My mom still uses the word brassiere (I had to look up the spelling on that) instead of bra. I use the word sketchy instead of ‘troublemaker.’ When my mom insists on verbalizing her blasts from the past, I have to roll my eyes and explain that if she is not going to reform her lingo, she can no longer drive me and my friends around…no just kidding, that would be mean!
But seriously, she insists on using the word ‘nifty’ instead of cool, ‘hooligan’ for any male in my life that is not related, ‘homely’ instead of ugly…oh the list does go on and on.
I decided a fun post would be to decode a few words we often use,
n. An advertising solicitation online sent on a instant messaging program. These usually have links to their sites or products…and they are seriously annoying.
“Oh, sorry I had to quit, too many spim’s at once slowed down my Internet”
1. n. teeth or smile
2. n. personal business or activities
“Hey why don’t you stay out of my grill.”
Trick Out (also ‘pimp’ something out)
v. to adorn with accessories or make better
“Mom, I really want to trick out my backpack so can we go to the store to buy some buttons” (this is a really lame example, but I couldn’t think of another one that isn’t inappropriate).
v. To be fake or put on a false exterior; façade usually to impress someone or seem better than what you actually are.
“She is frontin, those heels are borrowed”
n. The police
“Don’t speed there is usually a po on this corner”
(variations: Low Po, n. undercover police officers)
n/adj. Tact or appropriate expression used in electronic communications such as emails, IM’s, texts or blogging.
“He broke up with me by text, he has, like, no e-tact”
v. To become really angry, perhaps violent (like the hulk).
“When dad finds out I failed my History Test he is so going to hulk out”
v. To leave or flee the situation as soon as possible.
“I saw Josh coming over to ask me to dance and that was my signal to ripcord”
Abbreviations Teens Use
(usually used in written format, but sometimes used in everyday speech):
NCMO Non Committal Make Out
Usually when two teens make out drunk, just for fun, or at a Truth or Dare game and it has no emotional significance or ties.
“Are you kidding!? He was so ugly it was just a NCMO.”
DTR Define the Relationship
In the age of emails, texts and twitters it is hard to know what people mean. This phrase is usually used in a sexual relationship.
“Have you and Sarah DTR’ed yet?”
OCT On Company Time
This is used when you are supposed to be doing something else like texting at work, reading a magazine at detention or playing video games when you are supposed to be doing chores for mom.
“Scott, have you been playing videogames OCT?”
NSFP Not Safe For Parents
When you have an email with a naughty picture, some foul language, incriminating plans etc, you can put this in the subject line and the receiver knows to only open it when parents are not around. This can also be sent in a text message, see the following example:
Friend: Nah its fine they are not around
Teen: Awesome, so who is getting the beer this weekend?”
Of course, different expressions are popular in different groups and locations. Let me know if you like these types of posts and I can do another slang/decode your teen one.
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