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A Parents’ Guide To Understanding Teen Slang.
If the words your teen says sound like another language to you, you’re definitely not alone. It’s called the generation gap, and we’ve all been through it, either on the ‘young person slang’ end or the ‘adult parent I don’t know what he’s saying’ end…or both. Of course, not know what the kids are saying makes communicating with them even tougher. The folks at “Parents” magazine are here to help you make sense of your teen’s lingo:
“Drip”: Definition – Style, especially cool and fashionable. Example – “That kid has some serious drip!”
“Pog”: Definition – Cool, epic, amazing. Example – “Ooo, that game is pog!”
“No Cap”: Definition – Not lying. Example – “I got an A, no cap!”
“Sheesh”: Definition – This term has been around for a long time, but in modern slang it’s an expression for being excited or amazed by something. Example – “Sheesh! My bestie just made the game-winning shot!”
“Vibe check”: Definition – To assess someone or something’s energy or personality. Example – “The comment section passes the vibe check.”
“Hits different”: Definition – When something is surprising or unique in a good way. Example – “The new season of “Euphoria” hits different.
“Slaps”: Definition – Describes something excellent or amazing, often used with music. Example – “This song slaps!”
“Lives rent-free”: Definition – Refers to something you can’t stop thinking about. Example – “Our fight has lived rent-free in my head for days”
(But whatever you do, DON’T try to use these words yourself when talking to your teen without being sure you’re using it correctly…unless you do it solely to annoy them, which is fun too)
FRIDAY’S 80s AND 90s AT 8 SONG OF THE DAY: PETER SCHILLING-MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME). Peter Schilling IS 66 today and today is the 36th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger. The German synthpop musician’s biggest hit was a song about the dangers of space travel, 1983’s “Major Tom (Coming Home).” The song is a sequel of sorts to David Bowie’s Space Oddity, as Major Tom loses contact with ground control and travels off into space.
2022 BANISHED WORDS AND PHRASES.
No. 1 word or term to banish for 2022: Wait, what? No. 2: No worries. No. 3: At the end of the day. LSSU has compiled an annual tongue-in-cheek Banished Words List since 1976. All 2022 words & terms to be banished + nominations for banishment for 2023 @ https://t.co/X7wckBWfeP pic.twitter.com/44DSB0Pq5M
— LSSU (@LifeatLSSU) December 31, 2021
Here is the list of the banished words and terms for 2022 and the reasons for their banishment:
1. Wait, what?
Most frequently found in text or on social media, this ubiquitous imperative question is a failed “response to a statement to express astonishment, misunderstanding, or disbelief,” explained a wordsmith. “I hate it,” added another, because the command query is an inexact method to convey the utterer’s uncertainty or surprise. “I don’t want to wait,” either, continued the second impassioned nominator. Misuse and overuse.
2. No worries
Nominated by writers nationwide for misuse and overuse, this phrase incorrectly substitutes for “You’re welcome” when someone says “Thank you.” A further bungling relates to insensitivity. “If I’m not worried, I don’t want anyone telling me not to worry,” a contributor explicated. “If I am upset, I want to discuss being upset.” Despite its meaninglessness, the term is recommended to emailers by Google Assistant.
3. At the end of the day
Twenty-plus years after original banishment of this phrase in 1999, the day still isn’t over for this misused, overused, and useless expression. “Many times things don’t end at the end of the day—or even the ramifications of whatever is happening,” observed a sage. Others consider “day” an imprecise measure. Today? Present times? Banishment in 1999: overused synopsis of a conversation or debate, often by politicians and pundits.
4. That being said
Nominators cited this phrase as verbal filler, redundant justification, and pompous posturing. For instance, “however” or “but—even “that said”—does the job as a transition instead of the wordiness. “Go ahead and say what you want already!” demanded one entrant. That being said, its usefulness is certainly in doubt. As a commentator philosophized, “At the end of the day, if you will, it already has been.”
5. Asking for a friend
Misuse and overuse through deceit—because the friend is a ruse. This cutesy phrase, often deployed in social media posts in a coy attempt to deter self-identification, isn’t fooling anyone. Paraphrasing one sage, “Once used to avoid embarrassment, as in, ‘Do you know a good proctologist? I’m asking for a friend.’ Sometimes an occasional sitcom joke. Now an overused tag with absolutely no relationship to its antecedent.”
6. Circle back
Treats colloquy like an ice skating rink, as if we must circle back to our previous location to return to a prior subject. Let’s circle back about why to banish this jargon. It’s a conversation, not the Winter Olympics. Opined a grammarian, “The most overused phrase in business, government, or other organization since ‘synergy’”—which we banished in 2002 as evasive blanket terminology and smarty-pants puffery.
7. Deep dive
“The only time to dive into something is when entering a body of water, not going more in-depth into a particular subject or book,” admonished a petitioner. Another stipulated that people who float the phrase aren’t near pool, lake, ocean, or sea; thus, rather than dive deeply, they flounder shallowly. An editing whiz wondered, “Do we need ‘deep’? I mean, does anyone dive into the shallow end?”
2022 Banished Words and Terms Deriving from COVID-19 Matters:
8. New normal
Overused catchall for ways COVID-19 affects humankind—and banishment finalist last year for similar reasons. “Those clamoring for the days of old, circa 2019, use this to signal unintentionally that they haven’t come to terms with what ‘normal’ means,” a monitor elucidated. “After a couple of years, is any of this really ‘new’?” another speculated. Banished in 2012 for imprudence, defeatism, and apathy stemming from societal missteps.
9. You’re on mute
People switched from in-person exchanges to virtual meetings to follow the social distancing protocol of COVID-19, and the unwitting deafening silence happens on both sides of the camera. Overuse and uselessness, then, due to ineptitude. A discerning submitter encapsulated the issue: “We’re two years into remote working and visiting. It’s time for everyone to figure out where the mute button is.” Or as a quipster summarized, “Hello? Hello?”
10. Supply chain
Word-watchers noticed the frequent, unfortunate appearance of this phrase toward the end of this year as the coronavirus persisted. “It’s become automatically included in reporting of consumer goods shortages or perceived shortages. In other words, a buzzword,” concluded one analyst. “Supply chain issues have become the scapegoat of everything that doesn’t happen or arrive on time and of every shortage,” noticed another. The adverse result: overuse ad nauseam.
Viral Pizza Hack Helps You Snag a Slice Without Touching the Rest of the Pie.
If you like pizza, but dread seeing people pull apart connected slices with their bare hands, there’s a life hack on TikTok that can help you. When you order a pie of pizza, you can use the pizza saver as a serving tool if there’s no knife or pizza cutter in sight. A pizza saver is a small plastic table that saves pizzas from being squished in cardboard pizza boxes during delivery. These helpful tools are usually built with three or four legs. TikTok user and food influencer Chris Franzoni of EatmoreBaltimore uploaded a video of his pizza saver serving attempt to TikTok, showing him grabbing a slice of pizza with one hand and using the pizza saver’s plastic legs to separate and hold down neighboring pizza slices, which keeps his fingers off any slice that someone else might want.
@eatmorebmore 🍕 hack! #foryourpizza🍕 #pizzahack #learnontiktok #lifehacks2021 #cheesepizzaislife #dmvfoods ♬ Gangsta’s Paradise (feat. L.V.) – Coolio
COLORS OF THE YEAR FOR 2022.
Sherwin-Williams says it’s Evergreen Fog, described as a mix between a light gray and green. It’s said to be a “soothing, subtle shade that is easy to use in every part of the home, indoors or out.”
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The Pantone Color Institute picks a “color of the year” every December, and for the first time, this year’s is a color they’ve invented themselves. Veri Peri is described as “a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet-red undertone.”
Introducing the Pantone Color of the Year 2022, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone blends the faithfulness and constancy of blue with the energy and excitement of red. Learn more: https://t.co/eNIwkTq2K8 pic.twitter.com/hBfiDusFKU
— PANTONE (@pantone) December 9, 2021