HOUSTON - Those text messages delivered by fast-moving thumbs of teenagers across a phone keyboard may be sending out sex requests in code.
The kids call it "sexting" a blend of letters and numbers like (TDTM) talk dirty to me, (CU46) see you for sex and (YWS) "do you want to have sex."
The cellphone slang is tracked and translated on various web sites like noslang.com.
Some of the codes are surprisingly vulgar and graphic, so the site offers a censor filter.
For instance "Beezy" is translated to "a female dog" rather than the more vulgar word.
Sean Kirk has two teenage sons. He said he had never seen the X-rated codes before.
"That phone wouldn't be in their possession anymore," Kirk said. "It would be nice if the cellphone providers were able to text the parents if any of the codes were to come across their phones."
Kirk's point of view has merit given the various parent alerts teens use to change the subject: (POS) parents over shoulder, (PIR) parent in room, (PAW) parents are watching or ( CD9) parents around.
Jenny Hess, a mother of two teens, said she was surprised to see the risqué codes.
"I don't know whose teenagers they are, but they are not mine," she said. "I think it's really important to have open communication."
NoSlang.com lists more than 20 common "sexting" slang terms from sex acts to anatomy and sexual preference.
Ryan Jones is the keeper of the noslang.com, and he said he hasn't seen a new trend in secret or X-rated codes.
"I haven't really compiled anything much other than the latest terms people have submitted," Jones said.
If you see the slang on your teen's phone, write it down, look it up and you will be able to crack the code.
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