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HOW TO TALK TO THE New Generation.

If you want to communicate, you have to update your vocabulary

DO YOU know the difference between jacking and jonesing, chickenheads and ghetto birds, a louie and a reggie, blazing and flossing, vexing and vibing? Do you know what it means to lamp at the stable with your shorty? Or marinate in the rizzi with your road dawg?

If you're shoida than show, then you're obviously a part of the new generation. But if your knowledge of today's slang is downright faulty, if you get AG every time you hear teenagers wilding the newest lingo, vexed because you don't understand what the heck they are saying, you're definitely old skul, even if you perp to your peeps like you're a playa.

But even if you're not bout-it-bout-it, don't feel janky. At least you can take heed in knowing that you're not flying solo. Today's teens have taken slang, or variations of standard words and phrases, two levels up, and in the process, left older folks more lost, dazed and confused than ever before.

Where there once was a handful of catch-phrases young people used in informal situations with their friends, today there are hundreds, possibly thousands, that are bandied about--and new ones being created every day. In the anything-goes language of the new generation, new verbs are being concocted, new adjectives contrived, new endings are molded onto traditional words, and common phrases are even being slurred together to create new words. A simple phase like "none of your business" has been replaced by the word "nunya."

Even hip author/teen counselor William July, who coined the popular phrase "tin man" when describing the emotional state of Black men in his book, Understanding the Tin Man, says he can't keep up. "Some of it sounds like a whole different language to me," he says.

So what's an adult who wants to communicate better with the new generation to do? When dealing with teens, July says, adults generally shouldn't try to use slang to sound cool. More important than saying what the new generation is saying, adults should "know what kids are saying," July says. "I pay attention to what they are saying. You certainly don't want them to talk about drags and sex and that sort of thing with it going unchecked. We need to pay more attention to what our kids are saying, and if we don't understand the words they are using, we shouldn't be afraid to ask them. I'll ask them in a minute. You don't want them speaking in a totally foreign language about things that they shouldn't be doing."

True dat.


BOUT-IT-BOUT-IT: in support of

AG: aggravated or upset

ALL THAT: as good as it gets

BETTY: an attractive female

BIRD: a female, usually attractive

BIG DAWG: the best at something

BLAZING: extremely attractive, usually referring to a female

BLOWER: telephone

BOO: girlfriend (or boyfriend)

BOO-YAH: very good; pleasing

BOUNCE: to leave or depart; to discard

CAPER: business

CHICKENHEAD: a female, usually unattractive

SIX PACK: abs of a well-defined muscular person

DIGITS: phone number

FAULTY: of extremely poor quality

FLOSSING: to show off

GATT: a firearm

GHETTO BIRD: a police helicopter using a spotlight

GIGGING: to party, go to bars or clubs

GRILL: teeth, mouth or face

HONEY DIP: attractive female, usually with a golden brown complexion

HOTTIE: an attractive person

JACK: nothing, very little

JANKY: weird, messed up

JONESING: living nicely, spending money

KARENA: a pretty girl

KNUCKLE UP: to fight

LAMPING: to relax, chill, take it easy

MARINATE: to chill, relax

NUNYA: short for "none of your business"

PARLAYING: partying

PEEP THIS: listen to this

PEEPS: people, usually family or close friends

PERP: to pretend, feign

PERVING: to stare with sexual intent

RAIN CLOSET: the shower

LOUIE: left-hand turn in a car

REGGIE: right-hand turn in a car

RIZZI: transportation; a vehicle

ROAD-DAWG: a travel companion; best friend

SCANKY: bad, of bad taste

SHOIDA THAN SHOW: surer than sure

SHORTY: a female, usually a girlfriend

SKITZING: acting crazy

STOKED: excited

STABLE: home

TRUE DAT: an expression of affirmation; a question of fact

VEXED: very angry

VIBE: feelings, premonitions

WET: very good, excellent

WILDING: to have fun, act crazy with a group of friends


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