👽 teen slang in 2017

UPDATE on 7/27/17:

  1. this is a reminder and lesson of how much pop culture originates in minority communities, particularly black and LGBTQ culture. i learned last night that many of these terms originated from AAVE (african american vernacular english). i had no idea about the origins/history of these terms, but thank you to folks on twitter for educating me on it.
  2. originally “boolin” was in this piece. the first time i heard it was from a classmate in college and the following text was from him. this is still misunderstood among teens and shows how culture can be massively appropriated without understanding its origins.

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don’t @ me = when you don’t care about other people’s opinion on something you just said especially when it’s potentially controversial (“I love oatmeal raisin cookies dont @ me”)

@ me = when you’re being subtweeted (“yo i see you, @ me next time”)

bet = agreed, similar to “word”

boofin’ = 1) trippin’, overreacting 2) something that smells really bad

can’t even = when something is too ridiculous or funny or strange

curve = ignore, bail (“ya he curved me so hard when I was in town”)

bye felicia = basically means just leave because i don’t care about you

cash me outside howbowdah = catch me outside, how about that? = let’s fight outside

crack open a cold one with the boys = drink beer with your friends (huge meme right now)

deadass = seriously, forreal

extra = obnoxious. being unnecessarily dramatic. trying too hard. (“ur so extra” after doing something that’s obnoxious or dramatic. it’s behavior where you want to just say “pls just chill out”)

fam = self-explanatory. homies. people you consider family. commonly used as “its lit fam” and “yikes fam”

idgi = i don’t get it

idts = i don’t think so

idfwu = i don’t f*ck with you = i don’t like you (there’s also ifwu)

im shook = very shocked 😳

its lit / lit af = 1) dope or fun or on fire 2) drunk

it me = relatable, sometimes used sarcastically

i quit = pretty simple. means i give up (“ya no way i can finish this by 8am, i quit”)

LFG = let’s f*cking go

lgtm = looks good to me

lowkey = 1) sorta 2) secretive aka keep it on the dl

mood = how you’re feeling. usually used as a standalone word / caption on images

ngl = not gonna lie

oml = 1) oh my lord 2) on my life

RIP / rip me = (“ugh I have to take back to back finals from 3–9pm on the last friday before summer. rip me”)

rn = right now

roasted = burned, owned

RT = retweet = agreed

sipping tea 🍵 = throwing shade, talking trash

salty = pissed, bitter 😠

same = when you agree with something. sometimes used sarcastically. an easy response to anything and everything.

send it = just do it!!! yolo

sgtm = sounds good to me // sometimes just abbreviated to “sg” 👌

stay woke = being woke means you’re aware of all the political, racial, and social issues around you and your community 👀

more here

took an L = took a loss (“I took an L on my test ” or “I had to take an L”)

tfti = thanks for the invite. used sarcastically-ish as in you’re calling your “friend” out while pretending it’s not a big deal. you don’t want to be confrontational but you also want to show that you’re kinda salty!!! 🙄

tfw = that feeling when (“tfw you fail your test again”)

tight = dope (“yo that’s kinda tight”) 👊

too real = too relatable, hitting too close to home

triggered = refers to traumatic or angry experiences, used jokingly half the time. started off as a “trigger warning” for PTSD/anxiety contexts but it’s developed into a more common slang (“im triggered” or “that triggers me”). but i want to make it clear that this usage is considered harmful to people with PTSD so please be cautious.

ur trash = i mean if you can’t interpret this, just close this tab rn

wya = where you at

yeet = yessss but with more excitement

yikes = 1) shock/surprise 2) disgust 3) substitute to sh*t


b = be

c = see

d = down (…or the non-innocent version)

j = just

k = NEVER USE THIS AS A STANDALONE TEXT❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗

n = and

O or o = simple response when you want to acknowledge that you saw the message but don’t have any additional comments

p = pretty (“p cool”)

r = are

u = you

v = very

w = with

y = why (@ my adult friends – you can’t use y to convey yes)

. = please don’t use this at the end of texts. it makes you seem like you’re pissed off. unless you want to come off that way!

wild card: fetugucci!

good luck figuring out what that means 😝


LAST THING: 1 week IRL = 100 years on social media

aka a meme or trend can get stale v quickly 💥

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