2018 Summer Slang

Slang is an integral part of growing up. A word or abbreviation can add significant meaning or emotion to a message or text. Slang helps teens define their connections, feel accepted and gain independence. Keeping up on teen slang and lingo may seem daunting; however, understanding the language teens communicate with verbally and through social media is important.

Here are a few slang terms you should know this summer:

Scoop: To pick someone up (i.e. at their house)
Finna: Fixing to do something
Gualla: Money
Rn: Right now
WTTP: Want to trade pictures?
121: Let's chat in a private message
Aeap, alap: As early or as late as possible (referencing parties)
Curve: To reject someone romantically
Salty: Talking in a sassy or bitter way
123: I agree
IDEK: I don't even know
IKR: I know, right?
99: Parents are gone
Basic: Someone or something is ordinary or boring
Dime: On a scale of 1-10, dime is a 10 or a very attractive person
Woke: Awareness of current affairs or social issues
Savage: When a person speaks or acts bluntly or without a filter in public
Gucci: Very impressive
Sus: Suspicious

Familiarizing yourself with these words and phrases will help you better understand their online interaction and if they are amplifying positive or negative conversations in texts and on social media. Engaging in conversation and having open dialogue about technology and language is the best way to avoid digital disaster (read Being a Positive Source for Conversation).