The Internet can be a confusing place, even for someone who is using it every day. Because Internet language evolves every day. In fact, Internet slang words can transform language itself, so you need to know them to get by in real life.
1) AMA: Ask Me Anything
What It Means: Ask Me Anything is a series started on Reddit, where an authority on a subject fields open questions. It is now used more widely on the Internet, with any sort of public Q&A being termed an AMA.
What It Means: You’re someone who is flashy, or overly confident. It was made even more popular in Future’s hit “Too Much Sauce.”
3) Bae: Babe / Before Anyone Else
What It Means: Urban Dictionary says Bae is a Danish word for poop. Unfortunately, the Internet thinks it’s a term of endearment: either an acronym for “before anyone else” or a shortening of “babe”. Soon enough, pop stars Pharrell and Miley Cyrus turned it into a song, “Come get it, bae.” Sorry Danes, this is what the word means, now and forever.
What It Means: A play on the art of persuasion; basically when you are talked out of a situation or when someone manipulates you to do something.
5) DAE: Does Anyone Else?
What It Means: DAE is generally a prefix for a question, where the person asking wants to know if they are not alone in whatever they are experiencing.
What It Means: Someone who loves to show off, is intimidating or shows off their money.
7) Dafuq: (What) the f***?
What It Means: The first time you see “dafuq” on the Internet, you might think it’s a legitimate word. It’s not. Pronounce it, preferably while no kids are around. Dafuq is the Internet’s way of saying WTF.
What It Means: A badass who is just blunt and/or straight up. If you have a great comeback, for example, you would be labelled as a savage.
9) Facepalm: Short for “Ugh, idiot.”
What It Means: When someone does something stupid, instinctively, your palm hits your own face or forehead. That entire series of action is now reduced to a single word: facepalm. It can be used to convey dismay, disappointment, ridicule, or disapproval.
What It Means: Two meanings: If someone is lit, they could be drunk and if a situation is lit, it is turned up or a lot of fun.
11) ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
What It Means: One of the few times the Internet tries to be polite, ICYMI is just a precaution when you aren’t sure if other people already know about something, or when you are repeating something you have said before. It’s a way of saying, “You might have already seen this, but if not, here you go.”
What It Means: Short form of “as fuck.”
13) IDGAF: I Don’t Give A F***
What It Means: It means exactly what it means in English: a crass, emphatic way of saying that you don’t care.
What It Means: A very curvy woman.
15) IRL: In Real Life
What It Means: IDEK means “I don’t even know,” and of course IDK means “I don’t know.” In the same “knowledge” vein, there is also IKR, standing for “I know, right?”
17) JSYK: Just So You Know
What It Means: FYI, if you still use “FYI” to be sassy when schooling someone, you’re old. JSYK is the new FYI, so get with it. End of.
What It Means: TBR means “to be rude,” and is used in the context of “I don’t mean TBR but ….” (a barrage of harsh feelings follow).
19) NSFW: Not Safe For Work
What It Means: If you’re at the office, you don’t want to open a link that has nudity, graphic language, or anything offensive. If the link says “NSFW”, then it’s not safe to open in an environment where someone might see it and be offended.
What It Means: GOAT stands for the “greatest of all time.”
21) NSFL: Not Safe For Life
What It Means: In Internet lingo, NSFW is now used more for something that would be offensive in a formal environment, but would be fine if you’re around friends.
What It Means: Tope is a mix of “totally” and “dope.”
23) PAW: Parents Are Watching
What It Means: Literally that. If kids want to avoid saying or showing something while their parents are around, PAW is a warning to the recipient
What It Means: Not to be mistaken for a shorthand or misspelling of the word “thought,” THOT actually means “that ho over there.” Yes, ho as in whore. It refers to a teen with loose values, as in sexual promiscuity.
25) QFT: Quoted For Truth
What It Means: There are two ways this is used. First, when someone says something you agree with so vehemently that you couldn’t have said it better yourself.
What It Means: Post a picture
27) SMH: Shaking My Head
What It Means: Like headdesk and facepalm, SMH is used to convey your disappointment at someone doing or saying something utterly stupid.
What It Means: Something extremely small and cute.
29) TBT: Throwback Thursday
What It Means: This is Woman Crush Wednesday on Twitter and Instagram and we love it only because it’s spreading love and positivity between women.