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Say What? A Glossary of Teen Slang

WebMD Feature from "Good Housekeeping" Magazine

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by Patricia Greco

For confused parents, a guide to what your kids are really saying. But hurry...they'll be on to something new before you know it.

BF, GF (abbrs., boyfriend, girlfriend) "My friends and I use it online when we're talking about who's going out with who. It's faster-I wouldn't even think of typing the full word anymore."
-Michelle, 15, Stillwater, MN

BF4L (abbr., best friends for life) "It's how we sign off instant messenger. And we'll say it to clear things up if we've had a fight."
-Josie, 14, Carmel, CA

Busted (adj., ugly) "Sometimes I'll be walking down the hall and I'll hear someone say ‘Ew,
that girl's busted.' It's pretty mean, and people shouldn't say it."
-Danielle, 14, Louisville, KY

Cheddar (n., cash) "I've heard it said like, ‘I need some cheddar to buy this new video game.'"
-Kody, 12, Louisville, KY

Chillaxin (v., chillin' combined with relaxin') "My friends say it if I call them after sports practice to see what they're doing."
-Arielle, 16, Wrentham, MA

Crunk (adj., awesome) "My friends say it like, ‘Dude, you should have been there last night-it was crunk.' It may have started as a combination of crazy and drunk, but now we use it to describe any awesome time."
-Billy, 15, Westlake, OH

MOS, DOS, POS (abbrs., mom over shoulder, dad over shoulder, parent over shoulder) "Guys will type it if they're talking to a girlfriend online. Maybe they're embarrassed and don't want their parents to know."
-Will, 15, Charleston, SC

Emo (abbr., emotional. Originally a category of rock music, it now describes a dramatic person who listens to those songs.) "You're usually called it if you seem like the depressed type."
-Justine, 13, Colonia, NJ

G (n., friend) "It can be a funny way to say goodbye, like, ‘See ya later, G.' It's short for ‘homey G.'"
-Sydney, 13, Lawrence, KS

Home skillet (n., friend) "I've heard it said like, ‘Yo, what's up, home skillet?'" -Will

Money (adj., cool) "If someone shows you a new jacket and you like it, you can just say ‘Money.'"
-Sylvia, 15, Boston, MA

My bad (n., my mistake) "If I make a bad pass at ball practice, I'll say ‘My bad' to a teammate." -Scott, 16, Columbus, OH

Off the chain (adj., cool) "If there was a really fun party, people might say ‘Oh man, that party was off the chain.'"

OMG (abbr., oh my God!)
"It started on instant messenger, but now we'll actually say it out loud. Like if you see someone acting weird, you might turn to a friend and say ‘OM-G!'"
-Delane, 15, Salem, OR

Rides (n., sneakers) "People say ‘Don't step on my rides' or ‘Check out my new rides.'"
-John, 13, Charleston, SC

Tope (adj., cool) "It's a mixture of the words tight and dope, which both mean ‘cool.'" -Sylvia

Wanksta (n., a person who tries to act tough) "It was in a rap song-that's how people caught on to it. You can say it to call a person out for trying to be cool."
-Chris, 12, Arlington, TX



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