When reading over the shoulder of a young persons internet chatting or mobile phone texting, one could be forgiven for believing they had come across a whole new language. And, well, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. The rise in technology has meant an enormous change in the way our kids communicate. To keep up with the speed of the changing environment, it apears to have become necessary to speed up the communication processes and hence these new languages of ‘chat speak’ and internet acronyms has evolved.
What does this mean for parents?
Well if you are going to have any hope of keeping on top of the challenges that face our youth through the increased use of technology, then it is essential we find out all we can about the cyber world. In this case…yes knowledge is power!
So whilst I am happy to give my kids some privacy in many areas, when it comes to the cyber world, our kids are just not getting the message about just how powerful a medium it is, and hence a little snooping over the shoulder certainly wont go astray. But to do so with any purpose…one may need to be equipped with some of the latest acronyms to help them decipher this new language!
Some common acronyms you may already be familiar with:
lol: laugh out loud
myob: mind your own business
h&k: hugs and kisses
hagd: have a great day
iou: I owe you
irl: in real life
gtg: got to go (add a “p” for pee, a “w” for work, an “n” for now)
Some that are just plain lazy:
dontcha: don’t you
Different Acronym / Same meaning:
dawg / dogg / homie / homy / m8 / whodi / fren /: can all mean friend!
cbb / cbf / cgad / cgaf / : basically can all translate to ‘couldn’t care’
cmh / cml / cml8r / cml / cmliuw2 : all translate to ‘call me later’
The ones we may need to follow up on:
aitr: adult in the room
afcpmgo: away from computer parents may go on
ctpc: cant talk parents coming
epa: emergency parent alert
fmir: family member in room
ggpaw: gotta go parents are watching
mir: mum in room
poscs: parents over shoulder change subject
pach: parents are coming home
pbb: parents behind back
bbp: banned by parents
The ones to be wary of:
hoay: how old are you
lmip: lets meet in person
wdytom: what do you think of me
dttml: don’t talk to me loser
dttpou: don’t tell the police on us
duth: damn you to hell
dutma: don’t you text me again
gnn: get naked now
gnc: get naked on camera
dbfl: drinking buddy for life
The ones I’m not sure are in any way necessary:
eleo: extremely low earth orbit
diacf: die in a car fire
diah: die in a hole
c/n>k: coffee through nose into keyboard
fankle: area between foot and ankle
inttwmf: I’m not typing this with my fingers
wwdhd: what would David Hasselhoff do?
And finally the ones where it surely takes 10 times longer to work out what is being said than it would have taken the writer to write out the whole sentence:
iistgtbtipi: if it sounds to good to be true it probably is
iitywybmad: if I tell you will you buy me a drink
ilotibinlirl:I’m laughing on the internet but I’m not laughing in real life
xyzpdq: examine your zipper pretty darn quick
So there you have some of the ammunition you need to arm yourselves in the battle of child safety and the internet. And remember to add this to any suspect messages…….
pcrs: parents can read slang!