99 texting acronyms you (and every other parent) should know

by editor on June 11, 2009


Texting, instant messaging and chat rooms use a strange, new language that’s filled with abbreviations and acronyms designed to quickly communicate and easily disguise a myriad of sex and drug terminology. It’s beyond the comprehension of most adults.

Some of the abbreviations and acronyms have been created so that kids can continue their conversation with friends while a parent is watching over their shoulder, confident the old folks are clueless. For example, if you saw your daughter sending the text message, “PAW GYPO & Ill GNOC later” would you know she just scheduled a time for a naked video camera session after you go to bed for the night? And what’s more frightening than not knowing when your 13-year old keyed LMIRL in a chat room, it meant “Let’s meet in real life?”

So here you go. Here’s the Rosetta Stone of texting/chatting/emailing. A comprehensive guide to acronyms, abbreviations, phrases and lingo to look for on your kid’s phone or computer. Some are outright disgusting and we hope you never see your kids use them. Others are harmless on their own but still important to know in context.

If you feel guilty taking a peek at your little darling’s computer and phone, remember one thing: You paid for them.

LOLTWOM (Laughing out loud, they won’t outsmart me).

Warning: many of these terms are offensive

Texting Abbreviations, Acronyms and other lingo

  • 8 = Oral sex
  • 9 = Parent is watching
  • 99 = Parent no longer watching
  • 143 = I love you
  • 182 = I hate you
  • 459 = I love you
  • 831 = I love you
  • 1174 = Nude club
  • 420 = Marijuana
  • 4Q = F*** You
  • ADR = Address
  • AITR = Adult in the room
  • ASL = Age/Sex/Location
  • Banana = Penis
  • BJ = Blow job
  • BOB = Battery operated boyfriend
  • CBF = Can’t be f***ed
  • CBJ = Covered blow job
  • CD9 or Code 9 = Parents are around
  • CYT = See you tomorrow
  • DURS = Damn you’re sexy
  • DUM = Do you masturbate?
  • DUSL = Do you scream loud?
  • F2F = Face to face
  • FAH = F**king A hot
  • FB = F*** buddy
  • FBI = Female Body Inspector
  • FILF = Father I’d like to F***
  • FMLTWIA = F*** Me Like The Whore I Am
  • FMUTA = F*** Me Up The A**
  • FO = F*** Off
  • FOL = Fond of leather
  • FWB = Friends with benefits
  • GAP = Got a pic?
  • GNOC = Get naked On cam
  • GYPO = Get your pants off
  • H4Y = Hot for you
  • I%I = Intercourse and inebriation
  • F/IB = In the front or in the back
  • IIT = Is it tight?
  • ILF/MD = I love female/male dominance
  • IMEZRU = I am easy, are you?
  • IWSN = I want sex now
  • ILU = I love you
  • IPN = I’m posting naked
  • ITS = Intense text sex
  • JAFO = Just another f***ing onlooker
  • J/O = Jerking off
  • JEOMK = Just ejaculated on my keyboard
  • KFY or K4Y = Kiss for you
  • Kitty = Vagina
  • KPC = Keeping parents clueless
  • KWSTA = Kiss with serious tongue action
  • LB?W/C = Like bondage? Whips or chains
  • LF = Let’s f***
  • LHOS = Let’s have online sex
  • LHSO = Let’s have sex online
  • LKITR = Little kid in the room
  • LMIRL = Let’s meet in real life
  • LY* or LU* = Anything beginning with these are forms of I love you
  • M4C = Meet for coffee
  • MorF = Male or female
  • MOOS = Member of the opposite sex
  • MOFO = Mother f***er
  • MOS = Mom over shoulder
  • MILF = Mother I’d like to f***
  • MIRL = Meet in real life
  • MOS = Mom Over Shoulder
  • MPFB = My personal f*** buddy
  • MSNUW = Miniskirt no underwear
  • MA = mature audience
  • NIFOC = Nude in front of the computer
  • NSFW = Not safe for work
  • OLL = Online love
  • P911 = Parent alert
  • PAL = Parents are listening
  • PAW = Parents are watching
  • PIR = Parent in room
  • PBB = Parent behind back
  • PLOS = Parents looking over shoulder
  • POM = Parent over my shoulder
  • POS = Parent over shoulder or piece Of sh**
  • PRW = Parents are watching
  • PRON = Porn
  • Q2C = Quick To cum
  • RU/18 = Are you over 18?
  • RUH = Are you horny?
  • RYO = Roll your own
  • S2R = Send to receive (photo)
  • SorG = Straight or gay
  • STM = Spank the monkey
  • TAW = Teachers are watching
  • TDTM = Talk dirty to me
  • TTA = Tap that ass
  • WYFM = Would you f*** me?
  • WYCM = Will you call me?
  • WYRN = What’s your real name?
  • WUF = Where you from?
  • XTC = Ecstasy

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Anonnymous February 20, 2012 at 12:39 am

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Okay, this is honestly a load of BULLSHIT. No one uses these! These acronyms aren’t “popular” what so ever guys! Why the fuck are all these parents getting booty-tickled about this stupid list? Its your business because you “clothe, feed, provide shelter, warmth, etc.” ? Well you obviously aren’t raising your fucking child right if they ARE using these. Like, what the fuck? Coming from a teenager, 90% of these acronyms I havent even heard of! Honestly! We use things like LOL LMAO SMH LMFAO BRB BTW TMI . No one in their right mind would even take the time to memorize these. Just think about that xD They wouldnt even have a sex life if they did xD who wants to talk to anyone that would ever say FOL or H4U? Id think they were a fucking creeper and press unfriend or delete, to be honest. Thats just hella weird … Eww. I got REALLY uncomfortable trying to read those. I cant even process what I just read. What the fuck?!

christina March 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

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seen most of these but still makes me worry

Sylissa March 19, 2012 at 10:48 am

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artermix March 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

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Hahaha….they are funny though. Wayyy too many to memorize and many are obsolete as well, or never used (as mentioned above).
Seriously, 4Q?? WTF!! ….FU it what I always used. AND, article never mentions individual, customized abbreviations or foreign ones either.

I am NOT a teenager and I know this. Parents if you wanna be that vigilant you gotta being using txt lingo urself and be a bit loose about your kids. Stop being paranoid. I can think better way to monitor your child texting. I never had that problem with mine (now 22).
U gotta be open with your kids.

Now I just wrote like I text. LMFAOROFL ;)

... March 23, 2012 at 6:49 am

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This list is as stated above, UNREALISTIC.
NO ONE uses that.
Now, on a lighter note, PFB LMAO FBFB H4Y LF MA HURR HURR HURR– Fuck you. Lol.

You should worry about the number 69 though…..*cough cough*

“JEOMK”….Yeah…because every man tells his girlfriend when he cums to his personal porno files….

David C. April 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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Alien April 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

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Probably a lot easier to type out words on your modern phone, then for 19 year-olds 10 years ago. I don’t blame them for coming up with shortcuts when you had to hold down a numeric key to get to the next letter, or hit “7″ three times to get an “R”. But then again, when I had a girl’s number, and I wanted to chat her up, I’d just call her.

But yeah, today, thank the wizards behind Swype

GhostntheMachine April 22, 2012 at 8:28 am

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David,David,David, juvenile little rants like yours on a page from ’09 say more about you than you think and leave me shaking my head. Nice to see your parents have that letting you make your own mistakes thing down cold but it only works if you realize you’re being an ass. Here’s a tip from a parent for you technologically challenged yutes, bookmark Urban Dictionary. Quickly.

the_dude_abides November 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

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poppajoe49 November 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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UD isn’t as open as Wikipedia. At UD you have to submit a word or definition for approval by admin. I know, I’ve had a submission turned down. Wikipedia allows you to add text directly to the page.

the_dude_abides November 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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Yeah man, but new shit has come to light! The bottom line is, parents spying on their kids is not cool. So many people take measures to catch their kids in the act instead of raising them right in the first place. The point of articles like this is relevancy, yes? This article is not relevant to any teen culture. Look at the teens posting comments. It’s another classic case of paranoid parents finding shit to blame on someone else instead of taking responsibility for their own shoddy parenting. If you’re gonna do that, you might as well sue companies like Verizon and AT&T for providing the service that enables the kids to communicate via text message which gives them freedom to use acronyms such as these. I’d recommend an anonymous poll of teens to see how many of the youths of today even know what these are before posting a bandwagon article that increases the tension between modern parents and teenagers even more. I love my kids, (damn I had to break out of character), and part of loving your kids is trust. Sure it’s hard to trust your teens at times when you’re a parent, but if you’re confident at all in how you raised them, it’s no problem at all. Part of loving someone is giving them the benefit of the doubt. If you assume the worst in people, especially your kids, it makes for a crummy life for you and them. I raised my daughter and son as a single dad. I trusted them, I made sure they knew that I trusted them to make smart decisions. I raised them to have faith in themselves, each other, and humanity as a whole. I raised them to care for the earth, to care for others, and to take responsibility for what they do. Not once did I have to interfere with their choices or “protect” them, because I raised them to be good kids. Sure, they got into trouble a few times, but it gave them experiences to learn from and opportunities help others with what they found. My kids would not have had that if I was constantly meddling with their personal lives. They would have had shallow doctrines implanted in their brains with no personal life story to reference for when real problems surfaced. If you think my parenting methods were weak and that I needed to strengthen my grip on my kids, I give you this: My son is now one of the most respected Medical Technicians in Eastern Africa and my daughter is an acclaimed Eco-Architect in Seattle. My parents raised me much like the author of this article would raise their kids, and I can honestly say I was too afraid to take risks and make mistakes because I was under my parents’ thumb. They had me convinced that I was a bad kid. I was suspected of doing things just because teens on tv with shitty parents were doing it. I ended up dropping out of college and falling into a second-rate career. My kids grew up to be awesome, because I raised them to know that no matter what they did, they were good kids. So go ahead and monitor your kids. See what that gets you.

GhostntheMachine November 22, 2014 at 6:53 pm

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Oh Lord… you DID check the dates from the original posts, right? Right? 2009. Grow up.

the_dude_abides November 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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If folks like you took the time to listen to others and tried to keep an open mind, the world would be a better place. Are you saying you’ve changed for the better since 5 years ago? If not, don’t you have some heli-parenting to do? (On a side note, this article was recently shared by a few sites I visit regularly. I saw it recently, I responded. Is there a problem?)

GhostntheMachine November 22, 2014 at 9:08 pm

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Yes, there is a problem… you’re an a$$hole. Anything else? This thread is so old and so trite but you’re being a sanctimonious Richard. Go play at huffpo or Reddit, I’m sure they’ll appreciate you.

the_dude_abides November 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

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Hey, this aggression will not stand, man.

GhostntheMachine November 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

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You started it with the lip, like I said grow up or go away. Punk.

the_dude_abides November 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

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Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “a punk”. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.

awktagon November 23, 2014 at 12:37 am

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I think Dude has a point. Plus, you’re the one name-calling and yet you tell HIM to grow up? fail…

GhostntheMachine November 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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Yes sir, his Massengilness. Of course Sir, there is a vinegar flush for that…let’s play the game if you’d like… doom on you. Bring it.

honestpolka November 23, 2014 at 12:27 am

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That ghostnthemachine fella isn’t worth your time of day Dude. Let these dipshits die with their farce.

Not so silent November 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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Yea dude is smart guy, he done know everything, dats why dey call him dude, he got no name…Dude be impotant to everyone..he be a legend in his own mind…

GhostntheMachine November 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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And I have your dipshit right here polka boy… I am so sick of you hit and run posters that don’t have a clue or anything worthwhile to contribute. Like I said, bring it you f**king pussy, put up or shut up.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

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That’s pronounced “impotent,” right?

Not so silent November 24, 2014 at 11:18 am

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Yea it is, but written in the style of a true libturd…. Every time I see his posts, I keep hearing an Aerosmith song…”Dude looks like a lady”…..Or in texting abreveations…DLLAL

flashingscotsman November 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

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“I don’t know about those other two, but that’s Willie Nelson in the middle.”

Megan May 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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flashingscotsman November 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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I mean I would totally use those, but like the first comment said, they’re not popular.

Apparently, punctuation and spelling aren’t popular either. It’s ok, I fixed it for you.

Kaitlyn July 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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Oh. my…. I can’t even… where do I start? Ok, I seriously am about to throw up. I am a teen myself and I type like a normal human. Nobody knows these abbreviations, I only know like.. three. I don’t even use “lol”. Who made this list? Probably a PARENT. If your kid is memorizing this list they have serious problems.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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But you’re obviously not an ordinary teen. You can spell and punctuate.

goobygoo July 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

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Anyone know what ?<??<? means?

hai_its_me_wats_new January 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

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kitty? lhso? what tha fuck! who would post this! what if you have a 6-10 yr old child next to you!? they might read these! oh my god ppl!

BatyNight April 25, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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95% of these abbreviations have never met my eyes to be honest. And anyone I know and that I have texted throughout my teen years have honestly never texted me most of these on the list. I’m 19 so I know what I’m talking about, and I am being honest. I bet if any of you parents stole you kids phone while they were sleeping only 1% would probably have some of this idiocy on there. XD who we should be worrying about should be the person who made the list. O.o

nibbles carrots May 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

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ha! im twelve. hi there people. what parents want to know and use would be things like lol, lmao, btw,brb,gtg.idk,ik,dw,yw,etc. not crap like this. cos thats what we in actual life use. i know trust me.
lol= laugh out loud
lmao=laugh my ass off
btw= by the way
brb= be right back
gtg= got to go
idk= i dont know
ik=i know
dw= dont worry
yw= you are welcome you’re welcome

I’ll let you know if i come to know anymore. and remember only sick kids would use that. ciao :)

flashingscotsman May 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

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She’s twelve, and knows the difference between your and you’re. Most “adults” don’t know that these days.

GhostntheMachine May 21, 2014 at 9:01 am

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Your kidding, right? What maroons.

nibbles carrots May 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

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XD I guess everyone knows that.

Red Robster May 22, 2014 at 1:33 am

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just another furry observer.

nibbles carrots May 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

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Hey there I have a few more.
B4N= bye for now
BBL=be back later
IMI= I mean it
IMO= in my opinion
INBD= its no big deal
Mhhm can also be uh huh and yeah

I hope these were useful. Ciao :-)

Red Robster May 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

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aww, thanks for playin nibble.

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