Sunday, October 19, 2008

Respeck Ur Eldrs

Neil posted about this article - originally featured in this month's AARP Magazine - on his website,, 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

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.

obvi: obviously.

totes: totally.

bomb, the: an ultimate favorite.

off the chain: the bomb.

ridonkulous: beyond ridiculous.

sick: extremely cool.

tight: fantastic.

wack: unjustifiable.

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.

Thanks, AARP!

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