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SMH: A Guide to Yearbook Acronyms for the Clueless Parent

My 4th grader received his yearbook last week and I’ve been prying it out of his hands for meals and bedtimes ever since. When he’s not carefully studying the dozens of photo collages for a speck of his head in some candid playground photo, he’s drawing fancy designs in every empty margin.

Last night when I had collected the book from his sleeping grasp, I decided to thumb through his yearbook signatures. What I found were loads of acronyms I had never seen before. Long gone are the days of BFF, KIT, and 2 sweet + 2 be = 4 gotten. It’s a brave new world, my friends.

As someone who works in social media, I was surprised to discover just how out of touch I was with the younger generation. Geez, had Twitter taught me nothing?

I took to the internet to decode the mystery of America’s youth, because if these kids were developing some kind of universal takeover cleverly communicated through yearbook acronyms - by golly, I was going to be the mom to stop it.

Behold what my due diligence (DD) has taught me:

HAGS: Have a great (or good) summer

HAKAS: Have a kick-ass summer <— Really, 4th graders? Kick-ass? Again, SMH.

SWAK: Sealed with a kiss

CUL8R: See you later

B4N: Bye for now

NE: Anyway

AAF: Always and forever -or- As a friend

ADBB: All done bye-bye

CSA: Cool, sweet, awesome

YTB: You’re the best

GBH: Great big hug

So there you have it, friends; TMYK.

While I understood for a hot second how disconcerting “not speaking the language” of our kids can feel, I’d never go so far as support an elementary school’s attempt to ban on the use of yearbook acronyms. I mean seriously, WTH?

What are your thoughts on yearbook acronyms?

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