My daughter came home from middle school one day and told me that she and this boy that liked her had been “shipped.” What? I had no clue what she was talking about. My daughter explained that kids will merge the names together of other kids that are “going out” or even when a boy likes a girl or vice versa. An example would be Brangelina – Brad + Angelina. The teen slang term for this is called being “shipped.” Um, ok.
I felt terribly out of the loop after hearing this which led me straight to the internet to find out what other terms I did not know. Turns out, there are quite a few teen slang terms flying around that I was totally in the dark about.
To help my fellow parents out, I put together this list of some common teen slang terms that teens are using and what they mean.
Some are funny and some are very scary. As parents, I think it is important to know what kids are saying not just so we can be “cool,” but to know what we may need to talk to our kids about.
Check out these 57 teen slang terms and see if there are any that you did not know.
General Teen Slang Terms
1174 – A place to meet for a party
DOC – Drug of choice
9 – Parents Around
99 – Parents Gone
AF – Means As F***. Teens use it as a descriptive word like, “Tired AF” or “That test was hard AF.”
Basic – Plain, mainstream
Broken – Hungover
CD9 – Code 9, Parents Around
CID – Acid (drug)
Cyph – Smoke marijuana
FLAM – Feeling like a mom
FOMO – This started a few years ago and means “Fear of Missing Out.” A person with FOMO is afraid that they might miss out on something if they do not go and do everything with everyone. A related term, JOMO – “Joy of Missing Out”, embraces the feeling of being independent and not needing to be everywhere with everyone.
FTW – Stands for “For the Win” and is used both sarcastically and positively.
GOAT – Greatest of all time
Gucci – Can mean good, great, fine, cool. An example: Question – “How’s it going?” Answer – “I’m Gucci”
HMU – A request to “Hit Me Up” is a way to ask someone to contact you or to ask for a phone number or social media name.
IDEK – I don’t even know
IDGAF –I Don’t Give a F***
Kek – Laugh out loud (same as LOL)
OOTD – Outfit of the Day
PAP – Post a picture
PIR – Parent in room
POS – Parent over shoulder
SM – So much
Smacked – High off of marijuana
TBR – To Be Rude
TLDR – Too long didn’t read
Thirsty – A person that is “thirsty” is someone that is trying to get attention.
Throw Shade – To trash talk or publicly disrespect someone.
Vamping – This term describes teens acting like a vampire by staying up all night on social media or online. Teens view the middle of the night as “our time” which is free of schoolwork, activities, parents etc.
Vocal Fry – A style of talking that is based on the way the Kardashians talk. It is characterized as a low, creaky sound and drawing out the end of each sentence.
Zip Ghost – A person that smoked so much marijuana they cannot function.
Teen Slang Relationship Terms
53X – Sex
PRON – Porn
A/S/L – This stands for age/sex/location and is typically used in chat rooms that look to exchange sexual favors.
Bae – A bae is your “Before Anyone Else.” It is a term of affection for a boyfriend/girlfriend or crush. I have also seen it used to describe friendships in place of BFF.
BMS – This stands for “Broke My Scale” and is used to say that you liked the way someone else looked.
CU46 – See you for sex
Curve – To reject someone
Dime – A very good looking person; A perfect 10
GNOC – Get naked on camera
ILY – I love you
IWSN – I want sex now
Netflix and Chill – This is a euphemism for sex that teens use. I am pretty sure that I have used this to actually mean that I want to watch Netflix and chill… on the couch… in my pajamas… with coffee. #Oops
NIFOC – Naked in front of computer
Shipping – This is pulled from the word “relationship.” Shipping two people means to combine their names to make one name. If Jack likes Katelyn, someone might ship their names to make “Jacklyn.”
Sugarpic – An erotic or suggestive picture
Social Media and Cyberbullying Teen Slang Terms
100 Club – A status given to posts on social media that get 100 or more likes.
Cook Session – A cook session is when a group of kids gang up on another kid over social media.
Cringepics – These are pictures that make others cringe. I hear my kids describe certain musical.ly videos as “cringy.”
Dox – To reveal another person’s information such as phone number, address, username, etc. Doxing is typically done in revenge after a break-up or argument between friends.
RDH – A request to “Rate and then Date or Hate” someone. This is typically used over social media when a user will ask their followers to rate them, and also if the followers would date or hate the user.
#selfharmmm – This hashtag is used to represent online communities that support self-harming habits such as cutting and burning. Other hashtags used for these types of communities are #mysecretfamily, #blithe, #ehtilb (“blithe” backwards), #cat, #deb (term for depression), #annie (short for anxiety), #olive (term for obsessive compulsive disorder), and #secretsociety123. Social media platforms like Instagram are on the lookout for these types of communities and try to shut down the use of these hashtags. However, these communities keep creating new hashtags when older ones are shutdown.
Subtweet – Subtweet is short for “subliminal” tweet and is a tweet about someone that does not include their name. Subtweets are usually negative or gossip-y in nature, but can be used in a positive way.
Swatted – A word used to describe a prank that involves calling in fake police tips. The goal is to get a SWAT team sent to someone’s house.
TBH – To be honest. Some teens will post a picture, and then write TBH. This means that the poster is looking for positive comments and affirmation.
TBN – To be negative. The is the opposite of TBH, and is used to ask for negative comments.
Are there any additional teen slang terms you know of but are not included? If so, please share them in the comments. I would love to hear them!
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