I’m sure you’re all sitting there reading this thinking you’re pretty ‘cool’, and maybe even ‘down with the kids’ – WRONG – if you even use the word cool to describe yourself you can pretty much guarantee you’re totally uncool (ref: my 17 year old nephew).
Yes, I’m afraid to say it, but if you’re in your 30’s (or possibly even your 20’s for that matter) you’re probably totally out of touch with half of what the youth of today are actually saying.
Ask anyone born after circa 1995 if they know what a ‘boffin’ is and you’ll probably be greeted with a blank face (ok, more blank than normal) [in case you don’t know, boffin was used (in the 80’s/90’s) to refer to someone very clever (actual meaning ‘a scientist or technical expert’)]. The same goes for words like ‘cool’ and ‘wicked’ – replaced somewhere along the way by ‘sic’ (whatever that’s supposed to mean!). But it got me thinking if, in the 15 or so years since I was young, language has changed so much that I don’t even know what a teenager is talking about now, I should do some research to help us all out.
So here goes…
‘banter’: Probably the most popular term used. Often shortened to ‘bantz’. Used to refer to anything you find funny or enjoyable. Can also be used sarcastically.
‘try hard’: Someone who puts 1000% effort in to everything. Replaces nerd, which is rarely used.
‘geek’: Usage change. Used more to mean cute rather than nerdy.
‘emo’: Thought by many to be a replacement of the word ‘goth’ this is untrue. An ‘emo’ is a person who is in touch with their emotional side (an emo’s image often looks like what used to be known as a goth, hence the confusion).
‘linking’: Replaces ‘hooking up’ to mean two people are getting together (depending on age, the level of intimacy related to this term may vary).
‘lad’: Very popular term to mean someone you like, enjoy spending time with, or who is generally funny.
‘Squad’: A group of friends.
‘Peak’: Used very sarcastically to describe something bad. For example “You failed that exam? Well that’s peak, lol”.
‘kk’: Used exclusively in text rather than speech. Means ‘ok’.
‘Netflix and chill’: A booty call (a late night call, for sex).
‘Savage’: Used to describe something that is extreme, in a good way.
‘Bae’: Used to describe a boyfriend/girlfriend, or someone you love.
Obviously this list isn’t exhaustive, so make sure you leave any others you know about in the comments section below.