WTF is an acronym?

Teenagers have always been strange, frightening and mysterious. I have thought this when I was a kid, during my teenage years and now, as I try to navigate the sometimes frustrating but highly amusing task of living under the same roof as two of them, who I made in my guts.

Asking around and having some self-reflection, I think they are both quite typical of the age bracket. Selective hearing. Selective sense of smell. Unquenchable appetites and a marvellous development of an impressive range of grunting.

As a parent, it can be a time where you can do one of two things. You can lose your tiny little mind trying to control the situation or you can choose to walk my path. I have two mantras that I repeat to myself when my shoulders start moving north to my earlobes and my jaw becomes permanently clenched.



I am all about open communication, which can be hard because the modern teenage vernacular is changing as rapidly as my moustache grows.

It started out on Saturday when I had an interaction with Jack and his BFF (Best friend forever).

“What does WOKE mean?” I asked. It turns out that it means “with it.”

Example – Those shoes are so woke.

“What does LIT mean?” I was told that it meant hyped or outstanding.

Example – That gatho was so lit.

A gatho is a bringing together of a social group to hang. It is not a party, more of a spontaneous, informal affair.

Are you beginning so see why sometimes the lines of communication are foggy? Never fear, for I am here to help you de-code the teenage language of acronyms!

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 a 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'”

So there you have it. I have officially spilt the tea on this whole new world of language. Pretty gnarly right? COWABUNGA DUDE!

Do your teenagers speak in code?