What did you say?

Latest teen terminology keeps heads spinning

Klaudia Ryznar, Staff Writer

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The current generation has been adding more far-fetched words into their everyday conversations, and with all this new terminology, understanding what a teenager is saying can be quite difficult. Grandparents, parents and even many other adolescents have been caught up in the confusion and at times, may need explanations and answers.

“Going on UrbanDictionary.com is the easiest way to get the meanings of weird words,” stated Junior Samantha Carrillo.

While walking around Becton one can hear words such as:  ‘word,’ ‘mad’ or ’slumped.’ What one might not realize is that these three slang terms can be very easily put into a full sentence. “Word, I’m mad slumped.” This phrase translates into “Yes, I’m very tired.”  Hearing this sentence, which consists of almost all teen jargon, an adult can very well misinterpret or have little to no understanding of it at all.

Other words such as ‘fleek,’ ‘flee,’ ‘dope,’ ‘fire,’ and ‘on point’ can all be used to tell someone that they look trendy, very nice or that they are just good looking in general. For example, eyebrows are usually referred to as ‘on fleek’ when they are just shaped and look perfect.

Moving on, the word ‘ratchet’ is just the opposite of the prior words and gives off a negative vibe.

The two-word phrase ‘Bye Felicia’ originated from a social media app called Vine and made its way to high schools across the country. This short phrase is just another funny way of saying goodbye with a little attitude. Many find this one amusing.

When asked where these random words come from Senior Taylor Gruntfest said, “ I think people just come up with random words because they’re bored but maybe celebrities influence them.”

Senior Gian Barros’ favorite phrase is “Why your back hot?” This question simply asks why a person seems mad or upset.

Surveying the Becton population, about 80% of the school has at least used a word that is considered the latest terminology at least once.

Slang words may right away be difficult understand, but by using context clues and performing a quick web search, one can adopt the words into his or her vocabulary fairly quickly.

 

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