UPDATED April 18th, 2018
YOLO! #fungry! Grinding today. Anyone else confused out of their minds when they hear some of the trendy new slang terms our teens are using? Now, we can think back to our own teenage years and recall a few choice words (groovy, far-out, dreamy) but nothing that was as befuddling for parents as the hashtag-abbreviated-mashup terms of today. Srsly! The truth is, every generation has slang and it often comes from the youth of a culture expressing themselves and exerting independence. Really, there are worse things they could do.
PBS quotes Tom Dalzell, senior editor of The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: “Slang is generally a bit wittier and cleverer than Standard American English. Slang is everywhere he says—and youth slang, in particular, exerts enormous power.” Since this is the case, we did a little slang sleuthing on your behalf and created a primer of 15 trendy modern slang terms your teen is using that you might want to learn. We think they’re pretty radical so party on, dude!