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Jewish World Review
June 12, 2007
/ 26 Sivan, 5767
A Guide to Teenspeak
Slang is uber, wooka, hecka, hella, slammin', filthy, tight, hype, dope, krunk, coo, phatty, mad, bad, sick, ill, word, and dank.
That's our teenagers' way of saying that slang is super cool, fantastic, awesome. One of the purposes of student slang, like the thieves' cant to which it is close kin, is to bond members of the group together and to ensure that their parlance will not to be understood by the uninitiated. Among the uninitiated may be you, gentle reader.
To enhance your vocabulary and your ability to communicate with your children and grandchildren, here's an uber, wooka glossary of the current slang of school hangouts and college campuses. Don't be a dillweed. Don't be a dipstick. Master these hella dank words. But as soon as enough of us chronologically gifted folks unlock their meanings, their insider mystique will go missing and the kids will hurriedly drop them from their parlance. That's fo'shizzle.
A'ight (pronounced "ight"). All right.
Amped. Jazzed up with frenetic activity.
Bag. To make fun of.
Bangin'. Good lookin', foxy, hunky.
Blaze. Exceptionally bangin'. Knockout, drop-dead gorgeous or handsome.
Bloke. A guy's guy
Boo. Boyfriend, girlfriend, main squeeze, flame.
Bootylicious. Sexually attractive. Pertains to females.
Boo-yah! An exclamation used in celebrating a victory. Close kin to who's your daddy!
Breezy. A female.
Chassy. A beautiful girl. Also freak, hottie.
Cheddar. Money. Dough, shekels. Also benjamins, chips, dead presidents, duckets, ends, grain, paper, scrilla.
Chop it up. Talk to someone. Shoot the breeze.
Dawg. Friend. Also homie.
Dillweed. Social incompetent. A dork, a loser. Also dipstick.
Drop the dime. To tell on someone.
Flossin'. Showing off one's belongings or wealth.
Fo'shizzle. For sure. Also fo' sho', fo'sheezy, fo'rizeal.
Hack. To make fun of someone.
Hecka. Heck of a. Heckishly.
Hella. Hell of a..Hellishly. Hella and hecka are often used adverbially, as in "hella sick."
Janky. Broken, in bad shape. Also raggedy.
Jockin'. Trying to become the girlfriend of a guy. Flirting.
Kickin' it. Hanging out with friends. Also chillin', chizzlin', coasting.
Marinate. Relax, chill.
Old school. Anything that is old, but not necessarily bad.
On your jock. Obsessed with a guy or girl.
Props. Compliments, respect.
That bites. That stinks, sucks.
Tree. To score in the classroom or on the playing field way beyond your ability. Out of your gourd, in the zone.
Uber. A general emphatic. Very, super. Also wooka.
Whasup. What's up? How is it going? Good to see you.
Whip. A vehicle. Jalopy, wheels.
Now that you've absorbed this uber guide to kidslang, it's totally time for us to bounce, clip, drop out, and roll out. Peace out, dawg.
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