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TO celebrate the first birthday of www.gotateenager.org.uk - a website dedicated to help bridge the gap between parents and teenagers - Parentline Plus has deciphered the weird and wonderful world of "teen speak".

Since its launch in September 2008, the Parentline Plus website has been analysing "teenglish" thanks to an online jargon-buster which was introduced to help parents understand their teens better. The research by Parentline shows that new teenage slang words are being introduced all the time such as "bounce" (meaning to get going), "ballin" (doing well) and "sprung" (falling in love with someone). The most popular teen-speak words visitors to the website needed jargon-busting for included Beverley Knight - referring to a night filled with bevvies - Bedrin (a friend) and Fam (meaning close friends). Visitors to the website can also upload new teen-speak words themselves.

Since the website was launched it has received 107,810 visitors. Parent Jane Finucane, 50, said: "As a parent of a teenager I hear lots of words that I don't understand so it is really helpful to have a website which helps me understand what they are talking about.

"The website gives you an insight into what teenagers are talking about and helps you understand that what they are saying isn't so scary. "It has also made me realise how witty and clever some of the kids are and what types of influences shape the way they communicate with each other."

Parentline Plus' North East area manager, Maureen Pearson, said: "Got a Teenager was launched in response to a growing demand from parents of teenagers for advice and support.

"Got a Teenager is the first social networking and advice site for parents in the UK and has helped Parentline Plus pick up on issues that are important to families and the young people we work with." The top 10 teen-speak words on www.gotateenager.org.uk were: Beverley Knight - A play on words from the singer/songwriter Beverley Knight, referring to a night filled with bevvies, for example "Definitely up for a Beverley Knight" Trap - A man that looks like a woman Bedrin - Mate Chav - A teenager who usually wears tracksuits and hoodies Fam - Main crew and close mates Blats - Blatantly Bait - An underage young woman seen as sexually provocative Beef - Fight Bird - Term to describe the female of the species Big time - Definitely.

New words for inclusion in the www.gotateenager.org.uk teenglish dictionary include: Bounce - To get going TTYN - Talk to you never Frontin - Someone being fake Ballin - Doing well Caned - Being beaten at something excessively Word - I understand Moded - Humiliation, person is proven wrong in public Jockin - When someone obsesses over you Orly - Oh really (used in online games) KPG - Keep the party going Sprung - Falling in love with someone Tanking - When a person is lying Twitterface - When someone updates their Facebook status in the style of tweets Sharkle - Awesome Frosting - A lot of jewellery Cooching - Chilling out.

Parents looking for advice on teenager issues can visit www.gotateenager.org.uk, or phone the 24-hour Parentline on 0808 800 2222.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2009
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