High School: An Anthropological Study (Pt. 1)

I have three lovely little sisters. A 16 year old (on the left in the picture). A 14 year old. And a 5 year old. gracieThe older two are in high school and are smack dab in the middle of this lovely generation known as millennials. I am on the cusp of this generation, remembering life before cell phones and the internet. Before wifi or selfies. I have fond memories of the AOL dial-up tone and having to call the restaurant to get a hold of mom and dad on their date. Needless to say this generation is fascinating to me. And so, last night at dinner, I decided to undergo an anthropological study on high school and the language millennials  use to communicate. My lovely step-sisters were happy to oblige as the 5-year old happily ate her spaghetti. Thus, I give you 11 slang terms used by my step-sisters, their friends, and your average american highschooler. Enjoy.

Slay 
/slā/
Verb
To kill something, either good or bad.
“Stephanie just slayed that exam.”

Ratchet
/ˈraCHit/
Adjective
Trashy, messy, gross, etc.
“Your hair looks ratchet.”

Thot
/THôt/
Noun
A Ratchet Hoe.
“She is a total thot.”

Thottie
/THôt-ee/
Noun
Promiscuous females, sluts. However, this term can be used as a term of endearment such as “hot mess”.
“What up thottie?”

“L”
/el/
Noun
A loss.
“I took an L on my exam.”

Low-key
Adjective
On the down low (DL).
“Keep the party tonight lowkey.”

Salty
/ˈsôltē/
Adjective
Bitter.
“She was salty because Sharon stole her boyfriend.”

“No chill”
Phrase
Someone who can’t calm down, is stressed out, or spazzing out has ‘no chill’.
“Rebecca is freaking out. She has no chill”.

Icy
/ˈīsē/
Adjective
Fresh, cool.
“That new top is so icy.”

“Grat tim”
/grat tim/
Phrase
Means great time.
“I had a grat tim last night.”

Based god
/bāsed god/
Noun
Refers to the rapper Lil B. It is used ironically as someone who you pray to.
“Praying to based god for my teacher to not give me a tardy pass.”

 

UPDATE

After talking with some other people, it seems teen slang is regional. Here are some examples of slang used in Chicago, IL:

Bae
//
Noun
Best friend and/or crush or person you are “dating”.
“Nial Horne is my Bae.”

Ornah
/ôr nä/
Phrase
Used in place of ‘or not’.
“Should I wear these shoes ornah?” 

Hella
/hel ä/
Adjective
Extremely.
“You look hella ratchet.”

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