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Teen Slang - Trying to Decipher the Foreign Language of your Teen.



For most parents, attempting to connect with your teen is an uphill battle that is only getting steeper. With social media websites and messaging apps completely dominating your teens life, it comes as no great surprise that there is a communication break down on a very basic level between parents and their tech- savvy teens.

Along with the advances in technology over the last decade, the language of today's youth has evolved into, what we have dubbed, the 'Facebook Vernacular'. This is a language which many parents are not familiar with and it is snow-balling from a simple communication problem to a pop-cultural barrier between the generations.

We here at Schooldays.ie have decided to provide you with a brief cultural guide and a glossary of 'trend-words' (so that you don't lose touch completely with your teen!). We have also included the translation for different emojis. Though it seems silly, teens are becoming more and more dependent on these little faces to express themselves instead of using actual words. They're teenagers, they'll grow out of it (hopefully!).

First off, Text Speak!

Have you ever texted your teen and received a nonsensical jumble of letters in response? Teenagers love taking the lazy route and texting is no exception! These random letters are mostly abbreviations.


LOL

Laughing Out Loud

IMHO

In My Honest Opinion


WUA

What Are You Up To?

TBH

To Be Honest


FML

F*** My Life

ROFL

ROlling On the Floor Laughing


What's App Me

Whats App uses wifi, not credit.

LMFAO

Laughing My F***ing A** Off


PM/DM

Private Message/Direct Message

The Rents

Shorthand for Parents


PMSL

Pissing MySelf Laughing

KK

Altenative 'OK'


PLZ

Please

Meh

An expression of Apathy



Native Irish Slang

Slang is a living language which can be found at the core of every youth culture. Although some slang may be carried forward from generation to generation, it evolves along with the teenage culture and always has a concrete relationship with pop culture.

Wrecked

Tired

Scagging

Hungover / Not feeling well


Slagging

Making fun of someone or something light-heartedly

Yokes

General word for any item / slang term for ecstacy


Cringe

Expression of Embarrassment

Rank

Means disgusting


Scarlet

A term for embarrassment

Rage

Disappointment or anger




Online Pop Culture References

The following examples are just some of the terms we have come across on Facebook and Twitter that parents may be a little confused by.

Lit

Good, Fun or Cool

FR FR

Meant seriously, (For Real x2)


Ratchet

Someone or something that is grossly dramatic, or trashy

Frape

Posting using a friend's facebook account without permission


Catfish

Someone pretending to be someone they're not using an online profile

Creeping

Using social media to look at someone, or seee photos of them


Bae

A common term of endearment for a girl/boyfriend

Selfie

A picture taken of yourself, usually several until the perfect one


#/Hashtag

Common instagram/twitter "tag" to mark your post, the use of saying "hashtag" before a phrase has become a sarcastic joke to imitate social media posts

LifeHack

A creative way to do a simple task


Jelly/Jel

Jealous

YOLO

You Only Live Once


Winning

An exclamation of success

Trolling

Using the annonymity of the internet to annoy/harrass people


Vine

A short-lived video app, where videos were limited to 7 seconds

TBT

A Hashtag accompanied by an old photo of the poster


Meme

An internet In-Joke, usually layered with pop culture references



Emojis/Emoticons

Teenagers love using smiley faces! However, they do have they're own meanings attached and even this can change depending on the context.




The Innocent Smile

A lighthearted
smile



The Nervous Sweat

Scared to say what
they've done



The Blushing Angel

Expressing pride
or humility



The Love Face

Used for affection






The Nervous Grin

Used for an
ironic smile.



Unamused Face

Emoji version of
'whatever'



The Winking Face

Infamous for mixed
signals



Disappointed Face

Used when
disappointed






The Buddha Face

Used when feeling
content



Confounded Face

Used when under
pressure



The Furious Face

Used when very
angry



The Playful Face

Used when making
a light joke






The Tired Face

Used to express
exasperation



The LOL Face

Used for lots of
laughter



The Angry Face

Used when annoyed
at someone



The Huff

Used when very
frustrated






The Ha-Ha Face

Used to express
laughter



The Sly Smirk

Used when feeling
smug or flirty



The Squinting Grin

Used when feeling
excited



The Stressed Face

Usually used while
studying




We hope that this brief glossary of teenage terms has helped you in some way. If you have heard your teen using any new words or phrases that we may have missed, feel free to comment below and help out your fellow 'rents! Don't forget to check out our other resources to help you through the techy teenage years.






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