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The Mumsnet guide to teenage slang

We'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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