What does DOS stand for in online chat?

Dad over shoulder

In online chat, kids sometimes use DOS to stand for "dad over shoulder." This acronym is a signal that the sender's father is in the room with them, and could read their conversation.

Typically, kids use DOS to tell the person they're chatting with to avoid inappropriate subjects and language - at least until their father goes away. So if you're a father, and you just saw your kid drop DOS in chat, you may want to circle back to see what they're chatting about ...


DOS, btw
Right, let's CTS then


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Updated August 22, 2023

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