Friday, July 10, 2020

Words from Then and Now

Words from previous generations are entertaining and should be tossed to bloggers' writings whenever possible.

Found on iFunny

Proper British Language

"Harmless" Teen tech speak Important for parents to know what is being texted  There are also "risky" and "illegal" texts. Parents really should know these.

Scoop: To pick someone up like at their house 
Finna: Fixing to do something
Yeet: A way to express excitement over something

Skeet: Let’s go
Dip: To leave
Mans: A man/person
Low key: To keep something confidential between friends

High key: I don’t care who knows
AMOSC: Add me on snapchat
Gualla: Money
Rn: Right now

Slick: Cool
Geekin: Laughing too hard and too loud

Bet: Something is going to happen
 To reject someone romantically

Salty: Talking in a sassy or bitter way
WRU: Where are you?
WUD: What are you doing?
LYAAF: Love you as a friend

NC: No comment
IDKWTD: I don’t know what to do
 Expression of frustration, or realizing something
123: I agree

Hml: Hit my line; call or text me, I’ll be waiting
OBS: Obviously
OFC: Of course
ACC: Actually

POA: Plan of action
IMO: In My Opinion
GOMB: Get Off My Back
KOTL: Kiss On The Lips

Huggle: Hug and snuggle
Ship: Abbreviation for relationship
IDEK: I don’t even know
IKR: I know, right?

SMH: Shaking my head
Thirsty: Desperate, impatient, or overly eager
Dime: On an approval scale of 1-10; dime is a very attractive person
Fam: Very good friend

Basic: Someone or something is ordinary or boring
Westan: Showing support for person or cause
Woke: Awareness of current affairs or social issues (i.e., That girl is so woke 24/7.)

Savage: When a person speaks or acts bluntly or without a filter in public
Gucci: Very impressive
Sus: Suspicious
Words are always being added to our speaking language, making their way to dictionaries, especially in texting. Now we just need to understand them. Good luck to us all.

You gotta be "woke" "Rn" to survive these days. Get "yeet".


  1. My son said bamboozled last night and it made me laugh. He also says yeet. ;) I didn't know 'gucci' meant very impressive, nor did I realize 'bloody' was a bad word, lolol!! Now I'm off to look up the meaning of 'cattywampus,' 'flibbertigibbet' and a few others (how can I resist?). :) Good to know the text slang, I may need that information in a year or two (no phone for the youngest yet), or in my classroom (though I rarely let the kids pull their phones out). ;)

    1. I retired 12 years ago, before many students had phones. Those who did had to turn them into the office, to pick up after school. Times were hard.

  2. I enjoyed this. There were a few that were before my time or from another section of the country. LOL But the UK stuff was also neat
    Love it.
    Sherry & jack

    1. Those words seemed to come from my grandparents' generation, referring to things they knew. The UK stuff is fun.

  3. They say that by the time current slang reaches mainstream understanding, it's already passé.

  4. Truth be told, during my two years in Japan, I learned a lot more British than Japanese. Dating British women will do that.

    Text-speak makes me simultaneously sad and ill.

    1. The text dictionary labels the list I displayed as "Harmless". The lists I did not show are labeled "Risky" and "Illegal". How long the jigginess will last? Until the kids grow up.

      Jiggy means cool, good.

  5. I loved this! My former boss was from Ireland. Lived all over the world actually and we were a global company having a company conference in Vegas. Someone on our team said, better get my fanny pack ready then" My boss gasped. Later when having a drink with him he asked me if he could ask me a question. Of course, he asked me what was a fanny pack. His face turned red. I explained. He said Oh good. I was concerned. I asked if I should dare ask. He replied that it was a female body part in the UK and left it at that. Years later now he and I are good friends and laugh like crazy about that. Cattywampus my husband has always said and I never knew what the hell he meant when he first said it. Now I use it and LOVE that word. Fun post!

    1. The old words are delightful, just as confusing to those kids as the texting is. time to unearth them.

  6. Every generation has their own language and much of it has to do with hiding things from their parents.

  7. I'm showing my age. I really despise those shortcuts used in texting. It is simply laziness and our language is being destroyed.

    1. When texting, I find it difficult to even try to use those teen terms. I'll throw in some of the English ones.

  8. I use all of those words from the first image. Yes, even cattywampus. (There's a story behind that one.) And I knew most of the teen-speak. You left out "extra" though. (I actually used extra in the teen sense just the other day. It was appropriate.)

    1. What does it mean? will have to ask my teen gr-daughters.

  9. I love the evolution of language but will admit to being more at home in your first and second lists than the third.
    A work in progress. Always.

  10. Interesting stuff. Some of the text lingo Is interesting as it brings back old terns such as “salty”. I always liked that word.

    1. I think it would be awesome to be salty. I will check with gr-daughters about that one.

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    1. We have our big Webster dictionary handy.

      Oddly enough, we looked at one from 1940s. New words to be added in next edition are common now: computer.

  12. A British friend and I compiled a list of words that were different in Britain and the States. We came up with a ton, even ones not shown on your list. This is the one that interested me the most. Thanks for sharing all of these, though.

  13. It would awesome to read some of that list. Now we can watch English shows and understand some of these expressions.

  14. Some great words in that first list :)

  15. The Brits know how to speak English! But nosh - I thought that came from Yiddish. I wonder how the Brits got hold of it. As far as texting language, I tried using some, and my son (then in his 20's) told me to stop and just text normal words. LOL. Alana

    1. He is probably right. By the time I would figure out the right terms, typed them in, I forgot what I was trying to say.

  16. Reminds me that I need to finish this book about how English, the language, became what it is today. From the beginning -- I'm at Shakespearean times right now. Or was when I put it down a while ago. I need to finish it. And knackered is a wonderful word, isn't it?

    1. Knackered! That is a word we hear in English TV shows.

  17. And in a month, the lingo will change. That's why this is a living language. Love the first list especially. those are great words i hope we never loose.

    1. Um, lose. Hope we never lose. Sorry, my keyboard is battery operated, and sometimes it doubles some letters, i need to edit better.

  18. I'll never forget the time we learned the meaning of "Netflix and chill" at the teacher lunch table!

  19. I saw the top list online and saved it but the Brit expressions one is great and useful. Thanks!

  20. My 80 year old mother used to astound my American cousins by announcing that she was "knocked up". In England it just means very tired.


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