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Do You Know What Your Kids Are Saying Online?

“WU? WIBNI we could meet IRL? I’ll keep my FC to CU F2F. P911! GFN!” 

Translation: “What’s Up? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could meet in real life? I’ll keep my fingers crossed to see you face-to-face. Parents are coming! Gone for now!” 

Can’t translate? Then you don’t know enough about today’s “cyber slang”. That means it’s time you learn the latest call-outs and e-lingo to help you communicate with your child in his own language and stay tuned-in to any terms that might raise a red flag. 

For example, there is more than just one way to let a friend know that a parent is around: 

P911: Parents are coming! 

PA: Parent alert 

PAL: Parents are listening 

PANB: Parents are nearby 

PAW: Parents are watching 

PIR: Parent in room 



AAF as a friend 

AAK alive and kicking 

AAMOF as a matter of fact 

AAR at any rate 

AAS alive and smiling 

AATK always at the keyboard 

ABT2 about to 

AFAIK as far as I know 

AFK away from keyboard 

AFN that’s all for now 

AKA also known as 

ARE acronym-rich environment 

ALOL actually laughing out loud 

AND any day now 

AOTA all of the above 

ASAP as soon as possible 

A/S/L? age, sex, location 

A/S/L/M/H? age, sex, location, music, hobbies 

AYSOS are you stupid or something 

AYTMTB and you are telling me this because 

B4 before 

B4N bye for now 

BAG busting a gut 

BAK back at the keyboard 

BBBG bye bye be good 

BBIAB be back in a bit 

BBIAF be back in a few 

BBIAS be back in a sec 

BBL be back later 

BBML be back much later 

BBN bye bye now 

BBS be back soon 

BBSL be back sooner or later 

BCNU I’ll be seeing you 

BD big deal 

BEG big evil grin 

BF boyfriend 

BFF best friends forever 

BFN bye for now 

BG big grin 

BIOYN blow it out your nose 

BKA better known as 

BL belly laughing 

BR best regards 

BRB be right back 

BRH Be Right Here 

BRT be right there 

BTA but then again 

BTHOOM beats the heck out of me 

Btw between you and me 

BTW by the way 

BWL bursting with laughter 

BWO black/white/other 

BWTHDIK but what the heck do I know 

BYKT but you knew that 

CB chat brat 

C&G chuckle & grin 

CID crying in disgrace 

CMF count my fingers 

CNP continued (in my) next post 

CP chat post 

CRBT crying real big tears 

CRTLA can’t remember the three letter acronym 

CSG chuckle, snicker, grin 

CSL can’t stop laughing 

CU see you 

CUL or CUL8ER see you later 

CUNS see you in school 

CUOL see you online 

CUZ because 

CWYL chat with you later 

CYA see ya 

CY calm yourself 

CYL see you later 

CYO see you online 

CYT see you tomorrow 

DBEYR don’t believe everything you read 

DEGT don’t even go there 

DETI don’t even think about it 

DF dear friend 

DGA don’t go anywhere 

DGT don’t go there 

DH dear Hubby 

DHYB don’t Hold Your Breath 

DIKU do I know you? 

DIY do it yourself 

DKDC don’t know don’t care 

DL dead link 

DLTBBB don’t let the bed bugs bite 

DLTM don’t lie to me 

DMI don’t mention it 

DNC does not compute 

DQMOT don’t quote me on this 

DUST did you see that 

DYFM dude you fascinate me 

DYJHIW don’t you just hate it when 

E123 easy as 123 

EAK eating at Keyboard 

EG evil grin 

EL evil Laugh 

EM? excuse me? 

EMA what is your E-mail address 

EMFBI excuse me for butting in 

EOM end of message 

EOT end of thread 

EZ easy 

F2F face to face 

FAQ frequently asked question(s) 

FAWC for anyone who cares 

FC fingers crossed 

FISH first in, still here 

FITB fill in the blanks 

FMTYEWTK far more than you ever wanted to know 

FOAF friend of a friend 

FOCL falling off chair laughing 

FOFL falling on floor laughing 

FOMCL falling off my chair laughing 

FTBOMH from the bottom of my heart 

FUBAR fouled up beyond all repairs 

FUD fear, uncertainty, and doubt 

FWIW for what it’s worth 

FYI for your information 

GA go ahead 

GAL get a life 

GD&R grinning, ducking, & running 

GF girlfriend 

GFN gone for now 

GGOH got to get out of here 

GIWIST gee, I wish I’d said that 

GL good luck 

GMBO giggling my butt off 

GMTA great minds think alike 

GOL giggling out loud 

GR&D grinning, running, and ducking 

GR got to run 

GRRRR growling 

GTR got to run 

GTRM going to read mail 

GTSY glad to see you 

H&K hug and kiss 

HA hello again 

HAGD have a good day 

HAGD have a great day 

HAGN have a good night 

HB hurry back 

HHIS hanging head in shame 

HTH hope this helps 

HHO1/2K ha ha only half kidding 

HHOK ha ha only joking 

HHOS ha ha only being serious 

IAC in any case 

IAE in any event 

IANAC I am not a crook 

IANAL I am not a lawyer (but) 

IB I’m back 

IBTD I beg to differ 

IC I see 

ICBW I could be wrong 

ID10T idiot 

IDGI I don’t get it 

IDK I don’t know 

IDKY I don’t know you 

IDTS I don’t think so 

IFAB I found a bug 

IGTP I get the point 

IHA I hate acronyms 

IHAIM I have another instant message 

IHNO I have no opinion 

IIRC if I remember correctly 

IIWM if it were me 

ILU I love you 

IM instant message 

IMHO in my humble opinion 

IMing chatting with someone online 

IMNSHO in my not so humble opinion 

IMO in my opinion 

IMS I am sorry 

INMP it’s not my problem 

IOH i’m outta here 

IOW in other words 

IPN I’m posting naked 

IRL in real life 

ISS I said so 

IWALU I will always love you 

IYKWIMAITYD if you know what I mean and I think you do 

IYKWIM if you know what I mean 

IYO in your opinion 

IYSS if you say so 

IYSWIM if you see what I mean 

J/C just checking 

JAS just a sec 

JBOD just a bunch of disks 

JIC just in case 

JK just kidding 

JM2C just my two cents 

JMO just my opinion 

JT just teasing 

JTLYK just to let you know 

JW just wondering 

K okay 

KEWL cool 

KFY kiss for you 

KIR keep it real 

KIT keep in touch 

KOC kiss on cheek 

KOL kiss on lips 

KWIM know what I mean? 

L2M listening to music 

L8R later 

LD later, dude 

LDR long distance relationship 

LHM lord help me 

LHU lord help us 

LLTA lots and lots of thunderous applause 

LMIRL let’s meet in real life 

LMSO laughing my socks off 

LOL laughing out loud 

LSV language, sex, violence 

LSHMBB laughing so hard my belly is bouncing 

LSHMBH laughing so hard my belly hurts 

LTM laugh to myself 

LTNS long time, no see 

LTR long term relationship 

LTS laughing to self 

LULAB love you like a brother 

LULAS love you like a sister 

LUWAMH love you with all my heart 

LY love you 

LYL love you lots 

M/F male or female 

M8 mate or mates 

MA mature audience 

MHBFY my heart bleeds for you 

MIHAP may I have your attention please 

MKOP my kind of place 

MOOS member of the opposite sex 

MOSS member of same sex 

MOTOS member of the opposite sex 

MSG message 

MTF more to follow 

MTFBWY may the force be with you 

MUSM miss you so much 

N1 nice one 

N2M not to mention 

NADT not a darn thing 

NAZ name, address, zip 

N-E-1 ER anyone here? 

NE1 anyone 

N-E-1 anyone 

NG new game 

NIMBY not in my back yard 

NM never mind 

NOYB not of your business 

NP nosy parents 

N/P no problem 

NRN no reply necessary 

NTK nice to know 

NT no thanks 

NUFF enough said 

NW no way! 

OBTW oh by the way 

OF old fart 

OIC oh I see 

OL old lady 

OLL online love 

OM old man 

OMDB over my dead body 

OMG oh my god 

ONNA oh no, not again 

OT off topic 

OTF off the floor 

OTH off the hook 

OTOH on the other hand 

OTP On the phone 

OTTOMH off the top of my head 

OTW on the way 

P2P peer to peer 

P911 my parents are coming! 

PA parent alert 

PAL parents are listening 

PANB parents are nearby 

PANS pretty awesome new stuff 

PAW parents are watching 

PDA public display of affection 

PDS please don’t shoot 

Peeps people 

PIR parent in room 

PLZ please 

PM private message 

PMJI pardon me for jumping in 

PMFJIB pardon me for jumping in but…. 

PMP peed my pants 

PO piss off 

POAHF put on a happy face 

POS parent over shoulder 

POTS plain old telephone service 

POV point of view 

PPL people 

PU that stinks 

P-ZA pizza 

QL quit laughing 

QSL reply 

QSO conversation 

QT cutie 

R&R rest and relaxation 

R/t real time 

RBAY right back at ya 

RBTL read between the lines 

RL real life 

RLF real life friend 

RMLB read my lips baby 

RMMM read my mail man 

ROL raffing out loud 

ROFL rolling on floor laughing 

ROTFL rolling on the floor laughing 

RPG role playing games 

RSN real soon now 

RTBS reason to be single 

RTFM read the flipping manual 

RU are you? 

RUMORF are you male or female? 

RUUP4IT are you up for it? 

RX regards 

S4L spam for life 

SCNR sorry, could not resist 

SED said enough darling 

SEP somebody’s else’s problem 

SETE smiling ear to ear 

SF surfer friendly 

SFETE smiling from ear to ear 

SFX sound effects 

SH same here 

SHCOON shoot hot coffee out of nose 

SHID slaps head in disgust 

SITD still in the dark 

SLIRK smart little rich kid 

SMAIM send me an instant message 

SMEM send me an E-mail 

SN screen name 

SNERT snot nosed egotistical rude teenager 

SO significant other 

SOHF sense of humor failure 

SOMY sick of me yet? 

SOT short of time 

SOTMG short of time, must go 

SPST same place same time 

STR8 straight 

STW search the web 

STYS speak to you soon 

SU shut up 

SUP or WU what’s up 

SUYF shut up you fool 

SWAK sealed with a kiss 

SWALK sealed with a loving kiss 

SWDY so what do you think? 

SWL screaming with laughter 

SYL see you later 

SYS see you soon 

TA thanks again 

TAFN that’s all for now 

TAS taking a shower 

TAW teachers are watching 

TCOB taking care of business 

TCOY take care of yourself 

TFH thread from hell 

TFX traffic 

TGIF thank God it’s Friday 

THX thanks 

TIA thanks in advance 

TIAIL I think I am in love 

TIC tongue in cheek 

TILII tell it like it is 

TLK2UL8R talk to you later 

TM trust me 

TMI too much information 

TNT ‘till next time 

TOM tomorrow 

TOPCA ‘til our paths cross again 

TOT tons of time 

TOY thinking of you 

TPS that’s pretty stupid 

TPTB the powers that be 

TRDMF tears running down my face 

TTFN ta ta for now 

TTG time to go 

TTT thought that too 

TTTT these things take time 

TTYL talk to you later 

TU thank you 

TWHAB this won’t hurt a bit 

TWIWI that was interesting wasn’t it? 

TYVM thank you very much 

U-L? you will? 

UV unpleasant visual 

UW you’re welcome 

VBG very big grin 

VBS very big smile 

VEG very evil grin 

VSF very sad face 

WAD without a doubt 

WAI what an idiot 

WB welcome back or write back 

WC welcome 

WC who cares? 

WDALYIC who died and left you in charge? 

WDYS what did you say? 

WDYT what do you think? 

W/E whatever 

WEG wicked evil grin 

WEU what’s eating you? 

WFM works for me 

WIBNI wouldn’t it be nice if 

WT? what the or who the 

WTG way to go 

WTGP want to go private? 

WTH what/who the heck 

WUF where are you from? 

WWJD what would Jesus do? 

WWY where were you? 

WYCM will you call me? 

WYRN what’s your real name? 

WYSIWYG what you see is what you get 

WYSLPG what you see looks pretty good 

X-1-10 exciting 

XME excuse me 

XOXO hugs and kisses 

YAA yet another acronym 

YBS you’ll be sorry 

YDKM you don’t know me 

YG young gentleman 

YGBK you gotta be kiddin’ 

YHM you have mail 

YKW? you know what? 

YNK you never know 

YL young lady 

YM young man 

YOYO you’re on your own 

YR yeah right 

YSYD yeah, sure you do 

YS you stinker 

YTTT you telling the truth? 

YVW you’re very welcome 

YWIA you’re welcome in advance 

YW you’re Welcome 

YYSSW yeah, yeah, sure, sure, whatever 

ZZ Sleeping, Bored, Tired