The Parent Dictionary: Top 20 Teen Slang words and Acronyms

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ASKfm is a "question & answer" social network.

ASKfm is a “question & answer” social network.

“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,” said Andrea Cutright, COO of ASKfm, the world’s largest social Q&A network .

ASKfm released the top 20 trending list of slang words and acronyms posted in their app by teens, including their corresponding definitions.

A few popular, but cryptic, symbols and emojis also made the cut, rounding out a list designed to help parents get in tune with the lingo “teens these days” are using on social apps and sites.

“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.”

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The top 20 terms in ASKfm’s Teen Slang Dictionary include:

1. PAP: Acronym meaning “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: Acronym for “I don’t even know…”

6. IKR: Acronym meaning “I know, right?”

7. OOTD: Acronym for “outfit of the day;” commonly used to prompt someone to post a picture of their current outfit or to share your current outfit with friends/followers

8. SMH: Acronym for “shaking my head;” in reference to something distasteful

9. Dime: The highest rating on a scale of 1-10; used to share approval or express how good something is

10. THOT: Acronym meaning “that ho over there;” used to describe females with a promiscuous reputation

11. Netflix and chill: Code for hooking up or a “booty call”

12. Savage: Used to describe something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way

13. AF: Acronym “as f***” used to express the severity of something (e.g. hot AF)

14. TBR: Acronym for “to be rude;” usually said before the person shares their true – and harsh – feelings

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: Acronym for “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”

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Source: PR Newswire

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