Study Says Teens Are Creating New Abbreviations to Hide What They're Doing

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By now, OMG and LOL are permanent fixtures in our vocabulary, but according to the UK's Daily Mail, teens who use the social networking site Bebo have made up a new language to keep adults from knowing what they're really up to.

The new slang incorporates abbreviations, acronyms and totally new words that put a veil on social activities, feelings and statuses. If the user plans on drinking, they might say "getting MWI" or "mad with it." If the person is in a relationship, they're either "taken" or "Ownageeee."

Other terms are more straightforward and are ones we already know -- "Ppl" means people, "Kwl" is another way to say cool and "Lyk" means like. Making up a secret language isn't anything new, but researchers think the online terminology helps teens connect with their peers, and ultimately boosts their self-esteem. Um, okay. %Poll-45599%

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