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January 21, 2008

Teen Web Language Decoded

My teenagers spend a lot of time on the internet coddling and cooing their Facebook pages and as I walk by with an armful of laundry, I sometimes glance at the computer screen to see just what they are up too. Unfortunately for me, it appears to be all in code. Teen code that is, and confusion ensues. What is a mother to do?

Thanks to MSNBC, I can see clearly now because the rain of confusion is gone for good with a very comprehensive list of acronyms and expressions that teens use on their web pages. Things like.........

" ROTFL- Rolling on the Floor Laughing
RU- Are You?
RUMORF- Are You Male Or Female
RUOK- Are you Okay?
SorG- Straight or Gay
SWDYT- So What Do You Think?
TDTM- Talk Dirty To Me
THX or TX or THKS- Thanks
TLK-2-U-L-8-R- Talk to You Later
TMI- Too Much Information
TOM- Tomorrow
TTYL- Talk to You Later
WTF- What The F***
WTG- Way to Go
WYCM- Will You Call Me?"

Okay, so I knew that "LOL" meant "laugh out loud", and that "ROFL" meant "rolling on floor laughing", as I've actually used these terms in comments I've made on blog posts before but I had no idea that "LMIRL" meant "let's meet in real life" or that "P911" meant "parent alert". These codes are good to know and you can find the whole list here. Consider yourself hip on the things of teenagers, for a day anyway.

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I have one for them: TWITS Teens Wasting Internet Time Socially. LOL

Just kidding. :)

How about this one....GGDR "Gotta Go, Dinner's Ready! LOL

*sigh*

One more way for me to be totally uncool -- oops -- un KEWL

I remember seeing acronyms like LOL, HHOK, and ROTFL in amateur press associations in the 1980s. Although LOL and ROTFL laughing probably only gained popularity on computer BBSs and Usenet. Never heard P911 before, though (good one!)

It is a interesting language, if you have teenagers; one you need to know.

Will you be my BFF?............LOL

No..anyone who uses these are stupid wannabes. Well, that being said, anyone who is on facebook is a stupid wannabe, so I guess it makes sense.

While I am at it, half of these "cool online teen web stuff lingo" do not exist. "pos" does not mean parents over shoulder, it means piece of sh**. Also, if any of these are used in all caps, you know the person using them is either under the age 13 and wants to look cool, or are immature morons.

Well, Greg, thanks for sharing.

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