Translating Teens


Type of Resource


Publication Date

June 21, 2023


Digital Wellbeing 

Feel like teens are speaking a different language?

Technology is advancing with accelerating speed and so is how we use it. In 1998 we were using 2 billion floppy disks a year, and now over 20 years later, the only reference to one is the ‘save’ icon on Microsoft Word.

As our use of technology evolves- acronyms, slang and emojis have created a new language for young people. This list gives you general phrases to watch out for, and words or emojis that may not have obvious meaning.

Please Note: The children in your care will not see this list on their version of the site (we don’t want to give anyone ideas!). You should be mindful that these words and phrases often depend on the context of conversations, the only way to be sure of implied meaning is to talk to young people.

The Basics

LOL: Laughing out loud

BRB: Be right back

FO: F*** off

IDC: I don’t care

BFF: Best friends forever

NSFW: Not safe for work

WYD: What you doing?

LMAO: Laughing my a** off

GTG/G2G: Got to go

TBF: To be fair

STFU: Shut the f*** up

POV: Point of view

OMW: On my way

WUA: What you at?

TTYL: Talk to you later

FU: F*** you

TBH: To be honest

ILY: I love you

DM: Direct message

NP: No problem

JK: Just kidding

General Phrases

LOML: Love of my life

IMO: In my opinion

SMH: Shaking my head, can also be ‘so much hate’

BAE: Before Anyone Else; a favourite friend or partner

IKR: I know, right?

AFAIK: As far as I know

TFW: That feeling when

AF: ‘As f***” e.g. ‘cool AF’

KMT: ‘Kissing my Teeth’ (used as a sign of disrespect/disapproval)

PM/Private: Short for private or personal message

‘Netflix and Chill’: To watch TV and have sex

SUS: Suspicious

RN: Right Now

Ship: Abbreviation for relationship

Basic: Someone, or something, that is ordinary (usually an insult)

SLAY: To do something amazing

PMOYS: Put me on your Snap Story

Shading: Gossiping about someone without naming them

Butters: Unattractive or ugly

Fresh: Used to describe something good or cool

Sick: Means the opposite of its original meaning (positive/good/amazing)

NGL: Not going to lie

Tea: Interesting gossip

Thot: That ‘hoe’ over there – often derogatory

ICYMI: In case you missed it

Fam: Very good friend

L4L: Like for Like (on social media)

IDEK: I don’t even know

OFC: Of course

TFW: That feeling when

DILLIGAF: ‘Does it look like I give a f***’

TFW: That feeling when

Bants: Short for banter (to joke or mess around)

Allow it: Means the opposite of its original meaning (negative/stop/disagreement)

FB: Facebook

TF: The f***?

Watch out For

ASL?: Age, Sex, Location?

WTH: What the hell

99: Parents are gone

121: Talk in private message

SWYP: So what’s your problem?

GNOC: Get naked on camera

RU18: Are you 18?

WTF: ‘What the f***’

IWSN: I want sex now

WTTP: Want to trade pics?

Cheugy: A term used to describe something ‘basic’, or trying too hard.

c2c: cam to cam

TDTM: Talk dirty to me

IRL: In real life

F2F: Face to face – video chat or in person

KMS: Kill myself

KPC: Keeping parents clueless

GTFO: Get the f*** out

YWS: You want sex?

CU46: See you for sex

Pic: Picture

Insta: Instagram

PFP: Picture for proof

9, CD9, Code 9: Parents are nearby

S2R: Send to receive (pictures)

Sugarpic: Suggestive or erotic photograph

KYS: Kill yourself

MPFB: My personal f*** buddy

THOT: ‘That hoe over there’

FINSTA: Fake Instagram account

GYPO: Get your pants off

Snap Snapchat

FWB: ‘Friend with benefits’ (casual partner)


  • Yellows, Blues, Vallies, Diazzie: Diazempam/Xanax (Benzodiazepines)

  • Bud, Blunt, Hash, Ganja, Weed, MJ, Smoke: Cannabis

  • Blow, Charlie, Snow, Coke, Gear, White, Bump: Cocaine Powder

  • Mandy, Molly, X, MD, Pills: MDMA (Ecstasy)

  • Pick up: To buy drugs

  • 420: Usually a reference to cannabis

Emojis to watch out for

  •  Snake: To snitch on someone or do something behind their back

  •  Eggplant: Penis

  •  Banana: Penis

  •  Peach: Bum

  •  Tongue: Oral sex

  •  Cherries: Touch my breasts

  •  Camel: Hump(ing)

  •  Fire: To let someone know they are good looking (hot) or something is good

  •  Smirk: Flirting face

  •  Flex: To show off (flex)

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