Teenspeak. Gosh, it's really quite hilarious how our language has involved. Sometimes it's depressing, like finding out that 'wanksta' means 'wannabe gansta'. Not only would that be totally misconstrued as something entirely different in the UK, it shows such a desire to shorten words!
Please note that this list is going to get added to as time goes on and as the language is going to evolve right before our eyes. If there's any you think should be added to the list, let us know! And if you have a question about one but you can't find it, let us know too! We are here to help, so always happy to add to our list!
AF - 'as f*&k'; end of a sentence to describe extremes: I'm hungover AF
Bae - 'before anyone else'; usually referred to in the romantic sense although sometimes used in friendships
Basic - a derogatory term used for someone you don't like. It can mean anything from 'simple' to 'ugly' to 'conforming' to a whole host of other negative associations
BTW - by the way
Clickbait - articles with catchy headlines written to get as many link clicks as possible
DM - direct message. Usually used in context of a verb 'If anyone knows anything please DM me'
Fam - short for family, usually your closest friends
Feels - a noun short for feelings. When you have a cute video or photo to share, you might caption it with 'all the feels'
GR8 - Great
IDK - I don't know
IKR - I know right
Influencer - someone that is famous on social media, although not for a particular reason like a movie star or singer
IRL - in real life
Lit - means a whole host of things. Mostly 'awesome' but it can also mean 'drunk' or 'high'. 'That party was lit' 'Are you ready to get lit up?'
LOL - laugh out loud
Netflix and Chill - remember how you used to ask dates to come back to yours for one last drink with all the intention of not actually doing a lot of drinking? ... yeah
NM - not much
NSFW - not suitable for work. This is most often used with click-bait articles on Facebook or Twitter
On fleek - means looking fantastic (fashion-wise). A girlfriend once said to me 'your eyebrows are so on fleek' after I'd had them done
OMG - oh my god
PM - same as DM (direct message), PM stands for private message
Ship - because of course everything has to be abbreviated, 'ship' means relationship. It can be used as a noun or a verb, although it's mostly used in context of a noun
SMH - Shake My Head
Stashing - When you don't post anything about your current boyfriend because you want to see if someone better comes along
TBH - To Be Honest
Turnt/Turnt Up - very similar to 'lit', in both definitions!
TMR/TMRW/TOMO/TOMOZ - tomorrow
WTF - what the f&!k
WTH - what the heck.