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!
1. Turnt This can mean either horny or drunk or just partying really hard. If your teen is saying this, it’s probably time for a little chat.
2. YOLO This is modern slang at its best. It stands for ‘You Only Live Once’ and it is usually used as an excuse to do something really stupid.
3. Norm Core This is one of those word mash-ups that we can’t decide if we love or hate. It combines “normal” and “hardcore” in reference to the fashion trend, which is really anti-fashion, and describes “normal” wear as an antidote to hipster chic.
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4. Rachet This is one of the new slang terms that’s beyond us. It means rude or grossly obnoxious and we’ve already started using it…when talking about our teens.
5. Catfish This can be a noun referencing someone who pretends to be another person using social media or a verb referring the act itself. For example, “That guy on Glee was catfished when that girl pretended to be somebody else.” It comes from the documentary film Catfish (now a series on MTV), where this exact scenario unfolded.
6. Fungry We though we were cool when we said hangry (so hungry you’re angry) but apparently that wasn’t enough. Now, when the kids are beyond hungry, they’re a mash-up of “f#*cking” and “hungry.” Bless their hearts.
7. Mirin You have to say this one out loud and use the hard i sound to get it but it’s short for admiring.
8. WCW This is Woman Crush Wednesday on Twitter and Instagram and we love it only because it’s spreading love and positivity between women.
9. Grind We don’t think this one is new but it’s back in vogue with the teens so we’re sharing it. In case you don’t know about the daily grind or missed it the first time around, it means to work hard or go through the daily motions that are less than ideal.
10. This sign: # This is called a hashtag (good morning) and it’s used on all social media but especially Twitter and Instagram to group items together. It can also be made into a joke or closing line. For example: #mamicanusehashtagstookids!
11. MOS If you’ve seen your teen typing this anywhere, know that he or she is alerting whoever is reading it that you (Mom) are watching (Over Shoulder). It might be time for another chat.
12. PAW See above for MOS because this one means ‘Parents Are Watching,’ and just as indicative of something shady going on.
13. Pron Porn. They think we’re so dumb, don’t they?
14. CD9 Code 9 is another one that means parents are around. We hate it when our kids say stuff like this because we know they’re up to no good (or trying to be up to no good) when we’re not around.
15. NIFOC Naked in Front of Computer. We’re just going to leave that one there as a courtesy for you. Fingers crossed you never have to see it. Ever.