Tweens & Teens Text Slangs decoded – What they mean

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by Ozpina Digital

Tweens & Teens Text Slangs decoded – What they mean

Have you ever wondered what do some of those popular codes kids write in a text mean? or what are they trying to communicate?

As parents ourselves, we understand there could be many ways to protect our kids with technology, however, we believe that the best way to teach our kids about healthy, happy relationships is by helping them understand their identity and value, by example, treating the people around us with love and respect. Open communication is key to healthy family relationships, it helps to build trust in both ways.

Here we compiled a list of popular slang used by tweens and teens when texting that every parent should understand, even though some could be harmless and only used as a faster way to text, others are dangerous. Popular slang terms often are attributed to Gen Z, TikTok, or other parts of popular culture, but it’s important to note that slangs can be regional and change rapidly.

    1. TBH – To Be Honest
    2. WYD – What You Doing?
    3. SMH – Shaking My Head
    4. Slay – To do something really well
    5. Fam – Short for family or close friends
    6. Gucci – Cool or good
    7. Lit – Amazing, Cool, exciting or fun
    8. GOAT – Greatest Of All Time
    9. YOLO – “You Only Live Once” (often used ironically)
    10. GR8 – great
    11. GTG – Got to go
    12. LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off
    13. Vibing – Chilling out, having a good time, or identifying with a certain kind of energy
    14. WYA – Where you at?
    15. WUF – Where you from?
    16. WYD – What you doing?
    17. YAAS – A very emphatic yes
    18. YEET – 1. A very strong word for yes. 2. To throw something.
    19. Bet – A response indicating agreement. Example: “Wanna go to the store?” “Bet.”
    20. FINSTA – Fake Instagram account
    21. FOMO – Fear of missing out
    22. ISO – In search of
    23. LOL – Laugh out loud
    24. NP – No problem
    25. Salty – To be bitter, angry, agitated about something
    26. Same – “I can relate”
    27. Ship – Short for “relationship”; also used as a verb to indicate a desire to see two people together. Ex.: I ship Jack and Jess
    28. Sis – Short for “sister” but can be used to address anybody; usually used to express that.
    29. Sic/Sick- Cool or sweet drama has occurred

Some more dangerous that parents need to pay attention to and be aware of:

  1. 53X – Sex
  2. ASL – Age/sex/location
  3. Body count – The number of people someone has slept with
  4. CU46 – See you for sex
  5. LH6 = let’s have sex
  6. Dayger – Party during the day
  7. Function/Func – Party
  8. Kick back – Small party
  9. Molly – Ecstasy (MDMA), a dangerous party drug
  10. Plug – Someone who can hook you up with drugs
  11. Rager – Big party
  12. Smash – To have casual sex
  13. Sloshed – To be drunk
  14. The plug – Someone that supplies alcohol/drugs
  15. Throw down – To throw a party
  16. Turnt – To be high or drunk (formerly “turnt up”)
  17. X – Ecstasy
  18. WTTP – Want to trade photos?
  19. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life
  20. KYS = kill yourself
  21. MOS = mom over the shoulder
  22. POS = parent over shoulder
  23. CD9 = code 9, parents around
  24. GNOC = get naked on camera
  25. 99 = parents are gone
  26. FWB = friends with benefits
  27. WTF — What the f**k?
  28. Crunk- Getting high and drunk at the same time, or crazy and drunk
  29. “AF” – As F*ck (can be used for emphasis)
  30. Daddy – An attractive man, usually older, who conveys a sense of power and dominance
  31. Gas – Can refer to marijuana, be used to describe something that’s cool, or be used as a verb to mean “hype someone up”
  32. KMS – Kill myself
  33. KYS – Kill yourself
  34. Netflix and chill – Getting together and hooking up

Again, keep in mind that these are just some examples of popular slang among tweens and teens, and there may be many other slang terms used in different contexts or regions.

You can also look at our previous post, where we shared some tips for a healthy use of technology in your families.

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