What are your grandchildren talking about? A translation guide

What are your grandchildren talking about? A translation guide


You’ve seen it—your grandson or granddaughter, nose buried in a smartphone, thumbs flailing out a message to a friend. And if you’ve seen the screen before the message flashes away, you probably thought you were looking at a language other than English.

Or maybe you’ve gotten a text from a grandchild, with abbreviations you don’t understand.  And you don’t know what to reply back.

Maybe we can help.  Here’s a list of common text abbreviations from smart-words.org.  You can even use these in your texts to your grandkids to make them think you’re pretty hip (or freak them out a little.) LOL!

EAP As Early as Possible

ALAP As Late as Possible

ASAP As Soon as Possible

ASL Age / Sex / Location?

B3 Blah, Blah, Blah

B4YKI Before You Know it

BFF Best Friends, Forever

BM&Y Between Me and You

BRB Be right Back

BRT Be right There

C-P Sleepy

CTN Cannot talk now

CUS See You Soon

CWOT Complete Waste of Time

CYT See You Tomorrow

E123 Easy as 1, 2, 3

EM? Excuse Me?

EOD End of Day

F2F Face to Face

FC Fingers Crossed

FOAF Friend of a Friend

GR8 Great

HAK Hugs and Kisses

IDC I Don’t Care

IDK I Don’t Know

ILU / ILY I Love You

IMU I Miss You

IRL In Real Life

J/K Just Kidding

JC Just Checking

KFY Kiss for You

KMN Kill Me Now

KPC Keeping Parents Clueless

L8R Later

LOL Laugh Out Loud

MoF Male or Female

MTFBWY May the Force be with You

MYOB Mind Your Own Business

N-A-Y-L In a While

NAZ Name, Address, ZIP

NC No Comment

NIMBY Not in my Backyard

NM Never Mind / Nothing Much

NP No Problem

NSFW Not Safe for Work

NTIM Not that it Matters

NVM Never Mind

OATUS On a totally Unrelated Subject

OIC Oh, I See

OMW On My Way

OTL Out to Lunch

OTP On the Phone

P911 Parent Alert

PAL Parents are Listening

PAW Parents are Watching

PIR Parent in Room

POS Parent over Shoulder

QT Cutie

RN Right Now

RU Are You

SEP Someone else’s Problem

SITD Still in the Dark

SLAP Sounds like a Plan

SO Significant Other

TMI Too Much Information

UR Your / You are

W8 Wait

WB Welcome Back

WYCM Will You Call Me?

WYWH Wish You Were Here

XOXOXOX Hugs, Kisses, …

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