Say What? A Glossary of Teen Slang
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
-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