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SMS – Social Media Speak

Social Media has introduced news ways of communication through acronyms which some say is a language all on its own. While this coded speech can seem cool to kids, it can be worrisome to parents whose kids may be having unhealthy conversations. Although these acronyms seem to evolve as time goes by, listed below are some of the popular terms used.

To grow up and act responsibly.


A mood
A relatable feeling or situation.

Very excited.

And I oop
When someone says something unexpected or provocative.

Short for “baby.” It’s used as a term of endearment for a significant other such as a girlfriend or boyfriend. As an acronym, it stands for “Before Anyone Else.”

A non-complimentary way to say someone is only interested in trendy or popular things.

To have a full face of makeup.

Agreeing with someone. A response when someone challenges you.

Shortened form of the word b*tch.

Feeling fortunate.

Body count
The number of people someone has slept with.

A way to say “very” or “a lot.” It’s added after the verb or adjective.

Rich or Acting rich.

Leaving suddenly.

Casual nickname for “bro.”

Bye Felicia
An expression used to dismiss someone.

Cap or Cappin’
To lie about something.

A hyper-masculine and overtly sexual young man.

Calm down, hang out.

Meaning crazy.

To reject someone romantically.

Clap back
A comeback filled with attitude.


Dad or Daddy
An older, attractive male.

Meaning “really good.”

When someone is euphorically happy.

Used when something is extremely funny or embarrassing.

Down in the DM
Making plans using social media or texts for an oncoming sexual encounter.

Relationship with someone you met online.

Eboy or Egirl
Active internet users, emo, punk-rock.

Describes over the top or dramatic behavior.

A nice way to acknowledge someone made a true statement.

Closest friends.

Being a fan of something, or a group of fans.

To smooth things out.

Finished my shampoo and conditioner at the same time.
The person posting is expressing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.

Means “going to” or “intend on” doing something.

Finstagram or Finsta
A second Instagram account. Finstagrams are intimate spaces intended for an audience of friends, with the number of followers purposely kept low.

Fire and Straight fire
Something is really good, cool, or amazing.

The shortened version of outfit.

To knowingly flaunt and show off.

A joke.

When someone has had one too many compliments and is full of themselves.

Ghost or Ghosted
Ignoring someone on purpose.

Being inspired, can also be used to express a subtle form of jealousy.

Go Off
To encourage a choice, or to support a rant or ridiculous behavior that’s already occurred.

Meaning good or cool.

When you are angry because you are so hungry.

A deep understanding of a topic being discussed.

Heart Horny
Desiring a romantic connection.

Anime pornography.

The opposite of “low key” – meaning let everyone know.

Hits different
When different circumstances cause something to be better than it normally is.

I had pasta tonight
The person posting is expressing depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts.

I’m weak
Meaning that was funny.

Internet friend
Used to describe someone on the internet who knows them better than anyone else in their life.

Internet separation anxiety.

It’s lit
Meaning it’s cool or awesome.

Typically used to refer to an entitled mom, who can be a bit irritating with her frequent requests to “talk to the manager.”

Key or Major Key
Meaning something that is essential or important.

Left me on read
When someone opens your text or private message and doesn’t respond.

Describing when something’s amazing, exciting, high-energy, or otherwise great. It can alternatively mean intoxicated or drunk.

A warning that what they’re saying isn’t something they want everyone to know.

Someone who is extremely attractive.

The responsible friend.

Used to express something that is relatable.

When two social media users follow each other.

Netflix ‘n Chill
To meet under the pretense of watching Netflix/TV together when actually planning to meet for “making out” or sex.

No cap
Telling the truth, the equivalent of saying “no lie.”

Something that is said to affirm when someone is being put in their place.

OK, boomer
Old, out of touch, resistant to change. Baby Boomer.

On fleak
On point, nice.

Popularized by the game Roblox, oof is the sound a character makes when it dies. It is typically used as a response when you don’t really care but should say at least something.

Out of pocket
Something is out of control.

Snubbing someone to pay attention to your phone instead.

Typically used to describe an uncouth individual.

Rule 30
What has been seen cannot be unseen.

Rule 34
Any topic can be made into pornographic content.

To be bitter about something or someone.

A response to things you have in common with someone, genuinely or sarcastically.

Meaning it’s cool or awesome. To do or say something completely outrageous and not fear the repercussions or consequences of their actions.

Shade or Shading
A sneaky action toward someone or something. When you “throw shade,” you do the sneaky action.

Short for “relationship.”

Wanting two people to date.

Being confused or in utter disbelief.

Sip tea
To mind your own business.

If someone asks you what happened and you respond with “Sis,” it means there’s a whole lot of drama that unfolded and there’s a whole lot more to the story. “Sis” can also be used as a term of endearment toward friends.

To ejaculate.

To leave a place.

Strikes you as good.

Meaning someone is succeeding.

Sleep(ing) on
Ignoring something.

Sliding into DMs
Using direct messaging to invite someone to “hook up”.

To have casual sex.

A way to describe an attractive individual.

Meaning well-styled or attractive.

Spill the tea
To “spill” the gossip.

Friend group.

A combination of stalker and fan. The word can also be used to express tame support of a person or a cause.

A shortened version of what’s up.

When someone is acting suspicious or shady.

To avoid something.

Extremely buff or physically fit.

To be picked up by an automobile.

Gossip or talking behind someone’s back.

That’s a choice
It’s your decision.

Looking good in your skin no matter your size or shape.

Thirst trap
A flirtatious photograph or message posted on social media.

Being desperate for attention or something else. Often used in place of “horny.”

Throw shade
To give someone a nasty look or say something unpleasant about them.

Something absolutely unacceptable or terrible.

Hype for a party.

Relaxing and having a good time.

To refer to something that is amazing.

Wig snatched
Exposing someone to reveal the truth.

Highly aware of social issues.

An enthusiastic way of saying yes.

A very strong word for yes.

A well-dressed, attractive man.

Gen Z.

1174: “Nude club”

1337 and L337: “Elite”

143: “I love you”

182: “I hate you”

420: “Marijuana”

459: “I love you”

8: “Oral sex”

ADR: “Address”

AEAP: “As Early As Possible”

AF: “As f***”

ALAP: “As Late As Possible”

AMA: “Ask me anything”, a Q&A style discussion with the author of a post

ASL: “Age/Sex/Location”

ASMR: “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response” meaning something gave you chills.

Banana: “Penis”

BTO: “Bathroom time off”

CCW: “Comments and criticism welcome”

CD9: “Code 9” meaning parents are around

CMV: “Change my view”

DAE: “Does anybody else or does anyone else”

DM;HS: “Doesn’t matter; had sex”

DPW: “D*** pictures welcome”

DTF: “Down to f***”– which means I want to have sex OR I would like to join you in the plans you suggested.

DUM: “Do you masturbate?”

DUSL: “Do you scream loud?”

ELI5: “Explain like I’m 5 (years old)”

F2F: “Face-to-Face” meaning FaceTime

FB: “F*** buddy”

FBOI: “F*** boy” meaning a guy looking for sex

FIFY and FTFY: “Fixed It For You” and “Fixed that for you”, respectively.

FMLTWIA: “F*** me like the w**** I am”

FOL: “Fond of leather”

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): FOMO is when a someone experiences anxiety that an exciting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often prompted by posts seen on social media.

FR: “For real”

FWB: “Friends with benefits”

FWP: “First world problems”

GG: “Good game”

GIS: “Google Image Search”

GOAT: “Greatest of all time!”

GNOC: “Get naked on camera”

GTFO: “Get the f**k out”

GTG: “Got to go”

GYPO: “Get your pants off”

HAK: “Hugs and kisses”

HIFW: “How I feel when”

HMB: “Hold my beer”

IAmA: “I am a.” This is the standard way to begin the title of an AMA (Ask me anything) post

IANAD: “I am not a doctor”

IANAL: “I am not a lawyer”

IAYM: “I am your master”

ICYMI: “In case you missed it”

IDGAF: “I don’t give a f***” – which means I don’t care at all

IF and IB: “In the front” or “In the back”, respectively

IYKYK: “If you know you know”

IMO or IMHO: “In my opinion” and “In my humble/honest opinion”

IIRC: “If I recall correctly”

ILY and ILU: “I love you”

IRL: “In real life”

ISO: “In search of”

ITT: “In this thread”

IYKYK: “If you know you know” meaning an inside joke

JOMO: “Joy of missing out”

KMS: “Kill myself”

KYS: “Kill yourself”

LB: “Like back”

LMAO: “Laugh my as* off”

LMD: “Let me die”

LMIRL: “Let’s meet in real life”

LMP: “Like my pic”

LOL: “Laugh out loud”

LoL: “League of Legends”, a popular online game.

MRW and MFW: “My reaction when” and “My face when”, respectively.

NIFOC: “Naked in front of their computer”

NP: “No problem”

NSFL: “Not safe for life” (explicit and offensive; often gore)

OAG: references the “Overly attached girlfriend” meme

OC: “Original content”, meaning the author of the post created the content shown or linked in the post or “Open crib”, meaning no parents will be at home or at a gathering or party.

OFC: “Of course”

OG: Meaning “original” or “original gangster”

OMGF: “Oh my f**king god”

OP: “Original poster”, the author of the post

PMOYS: “Put my on your Snapchat”

POS: “Parents over shoulder”

PSA: “Public service announcement”

ROTFLMAO: “Rolling on the floor laughing my as* off”

RT: “Retweet”

Skrt: “To stop unexpectedly”

SMDH: “shaking my damn head”

SMH: “shaking my head” or “that’s so dumb”

SO: “Significant other”

STFU: “Shut the f**k up”

Sus: “Suspect” or “Suspicious”

T: Gossip or talking behind someone’s back

TBH: “To be honest”

TDTM: “Talk dirty to me”

TFW: “That feeling when”

TIFU: “Today I f**ked up”

TIL: “Today I learned”

TL;DR: “Too long; Didn’t read.” Sometimes used as a synonym for “summary”

V: “Very”

WIP: “Work in progress”

WTF: “What the f**k?”

WTH: “What the he**”

WUF: “Where you from?”

WYA: “Where you at?”

WYD: “What you doing?”

YASS or YEET: A very strong way to say “yes”

YMMV: “Your mileage may vary”

YSK: “You should know”

#420: Pot/weed/drugs

#ana: Anorexia

#cu46: “See you for sex”

#deb: Depression

#ednos: “Eating disorder not otherwise specified”

#mia: Bulimia

#secretsociety123: Non-suicidal self harm

#sue: Suicide

#svv: Self-harming behavior

#thinsp or #thinspo: Thinspiration (content that “inspires” others to be thin)