Monday, December 2, 2013

The New Slang

Being the mother of two boys, twelve and fourteen, I'm constantly confronted by new slang words, the meanings of which I have no clue.  Even when I think I understand something, I don't, such as the term skep. It's not short for skeptical, as I'd assumed.  

Today I thought I'd share a few words I've heard recently from the mouths of my babes. I've included definitions from The Urban Dictionary. If you do visit that link, be forewarned: Language-wise, it's not the cleanest place.

Only a chosen few can look this cool...

beast: UK Slang: a person who is very good at something.

boss: Incrediably awesome; miraculous; great.

epic: Being unusually large, powerful or wonderful. On a grander scale than the modified word would otherwise imply.

fail: The glorious lack of success.

lame: Just plain stupid, un-original, or lifeless.

owned, pwned, 0wn3d, pwn3d, own3d: To be made a fool of. To make a fool of. To confound or prove wrong. Embarrassing someone. Being embarrassed.

skep: A term used to describe a situation that is to one's disliking. Also used to describe a situation that is uncomfortable... Not used as an abbreviation of skeptical, because you do not necessarily have to be skeptical of the situation.

twerk: The rhythmic gyrating of the lower extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in one's intended audience.

yolo: Abbreviation for you only live once. 

If you're middle-aged and above, what are some new slang words you've heard from the young people around you? And if you are young, what are some of the coolest new slang words? 

By the way, I'm happy to report that according to The Urban Dictionary, the term cool (the best way to say something is neat-o, awesome, or swell) never goes out of style!

Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

12 comments:

Old Kitty said...

I'm an old person and was totally flummoxed with the word YOLO! LOL!! You only live once. LOL!

Take care
x

Maria McKenzie said...

Isn't that funny? I thought it was some celebrity couple;).

The Desert Rocks said...

When kids say something is sick or bad, when they mean awesome, well I think it's funny.

Maria McKenzie said...

Yeah, that makes no sense!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

When my daughter was in middle school, everything was either "epic" or "random." But the weirdest one to me was that "dude" could refer to either a male or female!

William Kendall said...

I've heard of most of these... though skep is new to me.

shelly said...

Yep. Skep is new to me. And yes, urban dictionary has so really obscene words and meanings.

Hugs and chocolate!

Norma Beishir said...

I'm older than I thought, it seems. I only knew half of these!

Maria McKenzie said...

@Jennette: I should have included random! My kids say that all the time;0.

@William: If I'm not mistaken, skep is rather new.

@Shelly: Yes, I was quite surprised to see the colorful word usage there.

@Norma: If Collin were a bit younger, you're vocabulary would be more hip, lol! (Guess I'm showing my age using the term hip.)

Maria McKenzie said...

Oops, that's your, not you're. Sorry:).

Maria Perry Mohan said...

Hi Maria

When I was back in Ireland after being away for two decades, I noticed that when you ask anyone hwo they are, they say: 'I'm good.' Not I'm fine, 'I'm good.'

Very strange.

Maria McKenzie said...

Hmm... My uncle always says, "Better than good." I still hear a fair amount of "I'm fine," but the younger folks tend to say "I'm good."