Breaking the Code: A Mom’s Guide to Acronyms & Buzz Words

If you’re like me, you’re starting to feel a little old. When you tell your kids “Back in MY day”, when your favorite song comes on the “Oldies” station, when the styles you wore as a teenager come back in, and when the American language starts to sound a little FUNNY to you…yep, you’re getting old. For me, I was having trouble this summer when my babysitter kept using the word “Extra”, in what I thought was the wrong context. One evening, when she said my chicken & rice was so “extra”, and I thought, “Extra what? Extra salty? Extra yummy? Extra fluffy?” I finally waved the white flag and asked her what exactly “Extra” meant.

In the world of social media and texting, acronyms are all the rage to save time and space. New “slang” is being thrown around faster than I can keep up. And half the time I’m feeling like….


So let’s clear up some of the confusion, shall we?  This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it should help you decipher what seems like the present-day Morse code.

First let’s start with the popular “Mommy” acronyms. Honestly, when I was pregnant with my first, I could barely make out some of the comments on the mommy boards. “I’m a FTM trying to EBF and my other LO is so impatient.” Or “My EDD is 5 months away and I can’t decide if I want to be a WM, PTWM, or SAHM. My SO doesn’t really understand my struggle over this decision.” WHAT?! WHAT DOES THIS ALL EVEN MEAN?! I never thought there were so many code words in Motherhood!

Here are some of the most popular and most used New Mommy acronyms:

BLM– Baby-led weaning

BM- Breast milk

CIO- Cry it out

CS- Caesarean/C-setion

EBF- Exclusively breastfeeding

EBM- Expressed breast milk

EDD– Estimated Due Date

FBM- Frozen breast milk

FF– Formula fed

FTWM-Full time working mom

FTM– First time mom

LO- Little one

MOM- Mom of multiples

MOPS– Mothers of Preschoolers (this is also a popular meet up group)

NIP– Nursing in public

NB- Natural birth OR Newborn

PG- Playgroup

PTWM– Part time working mom

SAHM– Stay at home mom 

SO– Significant other

VB– Vaginal birth

VBAC- Vaginal birth after caesarean 

WFHM– Work from home mom

WM– Working mom

And here’s the code of ALL THE LETTERS that are flying around these days. (Let’s assume that everyone knows what the “F” word is, so when you see that letter, you can draw your own conclusion.)  

AF- As F (Honestly, I’m still wondering how this reference came about, but whatever.)

DD-Dear Daughter

DS– Dear Son

DH– Dear Husband

DILLIGAS – Do I look like I give a ____

DGAF– Don’t Give a F

EUC– Excellent used condition (Seen on swap sites)

FOMO– Fear of Missing Out

FR– For real

FTW– For the win

FIL/MIL– Father in-law/Mother in-law

GUC– Good used condition

HBD– Happy Birthday (Because it would take too much effort to actually wish someone a full HAPPY BIRTHDAY)

ICYMI– In case you missed it

IDK –I don’t know

ILY- I love you

IMO-In my opinion

IMHO– In my humble opinion

IRL– In real life

ISO– In search of (on swap sites)

JW– Just wondering

NIP– New in package (on swap sites)

NWT/NWOT– New with/without tags

NVM – Never mind

PPU– Pending pick up (swap sites)

TIA– Thanks in advance

LMBO/LMAO– Laughing my butt off…(or another body part which you can guess)

OTW/OMW– On the way/on my way

OFC– Of course

ROTFL – Rolling on the floor laughing

SM– Social media or social mention

SMH– Shaking my head (disapproval)

TBH– To be honest

TTYL– Talk to you later

TMR– Tomorrow 

WYA– Where you at

YOLO– You only live once

Now let me fill you in on some lingo that every Millennial Mama (apparently) needs to know:

Extra: This term can be used in many ways, but in general, it’s sort of the modern day replacement for “super”. From what I can tell, it just means extreme, over the top OR unnecessary. “That shirt is so extra”….OR “Ugh, my mom is so extra”.

Bomb/Bombed: Against what you would naturally think, bomb/bombed is a good thing is a good thing these days. “I bombed that test.” (Actually meaning, he aced it. Don’t ask me.)

Boujee/Bougie: Derived from the French term “Bourgeois”, describing an elite social demographic, the Urban Dictionary describes this as “high class, ballin”. YEAH. So essentially over the top and super nice. “Her new car is so boujee.”

Lit: In my high school days, this would have described someone who had a little too much Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Now “lit” simply means fun, awesome, or cool”. “That party was lit”.

Salty: Being upset/mad/having an attitude about something. One of our contributors says her son uses this on her A LOT when she shuts down his requests before he’s done his chores. “Mom, you don’t have to get salty about it.” This had me ROLLING.

Basic: So typical or average, as my babysitter put it. This can apply to ANYTHING. For example, my mom wardrobe is BASIC. ; )

Low-Key: A mediocre or suppressed feeling about something. Like you’re playing it cool. “I low-key love that band.

Shook: This means kinda “shaken up”, in a good OR bad way. Confused or surprised, like you can’t even believe it.  “She got my highlights way too blond this time; I’m so shook.”

Yeet: Honestly, I don’t know how to explain this one, but apparently, it is indeed a thing. I think it’s a word of approval or agreement. Like “We owned that soccer game! YEET!”

Roasted: This meaning hasn’t changed, it’s still supposed to mean comically being put in your place or criticized.  But apparently “roasting” in present day plays out online, and could lead to cyber-bullying.

Savage: Again, exactly what you would think, just used in more every day language. This would refer to someone who doesn’t care about consequences of his/her actions. In our Mama context, YES, our toddlers are SAVAGE.

Fire: In an attempt carry on the thermodynamics torch, I believe this word has replaced “Cool”.  So anything that is awesome, or really good is fire. “That movie was fire, bruh.” (Bruh meaning BRO, by the way. Short for the real word, brother, remember?)

Gucci: This can be used interchangeably with Fire, just in case you needed more words to describe something awesome. “Those moves are Gucci”.

OG: The “original”, possibly short for “Original Gangsta”. As Vickie from The Real Housewives says..”She’s the OG from the OC”.

Ghost/Ghosted: In today’s age, this means totally disappearing from texts, phone calls, or social media.  “Dude, that girl ghosted you.”

Yee-yee: I think this means excitement in general, but someone please give a better definition in the comments.

I’ll admit, I caught myself rolling my eyes and LOL-ing (wink wink) at some of these references.  But every generation goes through their own “generational slang”. I’m pretty sure my parents felt the same way when I said “WHATEVER” every 5 seconds, referred to EVERYTHING as “cool” when it had nothing to do with the temperature, and labeled my Mom’s famous gumbo recipe as “dope”.

And as for now, I gotta BRB. ILY Mamas. IRL my LO is having to CIO, my SO is out of town, and my toddler is LHS. (You can figure that one out right?)

Peace Out.

P.S.  I know I missed some, so please comment with yours!

Katie Wells
Katie resides in Plano and is a Stay-at-Home mommy who rarely “stays at home”! Between gymnastics, Bible study, and making the most of Mother’s Day Out, she is always looking for the next fun playdate in the area! Katie and her husband are both Mississippi natives and alumni of Mississippi State University. (Insert cowbell ringing.) They started out with a four-legged child, Manny, and five years later decided they were ready for the “real thing”. They quickly realized you’re NEVER READY. Greyson was born in October 2014 and has proved to be “a little Texas Tornado.” Her favorites include ANYTHING chocolate, SEC football, Netflix binge-watching, small town festivals, shopping the clearance aisle at Marshall’s, and throwing theme parties. You can read about her adventures, victories, failures, and everything in between on her blog, Two For One Wells.