What Does CD9 Mean in a Text?

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The Quick Answer

CD9 means "Code 9 (Adult Alert)".

More Observations...

The cyber abbreviation CD9 is typically used with the meaning "Adult Alert" by young people who are undertaking an online activity that they wish to hide from their parents or other adults (e.g., gaming, engaging in dating-style chat, planning a secret event). CD9 is a warning to the other participants in the conversation that they should not write anything they wouldn't want adults to see. Although most commonly used by children and teenagers, CD9 can also be used by adults who are chatting online during work time, as a warning that a colleague or supervisor is present. CD9 may also be used by unfaithful lovers or spouses as a warning that their partner is present, or by anyone wishing to keep a conversation secret (e.g., when planning a surprise party). CD9 is often just written as 9 "Parent Watching". Other codes with similar meanings include:

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When I write CD9, I mean this:

meaning of CD9

CD9 means "Watch out! Adult about!"

Summary of Key Points

"Code 9 (Adult Alert)" is, by far, the most common meaning for CD9 when it is used in a text. (Bear in mind that it could have another meaning if used in a different context.)
Definition:Code 9 (Adult Alert)
Type:Internet Slang Term
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

Examples of CD9 in Sentences

Here are examples of CD9 in conversations:
  • Maria: What time did you get home last night?
  • Anita: CD9. How's your brother?
  • Ted: Dude, you were so drunk on Saturday! Do you remember what you said to Cindy?
  • Mark: CD9. Do you have a copy of the assignment that Mrs. Laws gave us?

An Academic Look at CD9

CD9 is classified by our team as an "internet slang term" as opposed to an initialism abbreviation or an acronym. Initially, "internet slang terms" were introduced for brevity but, particularly with the advent of predictive texting and on-screen keyboards, they are now mostly employed for fun. "Slang terms" differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we might have whispered something like "I can't talk now" and changed the subject, instead of using CD9 to mean "Code 9 (Adult Alert)".

Example of CD9 Used in a Text

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