HOW TO TALK TO THE New Generation.
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 A simple phase like "none of your business" has been replaced by the word "nunya."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."
MOST POPULAR WORDS OF THE NEW GENERATION
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
BOO: girlfriend (or boyfriend)
BOO-YAH: very good; pleasing
BOUNCE: to leave or depart; to discard
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"
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
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
TERMS FOR MONEY
SCRILLA * FLOW * CHIPS * CHEESE * CHEDDAR * BANK * GRIP * PAPES