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Internet Acronyms: Short Sexting Terms Debunked by 'Hip' Texters

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 05:46 PM

CNN offered up a taste of 28 Internet sexting acronyms that teens might be using to sneak their behaviors by oblivious parents, but at least one Internet site thinks they aren’t that common.

Buried in the innocent LOLs and BRBs may be acronyms like IWSN, which according to CNN, stands for “I want sex now.”

But Gizmodo opined that the CNN acronym list is full of “nonsensical combinations of letters that no human would ever tap into a text. But to be sure, we took some of this absurdist lingo for a spin, just to make sure it's totally bonkers. It is.”

While parents obsess over whether their children are using the acronyms on CNN’s list like NIFOC (naked in front of computer) and GNOC (get naked on camera), Gizmodo tested the acronyms out on some “hip twenty-somethings” to see if they recognized the abbreviations.

Using the NIFOC acronym, Gizmodo got a response of “Eh?” from one person. To another, the conversation went like this: Person 1: TDTM Person 2: What do you mean??? Person 1: NIFOC Person 2: Talk in real words. I’m not hip to this web speak.

The Internet continued to have fun with the idea of hidden sexting acronyms. One person wrote on the Gizmodo article, “LKAB = I am actually crying right now, I am laughing so hard. Onion?”





Mental Floss pointed out shorthand for sex talk isn’t confined to this generation, highlighting a book “To the Letter.”

“We think abbreviating with acronyms is new with texts and email, but it’s been going on for two thousand years,” Mental Floss quoted author Simon Garfield, giving an example of Roman letters and acronyms. In 1930, people would write SWAK for “sealed with a kiss.”

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CNN offered up a taste of 28 Internet sexting acronyms that teens might be using to sneak their behaviors by oblivious parents, but at least one Internet site thinks they aren't that common.
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