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Texting with your Teenager

Menstuff® is providing this partial glossary to better enable you to text with your teenager and understand what they are saying.

2B or not 2B - To be or not to be
2moro - Tomorrow
2nite - Tonight
AAYF - As always, your friend
ABT2 - About to
Aight - All right
AKA - Also known as
ALOL - Actually laughing out loud
AML - All my love
ASAP - As soon as possible
B/C - Because
B4N - Bye for now
B4YKI - Before you know it
B4 - Before
BAK - Back at my keyboard
BB - Be back
BB4N - Bye-bye for now
BBL - Be back later
BD - Big deal
BF - Best friend
BFF - Best friends forever
BFFAE - Best friend forever and ever
BFFTTE - Best friends forever 'til the end
BI5 - Back in five
BIF - Before I forget
BRB - Be right back
BTA - But then again
BTW - By the way
BTWITIAILWU - By the way I think I am in love with you
BWDIK - But what do I know
C U L8R - See you later
CMU - Crack me up
COS - Change of subject
CSL - Can't stop laughing
CYA - See ya
Def - Definitely
DGTG - Don't go there girlfriend
DIY - Do it yourself
DKDC - Don't know don't care
DND - Do not disturb
DUST - Did you see that?
ETA - Estimated time of arrival
EZ - Easy
F2F - Face to face
FAWC - For anyone who cares
FF - Friends forever
FMTYEWTK - Far more than you ever wanted to know

FOAF - Friend of a friend
FTR - For the record
FWD - Forward
FYI - For your information
FYSBIGTBABN - Faster your seat belts it's going to be a bumpy night
G2G - Got to go
GF - Girlfriend
GFI - Go for it
GG - Gotta go
GL - Good luck
GNBLFY - Got nothing but love for you
GOI - Get over it
GR8 - Great
Grats - Congratulations
GRRRR - Growling
GTG - Got to go
HB - Hurry back
HIG - How's it going?
HO - Hold on
HSIK - How should I know
IDC - I don't care
IYD - In your dreams
IDGI - I don't get it
IDK - I don't know
IDM - It doesn't matter
ILU - I love you
ILY - I love you
IM - Instant Messaging
JK - Just kidding
JP - Just playing
JW - Just wondering
K - Okay
KK - Okay
KMP - Keep me posted
L8R G8R - Later gator
LMK - Let me know
LOL - Laughing out loud
LYL - Love you lots
LYLAB - Love you like a brother
LYLAS - Love you like a sister
MIA - Missing in action
MLAS - My lips are sealed
MYOB - Mind your own business
NBD - No big deal
NE1 - Anyone
NM - Never mind
NM - Nothing much
NMP - Not my problem

NOYB - None of your business
NP - No problem
NTK - Nice to know
NW - No way
OAO - Over and out
PAW - Parents are watching
PDQ - Pretty damn quick
PLS - Please
POS - Parents over shoulder
QT - Cutie
QFT - Quality friend time
RBAU - Right back at you
RU - Are You?
RUT - Are you there?
Sk8r - Skater
SLAP - Sounds like a plan
SUP - What's up?
SUS - See you soon
SWDYT - So what do you think?
TAFN - That's all for now
TBC - To be continued
TBH - To be honest
TFLMS - Thanks for letting me share
THX - Thanks
TLC - Tender loving care
TMI - Too much information
TOY - Thinking of you
TTFN - Ta ta for now
TTG - Time to go
TTYL - Talk to you later
TY - Thank you
U - You
U2 - You too
UG2BK - You've got to be kdding
VM - Voicemail
WAYD - What are you doing?
WAYN - Where are you now?
WBS - Write back soon
WDYT - What do you think?
WE - Whatever
WFM - Works for me
WITW - What in the world?
WU - What's up?
WUWH - Wish you were here
XOXO - Hugs and kisses
YA - Yeah
ZZZ - Tired, bored

Pre-Teen Kids Sending Over a Thousand Texts a Month

At the risk of dating ourselves, we'll admit that we didn't get our first cell phones until we could already drive a car. As for text messages, those came even later than did the mobile phone. That's probably why this recent Nielsen report on kids and texting left us with our mouths agape. According to data from about 40,000 mobile phone bills, kids under 12 years old send, on average, 1,146 text messages a month. That translates to about four messages sent for each waking hour. If you bring in teenagers, aged 13 to 17, the numbers jump to 3,146 messages a month, or about 10 messages an hour.

What does all this mean? Well, it means parents might want to consider talking with their kids about their texting habits. But it's also not great news for American cell phone service providers. Why? Well, these kids are sending plenty of text messages, but they're doing it for practically nothing. Looking at the Nielsen data, only a very small percentage of people use the pay-as-you-text method, which costs about $0.20 per message. Instead, they purchase plans that cost $10 or $20 a month and thus lower the cost of sending a message to about $0.01. It's like paying for a magazine subscription at a huge discount in lieu of purchasing each issue at a newsstand. You'll pay a large chunk on the front end, but it saves money in the long term.

Now, we're not old fogeys, and we do send our fair share of texts these days, but what could a kid younger than 12 years old possibly need to say in a text message? "Will u brng a xtra choc chip cookie 2 lunch 2mrw?" [From: Nielsen]
Source: www.switched.com/2010/01/29/pre-teen-kids-sending-over-a-thousand-texts-a-month/?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl5|link6|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.switched.com%2F2010%2F01%2F29%2Fpre-teen-kids-sending-over-a-thousand-texts-a-month%2F

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