Tips for Parents
A College Parent’s Translation Guide
Sometimes parents need a translator to converse with their college students. New lingo, interests and courses influence their communication, and it can be like they’re speaking a new language — or typing in shorthand when they text on their phones. Here’s a start to translating their lingo:
All-nighter: To study all night long. Ex, “I pulled an all-nighter.”
BRB: (Typed in texts) Be right back.
Creeper: A man, usually referred to by women, who is an unsavory character. Ex, “He wouldn’t leave us alone; he was such a creeper.”
Dead days: Days between when classes end for the semester and finals start, which can be used for studying, sleeping, partying or a combination of the three. Ex, “I have so much work to do over the dead days.”
Defriend: (Sometimes referred to as “unfriend.”) The act of demoting someone on facebook.com from being a friend. Ex, “I can’t believe he defriended me.”
Dinosaur: Referring to someone who is outdated, particularly referring to technology. Ex, “Look at that dinosaur’s Walkman!”
Epic fail: Referring to something that didn’t work out or turn out as intended. Ex, “Last night was an epic fail.”
Fifteen-minute rule: A student-imposed rule that if the professor doesn’t show up to class after 15 minutes, the class is dismissed. Ex, “I say we leave. Fifteen-minute rule!”
Full load: Taking the maximum number of classes in a semester. Ex, “I have a full load this year.”
G2G: (Typed in texts) Gots to Go.
JK or j/k: (Typed in texts) Just kidding.
LOL: (Typed in texts) Laughing out loud.
Mouse potato: Someone who spends too much time on the computer. Ex, “I feel like such a mouse potato today.”
Prof: Short for “professor.”
Rents: Short for “parents.”
RA: Short for “resident’s assistant.”
Stumbling: Searching the web. Ex, “I haven’t gotten any work done, because I’ve been stumbling for hours.”
TA: Short for “teacher’s assistant.”
TTYL: (Typed in texts) Talk to you later.
TTFN: (Typed in texts) Ta-ta for now.
Uber: Describing a multitude. Ex, “That was uber hard.”
Umpteen: Also describing a multitude. Ex, “There were, like, umpteen questions on the test.”