Kid Speak. Say what?

Judging by my own relatives, it appears that as you get older it is harder to follow the language of younger people. And, not just because of hearing loss. Kids invent their own words, or they borrow the phrases they hear from friends or in favourite songs or films. I guess we did too in our younger days. But, to be honest, as of late, I was finding it hard to understand conversations in my own house, let alone at the School.

I thought it would be a good distraction if I provided a list of some of the terms that are used these days by the younger generation. (Instead of focussing on the new adult language of the pandemic with words and expressions such as pivot, flatten the curve, N95, emergency brakes and assorted others.)

This short guide will enable you to better understand your kids and their friends. Warning: Do not use these terms yourself. Timing, inflection and emphasis are critical and age makes it very “uncool” to insert these into conversation.

Sick = Excellent
Filthy = Very excellent
Fire = Amazing
Disgusting = Good
Peeps = Friends
Fam = Close friends (who you consider “family”)
What’s up? = Hi or How are you?
S’up? = What’s up? How are you?
TBH = To be honest
SMH = Shaking my head (in disappointment or embarrassment)
YOLO = You only live once
Tea = Gossip
Sus = Suspicious or suspect
That’s chill = That’s cool
Salty = Angry or agitated
Facts = A truth
Say What? = Reaction to a surprising statement

And, I used to think reading Middle English and Shakespeare was difficult! Methinks I doth protested too much!

Wishing our school community a safe, healthy and happy Spring Break.


thank you for the chuckle

In Glasgow, it's 'the Patter', in Bermuda, it's 'Bermewjan Vurds', looking forward to the TCS 'lingo'. Always a pleasure to learn from the School on the Hill. Have a great summer as we segue into the 'new normal'.

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