With each generation comes a new set of sayings, slang terms and words, and now in this tech world we live in, a new set of text acronyms. Some of them, not so bad, but others do hold caution behind them (and maybe a firm talking to). Here are some of the new, more common, phrases and words you may need to know just to understand your teen:
- PAP: Post a picture
- Bad: It still means “good” from your day, but it has shifted slightly and means something even more positive like “hot.”
- Ship: Short for “relationship”
- :3: This symbol combo is meant to resemble the face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute.
- IDEK: I don’t even know
- IKR: I know, right?
- OOTD: Outfit of the day
- SMH: Shaking my head
- Dime: On a scale of 1-10, this is the best something can get!
- THOT: refers to a promiscuous teen – again, another talk!
- Netflix and chill: this is actually code for hooking up, which means you need to have a SERIOUS conversation with your teen!!
- Savage: Something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way
- AF: BAD WORD!!!!
- TBR: To be rude, usually used before person shares their true, harsh feelings
- Peep: Can refer either to friends (your people) or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)
- Slept: Refers to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be in an extremely drugged space
- GOAT: Greatest of all time
- No chill: Used to describe someone who is being irrational
- Likers get rate: This phrase implies the original poster will rank anyone that likes/comments/answers a post, typically around how cool they are perceived to be or how they look. It’s also used to incentivize followers to like posts to get something (usually indicated in the post) in return.
- Frog emoji + coffee cup emoji: Based off a popular meme of Kermit the Frog drinking a cup of tea, this emoji combination means “I’m just saying” or “but that is none of my business.”