Here are 23 texting acronyms every parent should know

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Fifty years ago, the idea of texting from a mobile phone would seem like science fiction. Now it’s all most teenagers do.

Teenagers rarely spell out words while texting, opting to use acronyms instead. When attempting to decipher the codes, it can feel like translating a language.

Some teenagers also used texting acronyms to hide behavior from their parents. WGHP spoke to some parents and family members who were clueless about the "secret" acronyms.

Texting codes referring to sex are rampant. The group of parents said they were shocked to hear how some teenagers are choosing to communicate. A dad told us he was surprised by “the extent that they will go to to hide things.” texting acronyms to know

And while they realize they can’t stop it, they said it's important to have an open dialogue with teenagers.

“You’re not going to be able to stop teens. They will find another way to get the message across. It’s going to be up to adults to find out what these things mean," an uncle said.

Here are 23 commonly used texting acronyms:

9 -- Parent watching
CD9 -- Code 9 - it means parents are around
99 -- Parent gone
143 --I love you
BROKEN -- hung over
420 -- Marijuana
1337 -- Elite or leet or L337
459 -- I love you
53X -- Sex
ADR -- Address
ASL -- Age/Sex/Location
1174 -- the meeting place, meet at
F2F -- Face-to-Face
GNOC -- Get Naked On Cam
IWSN -- I Want Sex Now
8 – Oral sex
IPN – I’m posting naked
LH6 – Let’s have sex
WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
DOC – Drug of choice
TWD – Texting while driving
GYPO – Get your pants off
KPC -- Keeping parents clueless


  • Simona

    Ok like 1 of these is real. 420 means marijuana, but no one ever texts it. No one is going to use these unless it’s like a cop or an old person trying to be “hip” cause they saw this article. Serisouly, teens jusy shorten words like srsly or totes or jelly or lol. This is “totes” fake.

  • AnActualParent

    This is ridiculous.

    Parents – if you want to know what’s going on in your kids’ lives, talk to them openly and honestly. Don’t snoop through their phones or try to decipher their social presence.

    Let them be comfortable telling you what’s going on in their lives without wording that you’re going to judge, punish, or yell at them.


    The parent of a well adjusted teenager

    • bob

      LOL! Yes, I remember how totally open and honest I was with MY parents.

      Yeah, I’m sure they’re completely honest with you. Absolutely. You can relax.

  • bob

    Ah, the annual “What your kids are texting” hoax.
    This nonsense has been making the rounds forever. Sure, they may talk about all those things. They may use “code”, but it wouldn’t be a “code” if it didn’t change continuously.

    They spoke on the phone before texting was a thing.

  • Hank

    Thank God I didn’t grow up in this generation. My paranoid mother would totally be all over nonsense articles like this one.

  • Melody

    This list is shameful, if you don’t know what you’re kids are up to online, maybe its time to, god forbid, talk to the little brats.

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