Teenage slang translation thread

(285 Posts)

This is what I have learned this evening...

Beast = very good.
Peak = rubbish, unfair.

If anyone can add anything else, please do, in the interests of helping me understand what my son is saying to me. grin

notnowImreading Tue 30-Apr-13 21:47:49

Hench: muscular, attractive
Bear/bare: very
Swag: attitude, arrogance, sense of own attractiveness to opposite sex.

VBisme Tue 30-Apr-13 21:49:02

Where do these come from?

Do you think peak might be piqué?

QueenOfCats Tue 30-Apr-13 21:52:50

Mandem: your circle of friends

Piff: attractive

Bredrin: closest friends

Bookie: weird/disgusting (boo-key)

QueenOfCats Tue 30-Apr-13 21:53:46

Gwop: money

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 30-Apr-13 21:54:05

Cat = disgusting
Peng = rather good
Butters = fuck knows.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 30-Apr-13 21:54:41

Bare - i HATE that, for some reason it is so annoying

bubbles1231 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:55:18

Sick= really good, cool

bubbles1231 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:57:23

Bredrin must come from brethren

Fam = friend

Ting = thing (this one drives me potty. He's from Hertfordshire, not Jamaica).

elsie07 Tue 30-Apr-13 21:57:50

Butters - Ugly girl/boy. Nice body but her/his face, shortened to butters.

There is a character in Shameless called Butterface / 'but her face!' I can see how that could get abbreviated to 'butters'.

MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 22:00:40

Game - flirting

Snog Tue 30-Apr-13 22:02:00

Wa gwarn? = how you doin'? (I guess from What's going on)

thornrose Tue 30-Apr-13 22:03:15

Loads of teen slang comes from Jamaican patois, particularly mandem and bredrin. It sounds hilarious coming from "nice" middle class or posh kids grin

I hate fam and don with a vengeance.

Getorf, I thought you meant butters was teen-speak for 'fuck knows'. I feel a bit of a tit, now Elsie's explained it.

I might wilfully misuse it, though, e.g.
Friends Ds: what time you picking me up, Georgian?
Me: Butters, Fam.

GetOrfMoiLand Tue 30-Apr-13 22:09:41

grin sorry georgian

But YES to the wilful misuse. Just to see that wonderful look of teenage derision/confusion.

Snog Tue 30-Apr-13 22:10:11

Fazza = family

DeafLeopard Tue 30-Apr-13 22:14:02

Oh God yes, listening to these middle class home counties boys trying to sound like they are gangstas.

booksteensandmagazines Tue 30-Apr-13 22:17:51

banter: fun chat

trolling: fooling someone

legend: seems to refer to a child who's done something 'sick' at school which the teachers didn't find 'sick'

DS1 uses "tank" not quite sure what it means but it seems to be something good hmm

Bakingnovice Tue 30-Apr-13 22:24:09

Brah - new for bro, which referred to any friend and not actual brothers as I thought.

Blad - blood. Ie family and close friends.


Theselittlelightsofmine Tue 30-Apr-13 22:29:59

Sick is actually spelt Sic if you are using it for for the meaning something very good.


YoniOrNotYoni Tue 30-Apr-13 22:30:30

Faf - fit as fuck

MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 22:31:43

Sick UP - really, really good.

MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:55

(Actually ds1 uses that and he is 7, so not technically a teen)

QueenQueenie Tue 30-Apr-13 22:32:59

I give you Hodge = totally rubbish

thornrose Tue 30-Apr-13 22:48:14

This thread reminds me of the Armstrong and Miller WW2 comedy sketches.

There's nothing like teen slang to make you feel old.....!

MrsTwgtwf Wed 01-May-13 00:28:10

Think this should be an ongoing thread. And for historical interest, it should be archived in Classics. smile Essential parental info exchange.

Gadge - i think is just like mate.

I like to speak to my brother with all the slang when his friends are around. He hates it and tells me to grow up

Natmu Wed 01-May-13 00:42:20

You're bear jarring me man - you're annoying me somewhat old chum

Wow. Just...wow. = I am so appalled that I am lost for words.

Boom! = Trolled! = Zing! = Burn! = I feel for you, as you have just been bested in a verbal joust.

VeremyJyle Wed 01-May-13 01:04:17

Waste man = idiot?
Feds = Police
Gee/G-Star = Abbreviation of Gangster (something they all aspire to be)

Most of the above have been overheard in the past 24 hours already, I could lower the tone with the sexual ones but maybe not

VeremyJyle Wed 01-May-13 01:07:06

In reply to purple there's nothing like these threads to make me feel young in that I either say these words or have done in the past 5 years gringrin

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Wed 01-May-13 02:08:30

I am in my mid 30s & I know what pretty much all of these mean & I am aware that people have been using them 'for time'.
Teens evidently need something new.

craftybelle Wed 01-May-13 07:22:02

and why do they end sentences with the word much? As in, nice hair, much, or great tv programme, much?

It seems to mean that they approve, but it's so weird. Or is that just my son's school?!

QueenQueenie Wed 01-May-13 07:35:10

moist = very very lame

YOLO. I have no idea what it actually means. My ds1 says it all the time.
I asked him once. He said "you only live once innit"
I am still baffled as to why he keeps saying it.

DENCH. Good. I think. Possibly.

SWAG. used in a sentence by ds1 "I've got to go get my swag on"
No idea.

SMH. shake my head. What's the point of saying the letters?
Just shake your fucking head if you need to. I can see you.
There's no need to say it

bootsycollins Wed 01-May-13 08:08:17

Arw it's brilliant innit, my friends sister despite being in her late 20's does all the tacky gangster talk with loads of wide arm gestures, she sounds like an N Dubz reject, cringe!.

Talking of boys from the Home Counties that utter cunt Tim Westwood has got to be the worst offender ever, and he's a grown up ffs.

hellonewworld Wed 01-May-13 08:09:59

Gyaliss - A person who has a lot of female attention. Wifey- girlfriend. Crud- basically crap , will add more later grin

DoingTheSwanThing Wed 01-May-13 09:19:43

Buff = attractive (presumably also well-groomed).

FasterStronger Wed 01-May-13 09:35:39

I second teens need more new language and Tim Westwood is a dreadful man.

chocoluvva Wed 01-May-13 09:43:40

"tank" can be a noun meaning someone who's very large, strong and fit or a verb meaning do something very well, eg play well in a football match/eat all of a huge meal very quickly and completely.

Yoked = muscular/well built

gillywillywoo Wed 01-May-13 09:59:26

Butters = ugly
Bare = "very" OR "lots of"
Gash = girls
Wasteman = idiot/fool (male)
Wastegash = idiot/fool (female)
ISIT? = oh really?
Peng = attractive
Fam/blud = good friend
Bate = obvious
Dutty = nasty
Sick = amazing, good, awesome
Skeen = ok, agreed
Safe = ok, agreed, trustworthy
Long = boring, repetitive, far
Badman = thug

I heard a conversation like this yesterday -

Boy 1- "Fam, was in Lewisham today and there was bare gash in the shopping centre"

Boy 2- "Isit?!"

Boy 3 - "Blud, the girls in Lewisham are butters. Proper wastegash. You should go Croydon, bare gash and proper peng like"

Boy 1 - "Nah man, Croydon is long."

Boy 2 - "Yeah and mandem in Croydon fink they are proper badmans blud, we ain't goin Croydon"

Deary me.

MerryMarigold Wed 01-May-13 10:02:43

That just made me proper LOL, Gilly!

noddyholder Wed 01-May-13 10:03:59

wagwan what are we doing tonight?

Jimalfie Wed 01-May-13 10:19:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Jimalfie Wed 01-May-13 10:21:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

oh yes, anytime I ask ds1 to do anything he says "oh allow it mum, thats long"

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 10:52:51

allow.. Loww it you aren't meant to say the whole word.

Most of these are Jamaican slang/patois.

I have seen a few of the terms mutate a bit too, Me and my son have had a few laughs at the idiots from the small town we lived in briefly, who were horribly racist to my son, but who now use these expressions on facebook [mutual friend-we have fb stalked them yes] but they use them in the totally wrong context!

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 10:53:58

* My son doesn't and never has used those terms BTW.

Except Dench, but thats a gaming word and fairly new, well it started in gaming anyway.

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 11:00:53

Dench, invented by Lethal Bizzle and his cousin Emmanuel Frimpong [footballer] while they were playing fifa on xbox [or something like that]

They now have a clothing line.


But what does DENCH mean amber?

Tbh, it makes me laugh a little because ds1 goes to a predominatly white school. But even though he has had racism directed at him, comments made about how he must be a mugger with a knife because he is a black teenager, all sorts really (but that's a whole other thread), all they boys there talk like they just stepped off the plane from Jamaica.

gillywillywoo Wed 01-May-13 11:26:23

Dench = really cool, awesome, nice grin

beachyhead Wed 01-May-13 11:51:42

I'm going to test my teens when they come home!!!

GetOrfMoiLand Wed 01-May-13 11:52:18

Funny thing was Judi Dench was interviewed on Radio 1 and she posed for a picture with Greg James with a Dench hat on pic

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 12:47:32

Dench doesn't actually mean any one thing, it isn't just used to describe something good either, it can mean something negative too.

Yes Judi Dench was a good sport about the whole thing apparently!

Yes Tantrums, it's ironic isn't it.

I grew up in SE London and sometimes I'll slip in without really thinking about it a random word from my yoof, that come from a hybrid of Docker slang/Gypsy slang/Jamaican slang, my children look at me like hmm and say 'MuUUm, how do you know about that?' and I have to point out that they didn't actually invent those terms, that they have just picked them up under the impression that they are new!

RussiansOnTheSpree Wed 01-May-13 13:02:31

Actually, Dench has meant shit but overrated for years. Whatever the teens are using it to mean now doesn't actually negate it's true meaning.

smoothieooo Wed 01-May-13 13:09:10

'Are you parring me?' = are you showing me disrespect?

After I found this out I used it on DS2 (13) and he couldn't believe I'd said it! I may have also called him 'Trash Man' too, just for the effect.

DS1 (14) never uses teenage slang. He was born in the wrong era I think...!

FasterStronger Wed 01-May-13 13:27:32

'Are you parring me?' sounds almost Shakespearian.

Queenbee245 Wed 01-May-13 13:39:58

KMT= kiss my teeth (not a good thing meant as a sign of disrespect)
Shook= scared
Wired= drug induced paranoia
Peak= good (his hat is peak)
Narmean = do you know what I mean?
Bless = parting word

FifiShops Wed 01-May-13 13:55:27

"Cotch" / "Cotchin" = Chilled / Relaxing

Queenbee: in our area, 'peak' has negative connotations. It usually means someone or something is unfair, harsh or ungenerous. For example, if a parent asks you do your revision before allowing you to go out, that would be bare peak.

I have heard 'tank' used to describe an admirable rugby tackle.

My son and his friends use the word 'Hesky' a lot. Similar to Dench, perhaps?

'And your face' seems to be an all-purpose reply to pretty much any comment.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 14:05:16

Haha, love this thread.

Cotch I think comes from the word couch - basically just relaxing on the couch? Not sure though, hard to work out where some of these words originate!

I offer you:

Fully gassed - big headed, full of yourself.
Sheg - really messed up.
Wavey - drunk/high. Most of my son's school friends have their facebook names as 'Wavey ..............' shock.

Thanks for the YOLO
I saw a girl with YOLO all over her tights and I thought it might be VOLO and be derived from the latin verb' to want'
(feels centuries old)

piratecat Wed 01-May-13 14:11:56

Orangefooted am grin @ your
'for time'!

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 14:16:55

Do any of you slip into the slang yourself ?

I find I do it all the time, as a jokey way of chatting to my Ds, doesn't go down too well.

Don't try it fam blush.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 14:22:38

Even the primary school children around here speak like this.

Yesterday picking up my girls:

"where you going fam?" 8 year old to friend going past.
"Home innit. Why you still at school?" replies friend.
"Don't watch that fam!!!" answers 8 year old.

FrogPrincess Wed 01-May-13 14:26:22

such a useful thread! DD never uses any of these but occasionally uses a bit of nadsat..... then again she is a rebel in her own way. Yesterday she informed me she was only using proper spelling and punctuation in all her texts (including semi-colons). DH and I do indulge in the odd bit of teenage speak just to see her roll her eyes at us.

notso Wed 01-May-13 14:33:59

I saw a girl with YOLO all over her tights and I thought it might be VOLO and be derived from the latin verb' to want'
(feels centuries old)

At least your interpretation was intelligent, I thought it was short for Yo, Hello,
DD was most unimpressed when I said to her in front of two mates,
"I got you that Yo Hello top you wanted"
Her friends nearly pissed themselves!

I am only 32!

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 14:43:36

In the same vibe as YOLO, my son asked me for a YMCMB bag.

Drum roll:

Young money cash money billionaire - or summat!

Queenbee245 Wed 01-May-13 14:45:42

YOLO was made famous by the rapper Drake who also gave us HYFR (hell yeah fucking right)
I have teenage dsc

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 15:00:06

Lean - drunk
Sket - Slag

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 15:02:22

Proper - Really

doubleshotespresso Wed 01-May-13 15:46:48

It does make me smile when I travel around various areas of London and hear children of all colours and creeds talking as if they have onvented their own language....

Most of the above is largely of Jamaican origin and it makes me crack up that all these kids live far from gangster lifestyles and when they go home and ask what is for dinner they wouldn't know a Dutch pot if they were hit with one.....

My kids complain of bare stress if asked to do anything which is nauseating/funny in equal measure.

lol at the whole thread! i am now acutely aware of my age and i am only 38!!
i have used 'proper' though....

nikaia60 Wed 01-May-13 16:37:33

Right.....so it looks like I'll actually have even less understanding of what my daughter is saying when she hits her teens than I do now.. (she's 18 months old. A few clear words, the rest just incoherent babble...)

My OH is 25 and still uses some of these words.

<hangs head>

CinnabarRed Wed 01-May-13 17:09:05

Unit = fat girl (becuase she's as wide as she's tall as she's deep)

TheCountessOlenska Wed 01-May-13 17:12:43

Ah bless them! I'm actually looking forward to having teenagers in a weird way grin

The young people at DH's work say YOLO, also LTD (Live the Dream)

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 17:16:57

^Wavey - drunk/high. Most of my son's school friends have their
facebook names as 'Wavey^

Wavey = drunk/high but also means 'exceptionally good' when refering to a persons appearance or 'swagger' so that would explain the 'WAVEY..XXX' type facebook names.

Cotch = to 'set up' or 'rest up' somewhere for chilling or just hanging out purposes. [jamaican term]

Beef = to be in conflict with another person, ranging from a minor dispute to full blown war! 'he's got some beef with me' or 'mans beefing him innit' 'mans tryna beef me'

This may be helpful too

BonzoDooDah Wed 01-May-13 17:56:12

Well this has been an education {she said in received pronunciation}

Bit shock at gash = girl though. Gash = genitals (crude) so a bit grim if the kids are thinking it's okay to refer to girls as such.

I can see I need to watch this thread.
We were watching <whispers > BGT on Saturday and DS2 said "swag" at that little girl as if he was in awe. I didn't give him the satisfaction of asking what it meant.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 18:06:46

ooooh thanks AmberLeaf didn't know that about 'wavey', not so shock after all then!

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 18:49:09

Gillywoo - sounds very familiar, but then I must live fairly close to you!

Butters is butt-ugly
sket is a ho, but the worst of the worst

Pan Wed 01-May-13 18:59:43

Am soo looking forward to 'testing' 13 yo dd, who is as sweet as pie and lives semi-rural in da North. Dench.

Pan Wed 01-May-13 19:08:29

Reminds me of the English/patois misunderstanding:

Rasta: Pass me de beer can.
Nigel: <passes tin of Red Stripe>
Rasta: Naah, man. De beer can! So's I can fry it wit de eggs.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:11:23

grin Pan, love it!

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 19:13:54


love moist - DS describes most of the boys in his year group as moist!

He has never heard of hodge, though - dead (or wack, apparently!)

Pan Wed 01-May-13 19:14:24

Not patois, but dench.grin

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:15:47

Moist yooooooooot, kmt!

Pan Wed 01-May-13 19:21:57

A lot of the inverted stuff comes from the time of slavery in the U.S., so the slaves could talk within hearing of the 'masters'. So "Me overs?" means, " You understand?"

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 01-May-13 19:22:50

I thought the origin of "Butters" was from Butt Ugly?

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 19:24:25

Yep Neo!

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:24:45

Oh yes, also something recent. The girls at school are all 'hotspices' especially on facebook. So a group of girls would call themselves 'year 9 hotspices' etc.

Whats the origin of that I wonder?

Is it just a London thing/ting?

The mind boggles.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 01-May-13 19:25:28

I'm very pissed off at things like "sket" and "Gash" and I hope that parents are discouraging their use. They're DISGUSTING terms that are designed to keep girls down.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:26:18

'sket and 'gash' are the new 'slag and 'cunt'.

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 19:27:09

I agree, Neo, they are foul. Have heard girls use skets about other girls, too.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 01-May-13 19:29:28

Yes Pesky and at school in the 80s I well remember the awful feeling when you couldn't do right for doing wrong....go with a lad and you were a slag...don't go with a lad and you were a "fridge" or frigid.

I wonder what the term for a girl who doesn't sleep with boys is now.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 01-May-13 19:29:57

Tilly yes...it's horrible from either sex.

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 19:34:03

In my head I'm saying 'Pure' Neo but I'm not sure where I got that from confused so might not be at all accurate

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:36:21

Agreed, they are such violent sounding words to me, especially gash, just nasty.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 01-May-13 19:38:50

I mean the male version of Gash would be "Stalk" or "Rod" or something...that reduces them to their sexual organ.

"Nice bit of Rod over there..." kind of thing. Can't quite see it really!

"Cor...get a load of that stalk girls!"

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 19:44:50

Hotspice isn't just a London ting grin

Sket comes from Skettel another Jamaican one.

gillywillywoo Wed 01-May-13 19:44:56

Bigtilly I live in hither green smile

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 19:47:04

<Waves at the fellow 'blue boro mandem'>

smornintime Wed 01-May-13 19:47:29

I look at all this and I keep seeing Rastamouse in my head

AmberLeaf Wed 01-May-13 19:47:59


carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 19:51:07

I really hope all this gangsta nonsense is over by the time by dds are grown up

Ohhelpohnoitsa Wed 01-May-13 19:51:58

flex = calm down dear.

what the heck does "hashtag" mean? I know what one is, but on the radio they keep reading out messages like "john's in his garden, hashtag, so nice". what does that mean?

YokoUhOh Wed 01-May-13 19:54:53

The kids at the North London comp I used to teach at always said 'alie' if they agreed with someone's point of view and wished to back them up. Do they still say that? <bare old, fam>

Also, creps for trainers???

YokoUhOh Wed 01-May-13 19:57:55

ohhelp it's a Twitter thing so you tweet 'I have nothing to say' and then add #boringcow, as if to reinforce the point you're making smile

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 19:59:07

yes to Alie, used lots (also North London here) for when you agree with someone.

I always thought it meant 'your joking/kidding me/lying' so the opposite of how its meant now.

Yep, creps still trainers/shoes.

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:02:12

Yes to creps.

Waves to the galdem!

Surprised no-ones mentioned shankin yet.

YokoUhOh Wed 01-May-13 20:02:26

Thing is, Pesky, it took me ages to work out how to explain the meaning of 'alie' because the kids always say it in a really vociferous way, like 'you read my mind'

YokoUhOh Wed 01-May-13 20:03:50

Tilly and the noun, 'shank'...'got bare shanks and bare manz backin me, blud' sad

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:11:05

Haha bigTilly shankin! They say 'merked' round here.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:16:12

Actually, I'm thinking now, merked is more beaten up/attacked and shanked/shivved is knifed.


TerrysAllGold Wed 01-May-13 20:16:15

Facety/faasti - impudent, brass necked.

Soon come - Will be with you soon.

Cool runnings - have a safe trip.

(Everyting) cook and curry - everythings fine, everything's sorted.

Lick - hit.

Vex - annoy.

Don't it - isn't it?

Raw - ravinously hungry.

gillywillywoo Wed 01-May-13 20:17:03

Lol I've never heard of lewisham being referred to as the blue borough haha... Makes sense!

<waves> grin

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:20:08

Terrys loving that list, but I don't know any teens who use those words. Too old school.

Aunts, uncles and grandma's definitely, but not the teens of today grin

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 20:23:47

Chirpse - flirt
Reach - Bit like coming/come 'reach here fam'
On Road - Outside

TerrysAllGold Wed 01-May-13 20:24:22

A fair few I know do, Pesky. One particular lad who dropped a couple of those expressions into conversation recently had a hell of a shock when I responded in kind! grin

A couple of others I've heard recently - bounce (to leave as in "I'm going to bounce soon") and hench - strong and muscular. I've quite taken to hench but I'm trying desperately to avoid using it. New teen slang is not attractive coming from an old woman!

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 20:25:28

Slumped is also used instead of shanked

AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 01-May-13 20:28:45

Blem = cigarette/tobacco
Blemboss = person smoking just to show off

I learned this when practicing smoking my electric cigarette. My son came in and caught me and pissed himself laughing. Then shouted to his brother "Fam, fam! Look at dis, Mummy's da blemboss! Buck me your lectric blem, Mum. pleeeese yolo yolo."

crow - weed
get blunted - get high
buck me - give me

as in "buck me sum crow so I can get blunted"

ballin- getting money

flex- to exaggerate

based- you have connections and money in the city where you live

teks- you have techniques (you're good)

a benz - an amount of weed worth 10 pounds

move to- prepare to beat up

move- attempt to seduce

link- meet up

spot- the place where you usually smoke weed

goin bombing/ bombing tracks - grafittiing on the railways

yard- house

free yard- no one is in the house

bax- a hench punch

repping- representing

(shock at how much my 14 year olds know about weed)

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:29:57

Pesky, where are you? Doesn't seem to be old skool here!

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:31:05

Love hench too. DD's bf is henchsmile

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 20:34:00

AcrylicPlexiglass wins the thread!

Agree with Pesky, that earlier list was used when I was at school in the 90's.

Nothing like that now round here.

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:36:27

Where are you carrie?

How about lodged?

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 20:38:03

The beautiful town of Reading grin

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:39:43

grin that SE London is behind Reading in the teen street slang stakes!

AvrilPoisson Wed 01-May-13 20:43:49

Can't believe no-one's mentioned FML yet! (Fuck my life- i.e. everything is terrible... well... I ran out of lipbalm or I can't get a lift to town, or my straighteners broke hmm)

IllegalYoniFarm Wed 01-May-13 20:47:01

This thread is hilarious! grin

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 20:47:07

I use FML when my car was written off the other day.

bigTilly - We're full of little gangstas. Its such a joy. hmm

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:49:03

I'm in North London, and without outing myself, not a million miles away from White Hart Lane wink!

That great list of Terrys really made me smile. Reminds me of how my DCs dads family talk, especially at family re-unions when the banter is flowing.

The teen slang around here now is a milion miles away from that but derived from it I guess?

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:54:05

So carrie, what slang do your gangsta's use then?

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:54:05

Ah, how could I have forgotten this little gem.

Begfriend - arse licker grin.

bigTillyMint Wed 01-May-13 20:54:42

Yes - just beg here - also used by DS about most of his yearhmm

dementedma Wed 01-May-13 20:55:01

Wow, it seems that that thankfully hardly any of this crap has permeated Scotland yet! I asked dd2 about it and she said witheringly " yeah, some neds talk like that but no one in their right mind does!
I have to agree

50shadesofvomit Wed 01-May-13 20:56:28

Round here the kids spell butters with a z so Butterz rather than Butters.

They also spell peng as paing (I remember asking if it was spelt peng as in penguin.)

I don't know if this one's been mentioned but my son says "The Boss" a lot. I remember another adult looking puzzled and me translating it as "the bee's knees" and my son looking puzzled. Maybe we need to start talking in the language of our youth and confusing our teens/pre-teens.

I'm laughing really hard now that I know that the language is based on Jamaican language as my son and most of his friends are white middle class and use a lot of the terms especially the ones of the first 2 or 3 pages.
I wonder if there are regional variations?

TerrysAllGold Wed 01-May-13 20:56:40

Your location probably explains all, PeskyRat. I'm about 60 or 70 miles north of London. The slang some of the kids around here use is the same as the slang used when I was growing up in the city several years ago. Maybe it's a case of everything being slow to catch up here?

Although I'm white English it was part of my youth and I can still drop into it without a thought. I'm often caught telling the children "Come now!" or replying "Soon come" and not to vex me. It takes me back to another world, the home of my best childhood friend and the warmth of her late, much missed Jamaican parents. Happy days.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 20:59:20

I remember so well using the equivalent slang language in the '80's, trying to be all ghetto and street and I'm anything but!

I could switch it on and off though, and that's what I did, much like most of the kids do today I expect.

They only talk like that when they're 'out on road' <hopes>

50shadesofvomit Wed 01-May-13 21:00:51

Is it a sign of old age that I am noting how these words are spelt?

Ds1 has no clue if it's bare/bear etc

OhHullitsOnlyMeYoni Wed 01-May-13 21:00:52

I'm just wondering what the local townies would think if I bought myself a DENCH top to push DD around in her buggy...hehehe grin Might be worth it to see their faces!
Maybe we could start a spoof 'How to be Iconically Anti-Mumsy' thread in S&B (I hate those mumsy or not threads!)

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 21:05:43

50shades I wonder, because it's street 'talk', it never used to be written down at all, but now with Fb and twitter, the spelling takes some pondering!

About peng, it was peng-a-leng here for a long time. Blardy peng-a-leng, reminds me of boom-shang-a-lang grin.

PeskyRat Wed 01-May-13 21:09:44

Terrys yes, that caribbean slang evokes memories and feelings of times past and is here to stay.

I doubt today's slang will last beyond a few years (tank da Lord!)

AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 01-May-13 21:14:17

yat- girl
beat= sex

lol @ peng a leng. My boys used to say that all the time.

TerrysAllGold Wed 01-May-13 21:15:02

Tank da Lord indeed, PeskyRat! smile

carriedawayannie Wed 01-May-13 21:24:50

I only hear it when 15yo dsd is here. Or when the neighbours teens are hanging around out front.

Dh's face was [shocked] when dh asked me what 'beat' meant after looking at dsd fb page grin

AtiaoftheJulii Wed 01-May-13 22:04:50

I'm near Carrie. One I haven't read here yet is "on it" - not quite going out, but hooking up regularly.

BrittaPie Wed 01-May-13 22:07:57

Surely this doesn't go on up north? My sister lives in London (and works in a primary school) and she has told me some baffling things that get said down there - for example, apparently when children are excited they say "oh my days!"

I don't mix much with teenagers here, but surely I'd have noticed if they started talking like this? Or maybe I wouldn't?

My 20yo sister does say that clothes look "sketty", but not just slutty, kind of tatty or cheap - eg she said a cardigan with a hole in was "sketty" the other day.

Ezza1 Wed 01-May-13 22:48:53

Ahh, thanks Avril for explaining FML - its been bugging me for ages and I keep forgetting to ask the DCs!

AmberLeaf Thu 02-May-13 00:03:10

One I haven't read here yet is "on it" - not quite going out, but hooking up regularly

'On it' just means being into something, or willing to partake...eg boy 1 'Im going Morleys' boy 2...'yh Im on that' = that sounds good, I'll come too.

So relating to a relationship status, that could mean, being rather into a person or keen.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 00:16:40

At dd's school, it definitely means something's happening, not just fancying someone :-D

AmberLeaf Thu 02-May-13 00:33:30

It doesn't have anything to do with relationships though, that is what I am saying!

It is an expression of keeness.

I can tell you're not from London! wink

AmberLeaf Thu 02-May-13 00:34:48

AtiaoftheJulii, what you are talking about would be known as 'doin a ting' with someone.

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 00:53:33

I am from London actually, just don't live there any more.

And are you really suggesting that the local teenagers are using slang incorrectly? Would you like to come and correct them?

Isn't the point that it has a life of its own?

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 00:55:56

Gosh, I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be patronised by someone over the age of 17.

carriedawayannie Thu 02-May-13 01:12:02

At my old place of work, the men aged around 20ish would say on it to mean sex eg Did you get on it - Charmers eh?

With the teens I know it means to like something 'do you want come to my free yard? On it'

AmberLeaf Thu 02-May-13 01:25:01

Did you miss the yellow smiley?

I knew someone would just have to get offended on this lighthearted thread.

But yes I am really suggesting that the local teenagers are using slang incorrectly.

That is half the point of this thread isn't it? all these white MC, or just white teens using slang words of largely Jamaican origin that they don't even understand?

Of course language can mutate, but that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with pointing out their true meaning.

I would have no qualms about correcting them either. Why would I?

carriedawayannie Thu 02-May-13 01:31:46

I'm not going to correct it when my dds are older. I'm going to ban it.

I can't stop what they do outside but in the house they will speak properly or I won't respond.

They need to understand the difference between speaking with their mates and talking to adults.

How else will they cope in the job market? I don't know how some of the teens round here will cope when it comes to interviews as it seems to be their only way of speaking.

AmberLeaf Thu 02-May-13 01:35:25

My correcting them was refering to Atias post asking if I'd correct the teens local to her using slang incorrectly.

Thankfully, I don't need to correct my teens, they speak 'proper' grin

SeymoreButts Thu 02-May-13 03:37:55

Argh to gash now meaning "girls". It meant vagina in my day.

RussiansOnTheSpree Thu 02-May-13 07:58:31

It also means trash (airline slang). Which is so sad. Because I bet there is a link.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Thu 02-May-13 08:01:37

Seymore it's always been used as a general term for women and girls...by utter twats.

carriedawayannie: you can try to ban it, but it's much more effective if you start using it yourself. If I start using a word or phrase, DS1 drops it like a stone. The whole point of young people using slang is to aid cohesion of their peer tribe and to differentiate themselves from the older generation.

He does use (mostly) standard English at home with us, it's just the odd word or phrase that creeps in when he forgets. He is also perfectly capable of speaking and writing in standard English to his teachers and adults outside the family.

HappyAsEyeAm Thu 02-May-13 09:12:55

Bloody hell, I am living a sheltered life! I have never heard any of these words. Mind you, DS1 is only 5. Maybe I should learn a few so tat I have a head start!

Theselittlelightsofmine Thu 02-May-13 09:20:28

"Sup"-short version of "what's up" other wise know as "Hi, how are you" but not actually requiring a reply.

I have to agree with Amber definition of "on it", maybe its a london thing? grin

The young white MC teens at ds1 schools have taken to using "little more" as a goodbye. They have no idea why. The reason why is because my FIL always said it. So my DH always said it. So my DS says it. Its a jamaican expression but they are all running around saying it. Its quite funny.

gillywillywoo Thu 02-May-13 09:43:25

I also have I agree with amber re: "on it".

Kids around here use it for agreeing with something eg -

"we should go to that party tonight in clapham"
"Yeah fam, I'm on that"


gillywillywoo Thu 02-May-13 09:46:22

A lot of older people use "on it" as well....

My boss might say to me "can you get that report done by lunchtime please"

And I'll say "on it!"

carriedawayannie Thu 02-May-13 09:54:02

Are you drinking tonight?

I'm on it like sonic

Was a common phrase in my yoof

PeskyRat Thu 02-May-13 10:15:37

Haha, this thread was on my mind last night and I remembered another one.

Bun dat - forget it/dismiss it/not happening.

Is it really bad that I use the above a lot when my DS asks me if he can have 'xyz' for the umpteenth time.

Someone upthread said the best way to get them to stop using the slang is to use it at them.

So true.

My DS doesn't speak slang (at least not at home) probably because I always get in there first and it's mortifying to him blush .

Soz aba you.

Think this might just be in Liverpool. It's the young person's equivalent of holding up an imaginary handbag and saying 'OooooooOOOooo'.

You can also be soz aba yourself.

gillywillywoo Thu 02-May-13 11:05:56

Just remembered one that gets used all the bloody time... How could I forget?!

"Allow it" - translates to "forget it"


Boy1- "fam let's go to that party Brixton tonight"

Boy2- "Nahhhh allow it blud, Brixton is far"

"Far" meaning far away obviously - they shorten it to far (I hear this a lot!)

gillywillywoo Thu 02-May-13 11:08:38

Oh and also..

"Don't watch that" translates to "don't worry"

bigTillyMint Thu 02-May-13 11:12:58


DD doesn't really do much teen street language, but DS loves it - despite being WMC, most of his friends are 2nd or 3rd generation black British and he likes to fit inwink

Yes, because "far AWAY" is clearly too long to say.

Like when my daughter texts me K instead of OK. because another letter is too long.
everything is too long is this house.

Load the dishwasher.
Oh allow it that's long.

Go and get x from upstairs
Oh allow it that's long.

bigTillyMint Thu 02-May-13 11:16:48

Or KK!

bigTillyMint Thu 02-May-13 11:17:15

And DD text me things like
thank youuuuuuuuuuu!

yes i get those texts as well.

why is OK to long to text but thankkkk youuuuuu alright?

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 11:30:33

Lol, I just looked up "on it" in urban dictionary out of curiosity - it has all the above uses listed - but what made me laugh was the mellifluous phrase, "nah, we're just on it, innit" :-)

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 11:34:04

My dd's shorten everything - obvs everyone says totes and blates, but I'm never quite sure whether hilair (hilarious) and cray (crazy) are just them or more widespread?

gillywillywoo Thu 02-May-13 11:43:06

Hilair is used everywhere.... As is cray!


"Dat shit is cray"

Or even "craycray"

StrangeGlue Thu 02-May-13 11:53:42

In some parts of London 'isit' means yes.

'Do you wanna a cuppa'

AtiaoftheJulii Thu 02-May-13 12:06:25

Gilly, for some reason I find that reassuring! Makes them sound slightly less loopy smile

WhiteBirdBlueSky Thu 02-May-13 12:10:07

Do they get it from Rastamouse? Maybe we should ask ... "Did you get that from Rastamouse?"

chrome100 Thu 02-May-13 12:26:18

This is a very illuminating thread. Although we did used to say "butters" about ten years ago.

putyourhatonsweetie Thu 02-May-13 12:42:25

fuck I am old

Cooroo Thu 02-May-13 13:14:43

Mine's started saying 'snazzy' in much the same context it would have been used by someone already past it in the 70s... May be just her though?

hugoagogo Thu 02-May-13 13:16:01

dh was flabberghasted when ds asked 'who put crack on your cornflakes?' grin

bigTillyMint Thu 02-May-13 13:22:44


Love it hugo - will have to remember that one!

oscarwilde Thu 02-May-13 13:33:12

Loving "who put crack on your cornflakes". I'll have to use that on DH, he's a morning person. Sigh.

Is vex teenage slang? My grandmother used to use that. "I'm very vexed with you / don't vex me" and so on. She was about as far removed from gangsta slang as it was possible to be. Used to make us turn off Neighbours because it was so risque grin

I expect the Mail will be along shortly, and blame the BBC and Rastamouse.

KansasCityOctopus Thu 02-May-13 13:46:33

having read some of these, i think i know why the 'yoof' avoid the rock/metal scene... we use a lot of these as adults among ourselves and have done for YEARS!

"on it" has been in use by me for a looooong time, lol.

also use
shanked (although this means someones screwed you over)

hugoagogo Thu 02-May-13 15:37:13

'effort' is the one I hear over an over again, I think it means he can't be arsed. grin

bubby64 Thu 02-May-13 16:06:49

Sleepy Suffolk, but my two 12yr olds already using a lot of these (since dtsrting High School in local town) and Dh and I were bemused. I have bookmarked here gor referral purposes.grin grin
I think I'll start using more traditinal Suffolk phases to confuse them as much as they confuse me.wink

Shyandon Thu 02-May-13 16:12:09

Butters (Buttas?) is a really ugly girl...apparently...

MissBetseyTrotwood Thu 02-May-13 19:22:28

Children 'dash' things around here, meaning knock them over or throw with intent, (mostly annoyed intent.) Which I always have a little larf at as it sounds so archaic.

KingRollo Thu 02-May-13 20:01:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dementedma Thu 02-May-13 20:43:55

please please can you all keep this slang darn sarf - it makes me shudder just to read it. the only one i recognise is dd saying that something is "proper" funny or "proper" bad.
I wouldnt allow the dcs to speak like that in the house anyway, but it sounds horrible!

ComposHat Thu 02-May-13 22:52:14

I hadn't realised that Butters was the 'yute' equivilent to what we referred to as 'bobfoc' (body off baywatch, face off crime watch or a Monet (looks good from a distance, but bloody awful close up)

ComposHat Thu 02-May-13 22:55:02

I worked with a black collegue at social services who thought the white kids were taking the piss out of him with their faux Jamaican yardie speak, but after a while he worked out it was the way they talked all the time.

MagratOfStolat Thu 02-May-13 23:05:50


Someone asked upthread what Butters meant, and have had a read but can't find a proper explanation.

A "Butterface" is a shorthand of "...But her face". The phrase "...but her face" is normally prefixed by "Everything about her is very attractive...".

Essentially it means someone with a face that lets down the rest of her qualities.

thornrose Thu 02-May-13 23:26:16

It's funny because my 13yo dd's dad was Jamaican and she has lots of Jamaican family but she uses very few of these expressions. Maybe growing up around them in context used by older people removes the appeal?

bigTillyMint Fri 03-May-13 07:00:20

Magrat Butters comes from BUTT UGLY and the kids don't use it in the way you say round here - girls, (though it might be a boy), are just plain "butters"

MagratOfStolat Fri 03-May-13 08:41:40

Aww, when I was in my yoof it was always Butterface!

PoshPaula Fri 03-May-13 09:48:56

'Reem' (means good, generally acceptable, lovely)
'Hangin' (hungover)
'Reel it in' (stop making sexual overtures towards others)

I have a 20 year old.

PoshPaula Fri 03-May-13 09:50:22

Oh also, forgot a particularly awful one from a few years' back -

'Chattin' shit' (talking a lot of nonsense).

smoothieooo Fri 03-May-13 10:27:18

Oh God I got it so wrong last night when DS2 was being an arse. I told him he was 'Dench' and got a beaming smile and a 'Thanks mum'!

wonderingagain Fri 03-May-13 10:30:35

I remember being flummoxed when a new girl at school in the 80s started reeling off with full Jamaican patois - she was an ordinary white girl, I thought she was having a laugh. It turned out she came from Jamaica and had just arrived and that way of speaking was completely normal for her.

Great thread - no new words to add I'm afraid.

PoshPaula Fri 03-May-13 10:36:37

The very young are quite exclusive in their use of slang. My son was taken aback when I used the term 'lush' recently. I annoyed him further by explaining to him what it meant.

musicalLucy Fri 03-May-13 11:26:33

Bang out - two meanings: either really good at something that everyone else admires "you should see him running, he's a real bang out"; or used about nerdy people who are really good at stuff that other kids don't care about "oh him, he's a bang out..."

Mandy2003 Fri 03-May-13 12:03:50

I love "Bear sick" meaning vair naice - always makes me smile.

Deathwatchbeetle Fri 03-May-13 13:38:37

You can always tell him "Tanks" for that....

ComposHat Fri 03-May-13 14:23:44

I was listening to 'Cockney Translator' by Smiley Culture and it is interesting to hear the crossover between East London/Jamaican Patois happening as early as the mid 80s.

I think it is now recognised as a distinct dialect known as Multicultural London English.

Smiley Culture

doubleshotespresso Sat 04-May-13 15:22:12

Wow Smiley Culture, wish he was still around. He always made me smile with his lyrics....

bigTillyMint Sat 04-May-13 16:15:41

Sideman is a favourite with DS ATM...

ComposHat Sat 04-May-13 18:54:43

Yes, I really like 'Police Officer' too, the way he switches between accents in that is incredible.

doubleshotespresso Sat 04-May-13 22:02:13

Police officer my favourite! And the video is so funny even now

ComposHat Sun 05-May-13 03:14:11

oh I hadn't seen the video I had to YouTube it.

But yes...great stuff indeed.

JulesJules Wed 19-Jun-13 10:19:14

Proper Mintage = excellent, proper mint is a Geordie phrase anyway

Awesome sauce = excellent

Dench and YOLO

These are the only ones I've noticed from dd1, but she's only 11

MondayMorningGreens Wed 19-Jun-13 10:26:43

Stacked= (woman with a) great figure.

Was getting lunch yesterday and this butters bloke kept looking at me proper creepy. I told my 18-year old colleague that I was with that this guy was frekaing me out.

She said 'He's checking on you coz you're stacked'.

Never felt so much like a curver box in all my life.

johnworf Wed 19-Jun-13 10:32:46

this thread is hilarious. I haven't got a bloody clue without the translations/definitions attached!

Fascinated by this. I don't have a teenager yet (although the attitude and the grunting would suggest otherwise) but we have the opposite - DS talks like a 1950's school story. The first time he said "golly" DH and I nearly fell off our chairs with badly suppressed giggles. His current favourite is "pips" (=pipsqueak =easy as in "that test was pips") confused

I blame the school grin

silverangel Wed 19-Jun-13 11:03:03

DH is a teacher. He actually comes out with things like 'wasteman' in context sometimes. He is claerly spending far too much time picking up slang in the playground...

Maryz Wed 19-Jun-13 11:22:22

My kids use Irish Teenage Slang.

I don't understand any of it.

amazingmumof6 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:10:54

my 11 year old tried to explain something to me then said - "are you picking up what I'm laying down?"

I gave him an icy smile and told him to never dare to talk to me like that again.
It was so difficult not to laugh in his face, so I went to the bathroom, shut the door, stuffed a towel in my mouth so he couldn't hear me ROFL grin

I'm here to learn more

Woodenpeg Wed 19-Jun-13 12:12:05

Love this thread!

Some of these were being used when I was at school...

melika Wed 19-Jun-13 12:28:44

Butters makes me laugh when DS1 (18) comes out with it. But I often have to ask for translation cos there are always new ones. Dank is good!
Hench is fit and muscly. When he has had to wait for something he says 'I've had to wait time, man'! 'Wasteman' is another one, when he is disgusted with someone.

It seems like it is all over England anyway, how about Scotland and Wales?

melika Wed 19-Jun-13 12:33:21

There was 'bare people' there, means there was a big crowd!

I actually said back to him, 'What you mean they had no clothes on'?
grin (The first time he said it)

KellyElly Wed 19-Jun-13 13:28:18

Have we had 'Braaaaap'? Don't really think it means much, just something Grime MC's 'spit in der bars, ya dun know' grin

DollyTwat Wed 19-Jun-13 13:42:26

I'm taking notes!

Have we had 'owned' meaning that someone's got the better of you.

bigTillyMint Wed 19-Jun-13 14:54:43

Marz, give us some Irish slang then!

My daughters use 'owned'. They also spent a whole Sunday lunchtime explaining that if somebody tells you a deeply dull anecdote you should respond with 'cool story bro' - which means you've 'owned' them hmm confused

Suffice to say I get 'owned' frequently.....

Cantharellus Wed 19-Jun-13 15:38:35

owned is so over. Pwned is popularrrrrr among my gamer teens.

burberryqueen Wed 19-Jun-13 15:45:24

bare peas = lots of money

Cantharellus Wed 19-Jun-13 16:02:51

keeno - a swot - someone who too keen or enthusiastic.

suave - used ironically like if someone trips over.


DollyTwat Wed 19-Jun-13 16:48:51

Ds1 once asked me to admire his new deodorant

I was told to say 'sic pits dude'

I've heard my dc's calling each other 'bra' as well, I thought they'd just got it wrong!

To graft - to fancy someone ie Lucy is really grafting Simon hmm

NotDead Wed 19-Jun-13 17:09:51

have u heard she s a crony?

not as you expect.. means a Kronenberg.

1664.. as is looks 16 from the back, older (64) when she turns round.. can be used positively. .eg an attractive girl who looks schoolage but is older (and therefore approach able for an 18 year old or younger playa..)

or derisory/admiringly for a different reason.. as in 'man she looked hot but waddya know she was a crony' or 'wow! hot crony! meaning 'looked approachable from behind but too old for me/still amazingly hot'.

learnt this from a 19 year old van man.

johnworf Wed 19-Jun-13 17:14:44

After reading this thread this morning, I was in Primark this afternoon and saw a tshirt with 'yolo drake' on it. I couldn't remember if that was good or bad confused

I've seen (on friend's teen's Facebook) they all seem to say 'yes then' to each other a lot. I can't work out if it's a challenge or an affirmation. Anyone know?

DisneyDiva87 Wed 19-Jun-13 17:47:53

Best one I've heard is (from Belfast)

"I'll bang ye"

When I was a teenager to bang someone meant something completely different to what this child was referring to. Apparently it now means punch.

Someone asked about scottish slang, I can't think of any apart from the Doric 'slang' (it's not really slang it's more like a different language) but I think adults are worse for that than the teenagers!

Oblomov Wed 19-Jun-13 18:14:59

These are all amazing. But, presumably will be useless in a short time, as new words appear and these become ancient and un-used.

Chirps is flirting.

Cotch is to chill out/hang out.

Bredding is cheating.


In Barking, a gap is a vagina. Mind the Gap on a tube with school kids on doesnt end well...

Oh, and a chief is someone stupid.

Mash man is a man with a gun, and a mash is a gun. So 'yeah, Alllie says that guy was a mash man but the jakes called trident lol.' Jakes= police on foot, so guys running to the scene. Trident is armed police...

Skeen is to see basically. 'Yeah, I skeen ya.'

redrubyshoes Wed 19-Jun-13 19:14:02

"Wan day man we go back to da Vinnie"

Third generation mixed raced child who had a grandmother from St Vincent in the Caribbean. Unique I think to High Wycombe.

Ipfreely Wed 19-Jun-13 20:56:23

I am northern Irish, so the slang I used as a teenager was local

Bobfoc = body off baywatch, face off crimewatch
Scundered = really embarrassed, mortified
Beezer = really good/ cool
Wee buns = no problem/ really easy
Steek = someone usually found wearing kappa trackie bottoms and a baseball cap and drinking a bottle of "Buckie" or white lightening aka a Chav
Spide = see Steek
Steeky beats = rave music

I'm sure I'll think of more shortly!

MsAverage Wed 19-Jun-13 21:00:06

More slang kindly explained here.

Btw, only when GCSE and A-levels results arrived, I understood the demographics of britishproblems and other British subreddits.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 19-Jun-13 22:00:19

Wow MsAverage those kids are harsh!

Yes to so many of these - esp Mandem/Long/Allie/Fam/allow

And every other fucker is 'Cuz'

Apart from actual Cousins, who are Fam confused

MsAverage Wed 19-Jun-13 23:56:37

Just came across an absolutely organic "swagger" in a Guardian ballet review (^his virtuosity can acquire a veneer of self congratulatory swagger^). It is official, swag is no longer slang.

DialsMavis Thu 20-Jun-13 00:48:57

DS is only 10 but everything is peak and he often Allies with us if we have said/done something he approves of. A while ago bare and long were the order of the day... We are in a leafy West London burb.

Kooza Thu 20-Jun-13 11:01:25

Holy crap, my oldest is only 8, this thread is terrifying me! grin

[Clasps her little cherubs to her bosom and prays they won't grow up any more]

wilbur Thu 20-Jun-13 11:06:59

This is brilliant. Ds1 has started referring to dh as blud - dh is hmm. grin Am very pleased about snazzy - was a favourite word of my Canadian mother, downtown Winnipeg in 1955 had many snazzy nightspots, apparently.

And snort at asking them if they heard it on Rastamouse.

Minifingers Thu 20-Jun-13 12:40:26

Freshie (has it been on this thread already).

Means someone who's newly arrived in the country and has bad English.

ie, 'OMG, we went Croydon, ya get me, and we got chatted up by these two freshies.'

Note the lack of a preposition before 'Croydon'.

Minifingers Thu 20-Jun-13 12:41:24

Oh and 'cool beanz' - ie 'OK'.

bigTillyMint Thu 20-Jun-13 13:10:20

minifingers, fob too - fresh off the boat. Used to sister when she is being a bit dense!

Ihatemytoes Thu 20-Jun-13 15:25:20

Melt = coward, weakling, all mouth and trousers.

MoominMammasHandbag Thu 20-Jun-13 16:51:32

Well swagger has always been a proper word hasn't it? Same as banter.

Yes to freshie! Although in my area, it's referred to people of Sri Lankan, Indian, Pakistani, Bengali etc; origin so someone from, for example, an African country, or China, South Korea, Indonesia or something wouldn't be called a freshie.

trunkybun Thu 20-Jun-13 17:12:43

Oh dear. My sons nickname at school is 'butter' he's in year 7 and thinks the fact he has a nickname means he is popular!!- pretty sure he doesn't know what it means thoughsad He has SEN

bigTillyMint Thu 20-Jun-13 17:15:37

Oh trunkysad

Remember "melt" as old Scouse slang

nataliesmile Tue 25-Jun-13 20:49:10

Some of these slang words have been around since I was a kid, its good to know not much has changed.

The difference is I was NEVER allowed to use slang when speaking to my mum. I could not speak to my brothers and sisters using slang when she was around or in ear shot and when relaying a conversation I may have had with friends I'd have to translate it all from slang proper English, which is a lot more difficult to do than you might think!

Ya get me blud

Chottie Fri 28-Jun-13 22:19:06

I wasn't allowed to use slang either (SE London) my mother sent me to elocution lessons smile

amy312 Sun 27-Oct-13 07:28:23

pahahahaaa omg joined just to laugh at this, so much of this is wrong, wouldn't work in the context of the situation, you can try to understand our teenage slang but the point of it is to be something adults don't understand so you'll never get it properly, sorry to disappoint

SnotandBothered Wed 30-Apr-14 10:28:48

I am bumping this because I just needed to check it for 'reference'.

And I had forgotten how brilliant it was.

So maybe there are new words - even now? Tis practically a year after all. Which is 'bare time' in teenage years grin

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Wed 30-Apr-14 15:31:16

I started this thread exactly a year ago, but my eldest grew out of speaking like this quite a while ago. These days he uses standard English, as Multicultural London English is "so year eight." grin

Awks Wed 30-Apr-14 15:32:30

bear = same as beast, ie very good

SnotandBothered Wed 30-Apr-14 17:04:52

grin @ "so year eight".

My DC are year two and year four, and we live in a leafy west London 'burb, but i KNOW we have this joy to come.

So I am making sure that I remain 'brushed up' at all times

leadinglady Fri 02-May-14 00:53:07

Dench = muscular/ fit - (used more than hench. I think bench is more like henchman.

Blud = close friend , Beverley heard blad

If you want to learn more watch 'Younger' on E4 starts next Wednesday 7pm

Iwillorderthefood Fri 02-May-14 11:50:49

Escaped so far, live in leafy SW London, but oldest Y3. Heard some of the older kids at it though. Lived in East London before and thought had escaped.

leedsgirl231 Fri 02-May-14 15:26:25

I'll give you a list of words from an 18/yo whose friends actually talk like this
Peak - shit, unfair
Peng- hot/fit
safe- okay, good, yeah
bare- lots of
bone - have sex with
gash - girlfriend
long - boring, far, uses effort
Geezer - friend, example: "nah geezer not coming out" - mate
BORT - haha no
hype ting - good thing, on a hype, liking something
there's more, just can't think! grin

DS,16, asked me if his treads were in his crib hmm
Apparently translates to "mother, do you think my shoes are under my bed?" grin

NinjaLeprechaun Mon 05-May-14 11:05:48

Without reading the whole thread - my daughter and her friends claim that "YOLO" and "swag" both mean "I'm a complete douchebag" a charming term in and of itself so, you know, opinions vary. grin

SnotandBothered Tue 06-May-14 21:19:10

honeybee if I could 'like' your post, I would grin

snot grin

bigTillyMint Thu 08-May-14 07:23:48

DS uses "creps" in an ironic/sarcastic way to DH about his shoessmile

Bee161618 Tue 23-Sep-14 09:41:49

My eldest son uses the word 'lul' anyone know what this is? He constantly says it about everythuing! I'm baffled!

I've also heard 'im going to bang this birdie' what could this mean?

myotherusernameisbetter Tue 23-Sep-14 10:17:35

Bee does he mean LOL - as is Laugh at Loud - i.e. that's funny.

I think the latter means "I am going to have sex with that girl" but probably means anything that they are about to do succesfully. As in, when going to do a particularly good skate move or similar.

myotherusernameisbetter Tue 23-Sep-14 10:20:33

I am prepared to be wrong though - we have succesfully managed to avoid too much slang (in front of me anyway) so far. grin

I have heard the occasional "that's beast!" and that's about that. Younger DS does say a sarcastic "lol" from time to time when someone me says something that they think is funny and he clearly doesn't agree.

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