Social Networking

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.