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If Your Teen Texts ’99,’ What Does It Mean?

Cracking the Code: 37 texting acronyms and abbreviations every parent should know

Omaha World-Herald-

If your teen has a smartphone, there’s a good chance they’re familiar with a list of acronyms, abbreviations and short-hand to they’re incorporating into their messages.

As an educator of teens and young adults, I hear some of this verbiage used in the classroom. As a parent of tweens, I also feel like it’s important to understand how teens utilize technology so I can best prepare myself and them. After all, some are harmless, but some could be potentially risky or downright dangerous.

Here’s a list of texting acronyms and abbreviations parents should be familiar know. The list comes from my knowledge as well as information from articles on CNN, McAfee, Yahoo, and USAToday.

1. 9 or CD9: Parents are nearby
2. 99: Parents are gone
3. 143: I love you
4. 182: I hate you
5. 1174: Party meeting place
6. 53X: Sex
7. 2DAY: Today
8. 4EAE: Forever and ever
9. ADN: Any day now
10. ADR: What’s your address
11. AFAIK: As far as I know
12. AFK: Away from keyboard
13. ASL: Age/sex/location
14. ATM: At the moment
15. CU46: See you for sex
16. DOC: Drug of choice
17. F2F or FTF: Face to face
18. FWB: Friends with benefits
19. GNOC: Get naked on camera
20. GYPO: Get your pants off
21. HMU: Hit me up
22. IMO: In my opinion
23. IRL: In real life
24. IWSN: I want sex now
25. LH6: Let’s have sex