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Facebook Abbreviations

Facebook Abbreviations

Most parents know a few Facebook abbreviations and meanings such as “LOL“, “IMO” or “ROFL” simply because they have been floating around the Internet for years and are still in heavy use on Facebook, Twitter and in “text speak”. The majority of abbreviations on Facebook are harmless acronyms or alphanumerical abbreviations integrated into conversations to add emphasis or for comical effect. However, a different set of Facebook abbreviations, acronyms and emoticons are not so innocent and could be used to anonymously harass, intimidate or bully another person.

Why Kids Use Abbreviations for Facebook Bullying

Children as young as five now have Facebook pages that may or may not be monitored by parents. Moreover, parents who do monitor their child’s Facebook page may be so befuddled by the abbreviations and emoticons (picture-words using keyboard characters) sprinkled heavily throughout their child’s conversation with friends that they simply assume everything is fine and stop checking the page regularly.

There lies the problem with cyberbullying on Facebook and through text messaging–the rampant use of Facebook abbreviations and emoticons unknown to most parents can be used to send hateful, intimidating messages to children and teenagers who unfortunately know exactly what these abbreviations mean. Using abbreviations on Facebook not only increases a bully’s sense of anonymity already provided by the Internet but further allows them to get away with it for longer periods and usually without suffering the ramifications that goes along with finally being discovered by teachers and other parents as a non-online bully.

Using Facebook abbreviations to bully others is a way for troubled kids to feel powerful and in control of some aspect of their life. They may also think that bullying makes them seem more influential and popular to peers, especially when the bullying is “funny” and draws online laughs from others. Although some bullies have severe personality disorders or may even be sociopaths, others are not “authentic” bullies and would react with embarrassment and guilt if they were to speak to their victims the way they “speak” to them on Facebook.

Facebook Bullying Defined

Whether bullying is done online using Facebook abbreviations, acronyms or emoticons, it is still bullying and will usually fall into one or more categories of cyber-bullying:

  • Gossiping about another person for the purpose of damaging their reputation.
  • Deliberating ignoring or excluding someone from a Facebook group.
  • Hacking into someone’s Facebook page and posting inflammatory remarks about that person or about someone else in order to start a fight.
  • Harassing someone on Facebook by continuously sending insulting and offensive messages about that person to others or posting status updates that are equally mean and rude about the person targeted for harassment.
  • When a bully tricks someone into telling them embarrassing secrets and the bully then shares this embarrassing information online, this is called “outing” and it happens frequently on Facebook.

Know What Those Abbreviated Facebook Conversations Mean

Keep this list of Facebook abbreviations handy to help you interpret Internet communications if you suspect someone may be bullying your child on Facebook or other social media platform.

2C4U–Too cool for you

2FB–Too freaking bad

AYPI–And your point is?

AYSOS–Are you stupid or something?

SMH–Smacking my head

BD–Big deal

BBB–Boring beyond belief

BUF–Big, ugly, fat

H8TTU–Hate to be you

D/C or DC–Don’t care

F**ML–F*** my life

GMAFB–Give me a friggin’ break

HML–Hate my life

H8T–Hate

BM–Bite me

HMP–Help me please

PITA–pain in the butt

IHU or IHY–I hate you

NOYB–None of your business

NVM–Nevermind

TPT–Trailer park trash

YRSL–You are so lame

F2F–Face to face

LMBO–Laughing my butt off

GAL–Get a life

JFK–Just for kicks

KISS–Keep it simple, stupid

MYOB–Mind your own business

STBU–Sucks to be you

GOMB–Get off my back

YBS–You will be sorry

DYNWUTB–Do you know what you are talking about?

ESAD–Eat s*** and die

FBF–“fat boy” food or food eaten by overweight people (e.g. fries, burgers, pizza)

FICCL–Frankly, I couldn’t care a less

FWIW–For what it’s worth

GAC–Get a clue

GIAR–Give it a rest

LAY–Laughing at you

LIC–Like I care

NFW–No freaking way

P911–Parents coming into room (like an alert)

RME–Rolling my eyes

SOL–Sooner or later

SSINF–So stupid it’s not funny

TD2M–Talk dirty to me

TMOT–Trust me on this

AUFT–Are you freaking mental?

YRARP–You are a royal pain

FYEO–For your eyes only

NOLM–No one loves me

Facebook Abbreviation Meanings for Emoticons

Emoticons are “words” that are created using one or more keyboard characters that include punctuation marks and symbols like the # and @. Emoticons are even more difficult to interpret because they are not acronyms but more like cryptic writing that requires a professional decipherer to interpret them if you didn’t already know what they meant. Examples of emoticons that online bullies may use on Facebook include:

>:-( means “angry”

O.o means confused

:'( means “crying” or “sad”

😮 means “shocked” or “surprised”

😛 means that someone is sticking their tongue out at you

>:O means someone is yelling at you

Although emoticons are seen less and less frequently with the popularity of acronyms and textspeak overtaking the use of emoticons, they are still seen on Facebook and can make a possible bullying situation difficult to ascertain.

Finding the Meanings to New Facebook Abbreviations

Facebook abbreviations and their meanings are constantly changing and adapting to the latest sayings and behaviors exhibited by children and teenagers. Parents who monitor their child’s Facebook page for signs of bullying should always perform a search for abbreviations with which they are unfamiliar. In addition, certain abbreviations may only be used by a tight-knit clique of your child’s peers at school that no one else knows or uses. If you suspect someone is harassing your child on Facebook but can’t interpret some of the abbreviations, don’t ignore your gut feeling about the meaning of the conversations. Either research the new term using an up-to-date slang dictionary or have a serious discussion with your child about possible Facebook bullying.

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