Stay Savvy with Teen Lingo

Many of us have teenagers in our lives, either because our own kids are teenagers or because we have teenage grandchildren. Wouldn’t it be great if we could relate better with them?

One way is to at least understand teenage lingo, so we can communicate in the same language.

Here is a dictionary of meanings of the latest ‘in’ words. However, be warned that teens come up with new terms faster than we can add them to our vocabulary.

Some of us may already be comfortable with using slang such as Chill and LOL, but it’s time to take it up a notch and keep up to date with the current lingo.

unnecessarily over the top

“She asked the teacher for more homework, she’s so extra!”

used to describe something that’s fun and exciting

“That party was lit!”

very zealous fan

“I’ve been stanning that celebrity since I was a kid.”

to show off or brag

“My biggest flex is my expensive car.”

(‘Weird flex, but OK’ is a meme and social media phrase used to respond to someone who boasts about something strange.)

looking good and on point

“Your outfit is snatched.”

“Your makeup is on fleek.”

(Both words have the same meaning, though snatched is recent and trendy.)

this isn’t your daily cuppa, but slang for juicy gossip or scandalous drama

“She called to give me the tea about her neighbours.”

“Cheugy (chew-gee)”
used to describe anything or anyone who is out of style

“Gen Z think that Millennials are cheugy.”

bitter, upset or annoyed

“He was so salty when I beat him at the game.”

“No cap”
no lie/for real

“I didn’t touch your phone, no cap.”

“Hits different”
significantly better than usual

“Waking up hits different when it’s a weekend.”

“Live rent-free in one’s head”
something that you think about a lot

“That quote lives rent-free in my mind.”

when you like someone a lot, that you would do anything for them

“He’s such a simp, I would never date him.”

(It can also be used ironically to say that you like a celebrity – or other unattainable person – a lot and would do anything for them. “I’m simping hard over Kylie Minogue.”)

“Main character”
teens are encouraging each other to romanticize and idolize themselves as the main character of their own lives, the way we all do with protagonists in books, movies, and TV shows

“Blasting music and dancing in your bedroom alone gives me such main character vibes.”

Next time you’re hanging around with your kids and grandkids, give them a surprise when you talk to them in their own ‘language’. You’re never too old to be cool.

Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide

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