It seems like everyday the kids are spouting a new piece of slang on Twitter or Facebook, and if you don’t memorize Urban Dictionary religiously, you might be lost in the dark! Here are the 20 pieces of slang that are populating our text messages, posts, and chats.
If you hear your kid say “we’re going out after prom and we’re going to get turnt!” you should ground him. That means your kid is going to party hard. Think of it as post-millennial slang for “getting lit.”
Throwing shade is this generation’s version of calling someone out. Rather than saying, “I called her out for stealing my lunch money,” your kid says “I threw shade on her for stealing my lunch money.”
If you thought this word had something to do with Nurse Ratchet from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest you’re wrong. It’s a way of making a derogatory comment about someone’s behavior or looks. You should probably coach your kids not to say it, since it is the equivalent of Donald Trump calling someone “no class.”
17. Basic Bitch
“So-and-so is such a basic bitch!” This noun more or less means that someone is unimaginative, uninspired and completely led by the crowd. If someone goes along with something because it’s super popular, they might be a “basic bitch.”
16. Bad Bitch
“Basic bitch” shouldn’t be confused with “bad bitch.” Being a bad bitch is what we aspire to, as in “Judge Judy is such a bad bitch.”
Saying “we are going to T-up at Mark’s pool this weekend” is not as ominous as it sounds. The person is merely saying they are going to be at Mark’s pool over the weekend. Where they will probably get turnt.
The word “bae” is actually not shorthand for “babe.” It is an acronym that means “before anyone else.” So if you say “my cat is bae,” that means your cat is your A number 1 in life.
“Mom, IDGAF if you think I should clean my room, I’m going out with my friends!” That sentiment is just as bad as it sounds coming from your teen’s mouth, because DGAF is an acronym for “Don’t-Give-A-F*ck.” The proper parental response? “You’re grounded.”
Another version of DGAF, the AF is usually used to express how excited your child is about something, as they are excited as f*ck. “I am as excited AF about Zayn’s new album” she might write on Twitter.
You’ve no doubt heard your kids reply “yaaassss” when they are excited about something. Yaaaasss is the slightly self-deprecating version of “Yay!”
10. I Can’t Even
“I can’t even” is a standalone phrase that is used to express any extreme emotion. By using it the person is saying they are too speechless, amazed, gobsmacked and flabbergasted to even react with a complete sentence.
We’ve now reached the point where the Twitter hashtags you use online have migrated into daily speech. So you may hear someone ironically saying “I get off work at 5:30 and then it’s hashtag vacation time!” That means the person is going on vacation.
FWB stands for “Friends With Benefits.” If you catch your teen saying “we’re not serious, just FWB,” you may want to have The Talk.
Yet another word that has made its way into the lexicon thanks to Twitter and Tumblr, “sorrynotsorry” is what people say when they are supposed to think they did something wrong but decide they were right anyway. So if your son says something like “I was supposed to do the dishes but decided to take a nap instead, #sorrynotsorry” he’s probably going to get an earful from dad and mom.
6. Hashtag Blessed
“Hashtag blessed” is the verbal expression of #blessed, a social media tag to exuberantly celebrate life’s little victories, such as “thought I was broke but found enough change in my car to buy a Snickers! #blessed.”
5. Netflix and Chill
If you see a text message from your teen to another person inviting them to “Netflix and chill,” it might not mean that they are going to watch a movie and hangout. It means they are planning to hookup. Again parents, better have The Talk!
Molly originally referred to as MDMA, is also known as ecstasy. Although this might be an alarming term for your kid to use, they may also be using it ironically, since they all know that people like Miley Cyrus love to shock parents by referring to their friend “Molly.”
Often pronounced “thwot,” thot is slang for “ho.” If your kid calls someone a thot, it’s to-bed-without-supper-and-grounded.
2. On Fleek
You may have noticed kids saying things like “my mom’s hair is on fleek.” Don’t punish them, because “on fleek” is a compliment! This essentially means that whatever is on fleek is sharp, on point and flawless.
Bye Felicia is a confusing term of art for many parents to get a handle on. It arose from the 1995 movie Friday and has been picked up by this generation to dismissively say sayonara to someone who is as annoying AF. I admit it, adults say it too.