Speak the lingo… slang your kids and grandkids use

Speak the lingo… slang your kids and grandkids use

Ever had trouble keeping up with the way your kids and grandkids talk? Trying to make sense of their ever-changing vocabulary can be a challenge. So we thought we’d give you a hand to speak their language.

  • Feels (“The feels”) – A wave of emotions that can’t be explained.
  • My bad (“Sorry, my bad”) When they finally confess to having done something wrong or 
  • Bae – While all in lowercase, this is an acronym for Before Anyone Else or Before Anything Else. Also short for babe or baby.
  • Basic – Someone who lacks originality or goes along with the crowd. Something you’ll never be.
  • Can’t even - When something is too ridiculous, overwhelming or unfair. Sometimes heard as “I literally can’t even”.
  • FOMO - The fear of missing out. Perpetuated by Facebook, FOMO is every kid's nightmare that someone somewhere is having more fun than they are.
  • Legit – A synonym for cool or awesome, often used to describe something seen as excellent: “That band last night was legit”.
  • Ride – If you a hear a teenager asking “how do like my rides?” they’re probably referring to their sneakers, particularly if they cost a bomb. Can also refer to a car, as in “your ride is dope”, i.e ”I like your car mate”.
  • Frenemy - A combination of "friend" and "enemy”. A frenemy is a person who pretends they’re your friend, while they’ve been not so friendly behind your back. You know them, we’ve all got one.

Legit words to describe looking good: fierce, hot, babe, hottie, fine, blazing, sickening. Yep sickening: “they look so good it makes me sick”.

No doubt you’ve also had a bit of trouble deciphering texts from the young ones, so we thought we would help out here as well:

  • LOL (laugh out loud)
  • OMG (Oh my God)
  • YOLO (you only live once)
  • SYS (see you soon)
  • LMAO (laughing my arse off)
  • JK (just kidding)
  • CUL8R (see you later)

Try using some of these next time the kids are round and you’ll probably find them all rolling on the floor laughing (ROFL).