Texting can be a great way to communicate with friends and family, and there are so many things that can be done to enhance your overall experience.
Friends often use a great deal of slang when texting each other, but since there are always new slang terms being created, you may not always know what a term means.
You may or may not have heard of the slang term “word,” but what exactly does “word” mean in texting?
In texting, “word” means “affirmative,” which indicates that the person understands.
“Word” is sometimes used in telephone or in-person conversations, and when used as slang terms, it has the same meaning.
Here is an overview of some other slang terms that people commonly use during texting, so you will know what someone is trying to communicate to you should they use these words.
The term “drunk texting” means exactly what it says – that a person is sending a text message while under the influence of alcohol.
The person accused of “drunk texting” is likely sending strange and out-of-character messages, which is how the other person can determine that the person is “drunk texting.”
People who engage in “drunk texting” are oftentimes unaware of the text messages they’re sending, and the next day they will either apologize or fail to mention it at all because they don’t remember sending the messages.
Just like many people who send text messages use slang terms, many will also use abbreviations for certain phrases because it saves time.
“ATM” means “at the moment.” The more you text with different people, the more likely you are to learn what different abbreviations mean. Some can be figured out just by paying attention to how it’s used.
The term “ACGAF” in texting means “absolutely couldn’t give a fuck.”
While not everyone uses this abbreviation in their texting, it is becoming more and more commonly used.
Now you’ll know what “ACGAF” means if a person were to ever send it to you in a text message or chat room.
The texting term “ATP” means “answer the phone.” Perhaps a person has been trying to get in contact with someone by phone but they have not been answering, so the person attempting to reach the other person may text the person “ATP.”
There is another variation, “ATFP,” which means “answer the fucking phone.”
“Sip tea” can be considered a derogatory term in texting, as it means “mind your own business” if a person is being nosy and butting into others’ business.
If you notice “sip tea” on your teen’s phone in a text message, you might want to question him or her about it.
Some kids can experience bullying via social networking apps and even by text message, so you want to be sure your teen isn’t being bullied.
If you ever notice that a so-called friend of your teen has texted your teen the abbreviation “KYS,” you should be very concerned. “KYS” means “kill yourself.”
While teens can sometimes have a dark sense of humor and use this term playfully, “KYS” is most often used in bullying situations.
Don’t feel like you’re being an overbearing parent by asking your teen about finding such a text on his or her phone, because you could be potentially saving your teen’s life.
If your teen receives texts with the term “butters,” know that the conversation is not about food.
“Butters” means “ugly,” which is obviously negative and could cause your teen to suffer from low self-esteem if the person is referring to your teen as “ugly.”
Since teens joke a lot and “pretend” to insult each other at times, you want to be sure of the situation before you make a big deal out of your teen being texted “butters.”
It’s important to know what text messages your teen is sending and receiving, especially if your child is 14 or 15 – there is a high occurrence of suicide among teens of this age due to bullying.
“Frape” is not a positive term, and it stands for “Facebook rape.”
Facebook rape means posting via another person’s Facebook page after they forgot to log out of their account.
This could happen at a library, at school, or at some other public location where people share computers in common areas.
If you have discovered your teen discussing “blue boogers” in a text message, then this is definitely not a positive thing.
“Blue boogers” refers to snorting Adderall or Ritalin, and snorting any type of medication is not good.
Adderall and Ritalin are prescription medications for ADHD, and snorting these medications, especially by one who doesn’t suffer from ADHD, causes them to experience being high and has numerous potential dangers.
Sending a flower emoji to a friend via text does not mean love.
In fact, it doesn’t have a positive meaning at all, as sending this type of emoji is slang for drugs.
So, if someone is texting your teen flower emojis, you need to question him or her about it to make sure your teen isn’t selling or using drugs.
If someone sends you a text message with the term “143” in it, then it means that the person is saying “I love you.”
Again, teens and young adults are more apt to use the term “143” when sending text messages than older people.
There are variations of this term, and “14344” is a popular one that means “I love you very much.”
When “snatched” is used in texting, it has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the word.
This slang word that is often used among teens during text messaging, refers to “looks perfect.”
How teens and young adults came up with “snatched” to describe looking perfect, no one knows, but it’s used among adolescents and young adults quite often.
No one really knows when this term originated either, but it is commonly used in texting.
“Tope” is a combination of “totally” and “dope,” meaning “totally dope.”
Unless you’re a Generation Z person, you’re not very likely to send or receive text messages using this term.
When texting “thirsty” to a friend, it does not typically mean that a person needs a cold drink.
“Thirsty” refers to a person being desperate for something. For instance, you might see a text from a teen saying, “I’m so thirsty for the PS5. “
Those from Generation Z might also use the term “thirsty” in a different manner, which implies sex.
For instance, a teen might text how “thirsty” she is for a certain guy she finds attractive.
The only way to know if a teen is using “thirsty” to refer to sex or something else depends on the specific conversation as well as how it’s used.
“Turnt” is yet another word that young people use with unknown origins.
“Turnt” is very positive, as it means “excited and having a great time.”
So, if you ever receive a text from someone stating that they’re feeling “turnt,” you’ll know exactly what they’re referring to.
When most people think of the term “go off,” they most often think of a person “losing it” and yelling, screaming, and possibly becoming violent.
However, the slang meaning of this term is totally different, as “go off” means to support another person’s actions.
“Go off” is mostly used in a positive manner, but in some situations, it could be used negatively.
Deciphering texting slang can be as challenging as deciphering a foreign language.
Most of the time, it’s the younger generation that uses slang and abbreviations the most, although some older people do use abbreviations, especially when they’re busy.
If you want to learn more texting slang terms and abbreviations, try texting with a teen or young adult and you’re likely to become an expert in no time.