Neil posted about this article - originally featured in this month's AARP Magazine - on his website, http://www.citizenofthemonth.com/, the other day, and I just now got around to looking at it. It's a list of words that "the young people" use, complete with definitions even the most...refined of us can understand. I went in prepared to laugh at how grandparents don't know about "AOL" and "necking" but actually ended up getting a little education myself. How many of these words did you know?
crackberry: nickname for a BlackBerry, the addictive phone, e-mail device and general digital gadget.
google: to use a search engine, especially Google.
hit: a visit to a website.
webisode: a video short produced specifically for Internet viewing.
wikidemia: a term paper that was entirely researched on Wikipedia.org.
BFF: best friends forever.
IDK: I don’t know.
LOL: laughing out loud.
OMG: oh my God!
ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing.
TMI: too much information.
bling: sparkly jewelry, often gaudy.
tatted out: covered in tattoos.
tramp stamp: a tattoo on a woman’s lower back, designed for viewing between low-riding jeans and short T-shirts.
scooby doos: good shoes.
soul patch: a small tuft of beard under a male’s lower lip, usually with the rest of the face clean-shaven.
baby mama: the mother of one’s children, usually not a spouse.
boo: boyfriend or girlfriend.
cougar: an older woman who dates younger men.
cupcaking: engaging in a public display of affection.
flirtationship: a prolonged flirtation with an acquaintance, not involving physical contact.
brodown: boys’ night out.
bromance: a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
frenemy: a friend-enemy; someone close to you who often competes or hurts your feelings.
n00b: a newcomer, especially one to online gaming. Also noob, newb, newbie.
peeps: people; one’s closest friends or family.
crunk: a hip-hop genre.
disco nap: a short nap before a night out clubbing.
emo: softcore punk genre and its subculture of angsty teen fans.
mash up: To take elements of existing pieces of music, usually of different genres, and combine them in a new song; also the resulting song.
check vitals: to monitor one’s e-mail, cell phone, voice mail and other electronics.
floss: to show off your wealth, often in a car.
friend: to add as a contact on a social networking website.
jump the shark: to have peaked and now be on a downward slide.
rock: to manifest greatness.
talk smack: to speak negatively or belittle a person, often in the heat of competition.
fo’ shizzle: certainly.
bomb, the: an ultimate favorite.
off the chain: the bomb.
ridonkulous: beyond ridiculous.
sick: extremely cool.
chav: derogatory term for a working-class youth.
nutter: crazy person.
snog: to kiss.
T5: disorganization, like the infamous new Terminal Five at Heathrow Airport.
badonkadonk: an attractive derriere.
I didn't know: wikidemia (though I have definitely perpetrated it), scooby doos (where did this come from?), T5, cupcaking (ew), or flirtationship. Though, to be fair, "flirtationship" isn't a huge leap of understanding. You can add any verb in front of "tationship" and make it a relationship based on that verb. How about: Cuddletationship! It's a relationship where you just cuddle! Foodtationship - it's a friendship where all you two ever do is go out to eat and that's pretty much it! I will, however, be using "T5" to full saturation, so be on the lookout for that.