Learning the lingo – a parent’s guide to teenage slang!


With Christmas holidays looming, we bring you Learning the Lingo, a comprehensive guide to help you understand your teens through the festive season. With just a little bit of cribbing you will be ‘lit’ (amazing) in conversing with your kids and they’ll really thank you for it – you’re welcome!

  • Bye Felicia – if your teen says this to you, you’re being dismissed (and disrespected, if the intonation wasn’t clear enough)
  • Clapback – a withering put down or retort to a remark.  Use with an adjective for extra insult, such as ‘cool clapback’
  • Clout Demon – a wannabe. (Nope, we don’t get it either!)
  • Creeper – Someone who is socially awkward or tends to have stalker tendencies
  • DR TL – Didn’t read, too long.  If you get this from your teen you may want to try and keep your texts shorter
  • Facts – why bother saying ‘I agree with what you are saying’ when a simple ‘facts’ works just as well
  • Finsta – a fake instagram account created by a teen to show what a wholesome life they are living
  • GOAT – Greatest Of All Time.  Can be used to describe anything from a sports star to a trainer or even a pizza
  • Little Mad/Big Mad – refers to levels of anger i.e. ‘my teacher was Big Mad I didn’t hand my assignment in’, compared to ‘I was Little Mad that I had to make my bed’
  • Unsalt – a twist on the word ‘insult’. ‘Unsalt’  is a backhanded compliment as in ‘Dad, I didn’t know you could cook this well’
  • Sauce – someone with a cocky swagger
  • Sksksksk – this is an excitable phrase supposed to represent a keyboard being violently smashed.  2019’s version of OMG!
  • Snaps – means ‘good job’. An excellent response to ‘I’ve tidied my room’ or ‘I’ve emptied the dishwasher’. (You may not get the chance to use that often come to think of it)
  • Suh – the latest iteration of ‘wassup’ and ‘sup’.  ‘Suh’ can be used for those with verbal time constraints
  • TD – stands for ‘to die’. Most often used when something is too amazing and you’re worried you might just…die.
  • TRILL – true + real = trill. ‘You’re really trill’. ‘That’s very trill of you to say’. (You get the picture.)
  • Yeet – a word to convey excitement as in, ‘I’m going to a party… yeet’.  If it’s a really good party and you’re beyond excited, it’s possible to say ‘I’m going to a party…yeet yeet’

You are now good to go and strike up a conversation with your teen, and of course their friends!



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