It's hard keeping up on all the terminology of the youngsters these days. The fact that I admit that makes me seem like an old fogey (spoiler alert: in many ways I am, indeed, a curmudgeon) and it's the old fogeys of the world that ultimately become the butt of young people's "OMG they're so out of touch" jokes.
And I'm fine with that, I get the role that I'm slowly easing into of being a "too old to understand" person, just as long as the stuff I don't understand is superficial and topical, then I'm good to go.
But I'm not so old that I don't grasp the concept behind abbreviated "text speak" which was more of a thing when people were rocking feature phones with alpha-numeric keyboards.
So, in order to roast those older folks who have no idea what the "secret texting" life of the young'uns are, people began coming up with the "real" meanings behind these shortened phrases.
And quite frankly, they're absolutely hilarious.
Is your child texting about @olivegarden? Here’s a quick guide to find out:— jillian dradzynski (@jillianallyce) January 22, 2018
OG: Olive Garden
LMAO: love me an olive
LOL: lots of lasagna
ROFL: ravioli or flavorful linguine
BRB: breadsticks rock, bro
WTF: where’s the fettuccine
STFU: some tiramisu for us
The meme is a direct response to alarmist articles put out that warn parents about the sexually charged code words their children could be using when talking about sex...right under your nose!
So instead of "Is your child texting about sex?" you get beautiful little treasures like:
Is your child texting about Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals™️?— Mikey XCX (@Limentaco) January 28, 2018
FML Freshly Made Lunch
WTF Want These Fried?
IDC Ice ‘Dem Cakes
SMH She Made Hamburgers
STFU Stir The Food Unceasingly
FTW Family Time? Woohoo!
LMAO Let’s Mince An Onion
WYD Wow, Yumm-O, Delish!
It's pretty much the best new meme.
Is your child texting about Randy Jackson?— Caroline Moore (@Caroline_Mooree) January 29, 2018
BRB: Bring Randy Back
SMD: Sup My Dawg
WYD: Where’s Your dawg?
YGTH: You’re Going To Hollywood
Because there clearly isn't some secret text code language agenda that a unit of teen corrupters have created and disseminated by proxy.
is your child texting about DIY music— Alimony Hustle (@alimonyhustle) January 29, 2018
WTF: Wicked! Trust Fund
ILU: I Love Unregulated noise levels
IDK: I Don't have a Kettle lead
<3: fewer than 3 tickets sold
GTFO: Gratitude and Tiny Fee OK?
BRB: BigJoanie Really Bang
LMAO: Listening to Martha's Album Online
The best part about these memes is that they're getting really specific.
Or they address more large scale issues.
Is your child texting about Congress?— Amelia Frappolli (@AmeliaFrappolli) January 29, 2018
BRB - Budget resolution brouhaha
WTF - Well, they filibustered
TTYL - Talk to your legislator
LMAO - Long markup, amendments offered
OFC - Often files cloture
To be perfectly honest, I'd want to know if my kids were into that last Transformers movie. Because if they were, then there's the business of immediately disowning them because The Last Knight was hot garbage, if you ask me.
And we wouldn't want those lame-o AP Bio kids messing spreading their, you know, biological propaganda or whatever.
Or even worse yet: your kids are closet fantasy nerds.
is your child texting about Lord of the Rings?— Zach Freshley (@Z_Fresh7) January 29, 2018
LOL: Love Our Legolas
SMH: Shadowfax My Homie
GTFO: Going To Fight Orcs
LMAO: Let's Meet Aragorn, Okay
WTF: We Thank Faramir
TTYS: Treebeard Takes You Slowly
Or the worst of worst: Babysitters Club Fans! GAH!
Is your child texting about the babysitters club? KNOW THE SIGNS— lana del rat (@HungryandFrozen) January 29, 2018
LOL: Layers over leggings
SMDH: Stacey Might Die! Hmkay?
JK: Jeans, Kristy?
BTW: Bicoastal, tearful weddings
FTW: Five teen workaholics!
LMAO: Love Mary-Anne’s Organisation
BRB: Better Respect Babysitting
But if you are worried about your kids becoming more "woke" than you would like, then this meme might actually scare you.
Is your child texting about intersectional feminism?— Sasha Costanza-Chock (@schock) January 29, 2018
lol: liberating ourselves locally
tbh: talking bout heteropatriarchy
btw: be truly woke
tbt: trust black transwomen
smh: straight male hegemony
lmao: learn, mobilize, and organize
idc: immigrants dismantling colonialism
The original post about secret Olive Garden keywords actually garnered some interest from the chain restaurant.
Thanks for shining a light on this v important topic, Jillian. Send us a DM (direct message, not to be confused with dinner menu) with your name and address so we can send a special 🎁 your way!— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) January 22, 2018
Which got other people jealous and wanting some of that sweet OG action.
We like to surprise our superfans with gifts when they create Olive Garden creations. We would love to see what you come up with! 🤗— Olive Garden (@olivegarden) January 23, 2018
And they delivered in a big way.
Memes truly are making the world a better place.