Teen lingo–it comes and goes and changes at will–the teenager’s will…
“There is nothing new under the sun…”
“Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. What has been will be again. What has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new?’ It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4, 9-10 NIV)
Teen slang, popspeak, lingo….it changes like the wind. But when I listen to the talk of the day, I find variations on words we used back in the day. But it is interesting to see the changes and additions to teen talk.
I confess, I like to be in the know and talk the talk. But I hear it is embarrassing for adults and parents to try to speak teen slang. Oh well, I like to be on top of the talk. So try these for a while.
Once you learn the lingo, go to Good Housekeeping’s site to test your skills. I scored quite high, only missing one answer. I must be dumb sick to know all the chat…
- Saucy is coming back.
- Emo is on its way out—but I still like this word!
- Epic is dead.
- Wicked and sweet are fading out.
- Cool is now sick or ill.
- He’s so fly means like oh yeah…
- Salty…well that’s like a bad attitude.
- Chillin’ has morphed to Chillaxin.
- Dumb is the new very.
- Drippin’ replaces awesome.
- Bounce means leave in a hurry.
And you teens, young adults, and the like…please leave comments with other lingo you use or know. This generation needs to know.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21 KJV)
Have you ever heard the expression, “There is a miracle in your mouth”? No one really knows who first coined that phrase, but it is a very true statement. In fact, according to this verse in Proverbs, life and death are in the power of the tongue. That being the case, wouldn’t it be better to use our mouths to speak life instead of death? Wouldn’t it be more productive to speak words of victory instead of defeat?
Successful athletes have been using their mouths in this way for many years. The Golf Channel recently did a feature story about Golf Legend Gary Player. In this interview, Player shared something very interesting. He said that from the time he took up golf at age 14, he would wake up, look himself in the mirror, and say, “I’m going to be the best golfer in the whole world.” It’s no wonder that in 1965 at age 29, he won golf’s Grand Slam—the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA. At that time, he was the youngest competitor to ever reach that pinnacle. How did he do it? He saw himself as a winner and a champion long before his talents merited such talk. He understood the power of words.
Think of every word as a container—filled with either life or death. Think before you spew words everywhere. Speak only good things into your life. If you can’t say anything positive, then just zip it up! Only say what the Word says about your situation. If you don’t like your life right now, do a mouth check. Are you saying what God says? Change your words, and you’ll change your world.
Grace Principle: Evangelist and author Darlene Bishop says, “Your life follows your words.” In fact, she wrote a book with that exact title (Legacy Publishers International).
Michelle Adams is a successful and award-winning author. She teaches at writers conferences across the country and shares her love of the written word with aspiring writers. Visit Michelle at www.michellemedlockadams.com