How Many of These 127 Secret Teen Codes Do You Know?

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Are you a parent of a tween or teen texting or messaging using Snapchat, Instagram and other social media channels or messenger services? You may not be entirely aware of what some of the codes they are using actually mean. How many of these 127 secret teen codes do you know?

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Some codes that are used to communicate via text or other messaging services might have sexual content that you might not be aware of because of the abbreviation being used.

Here’s a list of 127 secret acronyms to help. I recognised a few off the list but there were quite a few surprises to me on there!

  1. 143 – I love you
  2. 182 – I hate you
  3. 2DAY – Today
  4. 420 – Marijuana
  5. 459 – I love you
  6. 4EAE – For ever and ever
  7. 53X – Sex
  8. 8 – Oral sex
  9. AND – Any day now
  10. ADR – Address
  11. AEAP – As early as possible
  12. AFAIK – As far as I know
  13. AFK – Away from keyboard
  14. ALAP – As late as possible
  15. ASL – Age/sex/location
  16. ATM – At the moment
  17. BFN – Bye for now
  18. BOL – Be on later
  19. BRB – Be right back
  20. Broken – Hungover
  21. BTW – By the way
  22. CD9 – Code 9 parents are around
  23. CTN– Can’t talk now
  24. CU46 – See you for sex
  25. DOC – Drug of Choice
  26. DWBH – Don’t worry, be happy
  27. F2F or FTF – Face to face
  28. FWB – Friends with benefits
  29. FYEO – For your eyes only
  30. GAL – Get a life
  31. GB – Goodbye
  32. GLHF – Good luck, have fun
  33. GNOC – Get naked on cam
  34. GTG – Got to go
  35. GYPO – Get your pants off
  36. HAK – Hugs and kisses
  37. HAND – Have a nice day
  38. HTH – Hope this helps / Happy to help
  39. HW – Homework
  40. IDK – I don’t know
  41. IIRC – If I remember correctly
  42. IKR – I know, right?
  43. ILU – I love you
  44. ILY – I love you
  45. IM – Instant message
  46. IMHO – In my honest opinion / In my humble opinion
  47. IMO – In my opinion
  48. IPN – I’m posting naked
  49. IRL – In real life
  50. IU2U – It’s up to you
  51. IWSN – I want sex now
  52. IYKWIM – If you know what I mean
  53. J/K – Just kidding
  54. J4F – Just for fun
  55. JIC – Just in case
  56. JSYK – Just so you know
  57. KFY – Kiss for you
  58. KMS – Kill myself
  59. KOTL – Kiss On The Lips
  60. KPC – Keeping parents clueless
  61. KYS – Kill yourself
  62. L8 – Late
  63. LH6 – Let’s have sex
  64. LMBO – Laughing my butt off
  65. LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life
  66. LMK – Let me know
  67. LOL – Laugh out loud
  68. LSR – Loser
  69. MIRL – Meet in real life
  70. MOS – Mom over shoulder
  71. NAGI – Not a good idea
  72. NALOPKT – Not a lot of people know that
  73. NIFOC– Nude in front of computer
  74. NM – Never mind
  75. NMU – Not much, you?
  76. NP – No problem
  77. NTS – Note to self
  78. OIC – Oh I see
  79. OMG – Oh my God
  80. ORLY – Oh, really?
  81. OT – Off topic
  82. OTP – On the phone
  83. P911 – Parent alert
  84. P999 – Parent alert
  85. PAL – Parents are Listening
  86. PAW – Parents are watching
  87. PCM – Please call me
  88. PIR – Parent in room
  89. PLS or PLZ– Please
  90. POS – Parents over shoulder
  91. PPL – People
  92. PRON – Porn
  93. PTB – Please text back
  94. QQ – Crying
  95. RAK– Random act of kindness
  96. RL – Real life
  97. ROFL – Rolling on the floor laughing
  98. RT – Retweet
  99. RU/18 – Are you over 18?
  100. RUMORF – are you male or female?
  101. RUOK – Are you okay?
  102. SMH – Shaking my head
  103. SOS – Someone over shoulder
  104. SRSLY– Seriously
  105. SSDD – Same stuff, different day
  106. SWAK – Sealed with a kiss
  107. SWYP– So, what’s your problem?
  108. SYS – See you soon
  109. TBC – To be continued
  110. TDTM – Talk dirty to me
  111. TIME – Tears in my eyes
  112. TMI – Too much information
  113. TMRW – Tomorrow
  114. TTYL – Talk to you later
  115. TY or TU – Thank you
  116. VSF – Very sad face
  117. WB – Welcome back
  118. WTH – What the hell?
  119. WTPA – Where the party at?
  120. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
  121. WYCM – Will you call me?
  122. WYRN – What’s Your Real Name
  123. YGM– You’ve got mail
  124. YOLO– You only live once
  125. YW – You’re welcome
  126. ZERG – To gang up on someone
  127. ZOMG – Oh my God (sarcastic)

You might also find this useful: What Every Parent Should Know About Sexting

Tips for parents of tweens/teens around texting/sexting

  • Make sure you are involved in your child’s life online as well as offline but be aware that teenagers don’t always want to open up.
  • Try to have an open and honest discussion about keeping safe online.
  • Don’t be concerned that your teen is using coded language that can’t be understood by parents, it’s not necessarily something to be overly concerned about.
  • Keep communication lines open and build trust with your child so that they feel comfortable coming to you if they are worried about something.
  • Reassure them that you won’t be angry at them. Children need reassurance that if an unsolicited approach or something making them feel vulnerable happens, they have someone to turn to.
  • Be aware that older teens are entitled to privacy and try to get a balance between knowing what they are doing and allowing them that privacy.

Over to you now. How many of the 127 secret teen codes did you know? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below (but not in code!). 

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