A Translation Guide To Millennial Acronyms For Parents

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Question… When you log onto your favorite social media platform these days, do you understand the acronyms flying about in cyberspace like last night’s dinner on the Space Shuttle? Duck!

Yup, me too. Listen, like you, I try my very best to be a cool, hip mom, with the super powers to translate their coded texts and social media posts.

Yet as a former newspaper journalist, I must admit, I’m truly shocked with some of the, “relaxed” writing styles, being published online.

Acronyms now appear to be an acceptable online journalistic reporting style for some long-lasting fashion and beauty magazines. SMH (see adult translation below).

Well, excuse my 50-something behind, but say W H A T? Mark Twain would probably have a clever and insightful response to the evolution of writing, and who could blame him?

I can only imagine, my kind and talented Senior Newspaper Editor saying to me, “Your article and photos are approved for print, but what exactly is a “WTF” and where does it live?”.

It appears that you and I need to learn an entirely new language, my midlife friends.

Here’s a quick list of some of the most commonly used acronyms, I’ll probably have to update this list often, to keep us all informed, IRL.

How to Speak Millennial Like a Pro

A Quick Guide To Internet/Text Acronyms for mamas and papas everywhere.

BAE ~ Before Anyone Else
CU ~ See You
FOMO ~ Fear Of Missing Out
FWIW ~ For What It’s Worth
ICYMI ~ In Case You Missed It
IDC ~ I Don’t Care
IRL ~ In Real Life
JK ~ Just Kidding
JOMO ~ Joy Of Missing Out
NBD ~ No Big Deal
NSFW ~ Not Safe For Work
NVM ~ Never Mind, Figured It Out Myself
SMH ~ Shaking My Head
TFW ~ That Feeling When
TIL ~ Today I Learned

Of course, there are many more millennial acronyms and I have no doubt the trend will continue. As mama’s, we need to have the skills to understand and speak this foreign language, because from all accounts, it just might be our future. NSFW!

Captain Kirk, out.

Feel free to share your own deciphered acronyms… We do love a good laugh, don’t we Tribe Fabulous?

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Jonet Wooten is a former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest & greatest in fashion & beauty, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING Blog.

11 Comments on Millennial Acronyms You Should Learn

  1. Kim Cook
    March 25, 2019 at 4:28 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Here’s another great one – ATM. I live with two millennials! Their language cracks me up.

    Translation – at the moment!

  2. melanie
    March 24, 2019 at 11:01 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Ha! These are great and I didn’t know half of them. What about BYOB..or is that old school now?

  3. Patricia
    March 24, 2019 at 3:53 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This was hilarious! As the mother to 3 kiddo’s between 25 and 31, they text more then talk so I need a translator!!
    And here I thought IRL meant “I Really Love” you 🙂

  4. Rosemary Davis
    March 23, 2019 at 9:14 am (1 month ago)

    Thanks for the translations. A fun post and I needed this!


    • jonet
      March 25, 2019 at 5:54 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Rosemary, I figured it was a midlife public service post. Have you ever seen the hilarious texts between parents and their teens using acronyms and how the parents misunderstand? They are absolutely hilarious.

      XoXo, Jonet

  5. Danni
    March 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh my Gosh!! Thank you for the translation. Sometimes it take me hours to figure out what someone is testing me !!

    • jonet
      March 25, 2019 at 5:52 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Oh me too, Danni. When I was researching these, I was shocked at how many more there are out there. At least we know a few right?

      XoXo, Jonet

  6. Amy Kennedy
    March 22, 2019 at 9:54 am (1 month ago)

    Such a fun post! This made my day! Now I don’t have FOMO and BTW it’s Jonet FTW! (for the win)

    • jonet
      March 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Too funny, Amy. It does make us at least a bit cooler with our kids, right?

      XoXo, Jonet

  7. Rania
    March 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm (1 month ago)

    Thanks for that dictionary, I knew maybe half of them only )

    • jonet
      March 25, 2019 at 5:49 pm (4 weeks ago)

      LOL, me too, Rania. It truly is like learning another language.

      XoXo, Jonet


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