Text speak advice for parents


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Have you ever watched your children sending or receiving text messages on mobile phones or chatrooms, but can't understand a word of what's being said?

Below is a list of common terms used.


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ASL? - age, sex, location?

AFAIC - as far as I'm concerned

AFK - away from keyboard

AKA - also known as

BFF  - best friends forever

BF / GF  - boyfriend / girlfriend

BFN - bye for now

BTW - by the way

BRB - be right back

B/C - because

B4 - before

BAK - back at keyboard

BBL  - be back later

CUL8R - see you later

CYA - see you

FWIW - for what its worth

FYI - for your information

G2G / GTG - got to go

GR8 - great

ILY - I love you

IMO - in my opinion




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IRL - in real life

ISO - in search of

JAM - just a minute

KWIM - know what I mean

LOL - laughing out loud

NP - no problem / nosey parents

NOOB - a new person to a site or game

M8 - mate

OIC - oh, i see

OMG - oh my god

POS - parents over shoulder

POV - point of view

RBTL - read between the lines

ROFL - rolling on the floor laughing

RT - retweet (for use on Twitter)

TL;DR - too long; didn't read

TMI - too much information

TTYL - talk to you later

WB - welcome back

WYWH - wish you were here




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It is now a more common practice to use numbers to form acronyms in a practice often referred to as 1337-Speak (Leet-Speak). Here are some Examples of acronyms which are formed around numbers.

Below is a list of common terms used.


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121 - one to one

1337 - elite (leet)

2moro - tomorrow

2nite - tonight

2U2 - to you too

4COL - for crying out loud




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53X - sex

9 - parent is watching

99 - parent is no longer watching

?^ - hook up?

WUBU2 - what have you been up too?

WUU2 - what are you up too?



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Alongside Acronyms, Emotions (Smileys) are often used. Here are some common examples.

Below is a list of common terms used.


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:) =) :-) :o) :] =] - Happy Face

:D :-D =D - Big Smile

;) ;-) - Wink

:P =P :-P ;P ;-P - Sticking Tongue Out

:( :C :[ =( :-( - Sad Face

=\ :\ :-\ - Upset / Down

>.< - Frustration

:S - Confusion

:$ :#) - Blushing

:o =o o.O - Shock

:@ >:( - Anger

=| :| - Unimpressed

<3, </3 - Heart, Heartbroken



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