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Deciphering Text Messages – What Does That Mean??

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UGTBK, OMG! ALOL!!! GTG, MOS…TMB L8R, K? 

If you saw this text on your tween’s cell phone, you’d probably assume that your toddler got a hold of his big sister’s phone and had his way with it. On the contrary, this “language” is becoming secondhand to the next generation of digital citizens and is almost foreign to others who, like me, actually write out “later” instead of L8R. 

Text-speak is growing rapidly – so much so that it has spawned a huge subset of websites, including this helpful online Tech Dictionary, to decipher exactly what CD9, PRW or S2R means. And it’s clear from this text interchange, that my generation isn’t the only one that is trying to figure out this new way of speaking: 

If you’ve got an avid texter in your house, it may be worth familiarizing yourself with some of the more common abbreviations. Here are a few: 

ALOL

Actually laughing out loud

BF / GF

Boyfriend / Girlfriend

BRB

Be right back

BTW

By the way

CD9

Code 9 - means parents are around

CYE

Check your email

DD

Dear daughter

DH

Dear husband

DS

Dear son

GR8

Great

GTG

Got to go

HB

Hurry back

IDK

I don't know

JFF

Just for fun

K

OK

LMK

Let me know

LOL

Laugh out loud

L8R

Later

MorF

Male or female

MOS

Mom over shoulder

OMG

Oh my god

P911

Parent emergency

PAW

Parents are watching

PIR

Parent in room

POS

Parent over shoulder

PPL

People

PRW

Parents are watching

S2R

Send to receive (pictures)

TMB

Text me back

UGTBK

You’ve got to be kidding

WAYD

What are you doing

W/E

Whatever

And BTW, if you’re stumped on the text above: UGTBK, OMG! ALOL!!! GTG, MOS…TMB L8R, K? 

Here’s the translation: You’ve got to be kidding me, oh my god! Actually laughing out loud!!! Got to go, mom over shoulder…Text me back later, ok?

 

 

 

 

 

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