Teen text language in 2021


Text speak has certainly made it interesting for teachers and parents to try and communicate with teens and some would even say harder for parents to keep on top of what’s actually happening in their daily lives.

We thought it might be helpful to share some of the most common 2021 teen slang definitions that we are seeing used today. Some you may know, some you definitely won’t but all are definitely good to know.

182 – I hate you 420 – marijuana 53X – Sex 9 and CD9 (Code 9) – parents are nearby 99 – parents are gone AF – As f**k ASB – as balls eg. I’m high ASB ASL – Age/sex/location ASLP – age/sex/location/photo Bae – significant other or crush Basic – someone who is viewed as boring or a conforming person Bet – A response indicating agreement eg. “Wanna go to the movies?” “Bet” Bih – short for Bitch Body count – number of people someone has slept with BRB – Be right back Cappin – lying Chill – relaxed or laid back Cheugy – used to describe someone or something that is basic, out of date, or trying too hard Cringe – causing feelings of embarrassment or awkwardness CYA – cover your ass or see ya Ded – Used when something is really funny or embarrassing eg. “OMG that has me ded” Dongle – slang for ‘penis’ DOC – drug of choice Dope – something cool or awesome DTF – Down to f**k F2F – Face to face aka Facetime Facts – acknowledging the truth of something said FBOI – F**k boy; a guy just looking for sex FINSTA – Fake Instagram account FOMO – fear of missing out FWB – friends with benefits Gas – Can refer to marijuana or used to describe something that’s cool or used as a way to hype someone up. Ghosted – Ending a relationship by completely disappearing with no further communication. GTG – got to go IRL – in real life ISO – in search of IWSN – I want sex now JK – just kidding Juul – e-cigarette or vape KMS – Kill myself KYS – Kill yourself LMP – can mean either ‘like my pic’ or ‘lick my p***y’ Low key – either somewhat interested or keeping something secret MOS – mum over shoulder Netflix and chill – getting together and hooking up OF – Only Fans referring to the site OFC – short for ‘of course’ PIR – Parents in room Plug – term to refer to a drug dealer or someone who can get drugs PMOYS – put me on your Snapchat RUH – are you horny? Salty – cranky or angry about something Same – ‘I can relate’ Shading – when teens gossip about someone without naming the other person; also referred to as ‘throwing shade’ when talking about someone behind their back Ship – short for relationship and used when there is a desire to see two people dating. Eg. “I ship them” SH – sh** happens Skeet – ejaculate Smash – to have casual sex Snapstreak – when friends send snaps every day creating a streak Spam – fake social media account Squad – friendship group Sugarpic – suggestive or erotic photo TDTM – talk dirty to me Tea/T – gossip or interesting news Thicc – attractive or curvy body Tina – Crystal Meth (ICE) Thirsty – desperate for attention mostly used to describe looking for sexual attention Thot – that ho over there and is often used instead of ‘slut’ Turnt – excited and having a good time, often with the help of drugs or alcohol WUF – Where you from? WTTP – want to trade pictures? WYA – where you at? YAAS – an enthusiastic yes YEET – a very strong word for yes or to throw something

This is just a small selection of and ever growing list. Join our mailing list to keep up to date with how to manage risk on social media. www.safeonsocial.com

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