There’s a whole new generation of kids growing up with their very own lingo and it’s called Text Speak. If you’re not acquainted with it, you could surely be forgiven for wondering what foreign speaking planet you were on. I work with teens, have two of my very own at home and often I too need a reference guide to decipher what on Earth it is they’re saying.

Text Speak is a new world language that’s not just confined to electronic hand held devices though, ohhh no, you’ll see it in print media, on billboards and it’s even crept stealthily into High School English essays … but let’s not go there.

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If you’re feeling a little intimidated by this lingo, I’ve compiled a neat little summary of the more commonly used Text Speak terminology so you can either (a) join in the convo and be super sick too (sick is good) or (b) continue the pretence but with at least the capacity to effectively spy on the young folk near by.

Here then – according to Sync – are the 50 most common texting terms. It’s a comprehensive list that should stand you in very good stead should you stumble across a teen’s Stumble Upon (that would be another blog post, for another day!)

Teens’ Text Talk – 50 of the best!

2moro – Tomorrow

2nite – Tonight

BRB – Be Right Back

BTW – By The Way

B4N – Bye For Now

BCNU – Be Seeing You

BFF – Best Friends Forever

CYA – Cover Your Ass

DBEYR – Don’t Believe Everything You Read

DILLIGAS – Do I Look Like I Give A Sh**

FUD – Fear, Uncertainty, and Disinformation

FWIW – For What It’s Worth

GR8 – Great

ILY – I Love You

IMHO – In My Humble Opinion

IRL – In Real Life

ISO – In Search Of

J/K – Just Kidding

L8R – Later

LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off

LOL – Laughing Out Loud -or- Lots Of Love

LYLAS – Love You Like A Sister

MHOTY – My Hat’s Off To You

NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard

NP – No Problem

NUB – it stands for a new person

OIC – Oh, I See

OMG – Oh My God

OT – Off Topic

POV – Point Of View

RBTL – Read Between The Lines

ROTFLMAO – Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off

RT – Real Time

RTM – Read The Manual

SH – Sh** Happens

SITD – Still In The Dark

SOL –  Sh** Out of Luck

STBY – Sucks To Be You

SWAK – Sealed With A Kiss

TFH – Thread From Hell

THX – Thanks

TLC – Tender Loving Care

TMI – Too Much Information

TTYL – Talk To You Later

TYVM – Thank You Very Much

VBG – Very Big Grin

WEG – Wicked Evil Grin

WTF – What The F***

WYWH – Wish You Were Here

XOXO – Hugs and Kisses

If you are heading in the general direction of midlife (ahem, like moiself) don’t despair. By the time the zimmerframe calls, I’m anticipating that arthritic fingers will be a thing of the past as nifty texting techniques (and a decent dose of krill oil) will keep those joints supple AND then, my friends, we shall have a Text Speak language of our very own …..

Texting for Seniors – That’ll show ’em!!

ATD- At the Doctor’s

BFF – Best Friend’s Funeral

BTW- Bring the Wheelchair

BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM- Covered by Medicare

CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center

DWI- Driving While Incontinent

FWIW – Forgot Where I Was

GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA – Got Heartburn Again

HGBM – Had Good Bowel Movement

LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out

TTYL – Talk to you Louder

IMHO – Is my Hearing Aid On?

WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?

GGLKI – Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!

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Are you a bit old school and still sending text messages as long as your arm, or have you actually got this text speak nutted?
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