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!).
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.
Laugh Out Loud (not Lots of Love!)
In My Honest Opinion
What are you up to?
To Be Honest
Laughing My F***ing A** Off
Fluff/ F*** My Life
Rolling On the Floor Laughing
What's App meWhat's App is a free text app that will not use up credit but does require wifi.
The 'rentsshort for parents, usually used if you're looking over their shoulder while they text.
P*ss Myself Laughing
KKpassive aggressive version of ok if not followed by a smiley face
Meha noncomitted response to most chore/work related texts
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.
Scagginghungover/ not feeling well
Slaggingmaking fun of someone or something light-heartedly
Yokescan be a broad description for anything but watch out for context, can be related to drugs
CringeExpression of Embarrassment
ScarletAnother term for embarrassment, 'red-faced'
Ragedisappointment or anger
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.
RatchetThis term relates to someone or something that is grossly over-the-top dramatic, trashy or obnoxious.
FrapeWhen 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.
HackCreative way to simplify a task
Creepingmeans the same as stalking, only you are not stalking the person themselves, just their social media profile updates and pictures.
BaeBabe/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'
FailTerm used when somebody falls, trips or does something that goes terribly wrong
YOLOYou're probably already familiar with this one. It means You Only Live Once
Awky Momoawkward moment
CatfishA fake account on facebook where someone can pretend to be someone they're not.
Selfietaking 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!
HangryWhen you're so hungry that it puts you in an irritable mood
Trendingrefers 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.
WinningMade 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 Emoshtotally emotional
TBTThrow back thursday, usually posted along with a picture from the past onto social media sites
TrollingWhen a person purposefully starts an argument online by posting an offensive message.
I can't evena typically dramatic response to anything your teen does not want to do or deal with
VineIs an app that allows users to create very short, funny videos, usually only 7 seconds long
Twerkingis a type of dance which involves a jerk-like movement of the behind.
The Innocent Smileused for general texts
The Nervous Sweatused when feeling scared or unsure how to tell you something bad that they did
The Blushing Angelused when feeling proud, humble or when saying thank you sincerely
The Nervous Grinusually an insincere smile or ironic smile
The Winky Faceinfamous for mixed signals, usually means the user is up to no good!
The 'One is not amused' Faceemoji version of 'whatever' or a 'keep out' sign, used when feeling unhappy, bored or indifferent
The Buddha Faceused when feeling content, relaxed or peaceful
The Cracking Up Faceused when feeling under pressure or overwhelmed
The Playful Smileused when making a joke or poking fun at someone
The 'Why me?' Faceused when feeling sorry for one's self
The LOL Faceused for hilarious laughter at a joke or funny video
The Huffused when annoyed or fed up
The Ha-Ha Faceusually used when laughing at something stupid you or someone else did
The Angry Faceused when annoyed or mad at somebody
The Squinting Grinused when feeling very happy or excited
The Super Angry Faceused when furious with somebody
The Sly Smirkused when feeling smug, secretive or gratified
The Stressed Faceusually used while studying!
The Lovey Dovey Faceused for affection, either towards a person or an object
The Disappointed Faceused when person is disappointed with themselves, also used when sad
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