These abbreviated words and symbols, known as acronyms or online slang, are shorthand for common phrases used in spoken English that children and teens can use to keep adults out-of-the-loop with their communication. Please note that some of these acronyms contain offensive or suggestive language. Because our purpose in providing this list is for parents to be able to decode their child’s communication, we have opted to not exclude these offensive references.

This is only a portion of the thousands of text acronyms that exist, so if you don’t see the word or phrase that you are looking for here, go to, a site that allows you to search emoticons, texting lingo, and chat acronyms.

Here is a list of common acronyms:

9: Parent is watching

99: Parent no longer watching

143: I love you

182: I hate you

1174: Nude club

26Y4U: Too sexy for you

2moro: Tomorrow

2nite: Tonight

3sum: Threesome

459: I love you

420: Marijuana

4Q: F*** you

ADR: Address

AEAP: As early as possible

AFC: Away from computer

AISI: As I see it

AITR: Adult in the room

ALAP: As late as possible

ASL: Age/sex/location

Banana: Penis

BBIAF: Be back in a few

BBL: Be back later

BCNU: Be seeing you

BF: Boyfriend

BFF: Best friend forever

BFN: Bye for now

BIL: Boss is listening

BJ: Blowjob

B4N: Bye for now

BRB: Be right back

BRT: Be right there

BTW: By the way

CD9: Code 9, parents are present

C-P: Sleepy

CUL8R: See you later

CWYL: Chat with you later

CYA: Cover your ass or See ya

DBEYR: Don’t believe everything you read

DILLIGAS: Do I look like I give a s***?

DUM: Do you masturbate?

DUSL: Do you scream loud?

F2f: Face to face

F2T: Free to talk?

FB: F*** buddy

FILF: Father I’d like to F***

FMLTWIA: F*** me like the whore I am

FO: F*** off

FOL: Fond of leather

FUD: Fear, uncertainty, and disinformation

FWB: Friends with benefits

FWIW: For what it’s worth

G2G: Got to go

GF: Girlfriend

GNOC: Get naked on web cam

GR8: Great

GYPO: Get your pants off

HAK: Hugs and Kisses

H4Y: Hot for you

I%I: Intercourse and Inebriation

IDK: I don’t know

IF/IB: In the front or in the back?

IIT: Is it tight?

ILU: I love you

ILY: I love you

IMIEZRU: I’m easy, are you?

IMO: In my opinion

INBD: It’s no big deal

IRL: In real life

ISO: In search of

ISS: I said so

IWSN: I want sex now

JK: Just kidding

J/O: Jerking off

K: Okay

KFY: Kiss for you

KIT: Keep in touch

Kitty: Vagina

KOTL: Kiss on the lips

KPC: Keeping parents clueless

L8R: Later

LD: Long distance

LDR: Long distance relationship

LF: Let’s f***

LHOS: Let’s have online sex

LMAO: Laughing my ass off

LMFAO: Laughing my f***in’ ass off

LMIRL: Let’s meet in real life

LMK: Let me know

LOL: Laughing out loud

LYLAS: Love you like a sister

M/F: Male or female

MILF: Mother I’d like to f***

MIRL: Meet in real life

MOFO: Mother F***er

MOOS: Member of the opposite sex

MOSS: Member of the same sex

MOS: Mom over shoulder

MPFB: My personal f*** buddy

MSNUW: Miniskirt, no underwear

NALOPKT: Not a lot of people know that

N-A-Y-L: In a while

NAZ: Name/address/zip

NIFOC: Nude in front of computer

NIMBY: Not in my back yard

NM: Nevermind

NMU: Not much, you?

NP: No problem or nosy parents

NTK: Nice to know

OIC: Oh I see

OLL: Online love

OMFG: Oh my f***** god

OMG: Oh my god

OSIF: Oh s*** I forgot

OT: Off topic

OTP: On the phone

P911: My parents are coming

PAL: Parents are listening

PAW: Parents are watching

PBB: Parent behind back

PDA: Public display of affection

PIR: Parent in room

POS: Parent over shoulder

POV: Point of view

PPL: People

PRL: Parents are listening

PRON: Porn

PRW: Parents are watching

QT: Cutie

RBTL: Read between the lines

RN: Right now

ROFL: Rolling on floor laughing

ROTFL: Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLMAO: Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off

RT: Real time

RU/18: Are you over 18?

RUH: Are you horny?

RUMORF: Are you male or female?

RYO: Roll your own

S2R: Send to receive (pictures)

SH: S*** happens

SITD: Still in the dark

SMIM: Send me an instant message

SMEM: Send me an email

SO: Significant other

SorG: Straight or gay?

STBY: Sucks to be you

STFU: Shut the f*** up

SUP: What’s up?

SWAK: Sealed with a kiss

SWDYT: So what do you think?

TAW: Teachers are watching

TDTM: Talk dirty to me

TFH: Thread from hell

THX: Thanks

TLC: Tender loving care

TOM: Tomorrow

TS: Tough s***

TTFN: Ta ta for now

TTYL: Talk to you later

TY: Thank you

TYVM: Thank you very much

UR?: You are…?

VBG: Very big grin

WEG: Wicked evil grin

WFM: Works for me

WT?: What the ?

WTG: Way to go

WTF: What the f***?

WTH: What the heck?

WUF: Where are you from?

WYCM: Will you call me?

WYFM: Would you f*** me?

WTGP: Want to go private?

WYRN: What’s your real name?

WYWH: Wish you were here

XOXO: Hugs and kisses

ZZZ: Sleepy or bored


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