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teen slang (especially used by girls)

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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

stayathomegardener Mon 12-Aug-13 22:48:55

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.

throughgrittedteeth Mon 12-Aug-13 23:02:58

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

throughgrittedteeth Mon 12-Aug-13 23:03:19


throughgrittedteeth Mon 12-Aug-13 23:04:09


<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.

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