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The Digital Kid’s Language.

Yes! The digital kid! Sitting in the lobby of an hospital and overhearing a conversation among two women, – you can call it eavesdropping; though they were speaking very loud I could not help me! 🙂 Overhearing their conversation, I could not help but wonder what more could be out there. I also wondered if their kids knew their mothers are privy to these details. I decided to do some research myself on how the digital kid speaks, and as typical of nice me, I will share with you! So, after reading, do NOT hoard this, SHARE! 🙂

We all have a digital kid in our lives. It could be your very own biological child, a step-child, niece, nephew, or even a family-friend. What age do I refer to as a “digital kid?” Personally, all children in this era are digital children, but I am more concerned about the digital kid that has access to any sort of social media or even a mobile phone! (Another article on appropriate age for social media coming soon!)

Being a kid in the digital age comes with expectations among their peers. One of the expectation is being able to speak “the” language! A language usually understood by teens and tweens alike. “The” language is a form of shorthand, slangs or acronyms that kids as little as 10 years of age use to scan their conversations especially online, of course because of prying adults!

Photo Credit: Google

Photo Credit: Google

Before I release some of the compiled acronyms, let me add mine!

IAIA – I Apologise In Advance! – VTI©

Below are some of the most commonly used ones.

  1. OOTD – Outfit of the day
  2. KOTD – Kicks of the day — Typically refers to sneakers
  3. HMU – Hit me up — Usually asking for someone’s Snapchat username, a phone number to text or for a direct message.
  4. Smash – I would have sex with you — A girl might post a provocative picture and a boy might write “smash.”
  5. Cook session – When one or several teens gang up on another kid on social media.
  6. TBH – To be honest — A teen might post a picture of himself or herself and ask for a TBH, usually looking for positive responses.
  7. TBR – To be rude — While TBH often leads to positive responses, TBR is usually followed by a negative response.
  8. OOMF – One of my followers — A secretive way to talk about one of their followers without saying their name, such as “OOMF was so hot today.”
  9. BAE – Baby — affectionate term for someone’s girlfriend, boyfriend etc.
  10. WCW – Woman Crush Wednesday — A girl will post a picture of another girl she thinks is pretty, while guys will post pictures of girls they think are hot.
  11. MCM – Man Crush Monday — Similar to Woman Crush Wednesday, but featuring pictures of men.
  12. BMS – Broke my scale — A way to say they like the way someone looks.
  13. RDH – Rate date hate — As in “rate me, would you date me, do you hate me?” A typical response might be “rate 10 date yes hate no” or “10/y/n.”
  14. IDK – I don’t know.
  15. RN – Right now.
  16. KIK – Another social media app, Kik, that they want to communicate on.
  17. FML – F*** my life.
  18. AF – As f*** — A teen might tweet “mad af” or “you seem chill af.”
  19. LMAO – Laughing my ass off.
  20. S/O or SO – Shout out.
  21. ILYSM – I like you so much or I love you so much
  22. CWD – Comment when done — Similar to TBH, urging others to comment on their photo of whatever they’re posting.
  23. LOL – Laugh out loud — Yes, you’ll still find teens using LOL and OMG.
  24. PAP: “Post a picture”
  25. Bad: “Just like the olden days of parents’ yore, bad still means good but it has shifted slightly and means something even more positive like hot”
  26. Ship: “Short for relationship”
  27. :3: “A symbol meant to represent the cat face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute”
  28. IDEK: “I don’t even know”
  29. IKR: “I know, right?”
  30. SMH: “Shaking my head”
  31. Dime: “The highest rating on a scale of 1-10; used to share approval or express how good something is”
  32. THOT: “That ho over there”
  33. Netflix and chill: “Code for hooking up”
  34. Savage: “Used to describe something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way”
  35. AF: “As f–k”
  36. TBR: “To be rude”
  37. Peep: “Can refer either to friends (your people), or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)”
  38. Slept: “Can refer to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be extremely high”
  39. GOAT: “Greatest of all time”
  40. No chill: “Used to describe someone who is being irrational”
  41. Likers get rate: “A phrase that implies the original poster will rank anyone that likes/comments/answers a post, typically around how cool they are perceived to be or how they look; also used to incent followers to like posts to get something (usually indicated in the post) in return”
  42. Frog emoji + coffee cup emoji: “Based off a popular meme of Kermit the Frog drinking a cup of tea, teens use this emoji combo to sarcastically imply ‘but that’s none of my business’ or ‘I’m just saying'”

IF you have a digital kid or know one, and  do not know HALF of these acronyms, then, think again!

Let me add another of mine to the list:

YASIT – You are simply in trouble! VTI©

Yet another one, IYWTSOOT – If You Want To Stay Out Of Trouble, VTI© Parents, adults, LEARN and SHARE these!


Kelly Wallace, Jenna Mullins

About VTI©

Valentina is a self motivated mother who has always committed herself to the service of humanity. In her quest to help in this wise, she has tales of personal experiences. Her challenges and successes which are always ongoing, and she'll be sharing with you without reserve. - Olusegun Idowu


  1. Olusegun Tolulope Idowu

    Better play catch up, make your children’s interest your interest so you can nudge them right. Thanks for this quick parental /guardian reset.

  2. Thanks for this write up, Whao!!!! My eyes are widely open now.

  3. Hmmmm….Thanks for sharing. This is a serious matter oooooo

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