Slang is a branch of language consisting of informal, regionally-specific words which demonstrates the evolution of language and culture over time. The hip-hop music industry and popular media outlets are responsible for most of the slang terms used in the U.S. in recent years. Teen slang is constantly evolving and slang culture has come to dominate the social media world. Parents often struggle understand the meaning of slang terms when communicating with their children.
Here are a few slangs that your kids might be saying:
A common phrase to use instead of “OK” to convey mutual agreement or understanding.
Ex. “I just finished homework, let’s go play ball!” “Alright, bet”
Expanding upon the common acronym for “rest in peace,”many teens use
this slang term to mean “oof” or “that sucks.”
Ex. “I flunked my math test!” “RIP”
This is an acronym for “shaking my head” which is a phrase used to convey
shame or discontent.
Ex. “You don’t know how to use a snapchat filter? SMH”
Term typically meaning to show off or brag.
Ex. “Big flex, I got an A in math class”
5. “Pop off“
Similar to “slay” and “queen,” this phrase is meant as a compliment- Girls often use it to
compliment one another photos, emphasizing how good someone looks
Ex. “Yas girl, you look so good! Pop off!”
Term used to describe another person who is bitter or upset about something that is not
considered a big deal.
Ex. “Bruh, I only took one of your fries, stop being salty about it.”
Term meaning extreme shock. Teens will typically use “shooketh” to describe themselves
as being in more shock compared to the simpler term “shook.”
Ex. “I was shooketh when I found out I got an A+ on a test I thought I had failed.”
“Tea” is a term usually proclaimed by teens when in support for gossip. Teens often say
“spill the tea,” meaning that they want to hear about the gossip.
Ex. “Kasey, spill the tea, I want to know what happened at the party last night!”
10. “OK, boomer“
Teenagers regularly get annoyed with their boomer parents reminiscing about the good old
days. The phrase “OK, boomer” has become a popular saying meaning that
something is old and out-of-touch.
Ex. “Back in my day, gas was only one dollar!” “OK, boomer”
While in some circumstances “yeet” is used when throwing something at a high velocity, it
is more often used as an expression of disapproval.
Ex. “Do you think it’s OK to go to the mall during the pandemic?” “Yeet!”
This acronym stands for “greatest of all time.” It is typically used to describe someone
whose actions or personality dub them as legendary or awesome.
Ex. “Michael Jordan is the GOAT of basketball”
This term is typically used describe someone who has a curvy figure and
large butt. However, this word’s use has evolved to describe any object that is unusually
larger than the rest of its kind.
Ex. “OMG that grape is so big” “Yeah, it’s a thicc guy”
Suspicious. Often used in text as an abbreviation for “suspicious” but has also become
more widely used in speech.
Ex. “Bruh, that guy was so sus”
To make an underhanded, typically mean, remark about someone.
Ex. “I don’t mean to throw any shade, but your friend has been a bit annoying recently.”