Teen Talk.. Like, Totally
How to Decipher Teen Talk
I just returned home from an evening at my least favorite place – the mall. I would rather shop local or shop on-line and reserve trips to the mall for emergencies or to entertain my 13 year old daughter. Tonight was the latter and it involved not just her but 3 of her friends to boot. I considered packing a flask but thought better of it at the last minute.
If you’ve ever had the chance to spend time with this delightful age group, you know how energetic and dramatic their conversations can be. I listened to them rattle on and on in breathless run on sentences about who was dating who (dating? Who? What? You’re 13! You don’t date!), who had dissed who (really? And you still insist on sitting with them at lunch?!), can you believe that outfit (oh my gawd Becky, look at her butt!) and so on. Listening to their chatter will leave even the most conditioned athlete EXHAUSTED trying to decipher the slang and lingo they use and I had to wonder if our parents felt the same way. That’s a redundant question, by the way…
There aren’t too many terms they use that I’m not familiar with but I thought it would be fun to break down the slang they’re using in 2012 and compare it to what we were using at their age in 1982. Think it’s close?
Top Slang Terms in the 80’s:
Airhead: Stupid or unaware person
Awesome: The best. Usually paired with Totally (still used!)
Barf Me Out: Response to something offensive
Gnarly: Very good
Rad/Radical: Not just attractive but VERY attractive
Wicked: Awesome (still used!)
Bitchin’: Cool. To the max.
I’m So Sure: Unbelieveable
For Sure: Fer shur, dude!
Have a Cow: Making a big deal over something
Top Slang Terms of Today:
Flop: Planned event that doesn’t happen
Fail: A fail is… well, a fail!
Epic Fail: Huge fail
Noob/Newb: One who knows nothings
Sick: Awesome or wicked
Hater: Someone who is jealous towards another
Swag: The way you carry yourself (Swagger!)
Rachet: Crazy, nasty
Emo: Someone who dresses in all black, edgy, alternative
Okay, so I knew a lot more from the 80’s than I know now but hey.. the 80’s were totally bitchin’. And now that I look at the words we used in the 80’s I feel quite certain that yes.. we did in fact, drive our parents schizo with our chatter. Ya know?
Okay… so what words and slang did I miss? Can you think of a word that has carried through the decades that we still use today?
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