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!
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.
- OOTD – Outfit of the day
- KOTD – Kicks of the day — Typically refers to sneakers
- HMU – Hit me up — Usually asking for someone’s Snapchat username, a phone number to text or for a direct message.
- Smash – I would have sex with you — A girl might post a provocative picture and a boy might write “smash.”
- Cook session – When one or several teens gang up on another kid on social media.
- TBH – To be honest — A teen might post a picture of himself or herself and ask for a TBH, usually looking for positive responses.
- TBR – To be rude — While TBH often leads to positive responses, TBR is usually followed by a negative response.
- 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.”
- BAE – Baby — affectionate term for someone’s girlfriend, boyfriend etc.
- 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.
- MCM – Man Crush Monday — Similar to Woman Crush Wednesday, but featuring pictures of men.
- BMS – Broke my scale — A way to say they like the way someone looks.
- 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.”
- IDK – I don’t know.
- RN – Right now.
- KIK – Another social media app, Kik, that they want to communicate on.
- FML – F*** my life.
- AF – As f*** — A teen might tweet “mad af” or “you seem chill af.”
- LMAO – Laughing my ass off.
- S/O or SO – Shout out.
- ILYSM – I like you so much or I love you so much
- CWD – Comment when done — Similar to TBH, urging others to comment on their photo of whatever they’re posting.
- LOL – Laugh out loud — Yes, you’ll still find teens using LOL and OMG.
- PAP: “Post a picture”
- 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”
- Ship: “Short for relationship”
- :3: “A symbol meant to represent the cat face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute”
- IDEK: “I don’t even know”
- IKR: “I know, right?”
- SMH: “Shaking my head”
- Dime: “The highest rating on a scale of 1-10; used to share approval or express how good something is”
- THOT: “That ho over there”
- Netflix and chill: “Code for hooking up”
- Savage: “Used to describe something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way”
- AF: “As f–k”
- TBR: “To be rude”
- Peep: “Can refer either to friends (your people), or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)”
- Slept: “Can refer to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be extremely high”
- GOAT: “Greatest of all time”
- No chill: “Used to describe someone who is being irrational”
- 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”
- 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!