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Teen Slang - Trying to Decipher the Foreign Language of your Teen.



For most parents, attempting to connect with your teen is an uphill battle that is only getting steeper. With social media websites and messaging apps completely dominating your teens life, it comes as no great surprise that there is a communication break down on a very basic level between parents and their tech- savvy teens.

Along with the advances in technology over the last decade, the language of today's youth has evolved into, what we have dubbed, the 'Facebook Vernacular'. This is a language which many parents are not familiar with and it is snow-balling from a simple communication problem to a pop-cultural barrier between the generations.

We here at Schooldays.ie have decided to provide you with a brief cultural guide and a glossary of 'trend-words' (so that you don't lose touch completely with your teen!). We have also included the translation for different emojis. Though it seems silly, teens are becoming more and more dependent on these little faces to express themselves instead of using actual words. They're teenagers, they'll grow out of it (hopefully!).

First off, Text Speak!

Have you ever texted your teen and received a nonsensical jumble of letters in response? Teenagers love taking the lazy route and texting is no exception! These random letters are mostly abbreviations.




LOL

abbrev.
Laugh Out Loud (not Lots of Love!)


IMHO

abbrev.
In My Honest Opinion


WUA

abbrev.
What are you up to?


TBH

abbrev.
To Be Honest


LMFAO

abbrev.
Laughing My F***ing A** Off


FML

abbrev.
Fluff/ F*** My Life


ROFL

abbrev.
Rolling On the Floor Laughing


What's App me

What's App is a free text app that will not use up credit but does require wifi.


PM

abbrev.
Private Message


The 'rents

short for parents, usually used if you're looking over their shoulder while they text.


PMSL

abbrev.
P*ss Myself Laughing


KK

passive aggressive version of ok if not followed by a smiley face


PLZ

abbrev.
Please


Meh

a noncomitted response to most chore/work related texts


Native Irish Slang

Slang is a living language which can be found at the core of every youth culture. Although some slang may be carried forward from generation to generation, it evolves along with the teenage culture and always has a concrete relationship with pop culture.



Wrecked

tired


Scagging

hungover/ not feeling well


Slagging

making fun of someone or something light-heartedly


Yokes

can be a broad description for anything but watch out for context, can be related to drugs


Cringe

Expression of Embarrassment


Rank

means disgusting


Scarlet

Another term for embarrassment, 'red-faced'


Rage

disappointment or anger


Online Pop Culture References

The following examples are just some of the terms we have come across on Facebook and Twitter that parents may be a little confused by.



Ratchet

This term relates to someone or something that is grossly over-the-top dramatic, trashy or obnoxious.


Frape

When a person gains access to a facebook page which is not their own and posts as that person. These messages are usually harmless though sometimes vulgar.


Hack

Creative way to simplify a task


Creeping

means the same as stalking, only you are not stalking the person themselves, just their social media profile updates and pictures.


Bae

Babe/Baby term of endearment although you shouldn't google it, and if you're Dutch, laugh away! It can also be an abbreviation of 'Before Anyone Else'


Derp

stupidity


Fail

Term used when somebody falls, trips or does something that goes terribly wrong


Jelly

jealousy


YOLO

You're probably already familiar with this one. It means You Only Live Once


Awky Momo

awkward moment


Catfish

A fake account on facebook where someone can pretend to be someone they're not.


Selfie

taking a picture of yourself about a thousand times and posting the best one up on every Social Media site you're on, after a couple of hours cropping and editing it, of course!


Hangry

When you're so hungry that it puts you in an irritable mood


Trending

refers back to the use of hashtags on Twitter. The more a tagged word is used, the higher ranked it becomes on the trend list.


#

is a sign that you may have noticed many teens using before a word or a sentence without spaces. It is used on most social media sites as a 'trend-word' or as an ironic punch line to their post, #forexample. Some teens have even started making fun of the #craze themselves, using hashtag-forexample sarcastically.


Winning

Made famous by the infamous actor, Charlie Sheen, usually refers to when something goes in your favour or if you are exceptionally good at something. Usually used in hashtag mode eg;
Just won the lottery #winning


Totes Emosh

totally emotional


TBT

Throw back thursday, usually posted along with a picture from the past onto social media sites


Trolling

When a person purposefully starts an argument online by posting an offensive message.


I can't even

a typically dramatic response to anything your teen does not want to do or deal with


Vine

Is an app that allows users to create very short, funny videos, usually only 7 seconds long


Twerking

is a type of dance which involves a jerk-like movement of the behind.


Emojis/Emoticons

Teenagers love using smiley faces! However, they do have they're own meanings attached and even this can change depending on the context.



The Innocent Smile

used for general texts


The Nervous Sweat

used when feeling scared or unsure how to tell you something bad that they did


The Blushing Angel

used when feeling proud, humble or when saying thank you sincerely


The Nervous Grin

usually an insincere smile or ironic smile


The Winky Face

infamous for mixed signals, usually means the user is up to no good!


The 'One is not amused' Face

emoji version of 'whatever' or a 'keep out' sign, used when feeling unhappy, bored or indifferent


The Buddha Face

used when feeling content, relaxed or peaceful


The Cracking Up Face

used when feeling under pressure or overwhelmed


The Playful Smile

used when making a joke or poking fun at someone


The 'Why me?' Face

used when feeling sorry for one's self


The LOL Face

used for hilarious laughter at a joke or funny video


The Huff

used when annoyed or fed up


The Ha-Ha Face

usually used when laughing at something stupid you or someone else did


The Angry Face

used when annoyed or mad at somebody


The Squinting Grin

used when feeling very happy or excited


The Super Angry Face

used when furious with somebody


The Sly Smirk

used when feeling smug, secretive or gratified


The Stressed Face

usually used while studying!


The Lovey Dovey Face

used for affection, either towards a person or an object


The Disappointed Face

used when person is disappointed with themselves, also used when sad


We hope that this brief glossary of teenage terms has helped you in some way. If you have heard your teen using any new words or phrases that we may have missed, feel free to comment below and help out your fellow 'rents! Don't forget to check out our other resources to help you through the techy teenage years.




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