Yes, I’m old. Actually, no – I’m not old. I still have all my own teeth, wear converse, own, and know how to use, an iPhone, and have a vague idea of new music.

I am, however, at that stage when certain phrases, terms and vocabulary are completely alien to me. It’s perfectly understandable as the younger generations strive to create their own identity and language. It creates a sense of membership and, at times, exclusivity for the cool brigade.

Unfortunately, it means the rest of us are clammering around trying to work out exactly WHAT that message from your niece means, or whether that person on Facebook is insulting you or not …

He’s a short list of some of the most useful, interesting and strange abbreviations (as provided by the listeners to Kerrang! Radio)

AFAIK – As Far As I Know
IDK – I Don’t Know
Lmao – Laugh my arse off
Btw – By the way
Tbh – To be honest
Atm – At the moment
Brb – Be right back
PMSL – Pi$ my self laughing
Wuu2 – what you up to
wua – what you at
SNM – Say No More
IMO – in my opinion
lyam – love you as a mate
RTFQ= read the fucking question
Smdh….. Shake my dizzy head
TB – Text back

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