see you later.

What does 9600 mean? ›

The baud rate is the rate at which information is transferred in a communication channel. Baud rate is commonly used when discussing electronics that use serial communication. In the serial port context, "9600 baud" means that the serial port is capable of transferring a maximum of 9600 bits per second.

What does 520 mean in slang? ›

Well, 520 is homophonic to “I love you” in Chinese! In fact, the 20th of May (520) is pronounced (wǔ èr líng)which sound very similar to 我爱你(wǒ ài nǐ)I love you, that is why the 20th (and 21st) have been labeled as the Internet Valentine's Day(网络情人节).

What does 560 mean in slang? ›

560 is a Xhosa slang term for main chick or the main partner.

What does 402 mean? ›

The HTTP 402 Payment Required is a nonstandard response status code that is reserved for future use. This status code was created to enable digital cash or (micro) payment systems and would indicate that the requested content is not available until the client makes a payment.

What does 182 mean? ›

Code for I hate you, 182 is used in text messages and other text communication because "I" is one character, "hate" sounds like 8, and "you" sounds like 2.

What does 133 mean? ›

When you see 133, it may come with a strong feeling of love being sent from your angels. They are reminding you that love is the pure essence of your being. If you are calling in love or a new relationship, this number reminds you to embody that love that you are, as this will only attract more love into your life.

What does 5150 mean in slang? ›

What does 5150 mean? 5150 refers to the California law code for the temporary, involuntary psychiatric commitment of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness. It has been more generally applied to people who are considered threateningly unstable or “crazy.”

What does 123 mean? ›

123 in the context of a relationship means you're on a joint path together, and it's important to stay connected and communicative right now "to ensure you are not ignoring any little miscommunications, misinterpretations, or neglecting one another's needs and wants," Michaela tells mbg.

What do 1111 mean? ›

What does 1111 mean? The ones signify new beginnings. Whether you're about to embark on a brand-new passage or you're already on the right path, seeing 1111 coincides with that. And when you see it, experts say you should focus and use it as an indicator that you're on the right track.

What does 11.11 mean? ›

In numerology, some New Age believers often link 11:11 to chance or coincidence. It is an example of synchronicity. For instance, those who are seeing 11:11 on a clock often claim it as an auspicious sign or signaling a spirit presence.

What does NRS mean in text? ›

NRS: This means No Replies. It'll often be used when you're in a situation that doesn't allow you to send snaps repeatedly, such as going to sleep, not feeling up to it, or have little data/Wi-Fi.

What does NFN mean on Snapchat? ›

Nice Fight Night. NFN. Nintendo Fan Network. showing only Slang/Internet Slang definitions (show all 17 definitions)

What does NWS mean in text? ›

No Worries. In text messaging, on social media, and in chat forums, NWS usually means "No Worries." It is typically used as a response to an expression of appreciation.

What does DDM mean on Snapchat? ›

DDM. Don't Damn Me (Guns N' Roses song) DDM.

What does Gmss mean on Snapchat? ›

Snapchat is now littered with terms associated with the app and two of the most commonly used ones are GMS and SFS. The former usually stands for "Good Morning Streaks," although it can be altered to mean "Good Night Streaks" as well.

What does SND mean snap? ›

Search and Destroy (gaming)

What does KK Mean Girls? ›

The kk online acronym simply means "okay" or "message acknowledged." It's the same as nodding in person or saying "cool," "gotcha," etc.

Why is 1337 a special number? ›

1337 itself comes from the word elite. Users with elite status on BBSs had the widest access to the system and usually had to be the best hackers in order to achieve that level of access—hence 1337 as slang for “skilled,” in contrast to n00b, or newbie.

What does skirt mean in slang? ›

slang : a girl or woman.

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What does 101 mean in texting? ›

101 (pronounced ONE-oh-ONE) is a slang term for the most basic knowledge in some subject, as in "boiling potatoes is cooking 101".

What does 💜 mean from a girl? ›

Who uses 💜 Purple Heart emoji? Like the many other heart emoji such as Red Heart ❤️ and Blue Heart 💙, the Purple Heart emoji 💜 is generally used to convey love and other strong, affectionate, positive feelings.

What does 💕 mean in texting? ›

The two hearts emoji is used frequently in text messages relating to love. While it is a symbol of romantic love, it can also be used to show affection for other close relationships, such as with family and friends (e.g., I 💕 to the moon and back).

What does BTFU stand for? ›

Meaning. BTFU. Back the Fudge Up (polite form)

What does LY2 mean? ›

LY2 means "Love You Too." You will also see this written in the following ways: ILU2 (I love you too) ILUT (I love you too) ILY2 (I love you too)

What does IWSN mean? ›

IWSN - I want sex now.

What does 14344 mean in texting? ›

14344 means "I Love You Very Much." The number 14344 is a numeronym representing the number of letters in each word of the phrase "I love you very much." It is made up as follows: I (1). Love (4).

What does Fkt mean in texting? ›

Meaning. FKT. Fastest Known Time (running)

What does LOWL mean in texting? ›

"Unfair" is the most common definition for LOW on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. LOW. Definition: Unfair.

What does texting LLY mean? ›

What is LLY? It means Licking Love you, meaning "I love you so badly" in online jargon. It's an abbreviation used in texting, online chat, instant messaging, email, blogs, newsgroups and social media postings.

What does MMNT mean in messages? ›

MMNT. My Mans N' Them (Boston, MA hip hop group)

What does 1432 mean? ›

Because 143 has come to mean "I love you," 1432 has come to mean "I love you, too." While 1432 is most often used in response to 143, it is also used in response to ILY, ILU, and iluvu. Because "too" does not have two letters in it, 1432 breaks 143's "number of letters per word" conceit.

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