Sex, drugs and alcohol are hot topics for some teenagers. So hot, they’ve got a special shorthand text language that leaves adults clueless. Check this out:
- IWS = I want sex
- Cu46 = See you for sex
- a-boot = Under the influence of drugs
- WTG 4 a \%/ = Want to go for a drink?
- No 420? Wiyp? = No weed? What is your problem?
There are literally thousands of made up words and pictographs at noslang.com, a text slang dictionary. CNN profiles Ryan Jones, a computer programmer who created noslang and is an expert in teen texting language. Some other resources include Teen Chat Decoder, NetSmartz411, and the Idaho Internet Lingo Dictionary.
Teens use shorthand terms in texts mainly because it allows them to say a lot on the small screen. And most texts are about mundane topics such as school or dating. But some parents are buying cell phones with parental controls that alert them when kids are texting about illegal activities. And it looks like the lingo is evolving as fast as a teenager’s thumbs on a qwerty keyboard.
Thanks to Benjamin Chambers at Reclaiming Futures Every Day for the heads up.
Photo courtesy Lorianne DiSabato