IRL, Bae & Fleek: Impress Your Teens With Today’s Internet Lingo

posted: 10/03/16
by: Katie Morton

Listening to your teen talk can sometimes sound like they're speaking another language. Just when you figured out what LOL means, now there's a whole new range of words that you're unfamiliar with.

Your kids are growing up in the digital age. They spend their days typing and posting on social media, and it's caused an explosion of abbreviations and words that may often times fall outside your radar. Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a list of some of today's most popular terms.


IRL stands for "in real life." It's an acronym used to distinguish what's happening offline, in the real world, from what's being posted online. For example, if you describe the way an actress is off screen you could use IRL. Jennifer Aniston is a sweetheart IRL.


FOMO is an acronym for "fear of missing out." It's generally used to describe the angst people feel when they're unable to attend a social gathering or event that's currently taking place. I wish I was at John's party right now. I can't handle seeing the photos on Instagram. I'm dying of FOMO!


Bae is a term of endearment, short for "baby," used to describe a boyfriend or girlfriend. This term was popularized by Pharrell's single "Come and get it bae." Me and my bae are going to stay in tonight and watch Netflix.


To say that something is "on fleek" means that it is flawless. It generally refers to style, but one could use the phrase to extend to more than style. Usain Bolt's running is on fleek.


YOLO is an accronym for "you only live once." YOLO is a motto used by those seeking thrills or by the ordinary person doing something out of the ordinary. Eat, drink and be merry--for YOLO!


Remember in The Simpsons when Homer would say "Doh?" Using Facepalm on social media has become synonymous with that phrase. It's a written expression to acknowledge when you've done something foolish, and it's usually accompanied by an asterisk to signify that it is an action. I locked my keys in the car. *Facepalm*

It can also be used with an accompanying emoji:


SMH stands for Shaking My Head. It's an expression used to show that you are ashamed or disappointed with someone's words or actions. Did you see that cat sweater Dad was wearing today? SMH.


Internet lingo, like technology, is constantly evolving, but keeping up doesn't have to feel like torture. And now you've got 7 new terms you can start showing off! So get out there and start using your new vocab with your kids--at the very least, it's sure to crack a smile with them!