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Teen Text Speak Codes Every Parent Should Know

by | Jan 19, 2017

***This post was updated April 11, 2019, to include brand-new trends in teen slang. ***

We’ve combed through our data at Bark to find the most common instances of text speak that teens are using these days. Some of this slang you’ll be familiar with, but much of it may surprise you!

Text Speak Decoded

  • 420 – marijuana reference
  • 11:11popular time to make a wish
  • ASB –  as balls. Example: I’m high asb.
  • AF – as f**k
  • ASL – age/sex/location
  • Bae – significant other or crush
  • Basic – someone who is viewed as boring or a conforming person
  • Beat cake – a sexual term that refers to engaging in rough sex
  • Bet – a response indicating agreement. Example: “Wanna go to the store?” “Bet.”
  • Bih – short form of b*tch
  • BMS breaks my scale; used to rate somebody physically
  • BTS – a Korean boy band popular with tweens and teens
  • Cappin’ – lying
  • Cring – causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness
  • CYA – “cover your ass” or “see ya”
  • Dabbing – refers to concentrated doses of cannabis; also a dance craze
  • Ded – used when something is really funny or embarrassing. Example: OMG that meme has me ded!
  • Dope – a way to describe something as cool or awesome
  • DTF – down to f*ck
  • Fam – friends
  • GOAT – greatest of all time
  • GTG – got to go
  • Gucci – something good or cool
  • Hulk – A 2mg generic benzodiazepine bar, which is green
  • Hundo P – one hundred percent
  • ILY – I love you
  • IRL – in real life
  • ISO – in search of
  • FBOI – f**k boy; a guy just looking for sex
  • FINSTA – fake Instagram account
  • FOMO – fear of missing out
  • FWB – friends with benefits
  • Hentai – graphic anime pornography
  • High key 1. very interested in 2. actively spreading information
  • IHOPness – spell out I-H-O-P, then say ‘ness.’ The resulting sentence sounds like “I ate your penis.” For those that remember, this is is similar to the PEN15 CLUB phrase that kids of previous generations would scribble on hands.
  • JK – just kidding
  • Juul – type of e-cigarette that is small and discreet; ‘pods’ are used for smoking
  • KMS – kill myself
  • KYS – kill yourself
  • Lit/Turnt/Turnt Up – something that’s active or popular, can also refer to being stoned or drunk
  • LMAO – laughing my ass off
  • LMP – 1. A term that means “like my pic” or 2. Sometimes stands for “lick my p***y”
  • LOL – laugh out loud
  • Low key 1. somewhat interested in 2. keeping information secret
  • Netflix and chill – getting together and hooking up
  • NP – no problem
  • OKURRR – variation of “OKAY” made popular by rapper Cardi B who defines it as something that is said to affirm when someone is being put in their place
  • OMFG – oh my f**king god
  • PMOYSacronym that stands for “put me on your Snapchat”
  • ROTFLMAO – rolling on the floor laughing my ass off
  • Salty – to be bitter or cranky about something
  • School Bus – A 2mg Xanax bar, which is yellow
  • SH – sh** happens
  • Shading where teens gossip about another party without naming them; also “throw shade” means to talk about someone
  • Ship – short for “relationship”; also used as a verb to indicate a desire to see two people together. Ex.: I ship Taylor and Jamie.
  • Skeetto ejaculate
  • Smash means to have casual sex
  • SMDH – shaking my damn head
  • SMH – “shaking my head,” meaning “I don’t believe it” or “that’s so dumb”
  • Snack – describes an attractive person
  • Snapstreakcreated when friends send snaps every day, creating a streak
  • Snatched – on point, very good, or well styled
  • Spam a fake social media account
  • Stan – an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity
  • STFU – short for “shut the f**k up,” can be used as an expression of disbelief or to cyberbully
  • Swoop – to be picked up in an automobile
  • TBH – to be honest
  • TDTM – talk dirty to me
  • Thicc – looking good no matter one’s size or shape
  • TF – the f**k, as in “who TF you think are?”
  • Thirsty desperate for attention, usually sexual attention
  • Thot – Stands for “that ho over there” and is often used instead of “slut”
  • Woke – socially or politically conscious
  • WTF – what the f**k?
  • WUF – where you from?
  • WYA – where you at?
  • WYD – what you doing?
  • YEET – a very strong word for yes

Emoji Icons Decoded

  • – Penis
  •  – Butt
  •  – Ejaculate

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