If you are a parent scouring the market for tips on how to keep your child cyber-safe, I am sure you’ve already come across many. There’s filtering websites for one, monitoring social media conversations for another and reading up emails and text messages is on the list too. Content filtering is understandable because there are digital parenting applications out there to give you a hand. But, how in the world will you decipher conversations that appear no more than a mass of shouty capitals?
That’s internet slang for you! The list has words, symbols and acronyms that have each taken on a distinct meaning over the years. You will probably be reading more of ‘WTF’ and ‘LMFAO’ than ‘f**k’ and ‘a**’. The beeps (Remember the beep sound in movies?) and asterisks finally put to rest. Phew!
If you are not as proficient in the internet lingo, you better read up. Internet slang dictionaries have a comprehensive list of the good and bad, but we will save you the trouble and give you the common ones right here.
WHAT’S THE NEED?
We are familiar with internet slang as SMS language. Comprising primarily of acronyms and abbreviations, internet slang makes it easier to chat. It takes up less time to type in a message using acronyms compared to typing out a sentence that means the same. This way you can multitask. Using internet slang is also the trend today. It is about showing others you’re the COOL DUDE.
As much as there is a need to use internet slang, there is a need to understand it. It is often used to pass secret messages with people inventing their own personal slang. For teens and adults, it helps you fit in your social circles. For a parent, it keeps you in the know of your child’s conversations whether he or she engages in casual conversations or is silently receiving threats from a big bad bully.
WHERE IS IT USED?
The internet and all things that use the internet are the most common users of this new lingo. It includes emails, social media network s, instant messaging and chat rooms. They are also used in text messages sent over a telephone network. The internet jargon is so popular that most of these applications have already made it a part of their lexical list for convenient use.
ONES YOU NEED TO KNOW
Knowing the most commonly used internet slang will help you keep up with your kid.
- A/S/L (R P): Age, Sex, Location. Race Picture
- BRB : Be Right Back
- CD 9: Code 9 Means Parents Around
- OMG: Oh My God/Oh My Gosh
- LOL: Laugh Out Loud/Lots Of Laugh
- GNOC: Get Naked On Cam (Webcam)
- NIFOC: Naked In Front Of Camera
- GTG: Got To Go
- WTF: What The F**k
- LMFAO: Laughing My F**king Ass Off
- LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off
- MIRL: Meet In Real Life
- BRT: Be Right There
- TTYL: Talk To You Later
- JK: Just Kidding
- ILY: I Love You
- IWSN: I Want Sex Now
- LU2: Love You Too
- K / KK : Okay
- SUP: What’s Up
- NOOB: Used To Insult One Who Doesn’t Know Much
- BF/ GF: Boyfriend / Girlfriend
- BFF : Best Friends Forever
- FWB: Friends With Benefits
- TDTM: Talk Dirty To Me
- FU: F**k You
- POS: Parents Over Shoulder / Piece Of Shit
- DGAF: Don’t Give a F**k
- FML: F**k My Life
- GFU: Good For You
The list of internet slang is endless and new ones are added almost every day. You might have never heard of them before, but you will be shocked to know that your teen is using them in his or her everyday conversations. Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest internet slang terms and become a smart parent.