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Overmedicating Our Youth

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Frank J. Granett


Learn the Lingo

As parents, one of the things that we can do to protect our children is to take the time to learn their lingo. Below is a text message dictionary to help you learn what you need to know. Please email me if you know of any that we have missed. We used an "*" to denote letters of profanity.
AAK - Alive And Kicking
AAR - At Any Rate
AAS - Alive And Smiling
ADN - Any Day Now
AFAIK - As Far As I Know
AFK - Away From the Keyboard
AFN - That's All For Now
AIM - AOL Instant Messenger
AOTA - All Of The Above
A/S/L or ASL - Age/Sex/Location
ATM - At The Moment

B4 - Before
BAK - Back At Keyboard (I'm back)
BBL - Be Back Later
BBS - Be Back Soon
BCNU - I'll Be Seeing You
b/f - Boyfriend (also shown as bf, B/F, or BF)
BEG - Big Evil Grin
BFN - Bye For Now
BR - Best Regards
BRB - Be Right Back
BRH - Be Right Here
BTA - But Then Again....
BTW - By The Way

CRS - Can't Remember S***
CTN Can't Talk Now
CU - See You
CUI - Cracking Up Inside
CUL8R / CULR - See You Later
CUOL - See You On Line
CYA - See Ya

DEGT - Don't Even Go There (I don't want to talk about it)
DIKU - Do I Know You?
DIS - Did I Say
D/L, DL, d/l, dl - Downloading, or Download it
DH - Dear Husband
DN - Don't Know
DW - Dear Wife

EG - Evil Grin
EM - E-Mail
EMA - E-mail Address (example: ?ema or ema? = what is your email address)
EOT - End Of Thread (meaning end of discussion)
ez or EZ - easy

F2F - Face To Face
FAQ - Frequently Asked Question
FITB - Fill In The Blanks
Flame - To insult someone. Used when a person asks a stupid question.
FOCL - Falling Off Chair - Laughing
FTW - For The Win
FUBAR - "Fouled" Up Beyond All Repair / Recognition
FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
FWIW - For What It's Worth
FYI - For Your Information

*G* - Giggle
G2G - Got to Go
GA - Go Ahead
GAL - Get A Life
g/f - Girlfriend (also shown as gf, G/F, or GF)
GFN - Gone For Now
GG Gotta Go
GGOH - Gotta Get Outta Here
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
GR - Gotta Run
GR&D - Grinning, Running, and Ducking
GTR - Got To Run
GTRM - Going To Read Mail (leaving to check email)

*H* - Hug
H&K - Hugs and Kisses
HAGD - Have A Good Day
HAGO - Have A Good One
HB - Hurry Back
HTH - Hope That Helps
HW - HomeWork

IAC - In Any Case
IB - I'm Back
IC - I See
IDC I Don't Care
IDN - I Don't kNow
IDK - I Don't Know
IDTS - I Don't Think So
IC - I See
ICQ - I Seek You. A computer program used to communicate instantly over the Internet.
ILU or ILY - I Love You
IM - Instant Message
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion (or In My Honest Opinion)
IMO - In My Opinion
IOH - I'm Out of Here
IOW - In Other Words
IRL - In Real Life
IYO - In Your Opinion

JAS - Just A Second
JIC - Just In Case
JIT - Just In Time
JK - Just Kidding
JMO - Just My Opinion
JMS - Just Making Sure
JW - Just Wondering

*K* - Kiss
k, K, or kk - O. K.
KIT - Keep In Touch
KOTC - Kiss On The Cheek

L8R - Later
LMAO - Laughing My A** Off
LFFAO - Laughing My F****** A** Off LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LTNS - Long Time No See
LTS - Laughing To ones Self
LY - I Love Ya
LYL - Love You Lots
LYLAB - Love Ya Like A Brother
LYLAS - Love You Like A Sister

Mang - Slang for "good brother" or just "Man".

NE1 - Anyone
Newbie - refers to a person who is new to an area or technology. Also seen as nube, nooby, nubie, nb, etc.
NFC No F****** Clue
NFW -No Feasible (or F******) Way
NFG - No F*** Good
NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard
nm / NM / NVM - Never Mind
NM - Not Much
NP, np - No Problem
NRN 1. - No Response Necessary
NS No S***
NT - No Thanks

O OBTW - Oh, By The Way
OIC - Oh, I See
OF -Old Fart
OJ or OK - Only Joking or Only Kidding
OL - the Old Lady
OM - the Old Man
OMG - Oh My Gosh
OT - Off Topic
OTW - On The Way ... I've sent a file to you, it's "On the way"

P911 - My parents are in the room. Watch the language.
PCMCIA - Personal Computer Memory Cards International Association
PCMCIA - People Can't Master Computer Industry Acronyms (slang)
PEBCAK - Problem Exists Between Chair And Keyboard
PITA - Pain In The A**
PLZ - Please
POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service
POS - Parents are looking Over my Shoulder
POTS - Parents Over The Shoulder - (My parents are watching, I can't really talk)
PPL - People

QT - Cutie

ROFL - Rolling On Floor, Laughing
ROTF - Rolling On The Floor (laughing is implied)
ROTFLMAO - Rolling On The Floor Laughing My A** Off
ROTFLMFAO - ARolling On The Floor Laughing F****** My A** Off
RSN - Real Soon Now
r/t - Real Time (also: RT, or rt)
RTFM - Read The "Flippin" Manual (response to beginner question on net, chat, newsgroups, etc.)
RU - are you?

SH - Same Here
SHR Shower
SMS - Short Message Service (more cell phones and pagers than chat rooms and the Internet)
SN - Screen Name. The name or moniker selected by person in an IM or chat program. ex: My "SN" in vp was "-lone.wolf"
SNAFU - Situation Normal, All "Fouled" Up SO - Significant Other
SOL - S**** Out Of Luck
SOS - Same Old S*** (stuff)
SOTA - State Of The Art (latest technology)
SPST - Same Place, Same Time
SRY - Sorry
STFU - Shut The F*** Up
STFW - Search The F****** Web
STR8 - Straight (can refer to sex, or DSTR8 as in D*** Straight)
STW - Search The Web
SY - Sincerely Yours
SYL - See You Later
SW - So What?

T TAFN - That's All For Now
TC - Take Care
TFH - Thread From H*** (a topic or discussion that won't stop - esp. newsgroups)
TGIF - Thank Goodness It's Friday
THX - Thanks!
TIA - Thanks In Advance
TM - Text Message (often refers to communications with text over cell phones)
TMI - Too Much Info. (information)
TNT - 'Til Next Time
TPS - That's Pretty Stupid
TPTB - The Powers That Be
TRDMF - Tears Running Down My Face: Can be with either laughter, or due to saddness.
TTFN or TTFNR - Ta-Ta For Now
TTTT - These Things Take Time
TTUL8R - Talk to You Later
TTYL - Talk To You Later
TY - Thank You
TYT - Take Your Time
TYVM - Slang - Thank You Very Much

*W* - Wink
WB - Welcome Back
WC - WelCome
WEG - Wicked Evil Grin
WEU - What's Eating You?
WFM - Works For Me
WIIFM - What's In It For Me?
WTG - Way To Go
WTH - What/Who The Heck
WTF - What The F***
WT? - What The ...? or Who the ...?
WWJD - What Would Jesus Do?

YAA - Yet Another Acronym
YBS - You'll Be Sorry
YL - Young Lady
YM - Young Man
YVW - You're Very Welcome
YT - You There
YTB - You're The Best
YW - You're Welcome

WBU - What About You
WE - Whatever
WRUD - What Are You Doing
WTF - What The F***

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