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20 Teen Slang Terms Decoded for Parents—from OOTD to TBR

The Short of It

Online social Q&A network ASKfm has released its top 20 trending list of social media slang words and acronyms. Parents, if you want to keep tabs on your teen, you'll need to study up!

The Lowdown

According to ASKfm, teens are using terms like PAP and IKR frequently online. And if you're like most parents, LOL is about as far as you've gotten when it comes to dropping an acronym on social media. But never fear! We're here to help you navigate the latest lingo of the next generation. Just refer to this handy translation guide:

  1. PAP: Post a picture
  2. Bad: It still means "good" from your day, but it has shifted slightly and means something even more positive like "hot."
  3. Ship: Short for "relationship"
  4. :3: This symbol combo is meant to resemble the face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute.
  5. IDEK: I don't even know
  6. IKR: I know, right?
  7. OOTD: Outfit of the day
  8. SMH: Shaking my head
  9. Dime: On a scale of 1-10, this is the best something can get!
  10. THOT: Means "that ho over there" and refers to a promiscuous teen!
  11. Netflix and chill: OMG, this is actually code for hooking up!
  12. Savage: Something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way
  13. AF: As f***; as in, "she is hot AF."
  14. TBR: To be rude, usually used before person shares their true, harsh feelings
  15. Peep: Can refer either to friends (your people) or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)
  16. Slept: Refers to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be extremely high.
  17. GOAT: Greatest of all time
  18. No chill: Used to describe someone who is being irrational
  19. Likers get rate: This phrase implies the original poster will rank anyone that likes/comments/answers a post, typically around how cool they are perceived to be or how they look. It's also used to incentivize followers to like posts to get something (usually indicated in the post) in return.
  20. Frog emoji + coffee cup emoji: Based off a popular meme of Kermit the Frog drinking a cup of tea, this emoji combination means "I'm just saying" or "but that is none of my business."

The Upshot

You're not alone if you're SMH and feel like IDEK. Online banter between teens seems like a different language! Especially since as Andrea Cutright, COO of ASKfm says, "Teen language can experience a seismic shift with just a few clicks, texts or posts, and word or even symbol choices can literally change by the day."

So basically parents, we've got to study up on these terms quickly before they're not so dime. :3

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