Once, I saw a bumper sticker on a minivan while I was in the school drop off lane. It simply said, “I used to be cool.” Oh, mama… I feel the exact same way most days. And I was cool back in the 1990’s when I was in school. I had the pegged jeans, high bangs, slouch socks, scrunchies and overalls. But more than that, I acted cool, and I talked cool. I remember bringing home certain slang phrases. My mother often gave me that look when she didn’t approve, or she’d flash the confused look of “What did you just say?”
My son recently started middle school and is already trying out several new slang words, phrases and expressions. Below is a list to help us as we decode those super cool kids of ours.
Current Slang Dictionary for Formerly Cool Moms
- Awks: Awkward.
- Bae: Stands for Before Anyone Else, a term of endearment for your boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Cancel: A rejection of a person, place or thing.
- Cheddar: Money.
- Chillaxin: Chillin’ and relaxing.
- Crashy: Crazy and trashy.
- Curve: To reject someone romantically.
- Dope: Cool, awesome.
- Extra: Excessive, over the top.
- GOAT: Stands for “greatest of all time.”
- Gucci: Good, cool.
- Hangry: Hungry and angry.
- Hundo P: 100 percent certain.
- I’m weak: That was funny.
- Lit: Awesome, cool.
- Low Key: A warning that what they’re saying isn’t something they want everyone to know.
- Requestion – Request and a question.
- Rides: Sneakers or shoes.
- Salty: Jealous or bitter.
- Shook: Shocked, surprised.
- Sic: Something that is cool.
- Sip tea: To mind your own business.
- Skurt: To go away or leave.
- Slides: Sandals or flip flops.
- Snatched: Perfect, fashionable.
- Straight Fire: Hot or trendy.
- Thirsty: Trying to get attention.
- Throw shade: To give someone a nasty look.
- Tope: Tight and dope
- Trash: Useless, unimportant.
- Turnt: To get rowdy or angry.
- Wavy: to be dressed unique and really cool.
- Yasss: Yes.
What slang words or phrases has your tween or teen brought home that are missing from this list?
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