Friday, April 22, 2016

S Is For Slang - #AtoZChallenge

Photo (via Wikimedia Commons) by Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA
Keeping up with slang is a never-ending struggle for parents, teachers, and writers. Young people (teenagers in particular) have always been adept at coming up with new words and catchphrases to communicate (and often to circumvent authority). Social media allows slang to develop and spread faster than it ever has before. Many of the words and acronyms below have been in use for quite some time, while a few arrived in 2015 and are already "lame" - so don't "hate on me" when you see/hear "fleek" which is sooooo last year. Unless you live in a rural community like mine, in which case these are all still "da bomb". Yasssss.

BTW, "cool" will always be cool.
 
How many of these do you know? Are there any that you would like to add?

143
420
ASL (and I don't mean the acronym for American sign language)
Bae (also the Danish word for poo. SMH) 
Banking
Bye Felicia
Clutch
Creeper
Dab
Dank
Dox
Extra
Finna
Fleek
FOMO
Fraped
Groutfit
Grunk
Hangry
Hunty
IG
IHML
Jawn
Kik me
Lit 
LML
Mad
Netflix & Chill 

Ratchet

Ship (Authors, you should know this one. It started as a writing term, especially among the                   fanfiction crowd) 
Sket
Snatched
Sparked


Thirsty
Thot
Throw shade
Tina
Tope 
Wanksta
Woe
Zip ghost 

My related post: The Most Dangerous Apps That Your Teen Might Be Using - What They Are and How They Work

4 comments:

  1. Yes it's very difficult to keep up with slang...I learned so many new slang words from this post! :)

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    1. I did too! And I've added 2 in the past week. But since I work in various school settings, I'm exposed to it far more than others.

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  2. I still use cool, of course! I don't use slang when writing just because of the problems with is disappearing out of use and dating. ~Liz http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

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    1. I use it occasionally, just to add authenticity - it can also help to "round out" a character.

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