P911

What Does P911 Mean?

P911 means "Parent Alert". P911 is commonly used during text or chat conversations to let the other person know that a parent is nearby. (In the UK, P911 is P999.)

Of note, the telephone number 911 was first used for the emergency services in America in Haleyville, Alabama, in 1968. Thereafter, it was adopted by other countries. Most GSM mobile phones have 112, 999, and 911 pre-programmed as emergency numbers. The P before 911 indicates "parent". It has the same meaning as AITR (Adult in the room).

Summary of Key Points

"Parent Alert (USA)" is the most common definition for P911 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

P911
Definition:Parent Alert (USA)
Type:Abbreviation
Guessability:
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write P911, I mean this:

meaning of P911
P911 means Parent Alert.

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Examples of P911 in Sentences

Here are examples of P911 being used in conversations:
  • Jo: Do you want to hear about my new boyfriend?
  • Christine: I would love to, but P911.
  • Christine: She was just about to tell me when P911!
  • Sarah: Oh no! How annoying.

An Academic Look at P911

P911 is defined as a cyber term because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. Most cyber terms were introduced to reduce the number of key strokes required to write the word, but since the arrival of predictive texting and keyboards on mobile devices, this efficiency is no longer required. Nevertheless, cyber terms are still regularly used to make messages more entertaining or to express individuality. Cyber terms differ from icons because they are not pictorial representations.

What Did We Used To Say?

Before the digital era, we might have said something like "my parents are in the room" instead of P911.

Example of P911 Used in a Text

 
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See Also

9 (parent watching) KPC (keep parents clueless) P999 (parent alert (uk)) PIR (parent in room) PLOS (parents looking over shoulder) POTS (parents over the shoulder) PRW (parents are watching) PWOS (parents watching over shoulder) RENTS (parents)