I've often listened to my six-year-old sister throw words and groups of letters around without ever really understanding what she meant. And I'd promptly run off to look these words up. Talk about acting cool!

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Here are 5 words that often crop up in the internet-era child’s conversation. These slang words will make generation gaps a thing of the past! As an added benefit, this slang word starter pack will make text messaging easy and quick.

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ATM:

We associate ATM with money, but the internet associates the abbreviation with time. ATM is nothing but At the Moment.

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Use it in a Sentence:

I am busy ATM.
I am at a friend’s house ATM.
I am having dinner ATM.
I am at the ATM, ATM. (Guess which ATM means what!)

TC:

You might have come across this two-letter combo many times. If you haven’t, this is a slang word you can use at the end of every text message conversation. It stands for Take Care, and it shows that you care.

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Use it in a Sentence:

Bye, TC!
Goodnight, TC!
TC, See you on Monday!

Lit:

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Language doesn’t have a fixed quality and this word proves that. Lit has been around for over a century and it used to mean ‘drunk’ or ‘intoxicated’. But today’s youngsters use the word to refer to anything that’s exciting and excellent.

Use it in a Sentence:

This party is lit!
The presentation was lit! Keep up the good work.
Here is a lit song suggestion for you.

Pro Tip:

Tell your children what lit used to mean before it started meaning exciting/excellent. It’s unlikely they would know and your slang word expertise will surely impress them!

FYI:

FYI is an acronym for For Your Information. Unlike ATM or TC, FYI is commonly used in spoken conversations, in addition to being popular in text message slang. It can be used in a sarcastic or professional manner.

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Use it in a Sentence:


FYI, Canva has amazing templates for presentations. Check it out!
FYI, that restaurant was asked to close for a month last year for serving stale food.
An FYI: The new reading program is showing great results. A lot of students are borrowing books from the library.

Boomer:

This slang word is used to refer to an old person or one from a previous generation. It is possible that some of the young ones refer to us as boomers! The word stems from the phrase Baby Boomer, which refers to people born during the post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964. The word is sometimes used with an intention to mock.

Use it in a Sentence:

Boomers don’t understand technology.
A boomer couple moved into the apartment opposite ours.
You know what lit means?! I thought you were a boomer!

Pro Tip:

This is another opportunity for you to share what you know about slang words. Tell your children how the word boomer came into being. They might even reassess you and stop treating you like a boomer!

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