The Mumsnet guide to teenage slangWe've tapped the collective knowledge of Mumsnetters - and consulted an actual teenager - to produce the definitive teen slang phrasebook
Disclaimer: This guide was correct at the time of updating, January 2016, when we most definitely had our finger on the pulse of youth culture. Some definitions will vary according to region and how hip your teenager is.
Allow [v.] Forget or leave, e.g. 'Allow it' ('Forget it' or 'leave it alone')
B [n.] Babe or baby
Bae [n.] 'Before anyone else'; acronym referring to the priority given to a friend or partner
Badman [n.] A thug
Baller [n.] One who plays football/basketball, but generically used to describe someone who is wealthy, powerful or famous
Balling [adj.] To be wealthy or powerful, e.g. 'He is balling'
Banter/bants [n.] Humorous, often teasing conversation between friends
Bait out [v.] To snitch on someone
Bare [adj.] Very or lots of
Beg [n.] A desperate person; one who keeps asking for something
Beast [adj.] Very good
Blad/blud [n.] A friend
Buck [v.] Lend e.g. 'Buck me your phone fam'
Buff [adj.] Good-looking/cool/pretty
Bun [adj.] Unattractive
Butters [adj.] Unattractive
Certi [adj.] Certified, official e.g. 'Their relationship is certi'
Clapped [adj.] Rubbish
Creps [n.] Trainers
Chirpse/Chirpsing [v.] To flirt with or to be flirting
Dench [adj.] Strong or immense
Don [n.] The best, referring usually to a friend e.g. 'He is such a don'
Fam [n.] Close friend or family
Fleek [adj.] On point (see below), perfect e.g. 'Your eyebrows are on fleek'
FOMO [n.] Abbreviation of 'fear of missing out', usually a result of not attending social gatherings
G [n.] 'Gangster' - used in reference to a friend e.g. 'You are such a G'
Garms [n.] Clothing/outfit
Gassed [adj.] To be happy or excited
Goals [n.] Aspirations e.g. 'relationship goals', 'squad goals'
Is it? [exclamation] An expression of surprise - or disbelief, depending on the speaker's emphasis
Long [adj.] Boring, repetitive or far away, e.g. 'The maths homework was long'
Melt [n.] Coward/weakling, or someone who ditches their friends for a girlfriend/boyfriend
Moist [adj.] Someone/something that's a bit stupid or does something embarrassing
Oi oi [exclamation] A greeting
On point [adj.] Describing something that is perfect, e.g. 'Her outfit is on point'
Peak [adj.] Mean or hurtful
Peng [adj.] Attractive or good - can be used in reference to a person or an object
Piff [adj.] Attractive
Pree [v.] To look at
Reem [adj.] Cool
Rents [n.] Parents
Roadman [n.] One who knows his area, the people in the area, goes to parties and perhaps does or deals drugs. The opposite of a wasteman.
Safe [adj.] Something that is cool, or an expression of agreement
Shook [adj.] Scared
Sick [adj.] Amazing, good or awesome
Sideman / Sidechick [n.] Someone who is out of place/agrees with everyone, or a third wheeler
Slay [v.] To do something amazing
Skeen [exclamation/v.] 'I see' or 'I understand'
Swerve [v.] To avoid someone or something
To be a snake [v.] To snitch on someone or do something sneakily behind their back
Squad [n.] One's group of friends
Troll [v.] To fool or wind someone up deliberately
Truss [v.] 'Trust me'
Wasteman [n.] An idiot or fool
Wavey/Waved [adj.] Drunk/high or generally cool e.g. 'Check out his wavey garms'
What ya sayin? [exclamation/v.] 'What are you doing?' or 'What are your thoughts?'
Wrap [v.] To steal
Wrecked [v.] To be told off or embarrassed e.g. 'You got wrecked'
YOLO [exclamation] Abbreviation of 'You only live once'
What Mumsnetters say about teenage slang
"I saw a girl with YOLO all over her tights and I thought it might be VOLO, derived from the Latin verb 'to want'."
"I thought YOLO was short for Yo, Hello. My daughter was most unimpressed when I said to her in front of two mates 'I got you that Yo, Hello top you wanted.'"
"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. Suffice to say I get 'owned' frequently."
"'Blem' means a cigarette or tobacco and 'blemboss' means a person smoking just to show off. I learned this when practising smoking my electric cigarette. My son came in and caught me and pissed himself laughing. He then shouted to his brother 'Fam, fam! Look at dis, Mummy's da blemboss! Buck me your 'lectric blem, Mum. Pleeease, yolo yolo.'"
"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.'"
"We have the opposite - my son talks like a 50s school story. The first time he said golly, my husband and I nearly fell off our chairs with suppressed giggles. His current favourite is pips, as in pipsqueak, as in easy, as in 'that test was pips'."
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