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Text Messaging--A New Language

Updated on August 15, 2010

Everyone has a cell phone, but EVERYONE. Now I'm only one without one. I find I don't need one since I work from home, and I found it's a LOT less expensive NOT to have one. One thing that fascinated me about these devices, is the text messaging and the secret codes kids came up with to send to each other on the internet. Here's a list of text message/internet acronyms that parents might like to know:

  1. 8 ....means oral sex
  2. 143...means, "I Love You"
  3. 182...means, "I Hate You"
  4. 420...means, marijuana
  5. AEAP...means, "As early as possible"
  6. ALAP...means, "As late as possible
  7. CD9...means, "Code 9 (parents are around)
  8. C-P...means, "Sleepy"
  9. F2F...means, "Face to Face"
  10. GNOC...means, "Get naked on Cam"
  11. GYPO...means, "Get your pants off"
  12. HAK...means, "Hugs and kisses"
  13. ILU...means, "I Love You"
  14. KPC...means, "Keeping Parents Clueless"
  15. LMIRL...means, "Let's meet in real life"
  16. MOOS...means, "Member of the opposite sex"
  17. MOSS...means, "Member of the same sex"
  18. MOS...means, "Mom over shoulder"
  19. MPFB...means, "My personal f*** buddy"
  20. NIFOC...means, "Nude in front of the computer"
  21. NALOPKT...means, "Not a lot of people know that"
  22. P911...means, "Parent Alert"
  23. PAL...means, "Parents are listening"
  24. PAW...means, "Parents are watching"
  25. PIR...means, "Parent in room"
  26. TDTM...means, "Talk dirty to me"
  27. WTF...means, "What the f***?"

I'm fascinated by all this. We had kind of an "in" language, back in the day. I was sometimes clueless then, too, but I remember from my stepsons, nothing makes you feel so out of step as having a teenage child in the house engage with friends, speaking a wholly different language. The only one on this list (and there are lots more out there) that I personally recognized was, WTF. That one, even I could figure out.


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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for the comment, Kitty. Those ones you mentioned still work. I was going for the lesser-known ones, or the ones teens used (at the time I wrote the hub). They might have changed the codebook, already!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Holy cow. When I first saw the title of this hub, I was thinking the language would be stuff like BRB (be right back), LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my god), but I guess I'm actually quite clueless as to the real texting language out there these days. Thanks for cluing me in! :)

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      Marwan Asmar 6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      This is interesting and it shows how text messagings are being used by youths to get around taboos.

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      Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi P7, very enjoyable - ty as they say in text. Interesting comment you made -- living inside our own heads. I guess you are right that the constant interchange with others on the phone does keep you from many types of reflective thought. Texters would disagree I'm sure, saying they are living in their own heads just at a faster rate of thought. I wonder though, just as I queried in my "How to Play" hub, I think we have sacrificed a great deal to electronics. I am very grateful for the internet and the wonderful writers I've met, but if I were cut off somehow from all means of electronic communication, would my communication be more real, more heartfelt? Would I create more and be in touch with myself more? I would pursue these ideas more but my Blackberry just chimed -- I've got mail! =:)

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I know, Sweetie Pie. I wonder sometimes could we live inside our own heads without having to communicate with someone on the phone every 5 minutes! It'd be cheaper! Thanks for the comment.

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      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I know texting shorthand can be convenient, but I still have to spell all words out when I do text. For this reason I did no text much until I purchased a phone with a full keyboard, and even now I really try to avoid it. One person pointed out the other day that an hour can be spent texting a message that would have taken five minutes to relay over the phone. I love to write emails, but texting is not so much my thing. Also, I found out with my new phone plan I now have unlimited texting, but that is not 100% accurate. I no longer have to pay the ten dollars a month for a texting package, but I still end up paying three dollars a month or so for my kilobyte usage. That particular month I had assessed the web for ten minutes on my phone and sent and received about 500 text messages. It is scary to think how much the kilobyte usage would cost for someone that uses their phone more than I do.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Do they tell you? That's cool, Dao. I'm glad to hear from you.

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      Dao Hoa 7 years ago

      I am lucky that I work in the high school. Therefore, when come across something new, I just ask the students!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      I know and can sympathize utterly! Where to draw the line, especially when the child isn't really a child anymore, but practically or legally an adult!

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I do have a cellphone and use it extensively, but have never been able to use or fully understand the abbreviated language used for text messaging. For example, I always thought 8 was used to shorten any word that ended with the '..ate' sound .... as in gr8 (short for great.)

      This hub has been an eye-opener. With three boys at home between ages 18 to 22, you can imagine the onerous task at hand. These days, one has to take a lot in one's stride and turn a blind eye to things that are not be downright dangerous - I'm not used to doing that, but am trying to adapt!! :)

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks for your comments. The funny thing is, this list may be dated already...things change so fast, especially with kids! I don't think I can keep up anymore but I sure have fun trying. I'm just fascinated and mostly amused and sometimes appalled. Keeps life interesting.

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      Duchess OBlunt 8 years ago

      hmmmm, Paradise, seems I'm clueless too. I didn't know some of this, and I like to think I keep up with the newest. Just goes to show you how much I don't. Ah well, I'm not too old to learn! :)

      Thanks for the handy list.

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      Research Analyst 8 years ago

      This is a great list, I always wondered how some teens could rake up such high text messaging phone bills, so quickly well the answer is solved, through code speak.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      with millions mobile phone user. And for text messaging, sometimes we want somethings easy and like short cut. So the sentences made become short. thanks for great topic!

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      SoftCornHippo 8 years ago

      This seems so EASY! but not really, to me - just was wondering lately too what they do and how they do it texting! Some key words to tick us off like we used to use, like - "like" which used to really set me mother off, or "youknow?" made her awful mad. I already want to add some of my own, but nooooo. It's their world now! so sue me! love this subject!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Im not sure. But I think it's essentially English-speaking; it might be just American. It has an American teen feel to it.

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      A very useful list - my eldest is soon to hit the teen years, In fact he is already displaying much of the teen behavior - a lot of messaging. I wonder if the list is international. I will investigate!

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Yes. I like your comment and couldn't agree more.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      You are right about this new text language, and some of us need to do some catching up. It's getting stranger and stranger communicating with the young and the geeks out there!