Teen Talk Translated on ASKfm: Top Slang Terms Decoded

Based on Millions of Questions and Answers from Teens, Social Network Reveals PAP, Bad and Ship Among Most Popular Acronyms and Slang Words

DUBLIN, Jan. 19, 2016 — (PRNewswire) — ASKfm, the world's largest social Q&A network that just last week unveiled a brand refresh and new product experience, today released the top 20 trending list of slang words and acronyms posted in the app by teens, including their corresponding definitions. A few popular, but cryptic, symbols and emojis also made the cut, rounding out a list designed to help parents get in tune with the lingo "teens these days" are using on social apps and sites.

"Teen language can experience a seismic shift with just a few clicks, texts or posts, and word or even symbol choices can literally change by the day," said Andrea Cutright, COO of ASKfm. "Teens use our Q&A platform as a means to express themselves through dialogue so we have our finger on the pulse of how teens talk – be it in the form of acronyms, new definitions or the latest emoji. With this list, parents can now rest easy in the knowledge that being called GOAT is actually a very good thing and OOTD can explain why their teens take four dozen selfies."

The top 20 terms in ASKfm's Teen Slang Dictionary include:

1.      PAP

  • Acronym meaning "post a picture"

2.      Bad

  • Just like the olden days of parents' yore, bad still means good but it has shifted slightly and means something even more positive like hot

3.      Ship

  • Short for relationship

4.      :3

  • A symbol meant to represent the cat face made by anime characters when they say something clever, sarcastic, or comment on something cute

5.      IDEK

  • Acronym for "I don't even know…"

6.      IKR

  • Acronym meaning "I know, right?"

7.      OOTD

  • Acronym for "outfit of the day;" commonly used to prompt someone to post a picture of their current outfit or to share your current outfit with friends/followers

8.      SMH

  • Acronym for "shaking my head;" in reference to something distasteful

9.      Dime

  • The highest rating on a scale of 1-10; used to share approval or express how good something is

10.  THOT

  • Acronym meaning "that ho over there;" used to describe females with a promiscuous reputation

11.  Netflix and chill

  • Code for hooking up or a "booty call"

12.  Savage

  • Used to describe something that is hardcore or extreme, in a good way

13.  AF

  • Acronym "as f***" used to express the severity of something  (e.g. hot AF)

14.  TBR

  • Acronym for "to be rude;" usually said before the person shares their true – and harsh – feelings

15.  Peep

  • Can refer either to friends (your people), or to look at/listen to (e.g. peep this)

16.  Slept

  • Can refer to hitting someone hard enough to knock them out, missing out on something awesome, or to be extremely high

17.  GOAT

  • Acronym for "greatest of all time"

18.  No chill

  • Used to describe someone who is being irrational

19.  Likers get rate

  • A phrase that implies the original poster will rank anyone that likes/comments/answers a post, typically around how cool they are perceived to be or how they look; also used to incent followers to like posts to get something (usually indicated in the post) in return

20.  Frog emoji + coffee cup emoji

  • Based off a popular meme of Kermit the Frog drinking a cup of tea, teens use this emoji combo to sarcastically imply "but that's none of my business" or "I'm just saying"

To learn more about these terms and ASKfm, please visit: http://safety.ask.fm/category/blog/.

About ASKfm

Owned and operated by IAC, ASKfm is the world's largest Q&A social network where more than 150 million members in more than 150 countries connect and engage by asking each other questions. ASKfm is dedicated to infusing its service with robust safety controls and features so users can be in the driver's seat when it comes to their experience. For more information, please visit the ASKfm Safety Center, which empowers users with the necessary information, guidance and tools to safely navigate and enjoy ASKfm. 


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Stephanie Cooley, 415-254-0318
Email Contact Dotted Line Communications on behalf of ASKfm
Web: http://www.ask.fm

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