Special Report: Teen Breaks Down Popular Texting Lingo (with Video)

By Stephanie Parkinson

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 6:59 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - LOL, TTYL, BRB. Acronyms like these are almost habit for people as a new form of communication. But how do you know what this all means?

These acronyms are morphed from the written word and the spoken word into what we call texting. For most teens it’s their primary form of communication but other generations get lost in translation.

For most adults, this isn't how they've always done things. For teens, it's what they've always known.

"Sometimes I FaceTime, I don't really call very much unless it's like to my mom and my sister, or my dad, but it's just usually mainly texting,” said Madison Stuckey, 14-years-old.

“Texting is transforming some of the ways that we speak and communicate,” said Carrie Stuckey, Madison’s Mother.

Madison admits her ratio is about 90 percent texting to 10 percent talking on the phone. Madison says texting is quicker. And what makes it even faster is the fact that it almost has its own language.

"A way of saying, like you're excited to do something, so you're like, oh my gosh I'm so excited, but instead of saying that you just say OMG I'm so excited. I don't know I use it a lot too,” said Madison.

Madison was asked, how would you make plans to go to a movie tonight with your friends, would you call them?

Madison said "I probably start, like a group message and say like, do you want to go to the movie tonight by texting.”

Her mom texts too but Madison claims her texting lingo isn't quite up to par.

Madison: "You don't know TTYL do you?”
Mom: “No.”
Madison: “Yeah she doesn't know TTYL, which is talk to you later."

"She uses LOL a lot and, the only person I text using LOL is her, because I'm always making fun of her for it,” said Madison.

'I think we, everyone has, even my friends, they have their own text language on how they do it, whether it's all caps or the acronyms but yeah, I'm definitely known for the LOL for her,” said Carrie Stuckey, Madison’s Mother.

Madison too admits that everyone has their own signature texting lingo.

"She says yes instead of ya, and like all my friends say ya. She always does a dash after yes, every single time, and that's how I can tell it's always her texting,” said Madison.

"I think that the generation that we're in now is using texting whether it's adults or kids, It would be more worrisome if it was just the kids using it with kids, but because adults use it, I use it in my business. I have clients that actually prefer text now verse maybe e-mail, because it is a quicker way of getting the information,” said Carrie.

Carrie admits she almost texts as much as her daughter now. But being engaged allows her to communicate more with her daughter, even if she doesn't quite have the lingo down.

"That's the world we live in. They are going to experience it somehow, so I think for us, we've decided to let them experience it and kind of monitor it,” said Carrie.

Madison sat down with us for about 10 minutes. She already had three new texts.

"It's like hard to go without it because I've had it for so long, but I can usually go like probably like a half hour to an hour but during school I go like seven hours so that's good,” said Madison.

To make sure you’re up-to-date on texting lingo we have links, in our Newslinks. section of our website, to a texting acronym translator and dictionary.

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