What Does KPC Mean in a Text?

KPC means "Keep Parents Clueless." The abbreviation KPC is commonly used during text or chat conversations between children or teenagers who are undertaking or planning an activity (online or offline) that they wish to keep secret from adults. (For example, planning a party, playing online games instead of doing homework, engaging in dating-style chat, etc.)

KPC might also be used by an older person "grooming" a youngster online.

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When I write KPC, I mean this:

meaning of KPC

Don't tell your parents!

Summary of Key Points

"Keep Parents Clueless" is the most common definition for KPC on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Keep Parents Clueless
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of KPC in Sentences

Here are examples of KPC being used in conversations:
  • Maria: My Dad will think it's so cool that we're going to steal a car.
  • Leo: Don't tell him! Remember the rules. KPC!
  • Sam: I'll let myself out of the house once they're all asleep.
  • Ryan: Great. Don't forget, KPC. They'll only spoil my surprise.

An Academic Look at KPC

KPC is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Kay Pee Cee), but as this is harder to say than "Keep Parents Clueless," it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation KPC is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "Don't tell your parents" instead of using KPC.

Example of KPC Used in a Text

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