Kids everywhere are baffling parents with their truly creative text speak. If you’re trying to keep track of what your kids are talking about with their friends (or if you just can’t understand what they’re trying to say when they text you), take a read through our handy-dandy text- message decoder. Happy texting!

What it looks like - What it means

:-) - Smile

:-( - Sad

;-) - Wink

:-D - Grinning or laughing

:-P - Tongue sticking out

:-* - Kiss

:-/ - Unsure

:-| - Indifferent

:-S - Smirk

:-O - Shocked

>:( - Mad

:-? - Confused

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:’( - Crying

:-X - Lips are sealed

o:-) - Angel

<3 - Heart or love

143 - I love you

411 - Information

459 - I love you

A3 - Anytime, anywhere, anyplace

AAK - Alive and kicking

AAMOF - As a matter of fact

Addy - Address

ADN - Any day now

AEAP - As early as possible

AFAIC - As far as I’m concerned

AFAICS - As far as I can see

AFAICT - As far as I can tell

AFAIK - As far as I know

AFAYC - As far as you’re concerned

AFK - Away from keyboard

AFN - All for now

AISI - As I see it

AIUI - As I understand it

AKA - Also known as

AML - All my love

ANFSCD - And now for something completely different

ASAP - As soon as possible

ATM - At this moment

AWA - As well as

AWGTHTGTTA - Are we going to have to go through this again?

AYOR - At your own risk

AYPI - And your point is?

AYT - Are you there?

B& - Banned

B/C - Because

B/F - Boyfriend

B/W - Between

B4 - Before

B4N - Bye for now

BAG - Busting a gut

BBIAB - Be back in a bit

BBL - Be back later

BBR - Burnt beyond repair

BBS - Be back soon

BC - Be cool

BCnU - Be seeing you

BEG - Big evil grin

BD - Big deal

BF - Boyfriend or best friend

BFN - Bye for now

BFF - Best friend forever

BFFL - Best friends for life

BG - Big grin

BION - Believe it or not

BITMT - But in the meantime

BM - Bite me

BMTIPG - Brilliant minds think in parallel gutters

BKA - Better known as

BL - Belly laughing

BOT - Back on topic

BRB - Be right back

BRBS - Be right back soon

BS - Big smile (**or the definition we think you already know)

BSF - But seriously folks

BST - But seriously though

BTA - But then again

BTAIM - Be that as it may

BTDT - Been there done that

BTOBD - Be there or be dead

BTOBS - Be there or be square

BTW - By the way

BUDWEISER - Because you deserve what every individual should ever receive

BWQ - Buzz word quotient

BWTHDIK - But what the heck do I know

C&G - Chuckle & grin

CAD - Ctrl Alt Delete

CADET - Can’t add, doesn’t even try

CDIWY - Couldn’t do it without you

CD9 - Code 9 – Parents are around (**keep an eye out for this one)

CID - Crying in disgrace

CMI - Count me in

CMIIW - Correct me if I’m wrong

CSG - Chuckle snicker grin

CTN - Can’t talk now

CTS - Changing the subject

CU - See you

CU2 - See you too

CUL - See you later

CUL8R - See you later

CWOT - Complete waste of time

CWYL - Chat with you later

CYA - See ya

CYAL8R - See ya later

CYE - Check your email

CYRMA - Call your mother (**keep an eye out for this one)

CYO - See you online

CYT - See You Tomorrow

DCed - Disconnected

DEGT - Don’t even go there

DIIK - Darn if I know

DIRTFT - Do it right the first time

DIS - Did I say

DITYID - Did I tell you I’m distressed

DIY - Do it yourself

DK - Don’t know

DL - Download

DL - Dead link

DLTBBB - Don’t let the bed bugs bite

DMMGH - Don’t make me get hostile

DQMOT - Don’t quote me on this

EG - Evil grin

EM - Email

EM - Excuse me?

EOD - End of discussion

EZ - Easy

F2F - Face to face

F2T - Free to talk

FOCL - Falling off chair laughing

FYEO - For your eyes only

FYI - For your information

FTW - For the win

G2G - Gotta go / Get together

GAL - Get a life

GBH - Great big hug

GF - Girlfriend

GGOH - Gotta get outta here

GJ - Good job

GL - Good luck

GMTA - Great minds think alike

GR&D - Grinning running & ducking

GTR - Got to run

GUDLUK - Good luck

H&K - Hugs and kisses

HAGD - Have a good day

HAGO - Have a good one

HB - Hurry back

HF - Have fun

Homg - Oh my gosh

HTH - Hope that helps

IAD8 - It’s a date

IB - I’m back

IC - I see

IDC - I don’t care

IDK - I don’t know

IDTS - I don’t think so

ILU - I love you

ILUL - I love you lots

IMHO - In my humble/honest opinion

IMNECTHO - In my not-even-close to humble opinion

IMNSHO - In my not-so-humble opinion

IMO - In my opinion

IRL - In real life

IYKWIM - If you know what I mean

IWYWH - I wish you were here

JAS - Just a second

JC - Just chilling

JIC - Just in case

JK - Just kidding

JP - Just playing

JW - Just wondering

KIT - Keep in touch

KPT - Keeping parents clueless (**keep an eye out for this one)

KWIM - Know what I mean?

L8 - Late

L8R - Later

LDR - Long distance relationship

LMK - Let me know

LOL - Laugh(ing) out loud

LAFFO - Laughing out loud

LHO - Laughing my head off

LMSO - Laughing my socks off

LOLUSA - Laughing out loud until my sides ache

LOLZ - Laugh(ing) out loud

LQ2MS - Laughing quietly to myself

LQTS - Laughing quietly to self

LTNS - Long time no see

LY - Love you

LYN - Lying

MMAMP - Meet me at my place

MOS - Mom over shoulder (**keep an eye out for this one)

MU - Miss you

MYOB - Mind your own business

NE1 - Anyone

NIMBY - Not in my backyard

NM - Not much/Nothing much/Never mind

NMU - Not much, you?

Noob - Newbie (often derogatory)

NP - No problem

NRN - No response necessary

NT - No thanks

O RLY - Oh really?

OL - The old lady

OM - The old man

OMG - Oh my gosh

ORLY - Oh really?

OT - Off topic

OTOH - On the other hand

P911 - Parent alert (**keep an eye out for this one)

Peeps - People

Peep this - Check this out

PIR - Parents in the room (**keep an eye out for this one)

PLS - Please

PLZ - Please

PlzKThx - Please. OK? Thanks (or Thanks in advance)

PMJI - Pardon me for jumping in

POS - Parent over shoulder (**keep an eye out for this one)

POTS - Plain old telephone service

Ppl - People

PRW - Parents are watching (**keep an eye out for this one)

PTB - Please text back

QT - Cutie

RINGL8 - Running late

RL - Real life (versus online)

RME - Rolling my eyes

ROFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFL - Rolling on the floor laughing

ROTFLOL - Rolling on the floor laughing out loud

RSN - Real soon now

RU - Are you?

RUOK - Are you OK?

SH - Same here

SO - Significant other

SOS - Same old stuff

SOTA - State of the art

STR8 - Straight

SY - Sincerely yours

SYT - See you tomorrow

TAFN - That’s all for now

TC - Take care

THNKS - Thanks

THNX - Thanks

THX - Thanks

TMI - Too much information

TNT - ‘Til next time

TRDMF - Tears running down my face

TPS - That’s pretty stupid

TTFN - Ta ta for now

TTLY - Totally

TTYL - Talk to you later

TXT - Text

TY - Thank you

TYL - Thank you love

TYL - Text you later

USA - Until sides ache

UV - Unpleasant visual

UW - You’re welcome

W/E - Whatever

W8 - Wait

WB - Welcome back / Write back

WDYMBT - What do you mean by that?

WEG - Wicked evil grin

WEU - What’s eating you?

WTG - Way to go

WFM - Works for me

WYCM - Will you call me?

WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get

XLNT - Excellent

Y2b - YouTube

YAA - Yet another acronym

YAAGF - You are a good friend

YAAI - You are an idiot

Yarly - Yeah, really

YASAN - You are such a nerd

YASF - You are so funny

YATB - You are the best

YBS - You’ll be sorry

YT - You there?

YW - You’re welcome

ZOMG - OMG with extra zing!

ZZZ - Sleeping/Bored/Tired

Information is current as of the original date of publication.

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