Slang words and meaning

Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib are far from the only congressional lawmakers who immigrated to the United States or were born to immigrant parents. In the House, there are currently at least 52 voting members who are immigrants or children of immigrants and 16 in the Senate — most of them Democrats — according to a Pew Research Center analysis from this year. Aside from Ms. Omar, four other congresswomen were born outside the United States, but they have largely not involved themselves in entanglements with Ms. Pelosi.

Ms. Omar has been vocal about her life as a refugee who fled Somalia and eventually settled in America, only to be disappointed with the country she found. More than any of the others in her freshman group, Ms. Omar — one of the first two Muslim women in Congress along with Ms. Tlaib — has forcefully used her personal story to make the argument that loving America does not require an acceptance of its shortcomings.

“I grew up in an extremely unjust society, and the only thing that made my family excited about coming to the United States was that the United States was supposed to be the country that guaranteed justice to all,” Ms. Omar recently said. “So, I feel it necessary for me to speak about that promise that’s not kept.”

Comments like these have inflamed Fox News personalities like Tucker Carlson, who used his television program to lash out at Ms. Omar.

“Our country rescued Ilhan Omar,” Mr. Carlson said in a broadcast last week. “We didn’t do it to get rich; in fact, it cost us money. We did it because we are kind people. How did Omar respond to the remarkable gift we gave her? She scolded us, and called us names, she showered us with contempt.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly said that he does not hold racist views, despite his public statements. After a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Trump was widely condemned for saying that people on “both sides” were to blame after one of the nationalists mowed down a group of protesters and killed a woman. And he was one of the most vocal proponents of the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

At other times, he has used vulgar language to describe immigrants and people of color. He has defended himself after calling people crossing into the country illegally “animals” — he said was referring only to MS-13 gang members. He has assailed players with the National Football League, many of whom are black, for taking a knee during the national anthem. And he has used a vulgar term to disparage immigrants from largely black nations.

But, to his critics, Mr. Trump’s comments on Sunday were a low point.

“It is sad to see the occupant of the Oval Office transition from empowering and encouraging racist taunts to actually using them himself,” said Nihad Awad, the national executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “If Trump shouted the same thing at a Muslim woman wearing hijab in a Walmart, he might be arrested.”

Slang definition: Slang involves the use of words or phrases that are considered informal language

What is Slang?

Slang is words or phrases that are informal language, and it is typically seen used in speech more often than writing. It can be specific to a particular group of people or context; therefore, the meanings of the words may not be apparent to all people.

Examples of Slang

The slang term “hang loose” refers to giving someone the advice to calm down and relax.

Modern Examples of Slang

Here are a few examples of more modern slang:

  • The term “lit” refers to something that is amazing.
    • Did you see her new car? It was lit.
  • The phrase “on fleek” refers to something that has reached perfection.
    • My hair was on fleek this morning.
  • The term “crib” refers to someone’s living quarters such as a home or apartment.
    • Hey, you want to spend time with my friends and me at my crib?

The Function of Slang in Literature

Slang allows for the creative changing of language by people. While some slang terms will eventually fade out of use, it allows for the people of a generation to create a unique way of communicating with one another.

It should be noted that slang is more appropriately used in verbal or informal conversation; therefore, in literature, slang is used sparingly and is typically reserved for dialogue in order to show a character’s subculture or personality.

Examples of Slang in Literature

In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the slang used reveals the time period in which the story is being told. An example of 1920s slang can be found in the line,

  • “He saw me looking with admiration at his car. ‘It’s pretty, isn’t it, old sport?’ He jumped off to give me a better view.”
    • “Old sport” is a slang term used between upper class gentlemen as a term of endearment.

In Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, he develops his own slang called Nadsat that reflects the dystopian society in which the story is being told. In fact, many people use a glossary in order to decode the words as they read in order to make sense of the novel. In the beginning of the novel, Alex beginnings telling the reader about the society in which they live in and the milk bar that he and his friends frequently visit, “There were three devotchkas sitting at the counter all together, but there were four of us malchicks.”

  • Devotchkas = girls
  • Malchicks = boys


Define slang: In summation, slang is a term that refers to informal language that is specific to a particular context or group of people. Slang may be used in literature in order to establish the setting or personality of characters involved in the story.

Final Example:

In many young adult novels, slang is used to show that the characters are part of the teenaged subculture.

In Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the protagonist, Charlie, narrates the story and even stops to explain some of the slang used by the teens in his school.

He first uses this to establish his unpopular status in school, “I keep quiet most of the time, and only one kid named Sean really seemed to notice me. He waited for me after gym class and said really immature things like how he was going to give me a ‘swirlie,’ which is where someone sticks your head in the toilet and flushes to make your hair swirl around”. In this example, the slang term is “swirlie,” and he stops to explain to the reader what this term means.

slang is the continual and ever-changing use and definition of words in informal conversation, often using references as a means of comparison or showing likeness. some modern slang has endured over the decades since its inception (i.e. cool) and some will only last a few years before being rendered obsolete or outdated (i.e. bling bling). slang can be born from any number of situations or ideas (the word slang itself has come to represent selling, especially of illegal drugs), and can be blunt or riddled with metaphor, and often quite profound.
the use of slang is frequently ridiculed by culturally-ignorant people who feel it is the product of insufficient education and believe it to be counter-evolutionary; of course, they couldn’t be farther from the truth. human language has been in a state of constant reinvention for centuries, and slang has been used and created by poets and writers of all sorts (William Shakespeare has been credited for the upbringing of at least a couple of words). it is the right and responsibility of the modern human to keep re-evaluating language, to give dead words innovative contemporary meanings or to simply invent new ones, in order to be more appealing and representative to the speaker/listener (which was essentially the basis behind language anyway, to understandably communicate thoughts or ideas verbally).
the use of and constant flux in slang is the only exciting thing happening in language, making present day especially interesting with the wealth of new words and definitions appearing seemingly everywhere. those who speak ill of slang obviously feel threatened or alienated by the evolution of a language they can’t control, and all y’all trick ass marks need to stop running ya gums ‘fore y’all gets slapped the fuck up…bitches.
peace and much love, the snizz.

Caution is a virtue, but, like every other virtue, it can be practiced with excessive zeal and become a vice (like parsimony turning into stinginess). The negative extreme of caution is cowardice. Although in dealing with historical linguistics, one should beware of jumping to conclusions, sometimes explorers succeed in revealing the truth, and then the time comes for accepting it.

Slang, an overlay on standard language, has always existed, but the English word slang, as we know it, is recent: the earliest citations in the OED go back to the second half of the eighteenth century. That the very name of slang may emerge as a slang word need not surprise us (the origin of argot and cant provides a good parallel), and this makes its source even harder to discover, for slang tends to be born in places like Offal Court and disguise its shabby pedigree. Only a hundred years ago, slang was castigated as something unseemly and vulgar, but the war declared on it had as little chance of success as the war waged against John Barleycorn. However, today my subject is not the history of mores or usage but etymology.

This is Offal Court. Not only Mark Twain’s Tom Canty and his sisters but tons of slang were born there.

Rather many people have tried to discover the origin of slang, and in 1898 the puzzle was all but solved. The relevant note by John Sampson appeared in a local periodical called Chester Courant and later reprinted in The Cheshire Sheaf. I would probably never have discovered it, even though I did screen dozens of local magazines for my database, if John M. Dodgson had not referred to it in his tiny 1968 article in Notes and Queries. Dodgson did not pay much attention to the word slang, for his topic was Cheshire place name elements, but, when I read Sampson’s explanation, I realized that the mystery was no more. All I had to do was to add a few finishing touches.

Cheshire is famous not only for its cat and cheese.

In my 2008 dictionary, I devoted an entry to slang and gave my predecessor (actually, two of them: see below) full credit for their discovery. On several websites I now find mentions of the etymology ascribed to me (though I am not its discoverer), but they are brief and noncommittal. At this rate of going, we’ll never make progress. Inspired by the belief that the explanation I defend is not just one of many to be considered but the true one, I decided to return to the question that no longer interests me but may interest some other people. And I’d like to ask: “Why are people so cautious? Why do they hedge instead of celebrating a small victory?” Perhaps because sitting on the fence (or on the hedge, or wherever) is safe, while defending an opinion that has not yet become common property is risky. I would not have fought with such vigor for my own conclusion, but it is not mine, and I feel obliged to break a lance for those who can no longer do so themselves.

In Murray’s OED, in addition to slang having the sense today known to everybody, we find slang “a narrow strip of land,” alternating with sling, slanget, slanket, slinget, and slinket, all of them meaning “a long narrow strip of land.” We should use a more precise definition of slang, namely “a narrow piece of land running up between other and larger divisions of ground.” It is the idea of delimiting a certain territory that should not escape us, especially because Slang is a common field name in northern England. The regional verb slanger means “linger, go slowly.” That verb is of Scandinavian origin. Its cognates are Norwegian slenge “hang loose, sling, sway, dangle” (gå og slenge “to loaf”), Danish slænge “to throw, sling; wave one’s arms, etc.,” and Swedish slänga. Their common denominator seems to be “to move freely in any direction.” German Schlange “snake” confirms that idea, for snakes writhe.

Of special interest is the form slanget, cited above. To any unprejudiced observer it looks like a noun of some Scandinavian language with the postposed definite article (slang-et), the slang. Danish slænget and Norwegian slenget mean “gang, band,” that is, “a group of strollers.” Old Icelandic slangi “tramp” and slangr “going astray” (said about sheep) are close enough. It is not uncommon to associate the place designated for a certain group and those who live there with that group’s language. John Fielding and the early writers who knew the noun slang used the phrase slang patter, as though that patter were a kind of talk belonging to some territory. One of Tony Lumpkin’s companions (in Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer), a horse doctor, has the name Jack Slang. Much to our regret, he does not appear in the play, but he was probably a jack of all trades and a tramp. Tony was not evil but disreputable.

James Platt (who was unaware of Sampson’s ideas) offered the following reconstruction: from slang “a piece of delimited territory” to “the territory used by tramps for their wandering,” “their camping ground,” and finally to “the language used there.” If we tried to add a classificatory label to that slang, it would end up with words like “turf” and “policeman’s beat.” (As regards the sense development, think of how turf “grass” came to mean “horse race,” that is, an activity happening on the grass.) Quite possibly, speakers of northern English heard the phrase på slanget (or slænget) “out on the slang” and replaced the preposition. Those who travelled “on the slang” (hawkers, hucksters) were themselves called “slang” (compare Icelandic slangi “tramp” and Norwegian slenget ~ Danish slænget “gang,” cited above). Traveling actors too were “on the slang.”

A salesman out on the slang.

“Slangs” were competitive, the way gangs’ territories always are, with different groups of strolling actors, itinerant mendicants, “badgers,” and thieves fighting for the spheres of influence. Hence slang “hawker’s license, a permit that guaranteed the person’s right to sell within a given “precinct” (or slang!), and slang “humbug,” which is a predictable development of peddlers’ activities, for mountebanks cannot be trusted. Both senses appear in the OED. Hawkers use a special vocabulary and a special intonation when advertising their wares (think of modern auctioneers), and many disparaging, derisive names characterize their speech; charlatan and quack are among them.

Such then is the history of the noun slang. It is a dialectal word that reached London from the north and for a long time retained the traces of its low origin. The route was from “territory; turf” to “those who advertise and sell their wares on such a territory,” to “the patter used in advertising the wares,” and to “vulgar language” (later to “any colorful, informal way of expression”). Few English words of disputable origin have been explained so convincingly, and it grieves me to see that some dictionaries still try to derive slang from Norwegian regional slengja “fling, cast” or the phrase slengja kjeften “make insulting allusions” (literarally “sling the jaw”), or from the old past tense of sling (that is, from the same grade of ablaut as the past tense of sling), or from language with s– appended to it (even if the amazing similarity between slang and language helped slang stay in Standard English, for many people must have thought of some hybrid like s-language). All those hypotheses lack foundation. The origin of slang is known, and the discovery made long ago should not be mentioned politely or condescendingly among a few others that stimulated the research but now belong to the museum of etymology.

Image credits: (1) “The Prince and the pauper 02-028” by Merrill, Frank Thayer Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons (2) “Cheshire Cheese” by Y6y6y6, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons (3) “Arthur Rackham Cheshire Cat” by Arthur Rackham, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons (4) “An old itinerant salesman offering the repair of defect umbrellas” by J.T. Smith, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons Featured image: Texting, mobile by Dean Moriarty, Public Domain via .

Browsing page 1 of words meaning good, okay, cool, awesome, fun (405 words total)

The slang words in this thesaurus category appear below the table of contents.

Where does this category appear in the slang thesaurus?

  • Qualities
    • good qualities
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      • good, okay, cool, awesome, fun
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        • okay, fine
        • exciting, fun, full of people
        • See also bad in general
        • For for specific good qualities see good qualities

What slang words have this meaning?

The definitions of these slang words appear below the list.

  • 133t – 5 by 5 – A-1 – ace – active – aight – ain’t no thing but a chicken wing – a kick – all good – all that – all that and a bag of chips – all that and a bag of Fritos – alrighty – alvo – amaze-balls – amped – A-Ok – ass-kicking – awesome – awesome possum – awesome sauce – awsum – B.A – bad – bad-ass – badassical – badonkadonk – ball – bananas – bang – bang on – bang up job – beast – beastly – beat all to hell – bee’s knees, the – be life – bestest – best-of-breed – best thing since sliced bread, the – bitchin’ – blast – bodacious – bomb – bomb-ass –, the – bomb diggidy, the – bomb diggity – bomb, the – bonkers – bonzer – book – boomtown – boss – bostin – brill – broken – bullet, the – bumping – burger – butter – CAH – call (one’s) name – capitol – cat’s ass – champagne problem – checkin’ – cheez whiz – chicky – chill – chilling – chim – choice – classic – clean – clutch – colp – constipated overweight old lady – coo – cool – coolage – cool bananas – cool beans – coolfulness – coolio – coolish – coolness – couce – couth – crack – crackin’ – cramazing – crash hot – cray-cray – crazy – crescent fresh – crisp – crucial – crump – crunk – cu – cura – cushty – da bomb – dank – dark – da shit – da shiznit – dece – def – deph – devious – dialed – dickum – diesel – disgusting – dog’s bollocks, the – doogie – dookie fresh – dope – double bomb – do up – dripping – ear candy – easy – Ebola – epic – e-ticket ride – everything – eye-popping – famously – fan-fucking-tastic – fantabulous – far out – fa-sheezy – fat – fav – fave – fetch – fierce – filthy – fire – five by five – fizzy – flabbergasted – fleek – fletch – flossy – fly – flyer – fresh – full – funsies – gangstar – gangster – gansta – ghetto – ghetto fabulous – ginchy – gink – glish – gnarly – go – GOAT – goat, the – god’s gift to – gold – golden – good – goosh – gorge – gr8 – gravy – gravy locomotive – gravy noodles – greasy sweet – great – grouse – gun – hard – hardcore – hellacious – hip – hoopla – hoopy – hopping – horrorshow – hot – hype – ill – illmatic – immense – I’m straight – irie – ish, the – it’s all good – jammed – jam-packed – Jesus made (it) – jiggy – jinky – jolly good – k3w1 – kapai – kcoolsweet – keep it real – kewl – key – kick – kickass – kick ass – kicking – kick in the pants – kicks – killer – kind – kinky – kosher – k-rad – ku – leet – legendary – legit – lick, the – like a boss – like a champ – like the goose – like whoa – lime – lit – live – lush – lyte – make (one’s) dick hard – massive – matrix – mean – mint – moff – money – nasty – nasty-ass – neato – nectar – next-level – nice – nifty – noice – non-bust – NPA – Obama – off da heezie – off da hook – official – off tha hizzy fo shezzy – off tha rip – off the chain – off the clock – off the heezie fo sheezie – off the heezy – off the heezy fosheezy – off the heezy fo’ sheezy – off the hizzle – off the hook – off the meat rack – OG – okie dokie – on fire – on fleek – on hit – out of sight – out to lunch – own – ownage – packed – peachy – peachy keen – perf – phat – phatness – phenom – pickles – pimp – pimping – pimptacular – pimp tight – pissa – pisser – popping fresh – premo – prime – prime-time – primo – rad – radballs – radical – rad-o – rage – rancid – random – rankin’ – rank on – ratchet – raw – razor – redonkulus – retarded – ridiculous – righteous – rock – rocking – rock-solid – rollicking – rollin’ – roofus – rude – rufus – rule – ruley – rush – safe – savage – schway – select – sharp – shibby – shiny – shit – shit, the – shiz – shiznak – shiznik – shiznik, the – shiznip – shiznit, the – shiznot – shizot – shwanky – shway – sic – sicc – sick – sicknasty – sicky dank – skinny – skippy – skookum – slammin’ – slamming – slick – slinkster – smack – smashing – smashingly – smoke – smooth – smoove – snizzo – snoochie boochies – solid – spiffy – spiffylicious – spoon, the – stellar – straight – stupid fresh – styling – sugar honey ice tea – superfly – swass – swatching – sweet – sweet action – sweetchious – sweet nectar – sweet sauce – swell – swick – swoll – tasty – tender – thick – thrill – throwed – tickety-boo – tight – tits – tits, the – tizight – to die for – trick – trill – tuff – unreal – un-reechy – vast – vicious – wahey – wet – whizz-bang – wick – wicked – wicked pissa – wizard – wow

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  • “elite.”That a 133t bike. That kid got 133t skillz grinding on Halo.
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Get hip to all the slang words and phrases your kids are using and what they mean, okurrr

Getting older comes with a lot of side effects from going to bed before 10 p.m. to not being hip (see below) to words kids and teens are using these days.

Don’t trip (see below) though, we got you, fam (see below). Check out the list of popular slang terms below to see what they mean and to get a better understanding of what your kids are saying.

Caution: Refrain from using these words around your children, unless you’re ready to be ridiculed by them.

It’s opposite day when it comes to this word. “Bad” means good. Actually “bad” means even better than good. It’s often used in reference to someone’s appearance.

“Bet” is used when you’re in agreement with something. If someone makes plans and you say “bet,” that means you are confirming said plan.

Don’t Trip
It’s not used as a cautionary “watch out, don’t trip.” “Don’t trip” means don’t worry or don’t stress about something.

Technically shortened from the word “family,” but it’s not used to describe your mom, dad or sister. “Fam” is used to describe people in your life who you’re close with: your good friends, your ride or dies, your homies.

You’ll most likely hear this when someone is bragging about getting “flewed out.” It means that someone got flown out (hopefully on an aircraft of some kind) to a place. The word was made popular by Yung Miami of City Girls, and the difference between flown and flewed is that the latter applies to “bad” (read attractive) people .

Get a bag
A bag refers to money. So to get a bag or even secure a bag means that you are acquiring money.

This does not refer to a farm animal. Rather, “GOAT” is an acronym for Greatest of All Time.

To be hip to something means you know something. When you’re hip to the Cardi B and Offset drama, that means you understand what’s going on. If someone asks you if you’ve heard about Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL, and you say “I’m hip,” that means you know.

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Contrary to popular belief, lit does not mean to light something on fire. But it does mean that something is fire. For something to be “lit” or “fire,” it means that something is great, amazing, exciting, etc.

No cap
Basically means no lie. When someone adds “no cap” to a sentence, it serves as a statement that they’re not lying. Can also be used as the converse “cappin,'” which means lying. “Why you cappin’?” is asking someone why they’re lying.
A word made popular by pop icon Cardi B who defines it as something that is said to affirm when someone is being put in their place. For example, when Betty says something out of pocket (see below), and Stacy, who normally doesn’t say much, tells Betty to quiet down or else, a bystander could say “okurrr.”

Out of pocket
To be out of pocket or to say something that’s out of pocket means that something is disorderly. If whatever you said is defined as out of pocket, it means that your statement or comment was out of control.

Shade is usually thrown, meaning you’ll most commonly hear it in a sentence like “He threw shade,” but it can also be used like “Why are you so shady?” To throw shade means to make an underhanded critical remark toward someone.

Sis can be used in multiple ways. If someone asks you what happened and you respond with “Sis,” it means there’s a whole lot of drama that unfolded and there’s a whole lot more to the story. “Sis” can also be used as a term of endearment toward friends or anyone really.

A stan is a fan. But like a super-obsessed fan.

There are multiple ways to have your tea. You can sip it, or you can spill it. If you’re “sipping your tea,” it means that you’re minding your own business — basically side-eyeing the situation and keeping it moving. If you’re “spilling tea” or “having tea,” that means you have some gossip you’re about to share.

No, no it doesn’t mean someone is parched. “Thirsty” is used to describe desperation.

Does not pertain to physical strength. When someone thinks something is funny, hilarious or entertaining, they might say “I’m weak.”

Has nothing to do with sleep — in the literal sense. Being “woke” means to be socially conscious and aware of racial injustices.

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Decoding Teen Slang

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*Our teen slang guide now updated for 2019!

Many parents have no idea of the growing need for them to become “bilingual” when communicating with their tweens and teens. “Teen Slang,” the complex group of acronyms, innuendos, and code words is used freely among teenagers and their peers. However, what happens when parents have no clue what their teenager just said? Many slang terms are relatively harmless in and of themselves, but certain terms should instantly put up red flags for parents.

By learning our way around the tricky language of our teens we allow ourselves to not only build a stronger bond with them but also know when they’re in potential danger. Unfortunately, some slang is specifically designed to keep parents in the dark. In an interview with the popular morning news outlet, Today, some teens revealed important insider’s tips on what they’re actually saying.

See the most popular in the infographic below, or scroll down for the full list.

Fun and Harmless Teenage Slang

Teen slang allows our kids to communicate in a fun, interesting way among themselves. It gives them a sense of independence and individuality. This type of communication is often second nature and many teens don’t even notice the differences in their conversations. Some of the more harmless and funny expressions include terms such as:

  • Bruh–A casual nickname for “bro”
  • Fam–Their closest friends
  • GOAT–Acronym for “Greatest of all time!”
  • TBH–Acronym for “To be honest”
  • It’s lit–Short for “It’s cool or awesome!”
  • I’m weak–Short for “That was funny!”
  • Hundo P–Short for 100% sure or certain
  • Gucci–Something is good or cool
  • FOMO–“Fear of missing out.”
  • Squad–Term for their friend group
  • Boots: This is a way to say “very” or “a lot.” It’s added after the verb or adjective.
  • Woke: Highly aware of social issues.
  • Savage: The cool way to say “cool.”

Teen Slang Terms to Keep an Eye on

While many expressions are innocent and even hilarious some should catch our eye as parents. They are not necessarily wrong, but they show that your teen may be involved in activities that require more maturity and advice from you as their parent. Many warning expressions involve dating or interest in new relationships. Some of these terms also reveal that your teen is experiencing some type of emotional turmoil or stress within their friendships or lifestyle. While you may not necessarily need to intervene, it’s always wise to at least be aware of what your teen is experiencing.

  • Bae–Short for “baby.” It’s used as a term of endearment for a significant other such as a girlfriend or boyfriend. As an acronym, it stands for “Before Anyone Else.
  • Curve–To reject someone romantically
  • Low-Key–A warning that what they’re saying isn’t something they want everyone to know
  • Salty–To be bitter about something or someone
  • Skurt–To go away or leave
  • Throw shade–To give someone a nasty look or say something unpleasant about them.
  • Straight fire–Something is hot or trendy
  • Sip tea–To mind your own business
  • Ship –Short for “relationship.”
  • Ghost–To ignore someone on purpose.
  • Avocado–Used to describe a person, who is socially construed as straight by those around him/her, but in actuality is gay.

Warning Flags

As a parent, you are rightfully concerned or suspicious when your teenager becomes secretive. They may “talk” a lot, but at the same time avoid actually saying anything revealing. In dangerous or high-risk situations, slang can become a good hiding place for your teen. When terms such as these appear in hushed conversations with friends or on their phone, be alert to oncoming danger for your child. Some of these dangerous terms even appeared in a special news report for CNN.

  • Thirsty–Being desperate for something
  • Down in the DM–Short for plans in their social media or texts for an oncoming sexual hook-up
  • Smash–To have casual sex
  • Netflix ‘n Chill–To meet under the pretense of watching Netflix/TV together when actually planning to meet for “making out” or sex
  • NIFOC–Acronym for “Naked in front of their computer”
  • CU46–Acronym for “See you for sex”
  • 9–Short for “A parent is watching!”
  • GNOC–Acronym for “Get naked on camera!”
  • 420–Marijuana

It’s rarely easy, but as parents, one of the most important ways to keep our teens safe is through consistent communication. Many horrible situations have evolved over the years in families where proper parent/teen communication was neglected. Although you may not always instantly understand everything your teen says, take the time to honestly ask them. Show your desire to understand and communicate. If all else fails, consult trusted sources or even slang dictionaries such as Urban Dictionary where many modern slang terms appear.

Sometimes there may be a reason where parents may want to limit or completely disable texting or calling. Apple does not provide a process to block either, although Netsanity does show parents how they can mirror iMessages in this blog. However, for parents who have Samsung smartphones and tablets, they have more options when using Netsanity.

The internet and its social media sub-world change on a near day-to-day basis. Trends pop up and fall away before some parents even realize they existed. In a world where some of these trends can be risky or downright dangerous (like the recent and devastating Blue Whale Challenge), it’s essential for parents to stay aware of what their teenagers are doing online.

Trends to Watch

Social Media

Though Facebook is the most popular social media platform overall, and the one you’re most likely to be using as an adult, Snapchat and Instagram are the most popular among teenagers.

The unique issue with Snapchat is that photos are shared and disappear within a certain amount of time, which can make it challenging for a parent to keep track of what their kids are sharing. This can give teenagers a boost of confidence to post photos they might not otherwise, but the recipients only need to take a screenshot for that photo to live on and be shared on other platforms.

Here are some other social apps to keep an eye on:

Kik: This is a free messenger app that can be used innocently enough to send messages to friends. However, “…Kik has also gained quite the reputation for being a sexting platform, primarily among strangers looking for someone to hook up with.”

Confession Sites: These include PostSecret, Secret, and Whisper, where users anonymously post secrets and confessions, which, of course, may or may not be true. The potential problem lies here: “Often PostSecrets are twisted or sexual in nature. While some secrets may lead to meaningful conversations about various life topics, most secrets are too complex to be read and discerned by minors.”

Badoo: Common Sense Media says this adults-only dating app doesn’t monitor the content; therefore, a lot of sexual material is present.

Other Dating and Hook-Up Apps: As with any online forum, it’s easy for teenagers to lie about their birthdays in order to bypass the need for parental approval or join an adults-only community. Take a look at this list of popular apps where the focus is on casual sexual encounters. These include Wild, Feeld, and Casualx.

Up and Coming

Entrepreneur mentions the growing popularity of digital hangouts via Tik Tok: “It is primarily used by Gen Z as a way to hang out with friends digitally. The platform is so successful that Facebook is reportedly investigating ways to create a similar functionality within their platform.”

The article also says to watch for more live streaming and augmented reality, as well as a continuation of influencer marketing. This is something to pay attention to, since your teens might follow certain social media celebrities who promote a variety of products because of their agreements with the companies who make those products. They’re called “influencers” for a reason, so keep track of the ones your teens are following.

Internet Slang to Look for in 2019!

Teenagers speak a different language online (some of which might spill over into the real world), and keeping up with those teen slang terms and emojis can give you insight into what your child is doing on the internet. Here are some new slang words to look for in 2019:

  • Thicc— Looking good in your skin no matter your size or shape.
  • Heard— A deep understand of a topic being discussed.
  • Finna— Means “going to” or “intend on” doing something.
  • Fire— Something is “really good” or “cool”
  • Low-Key— Another way of using the term “sort of”
  • Boujee— Rich or Acting rich
  • AF— Term used in a sentence abbreviated for the term “as f#@#”
  • OG— Used these days as a quick way to say “original” or “original gangster”
  • Extra— Describes over the top or dramatic behavior.
  • Basic— Used as a non-complimentary way to say someone is only interested in trendy or popular things.
  • Yeet— A very strong word for yes.
  • Snack— A way to describe an attractive male or female.
  • Dank— Something “really good”.
  • Swole— Extremely buff or physically fit.
  • Turnt Up— The act of getting drunk and high to the highest degree.
  • Left me on read— When on Snapchat someone opens your snap and doesn’t snap back.
  • OC–Open Crib, meaning no parents will be at home or at a gathering or party.

Research from 2015 indicated the prevalence of “secret hashtags” used to connect teenagers who engage in self-harming or other self-destructive behavior, and this recent Parents article says the practice is alive and well. These hashtags include the following:

“Fitspiration” emerged as a response to “thinspiration,” focusing on photos and messages that promoted fit, healthy lifestyles as opposed to a “thin at all costs” attitude. However, both can hurt your child’s self-esteem if she starts to feel as though she can’t measure up to those standards.

How to Stay On Top of the Trends & Terminology

Changes happen fast, so you have to be faster. Here are a few tips for staying aware of online trends and how your teen uses the internet.

  • Bookmark Urban Dictionary: This handy site gives you the definitions for the slang terms you see on your child’s social profiles.
  • Set Google Alerts: Google lets you set news alerts for a term of your choice; every day, you can receive an email with news items relating to that term. For example, you could set a “social media” alert and get a list of articles about the latest social media updates without doing weekly searches for what you might be missing about new apps and sites, trending hashtags or campaigns, and more.
  • Block Dangerous Sites: At Netsanity, we offer trustworthy parental controls that you can depend on to work so that you can block questionable material like hook-up apps, pornographic websites, and any new social media apps you don’t want your child to use.
  • Limit Internet Usage: The more time a child spends online, the more time he has to explore new online interests. Using parental controls to disable the internet during certain hours of the day allows (or forces) your child to spend an appropriate amount of time with his family, doing homework, or sleeping. It also means less online time with which to get curious and start digging through the internet.
  • Communicate: By keeping an open line of communication with your child, you encourage her to speak up about questionable material she sees or experiences online. It also opens the door for you to ask, “What’s that?” and get an honest answer when you hear mention of a new app or behavior.

This is a good place to start, but remember: the internet is changing even as you read this. Keep doing your homework to keep your child protected from emerging risks!

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Urban Thesaurus

The Urban Thesaurus was created by indexing millions of different slang terms which are defined on sites like Urban Dictionary. These indexes are then used to find usage correlations between slang terms. The official Urban Dictionary API is used to show the hover-definitions. Note that this thesaurus is not in any way affiliated with Urban Dictionary.

Due to the way the algorithm works, the thesaurus gives you mostly related slang words, rather than exact synonyms. The higher the terms are in the list, the more likely that they’re relevant to the word or phrase that you searched for. The search algorithm handles phrases and strings of words quite well, so for example if you want words that are related to lol and rofl you can type in lol rofl and it should give you a pile of related slang terms. Or you might try boyfriend or girlfriend to get words that can mean either one of these (e.g. bae). Please also note that due to the nature of the internet (and especially UD), there will often be many terrible and offensive terms in the results.

There is still lots of work to be done to get this slang thesaurus to give consistently good results, but I think it’s at the stage where it could be useful to people, which is why I released it.

Special thanks to the contributors of the open-source code that was used in this project: @krisk, @HubSpot, and @mongodb.

Finally, you might like to check out the growing collection of curated slang words for different topics over at Slangpedia.

Please note that Urban Thesaurus uses third party scripts (such as Google Analytics and advertisements) which use cookies. To learn more, see the privacy policy.

Urban Dictionary may have originally started as a joke, but the online authority of all things slang is now a legitimate source on what popular sayings mean — and a ton of the words published in their pages are commonly accepted vernacular.

As raunchy as it can be at times, Urban Dictionary has gone mainstream — I mean, it’s even used in some courtrooms to define culturally acceptable slang terms. Doesn’t get much more legit than that. Of course, being the crowdsourced slang resource that it is, none of the words were actually invented by Urban Dictionary. However, many (including some of the words below) have since been added to more traditional dictionaries — and others may have been in old-school dictionaries first, but the peeps at Urban Dictionary just defined them better.

In honor of our ever-changing English language, here are the big pop culture words we think everyone needs to know.

Warning: Some strong language ahead (NSFW)

1. A crapella — singing (badly) while listening to music through headphones

2. Ann Curry-ed — being fired unexpectedly and/or without cause

3. Askhole — an individual who asks ridiculous, obnoxious or irrelevant questions (this is often chronic behavior)

4. Awesome sauce — something that is more awesome than awesome (awesome topped with awesome sauce)

5. Baby bump — the protruding abdominal region of a woman when she starts to become noticeably pregnant (often creates speculation a woman is pregnant even when it’s the result of bloating or the way clothes fall)

6. Badassery — actions or behavior that are amazing or unbelievable; the act of being a badass

7. Beer me — please, get me a beer (can also be used figuratively to ask for anything to be passed or retrieved for the speaker)

8. Bitchy resting face — the state of a face while not emoting in which the individual looks hostile or judgmental

9. Bitcoin — electronic currency that can be transferred securely without the need of a third party (such as a bank or PayPal)

10. Blamestorming — usually in a business setting, the act of attempting to identify who was to blame for a failure or problem, rather than trying to brainstorm a solution

11. Boomerang child — a child who moves out to start his or her own life, then returns home to live (often as a result of the economy, but possibly due to irresponsibility of some kind)

More: Why Do People Ask for ‘Bump Pics’ on Facebook?

12. Bromance — 1) as a noun or adjective, two heterosexual males with such a close relationship they appear to be romantically involved; 2) as a verb, the act of attempting to become closer to a fellow heterosexual male (usually through acts similar to romancing a woman, such as flattery, gifts and spending alone time)

13. Bropocalypse — a large gathering of adult males with the sole mission of getting drunk (such as at a fraternity party)

14. Bye Felicia — exclamation used when a person announces they are exiting, but other people in the area don’t care; adapted from 2005 film Friday starring Chris Tucker and Ice Cube

15. C-note — a $100 bill (where C stands for centum, the Latin word for 100)

16. Cock block — 1) referring to a slang term for male genitalia, the act of preventing a man from getting somewhere (getting to know, getting a date or having sexual relations) with a man or woman he is interested in; action may be committed by a male or female; 2) in traffic, to cut someone off

17. Cougar — an older woman who prefers the romantic company of much-younger men

18. Crackberry — a slang term for a mobile phone brand (BlackBerry) that implies its user is addicted to the device

19. Crunk — 1) a replacement for foul curse words (popularized by a joke on Conan O’Brien); 2) a combination of crazy and drunk, meaning crazy drunk (may also refer to people who are high); 3) a style of rap music popular in the South; 4) something at a high level (e.g., volume) or something awesome; 5) to have a good time

20. Cyberslacking — using one’s employer’s Internet and email for personal activities during work

Next Up: Words from Urban Dictionary – Designated drunk

A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.

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The English language is notoriously difficult to get to grips with. Sure, you can master the basic range of vocabulary to successfully order yourself a portion of fish and chips, but a complex spelling system and seemingly nonexistent rules of pronunciation make sounding like a local a little more tricky. To further muddy the waters, entrenched in British culture there exists a language within a language. The art of British slang. We guide you through 100 words and phrases from the English dictionary that may well have an entirely different meaning to what you first imagined. Learn the lingo and you’ll soon be conversing like a true Brit.

100 British slang words list

  1. All right? — Used most commonly as a greeting and certainly not one that requires a response. Brits will welcome friends and family members alike by grunting these two words to one another.
  2. Arse — There could be an entire English dictionary devoted to variations of this single word. Referring to what in the US would be your ass, this word can be coupled with a variety of other words to create whole new realms of British slang (see below).
  3. Arse over tit — The undignified process of falling over, most commonly occurring when completely arseholed (drunk).
  4. Arseholed — See above. Be sure not to fall arse over tit.
  5. Ass — In the British English dictionary, this is not really a curse word, just a donkey. You have been warned.
  6. Bagsy — One of the first words learned by children throughout the British Isles, shouting bagsy is a way of staking a claim on something. The equivalent of calling shotgun, a successful Bagsy is legally binding in an English court of law (not really).
  7. Bloke — A man. What in American English might be called a dude.
  8. Baccy — The tobacco that you use to roll your own fags (no, that’s not what you think it is — see below).
  9. Bog — Not a muddy marsh, unless you’ve got digestive problems, but a toilet. British people will often find themselves bustin’ for the bog.
  10. Bog roll — The paper you use in the bog.
  11. Botched — Something that has not gone according to plan.
  12. Barmy — If someone calls you this then they’re not being kind, it means you are bonkers (see below).
  13. Bonkers — It means you are a bit barmy (see above!).
  14. Cheesed off — Annoyed or displeased. The British population spends most of their time cheesed off with the weather.
  15. Chips — Many an American has come ashore and innocently ordered chips, only to be right royally cheesed off. In the UK, chips are deep-fried strips of potato, and chunky ones at that. In the US, thin bastardized versions of British chips might call themselves french fries.
  16. Chock-a-block — A place that is very busy. A road, street, or shop full to the rafters could be described this way.
  17. Chuffed — Thrilled to bits. Happy. Delighted. Just don’t show it outwardly, we’re British, remember?.
  18. Codswallop — A load of rubbish, something that is clearly nonsense.
  19. Daft — A bit stupid. Not particularly offensive, just mildly silly.
  20. Dishy — A person, usually male, who is very good-looking. David Beckham could be described as dishy, or in fact, a bit of a dish.
  21. Dodgy — Used to describe something a little bit suspicious or questionable. The American English equivalent is shady.
  22. Dosh — Money. Cash. Slang for all types of currency.
  23. Dog’s Bollocks — A strange but surprisingly popular term in British slang. If something is exceptionally good it is known as the dog’s bollocks.
  24. Easy peasy — If something is not difficult then it is loudly pronounced as being easy peasy.
  25. Faff — Faffing around is a very British pleasure. It’s taking unnecessary time over something that should be straightforward. A Brit likes nothing more than a good faff.
  26. Fag — A cigarette.
  27. Fiddlesticks — A harmless curse word held in reserve solely for use by British grandmothers. Dropping a vase of freshly cut daisies could result in a gently whispered fiddlesticks.
  28. Filch — Simply to steal.
  29. Flog — To sell something.
  30. Fluke — If something happens purely by chance then it is a fluke. It’s a lucky occurrence that doesn’t often happen.
  31. Flutter — To bet or place a wager. Most usually used to describe someone who likes to have a small stake on a horse race, for example, Mr. Smith likes to have a flutter.
  32. Full of beans — Someone who is full of energy might be described as being full of beans. It’s possessing endless quantities of get up and go, almost to the point of annoyance.
  33. Gallivanting — Strutting or striding about with a seemingly endless supply of confidence.
  34. Gander — To take a look around.
  35. Give us a bell — Calling somebody on the telephone. In this instance ‘us’ actually means ‘me’.
  36. Gobsmacked — Completely and utterly awestruck in amazement.
  37. Gormless — A person who has little clue or idea about what is going on around them.
  38. Gutted — Being incredibly upset about something. If your favorite sports team has just lost then you might be gutted.
  39. Haggle — To negotiate or argue over the price of something, entering into a heated and lengthy discussion about its value and worth.
  40. Hanky panky — In American English this would be known as making out.
  41. Hard — The British slang definition of hard is somebody who is ready to take on anyone or anything in a fight. Usually a self-inflicted state of mind after several pints of British ale, a hard man is someone to be avoided.
  42. Hard lines — A way of saying bad luck.
  43. Her Majesty’s pleasure — While this sounds like a pleasant invitation to tea at the Palace, it’s best to avoid a stint at Her Majesty’s pleasure, as it means spending time in prison.
  44. Honking — Being violently sick.
  45. Jammy — Consistently being on the right side of good fortune. If you are repeatedly lucky you might be described as jammy.
  46. Khazi — British slang for the toilet. Don’t forget your bog roll.
  47. Kip — A short power nap, the English word for a snooze.
  48. Knees up — A proper British party, full of warm beer and loud music. Just don’t end up honking.
  49. Leg it — To run away, usually from trouble.
  50. Lurgy — If you have the dreaded lurgy then you are unwell with either the flu or a cold.
  51. Mate — A good friend or acquaintance. Regularly used as a greeting or term of affection.
  52. Mufti — A military term that has seeped its way into British slang to mean casual or civilian clothes.
  53. Mug — If you are a bit of a mug then you are gullible, and will believe anything.
  54. Mush — Slang for your mouth, i.e. shut your mush.
  55. Naff — Something that is a bit uncool would be described as naff.
  56. Narked — Cheesed off, irritated. If you’re in a bad mood you might be labeled as narked or even a bit narky.
  57. Nick — To steal or take something that doesn’t belong to you. If you are then caught by the police/law/fuzz then you would be nicked.
  58. Nitwit — An inoffensive way of describing someone a bit silly.
  59. Nosh — Food! You might describe a tasty meal as a good nosh up.
  60. Not my cup of tea — A classic British phrase that is trundled out to describe a situation or circumstance that does not bring one pleasure.
  61. Nowt — Originating in the North of England (another instance where an entire subcategory of British slang terms could be procured) this word has entered mainstream language to mean nothing.
  62. Nut — To headbutt someone. Not pleasant.
  63. Off-colour — Sick, poorly, or generally under the weather. If you are looking off-colour then the chances are you don’t look well.
  64. Off your trolley — Someone who is described as such is usually behaving in a crazy manner.
  65. On your bike — A not so polite way of telling someone to go away.
  66. Pants — Tricky for our US cousins to get their heads round, but British pants are our undergarments. They go underneath our trousers. To show one’s pants is very uncouth.
  67. Parky — Used to describe cold weather. Not drastically cold, just a bit chilly.
  68. Pear-shaped — When something has not gone entirely to plan, it is said to have gone a bit pear-shaped.
  69. Piece of cake — When something is easy peasy it could be described as a piece of cake. No food or confectionery necessary.
  70. Pinch — Another word for stealing, or purchasing something at a heavily discounted rate.
  71. Pissed — This doesn’t mean annoyed or angry as in American English. It means blind drunk.
  72. Plastered — Another British slang term for being drunk. Anyone would think the Brits like a drink.
  73. Porkies — Spreading lies. Anyone not being straight with the truth could be accused of telling porkies.
  74. Porridge — Doing a stretch in porridge means serving time in prison.
  75. Prat — A low-key curse work for a stupid person. Pratting around could also be used to describe someone behaving in a foolish way.
  76. Put a sock in it — This is a fairly rude way of telling someone to be quiet.
  77. Quid — Slang word for a British pound.
  78. Rubbish — Everything a Brit throws in the bin is called rubbish. Not trash or garbage, but rubbish.
  79. Scrummy — A word to describe something deliciously tasty.
  80. Skive — To skive off work or school is to bunk off or play truant. Hopefully not getting caught in the process.
  81. Sloshed — Yep, another way to describe being drunk, pissed, blotto, trashed, plastered…
  82. Smarmy — A person, usually male, who is too smooth for their own good and comes across not as charming, but saccharine sweet to the point of repulsion.
  83. Snog — A kiss.
  84. Snookered — Appearing in the English dictionary thanks to the ancient game of snooker, to be snookered means you are in a situation from which you can see no obvious escape.
  85. Sod’s law — when something can go wrong, it will, owing largely to Sod’s law.
  86. Shirty — Someone who is demonstrating signs of irritability might be described as getting shirty.
  87. Spend a penny — This means going to the bathroom. Originating from a time when public toilets charged one penny for their services.
  88. Squiffy — On the way to being drunk. Not quite sloshed but only a few drinks away.
  89. Starkers — Nude. Naked. Without clothing.
  90. Strop — A public display of displeasure might be described as having a strop.
  91. Swear — In the United Kingdom to swear is the same as to cuss or curse.
  92. Ta — Short for thanks.
  93. Toodle pip — An old English word that means goodbye.
  94. Twee — Small, dainty, or quaint. A very British term to describe lots of aspects of life in the United Kingdom.
  95. Taking the biscuit — if you are taking the biscuit when you are starting to push your luck. A similar phrase in American English is to take the cake.
  96. Waffle — To endlessly drone on about nothing. Someone talking incessantly would be described as waffling on.
  97. Welly — If you give something welly you’ve given it a really good go.
  98. Wobbler — To have a tantrum or throw a strop.
  99. Yakking — Talking too much.
  100. Yonks — A general term for a long period of time, i.e. We haven’t visited there for yonks.

So there you have it, 100 British words and phrases to liberally sprinkle across your daily dialogue. Which are your favorites and how do you like to use them? And let us know in the comments below if you think we’ve missed any proper corkers.

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