teen slang (especially used by girls)

(72 Posts)
splodge77 Mon 12-Aug-13 14:23:33

hi there, i'm a script writer currently working on a screenplay with teenage girls in but I'm aware that me teen slang is a bit out of touch!! (i'm 36 and my son is 2 so not quite there yet in picking up the lingo).

i've looked at some of the teen slang threads - very funny! but would love to hear more about current teen slang from mums of teen girls especially - particularly what 2013 equivalents of words like 'shagging' and 'up the duff' might be - both feel too 90s (when i was a teen ha!)

Any help much appreciated.

aufaniae Mon 12-Aug-13 14:26:50

I walked past a teenage girl who was calling someone on a passing bus a "tosser" so I guess that must be in round here!

Seriously no idea. DS is 4, DD is 4m, so not a clue, but interested to see what people say.

dexter73 Mon 12-Aug-13 18:15:56


crazynanna Mon 12-Aug-13 18:21:08

I think it depends where your screenplay is based, although I am sure a lot of slang is universal, but some is regional.

My dd says peek or peak for 'not good '

MoreThanWords Mon 12-Aug-13 18:34:59

My dds say "getting with" - as in girls getting with boys - but I'm not sure what is involved!

Also "solid" - for difficult; "swag" - as in "just swag it out" (brazen it out to avoid embarrassment); or as "you look swag" (cool).

Will embarrass them by asking for more phrases .... smile

MoreThanWords Mon 12-Aug-13 18:41:51

"Banter" as in "just for the banter" ie just for the fun/sake of it.

"Peak" here as well.

"Preggers" is being offered as the alternative to up the duff.

I think they still say "sick" - or rather "siiiiiiiiiiiick" grin

dexter73 Mon 12-Aug-13 19:57:48

'Dollar' for money
'Peng' is good looking

spudmasher Mon 12-Aug-13 20:03:33

YOLO precedes doing something risky/ indulgent- You Only Live Once

specialsubject Mon 12-Aug-13 21:01:30

just use 'like' as every third word. Sorted. :-)

splodge77 Mon 12-Aug-13 22:45:27

Thanks for your responses & suggestions everyone, super helpful. Keep em coming...like.

On your blob....period

sandyballs Mon 12-Aug-13 22:56:22

"Racist" is used constantly in my house, always in the wrong context, ie "DD could you load the dishwasher please"
Eye roll from DD and "racist".
Very annoying.

The word "awkward" is used far too much as well.

Please don't make it like Angus, Things and Perfect Snogging though! The books were brilliant but the slang made it very cringey in the film!

My sisters are 13 and 15 and actually don't use slag that much at all. They do say awkward a lot though, or rather awks. hmm



<It's well past my bedtime>


Clayhanger Mon 12-Aug-13 23:15:50

Clapped = ugly. Seems to have replaced butters of late.

Bare for very/extremely

Awks, obvs, just for the bants etc. Totes is for posh kids I think.

Long= anything that requires effort.

Yy on peak - used all the time. As far as I can work out its semantic range goes from ''tough luck" to "total feckin nightmare". <fogey emoticon>

splodge77 Tue 13-Aug-13 12:35:35

Yeah banging for shagging seems to be modern equivalent but is it unisex? ie can a girl 'bang' a boy or does she just get 'banged' urgh! Not nice. It seems a harsher word than shagging somehow!! What's a fluffier equivalent, maybe there isn't one!

It's tricky as the film (if it ever gets made!) will be a 12a we hope so can't really use F word or anything like that..

monikar Tue 13-Aug-13 19:21:09

splodge According to my DD 17, the term 'bang' is unisex. The only other alternative I can think of is 'smash', but this is used in the context of 'would smash', usually with a score out of 10. So to put that in context, if they are looking at a photo on fb they would comment '10/10, would smash', and not 'I would smash'.

Others - hench = a guy who is good-looking in a muscly sort of way.

Perf = perfect, when applied to guys.

Tight = secure, unlikely to break up as in 'our relationship is tight'.

MrsMongoose Tue 13-Aug-13 21:30:20

Lots of slang is regional. When I went to university it was very apparent - phrases like 'allow that' made no sense to me.

Any more information regarding the context of your play would make things more authentic? Geordies use 'tash on' for snogging for example - London youths wouldn't use that.

elQuintoConyo Tue 13-Aug-13 21:34:50

I used on the blob as a teen way back in 2002 90-96ish. Glad to see it is still around!

<nothing else to add, sorry>

mrspink27 Tue 13-Aug-13 21:38:20

Awkward and epic... seem to feature heavily as does random....

monikar Wed 14-Aug-13 09:26:42

'Random' can be used as an adjective and as a verb. DD will talk about a 'random guy', but also a person can be 'a random'.

'Epic' is used a lot - I had forgotten that. If something is really bad then it is 'an epic fail'. Conversely, if something is really good then it is just 'epic'.

SuperiorCat Wed 14-Aug-13 09:47:08

Class, epic, random, hench all seem to be positive adjectives I hear from DS female friends.

Butterz seems to mean wouldn't want to shag someone. "Er, no he's butterz"

Ramp is the local word for sex (from rampant) - "I'd ramp him"

I've heard one say "up-duffed" about a pregnant teacher, but was said with scornful disgust so there may be a different word for pregnant teens as obviously old people having sex is repugnant.

Lots of abbreviation used too - totes, obvs, babes, blud etc and interspersed with like.

God knows how they cope with slang on social media as my phone keeps wanting to auto-correct

ilovemulberry Wed 14-Aug-13 09:48:14

cringe- used a lot
blatantly- used incorrectly a lot
uggers- ugly
dry- rubbish
bare jokes- really funny
Boi's- friends

monikar Wed 14-Aug-13 11:05:58

Teen girls may call each other 'babe' or 'babes' for their close friends, as in 'thanks babe'. 'Babe' can also be used as a compliment, for a boy that has done something a girl is pleased with, as in 'he's such a babe', or directly to the boy, 'you're such a babe'.

A boy who has behaved badly is said to be a 'tosser' - 'he's such a tosser' - ime this is what girls will say about boys. Boys will say to one another 'you're being a dick' when they think the other boy is behaving badly. These two words may not be 12A rating though.

SuperiorCat Wed 14-Aug-13 11:12:07

Oh and "ledge" - as in "you are a ledge" (legend) = really cool person (either sex)

dollylarma Wed 14-Aug-13 11:23:27

DN - 17 uses:

Got on - snogging, got of with
Climbed on - the whole hog confused
Awkward - (for anything, all the sodding time!)
Mighty Fire - cover up for a serious swear word (she got this from me blush
lolage - anything funny
ledge - as superior cat said

and when I.Ming or FB - putting a full stop at the end of anything followed by a x means "You are an div and not worth my time as you are beneath me. x "

Oh and div - but that's kind of unviersal down here.

cocolepew Wed 14-Aug-13 11:26:34

Throw in the words 'literally' and 'basically' in every sentence, usually used out of context.

dollylarma Wed 14-Aug-13 11:32:42

oh I forgot blud and random -


Calls DN

DN - Aaaaryyygh blud
Me - quit it DN
DN - Woah, Random much!
Me - Just answer the phone properly mun
DN - Lolage <snigger>
Me - Sod it, I'll text you.

And text speak it out, unless you want to be considered "from the 'port" - chavy closest town....

<I felt dirty just writing that blush >

Beamae Wed 14-Aug-13 11:38:27

Am I right in thinking this stuff is regional though? I think to be authentic, it can't all be jumbled up. I heard 'blud' a lot in east London but not at all out in the sticks in Buckinghamshire.

Maryz Wed 14-Aug-13 11:42:32

It seems to be very area specific.

Mine "meet" each other rather than snog, which makes for some very confusing conversations.

Random and Awkward seem to mean practically anything. I don't think they actually know what they mean, it all depends on context. Apparently anyone over 20 is incapable of understanding the context confused

Here they put "like" at the end of every sentence, and everywhere I would use a comma.

Ds1 says blud. We're in Manchester.

Loads of these as well. Any Jamaican word regardless of your colour. I'll try to remember examples.

Maryz Wed 14-Aug-13 11:50:36

I love these threads, btw. It makes me realise that in the main my children actually speak English grin

Most of the time I can understand them. Apart from the mumbling of course.

boschy Wed 14-Aug-13 14:17:12

ha we are in rural kent, and blud is in common use here! also 'mon' instead of man.

also babe, as in thank you how nice = "aw, thanks babe"

monkeyslut, melonfucker and slore (slut+whore) are terms of affection apprently. but obviously not 12A suitable!!

I do pick them up on the gangsta thing, but actually I find it really funny, and have been known to call them monkeysluts or melonfuckers myself.

boschy Wed 14-Aug-13 14:17:37

oh and def agree about random. havent heard awkward or awks though.

mrspink27 Wed 14-Aug-13 14:24:59

Whatevs has been the word du jour today!

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monikar Wed 14-Aug-13 16:52:08

Someone can be a 'tank' too - 'he's a tank'.

MoreThanWords Wed 14-Aug-13 17:37:45

Screwing at someone = having a go/shouting at someone.

Wounded = sarcastically saying bad luck or a shame

SuperiorCat Wed 14-Aug-13 17:56:27

Our version of MoreThanWords Wounded is Burrrrrrned

SuperiorCat Wed 14-Aug-13 18:00:04

Oh and on facebook, it seems they have moved on from multiplying the number of vowels in a word to shortening it and adding a z on the end, so baby which became baaaaaabaaaaaiiiiii has become babez

splodge77 Wed 14-Aug-13 21:40:41

Oh this is brilliant everyone. Have been hooting with laughter at some if these comments. My film isn't really set anywhere specific - it's a comedy & kind of a heightened reality so we're not going uber realistic with the speech but it'll be great to get some of these things youve suggested in. Definitely some likes, randoms, awkwards and I love YOLO. Teen speak has certainly changed since my day! Thanks so much for all your help.

changeforthebetter Wed 14-Aug-13 21:45:24

Tight = mean, as in "that's tight"

dementedma Wed 14-Aug-13 21:51:44

Banter - for joking
Bestie - best friend
Yeah mon

mrspink27 Wed 14-Aug-13 22:39:47

Yes Viking1 "burned", as in Ooooh you got "burned" by Sir... i.e. the teacher has put you in your place!

SuperiorCat Wed 14-Aug-13 23:18:18

Aren't teenagers great? Not to mention a species in their own right!

Ilovemyrabbits Thu 15-Aug-13 16:56:24

In South Yorkshire, I've noticed my 12 yo dd's friend says someone is being 'tight' when they are being mean or horrible. And she'll say, 'that was so tight' if something happens that she didn't agree with or didn't think was right. I tried to use it to dd and she looked at me with such horror, I laughed, said I clearly didn't understand all this young person's vernacular and made a mental note never to use it again!

Ilovegeorgeclooney Fri 16-Aug-13 10:34:15

Buzzing; " I'm buzzing to go shopping/cinema/pub....." or after good news/time "Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing".

You got owned = somebody got one over you/showed you up/made a fool of you kind of thing.

on your Jaffa = as in Jaffa cake = means to be on your own

I so ship them = I think X and Y should in a relationship together

Knotter Fri 16-Aug-13 15:48:17

Yes - had to look up 'shipping' after watching a programme yesterday about fans of One Direction (don't ask) - wanting 2 people to get together in a relationship.

Also bromance - affection between 2 straight males.

FreckledLeopard Fri 16-Aug-13 16:49:38

DD's friends on facebook tend to add an additional vowel and lots of 'y's to the ends of words. For example, 'with Grace' becomes 'wiv Graceeyy xxxx'.

Not sure what DD puts on facebook as I'm not allowed to be her friend. Why I'm friends with some of her friends, I'm not too sure....

Snog Sat 17-Aug-13 17:18:10

You got swag
tres awkward
boys call each other bro

aftermay Sun 18-Aug-13 12:44:36

'Would you like some fries with that?' ('Cos you got burned. Obv.)
Pwned (pron. pooned)

monikar Sun 18-Aug-13 15:26:51

If one of them says something to another which is a triumphant put-down, likely to gain the respect of their friends, then one of the observers will say 'Oooh burn' or 'would you like some ice for that burn?'. It's bizarre, I know.

RobinSparkles Sun 18-Aug-13 15:33:37

Hench - I think this means buff/toned/fit. My 14 year old DN flexes his muscles in the mirror saying, "mum, do I look hench?"

monikar Sun 18-Aug-13 15:40:13

A part of the body can be hench in its own right. For example, 'he has really hench eyebrows/arms'.

StupidMistakes Sun 18-Aug-13 15:48:53

Ends-as in back on ends-back to where you live
Beat- I beat that boy- as in would shag
Snm- say no more
Fam- someone you call family- could be anyone tho
G- short for gangster -as in cool g

StupidMistakes Sun 18-Aug-13 15:52:07

Don't forget yard-someone house.

Mumof3wifeof1 Sun 18-Aug-13 18:45:59

Surprising use of the word "dickhead" as in " my mums a dickhead" I've seen from her friends , was always reserved for male abuse when I was younger!

"Totes" for totally
"Hilair" for hilarious
"Gay" for anyone who annoys them

MrsMeow Tue 20-Aug-13 11:29:21

Round here they use 'birding' for when someone fancies someone else...ie: John is birding Mary.

And 'beaut' means gorgeous/stunning. When I was in school it meant you were a minger!

Oh and all the girls fawn all over each other. Everyone is 'beaut' or 'gawjus' (ugh) or a 'stunnah'

And a friend is a 'mert'

Other than that I have no idea, my teenager may as well be speaking Chinese to me. I only understand every fifth word or so!

dexter73 Tue 20-Aug-13 12:10:45

Heard another this morning -

chirpsing = flirting

Coconutty Tue 20-Aug-13 12:15:21

Some of these words are now outraged already.

Banging is now bucking.

French kissing is tongueing and bjs are sucking off. Not suitable fir a 12a though.

Butters means butt ugly. As in, no, he's butters.

LoopyLupo Tue 20-Aug-13 12:23:09

On road - on way/outside.

I think.

dexter73 Tue 20-Aug-13 16:20:40

Is outraged slang for out of date?

Coconutty Tue 20-Aug-13 16:41:13

Bloody kindle, keeps changing my words!

Mumof3wifeof1 Tue 20-Aug-13 18:52:36

And by far the most amusing is " tea bagging" meaning bjs apparently ( due to the 2 tea bags resting on ones chin)

More tea vicker?

bellabom Tue 20-Aug-13 19:01:11

YOLO is a big one.

We were watching CBBC with my youngest the other day and the presenter was saying "totes" and "amazeballs" and the 14 year old was scoffing at her and calling her "sad" so that might be for young teens?? Basically you can blink and it's all changed.

I said something was "sick" the other day in front of 14 year old and friend meaning that it was disgusting and they both looked at me like I was mad. One said "Erm, you do mean in a bad way, right?!" because to them "sick" is good. But I think it's spelt without the "C" confused

They call girls slags and sluts A LOT as well which I absolutely detest.

dexter73 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:11:30

Tea bagging is sucking someones balls not a blow job. (Why do I know this?!!)

bellabom Tue 20-Aug-13 20:16:19

I thought that dexter grin it's like dunking them in your mouth like teabags in cups

BCBG Tue 20-Aug-13 20:27:25

Qualifiers - like 'Oh my Days!", "i'm not even joking' (I'm serious), "Not gonna lie" (I'm serious)

1944girl Tue 20-Aug-13 20:42:42

My 17 year old grandaughter's talk.

Pua as in pure-very. e,g. something very awful is pua sarn.

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