5 Common Texting Acronyms That Our Parents Probably Don't Understand

By Natalie Roytman on September 24, 2013

There is a huge difference between the way that I text my parents and the way that I text my friends. Our generation utilizes technology and we have come to learn several acronyms that we use on a daily basis. When I send messages to my parents I have to spell everything out. Even if I teach them the meaning behind these acronyms, they will most likely judge me and then forget what it means within a week. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Here are my top 5:

1. YOLO- This is a fairly new acronym that a lot of young people use thanks to Drake’s song “The Motto”. It stands for “you only live once”. When my friends and I do daring or funny things, we sometimes say “YOLO” afterwards as a joke. I know I’m not the only one who does this…

2. LMAO- This is just awkward to explain to older people. The acronym is an exaggeration, and they don’t understand that “laughing my a** off” is not a literal thing. It is simply a step above “laughing out loud”.

3. HMU- Some of my friends text me this when they are too lazy to tell me to contact them. If you don’t know, this stands for “hit me up”. Parents don’t seem to get what “hitting someone up” means.

4. ROTFL- This, once again, is sometimes taken literally by adults. When I say this, I am not actually “rolling on the floor laughing”. This is two steps above “laughing out loud” and one step above “laughing my a** off”.

5. FML-A lot of people started using this acronym after fmylife.com became popular. The website features a lot of short posts from people sharing their experiences with bad luck. “FML” stand for “f*** my life” so I think it’s fair to say that our parents don’t need to know this one.

My name is Natalie and I am from Chicago. I am a junior at the University of Iowa. I love to travel, write, and take pictures.

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