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Have Some Teen Slang, By Teen Contributor Riley Jensen

As the years pass, language develops and changes a lot. It can sometimes be hard to keep up with some of the things that are said, but I hope this can help make current teen lingo a little easier to understand. I’ve made a list of a few terms that teens use often.

  1. Sus- shortened version of suspicious (eg. He’s pretty sus)
  2. Fit- shorten version of outfit (eg. Check the fit)
  3. Throw hands- fight (eg. I’m gonna throw hands)
  4. Gang gang- a term of agreement
  5. Bet- another term of agreement or a way to say “watch me” (eg. “You can’t do that” “Bet”)
  6. Cap- a lie (eg. That’s cap)
  7. Flex- to show off or something that’s being shown off (eg. Weird flex, but ok)
  8. Lowkey- slightly (eg. I lowkey hate it here)
  9. Vibes- can be used to say “cool”, the energy a person gives off ,or hang out (eg. They have bad vibes or We’re gonna go vibe at the park)
  10. Tea- gossip (eg. Spill the tea)
  11. Salty- bitter (eg. I’m lowkey salty that they said that)
  12. Simp- someone who’s willing to do anything for someone because they like them (eg. I’d simp for him)
  13. Cancel- to stop supporting someone, usually famous, for doing something problematic (eg. He’s cancelled)
  14. Stan- to support someone or something (eg. We stan them)
  15. Shade- subtle insult (eg. He’s throwing shade)
  16. Go off- way to encourage someone to keep talking. it can also be used sarcastically (eg. I don’t really care but go off I guess)
  17. Aight- shortened version of alright (eg. Aight bet let’s do it)
  18. Drop- to stop talking to someone, stop talking about something, or give something out (eg. Drop the skincare routine)
  19. As you should- another term of agreement, usually said when someone says something about themselves (eg. “I dropped them because they were toxic ” “As you should”)
  20. Period- term of agreement used when it’s a finalization of something (eg. “They had such good vibes” “Period”)

This obviously isn’t all of them, but these are the ones that are probably heard most often. A lot of these are very similar, but when they’re used is up to the situation. Hopefully this makes understanding slang a little bit easier.

Riley, Teen Reviewer

I am a senior in high school and an avid reader. I have been reviewing books on this blog since 2012. I love musical theatre and listen to show tunes a lot. I also love murder books (both fiction and nonfiction), and want to go to college to be a forensic scientist after high school. Reading is one of my favorite things to do, so I just put that hobby to good use for my mom.

Comments

  1. Most of these, in particular: bet, shade, gang gang, cap, to name a few aren’t really teen slang so much as African American English terms that white teens have recently discovered/ adopted/ coopted.

    Interesting list, but worth interrogating how new and whether these are even slang. versus simply words in a particular version of English.

    • Karen Jensen, TLT Karen Jensen, TLT says:

      Yes, someone else pointed this out to us as well. I have also heard that some of them have origins in drag ballroom culture, which is also very interesting to look into. Thank you for pointing this out and reminding us to look into the origins, it’s a good reminder. Karen

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