Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Most Used Internet Acronyms by Teens

Askfm, the super popular Q&A social networking site, has released a list of the most popular acronyms and slang terms among its younger users as a way to inform parents on what the hell their kids are talking about online.

"Teen language can experience a seismic shift with just a few clicks, texts or posts, and word or even symbol choices can literally change by the day," Andrea Cutright, ASKfm COO said in a statement. "Teens use our Q&A platform as a means to express themselves through dialogue so we have our finger on the pulse of how teens talk—be it in the form of acronyms, new definitions or the latest emoji. With this list, parents can now rest easy in the knowledge that being called GOAT is actually a very good thing and OOTD can explain why their teens take four dozen selfies."

Here is the full list of the most popular terms used by teenagers and their definitions, according to Askfm:

1. PAP: "Post a picture"
2. 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"
3.  Ship: "Short for relationship"
4. :3: "A symbol meant to represent the cat face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute"
5.  IDEK: "I don't even know"
6. IKR: "I know, right?"
7. OOTD: "Outfit of the day"
8. SMH: "Shaking my head"
9. Dime: "The highest rating on a scale of 1-10; used to share approval or express how good something is"
10. THOT: "That ho over there"
11. Netflix and chill: "Code for hooking up"
12. Savage: "Used to describe something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way"
13. AF: "As f--k"
14. TBR: "To be rude"
15. Peep: "Can refer either to friends (your people), or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)"
16. Slept: "Can refer to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be extremely high"
17. GOAT: "Greatest of all time"
18. No chill: "Used to describe someone who is being irrational"
19. 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"
20. 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'"

And that's how you communicate with teens in 2016.

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