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Instagram Slang, Acronyms and Hashtags 2023

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Instagram has become more and more popular over the last few years. It’s now his third-most-used social media app for her teen in the US, behind her YouTube and TikTok.

However, there is a growing amount of Instagram slang that some parents struggle to decipher, including terms like Instagram addiction. That’s why we’ve put together a list of commonly used words, phrases, acronyms, and hashtags.

Why do teens use slang on Instagram?

There are several reasons why slang is so popular on Instagram.

  • Give teens a sense of identity and belonging by using a common language that not everyone understands.
  • Slang, hashtags and acronyms are great ways to get more likes and followers on Instagram.
  • Generation Z have busy lives and want to use shortcuts to save time when communicating.

A-Z in popular Instagram slang

Confused by the latest slang? Feeling excluded from the online world of teens? With new acronyms and hashtags popping up all the time, this handy guide isn’t all-inclusive. But it can help you decipher slang frequently used in Instagram posts and comments.

AFAIK – as far as i know

sweet – Please ask me anything.used to start a conversation

BF – boyfriend

Caught in 4K – Arrested red-handed, such as using inappropriate apps like OnlyFans

CSLMore – Can’t stop laughing

Dietz – detail

DM – direct message

dyke – do you know

ELI5 – Explain like I’m 5. Used when asking for a brief explanation about something

FBFMore – Flashback Friday.Used to share past photos on Fridays

F4F – Follow for follow.Follow me and someone will follow you

FF – Next Friday.Hashtag used to recommend other accounts to followers on Friday

food pawn – Hashtags used when sharing pictures of food or describing foods that look delicious

FWIWMore – Worth it

ghost – do not reply to anyone

goat – best ever

have understood – grams of the day.Used to highlight the best photos of the day

Fund P – one hundred percent

Ichimi – In case you missed

IDC – I do not care

IDK – don’t know

IG – Short for Instagram

Eigers – Instagrammers, people using Instagram

potato – In my opinion

Instagram mood ・Hashtag when the posted photo expresses your mood

lighting – exciting or excellent

L4L – as you like.Someone will like your photo if you like their photo

MCMMore – Mancrush Monday

MFWMore – my face when.Post images that capture the user’s feelings

Myrrh – meet in real life

No Filter – Hashtags used when posting photos without Instagram filters

OOTD – Outfit of the day

Petogram ・Hashtags when posting pet photos

pot – Photo of the day

Regram – Used when re-sharing something on Instagram

Repost – Used when posting other people’s content

selfie sunday – Popular hashtags used to share selfies on Sundays

SMH – Shake your head

S4S – A shoutout for the sake of a shoutout. When two people promote each other’s accounts

TBT – Throwback Thursday.Used to share past photos on Thursday

TMW –that moment.used to describe an experience

WCW – Female Crush Wednesday

Yolo – you only live once

To learn more about the slang and emojis teens use on social media, understand the slang of unique platforms like Snapchat, TikTok and Roblox. The slang used by Gen Z can also extend to emoji usage, such as using drugs.

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