Skip to content

    Health & Parenting

    Font Size

    Say What? A Glossary of Teen Slang

    WebMD Feature from "Good Housekeeping" Magazine

    Good Housekeeping Magazine Logo

    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

    Today on WebMD

    Girl holding up card with BMI written
    Is your child at a healthy weight?
    toddler climbing
    What happens in your child’s second year.
    father and son with laundry basket
    Get your kids to help around the house.
    boy frowning at brocolli
    Tips for dealing with mealtime mayhem
    mother and daughter talking
    child brushing his teeth
    Sipping hot tea
    boy drinking from cereal bowl
    hand holding a cell phone
    rl with friends
    girl being bullied
    Child with adhd