Everybody communicates through texting, but not everyone texts in the same way or for the same purpose.
Like, texting your boss is not like texting your family, and neither of those are the same as texting your friends ... or potential romantic interests.
Because of the need for alacrity and the wider array of visual communication tools -- like emojis -- sometimes older folks are at a loss for what younger people are saying -- especially if we're talking about a parent nosing through their teen's private messages that are none of their business.
Well, ever since the dawn of AOL Instant Messenger -- remember that? -- news articles have been publishing "translations" of what the youths mean when they use abbreviations and slang.
Here's a guide to some of the most frequent text-isms ...
This just means that something is true or honest. It means that something's "100%" accurate. That's where the "100" comes from.
With the exception of Rob Kardashian, who once used the emoji to talk about literal food, everyone uses this to refer to a penis -- or to sex, even if the sex in question won't involve a penis. It could literally just be a reference to a hot guy rather than actual plans involving his penis.
These *can* refer to ejaculation, but they can also just be the sweat droplets of someone who's nervous around their crush or about a test. So no, parents, if they say "I gotta take a test real quick" followed by that emoji, it doesn't mean that academics turn them on.
The peach emoji means a butt. It looks like a shapely butt and it always means a butt. Usually we see it in terms of people talking about how they or others look in various pants.
WTTP is an acronym for "want to trade pictures." Generally speaking, most people aren't going to use this because most people are too discerning to just randomly fire off some nudes at someone who can't even use the words, but sure.
Turnt and Lit
Most people don't say "turnt" anymore unless they mean it ironically. "Lit" is still a word, both basically just mean "turned up." They CAN refer to intoxication or drug use, but generally they just mean that a party is exciting or wild.
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