Tweens and Teens Digital Glossary
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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Not sure what your child's texts, posts and emails mean? GWTP (Get with the program!)  

Here are a few of the more popular meanings of the shorthand we see around school:

AFK - Away from Keyboard

Bae - (The danish word for poop). Stands for Before Anyone Else.  People on the internet use it for baby, sweetie, significant other, etc.

Brogetit - When your bro says or does something dumb but you are willing to forget it.

BMSBroke my scale. A way to indicate that someone liked the way another looked. 
DM - Direct Message
FTW - An acronym of For the Win. For example, on a photograph of a friend wearing a purple jumpsuit, another teen may comment, “Purple jumpsuits FTW!” Can be used seriously or sarcastically.
HMU - Hit me up. Used as a way to ask for someone's social media handle or personal phone number to directly message.
ILY - An abbreviation for “I love you.” For example, ILY Hannah. She's my best friend.
ILYSM (I love you so much).
PIR - Parent in room.
POS - Parent over shoulder.
TIR - Teacher in room.
SM - An abbreviation for “so much.”
SMHAn acronym standing for "shake my head" or "shaking my head." Used in reference to something that's pretty dumb or so silly it doesn't even deserve a response -- there are no words for it.  Ex.: Person 1: "Today I spilled my lunch on the ground, but I ate it anyway because I was so hungry." Person 2: "Smh." 
snappedVerb related Snapchat (“She snapped me a picture of herself and her best friend at that party”).
TBHTo be honest. Someone might post an image of herself on social media and write "TBH" as a way to look for positive responses. 
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