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Submission + - NoSlang Translates Teens' Texts for Parents (cnn.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "CNN reports that in 2005 software engineer Ryan Jones created noslang.com and as more readers have submitted terms related to drugs and sex, what started out as a fun little lexicon of innocuous shortcuts has become a valuable educational tool for parents to learn about what their children are up to because Jones has now made it his mission to help parents detect when their children are discussing dangerous activities online. In his online dictionary, there are thousands of slang terms related to drugs and sex (there are 88 drug shortcuts beginning with the letter "a" alone). "A- boot," for example, means someone is under the influence of drugs, "cu46" means "see you for sex," and "gnoc" means "get naked on cam," meaning a webcam. "Whether you're a parent, teacher, law enforcement officer or simply a concerned friend — it's important to stay up to date on the latest drug-related slang terms," writes Jones. "Parents write me thank you notes all the time, and I occasionally get hate letters from teens.""

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