What Does PITR Mean in a Text?

PITR means "Parent In The Room." It is an abbreviation used to alert the recipient to the fact that a parent or guardian is nearby and may be able to see what is being typed. PITR acts as a warning against typing anything that an adult would disapprove of, at the same time as letting the recipient know that the sender's own messages may be stilted.

PITR is one of many abbreviations used by children and teenagers to alert their friends to the presence of adults. Others include: When the "coast is clear" and the conversation can resume, an abbreviation such as 99 (Parents Stopped Watching) might be used.

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When I write PITR, I mean this:

meaning of PITR

PITR: Watch out, there's a parent about!

Summary of Key Points

"Parent In The Room" is the most common definition for PITR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Parent In The Room
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of PITR in Sentences

Here are examples of PITR being used in conversations:
  • Cindy: Did you let him?
  • Jane: PITR. Do we have practice tomorrow?
  • Karl: All set for Saturday?
  • Claire: PITR. I have to talk to my mom about the weekend. What are you going to be doing?

An Academic Look at PITR

PITR is an initialism abbreviation. Technically, this means it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., Pee Eye Tee Arr). However, it is not often uttered using its letters. In other words, the abbreviation PITR is for efficiency in writing and not efficiency in speech.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would not have needed the abbreviation PITR, with the meaning "Parent In The Room."

Example of PITR Used in a Text

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