Terms Your Teens Use & What They Mean

Wonder what your child is saying when they call someone thirsty? USA Today's compiled a list of 20 things you might not understand coming out of your teen's mouth. Pretty much my house 24/7

Fam - A person’s group of friends, but can also sometimes be used to reference just one member of that tight inner circle.

Example: “What’s up, fam?”

Lit - Used to describe something that is hot and happening. Similar to “cool,” but with an added emphasis on the fact that it’s fresh and current.

Turnt - Describes an excessive state of excitement, hype, or overall craziness. When used to describe a person, it might also mean they’re intoxicated, either via alcohol or something else.

Example: “You should have seen Casey at the game last night, she was turnt.”

Goals - This one is actually super easy. It literally means the same as “goals” normally would (something to strive for, or desire) but it’s used as an adjective rather than a noun. You can think of it as meaning the same as “desirable” in most cases.

Example: “The way that couple looks at each other is goals.”

AF - This is a bit of a weird one, since it’s never used on its own, but instead adds emphasis to something else. It’s short for “as f**k”, but it’s a cleaner way of saying it, and is a lot less likely to get a teen a scolding by their evil, evil parents!

Example: “Omg, I stayed up to watch "The Bachelor" last night and now I’m tired af.”

Clap back - A snappy comeback. It’s the kind of response where you know exactly what to say to make the other person steam, and it’s the perfect way to win an argument.

Example: “He kept teasing me, but he wasn’t expecting me to clap back!”

Thirsty - This means desperate, impatient, or overly eager. It’s the kind of feeling where you just can’t wait anymore, and a lot of times it’s used when someone greatly desires a relationship or affection from a specific person.

Example: “You see how James acts around Claire? He seems thirsty.”

Shade - Shade is kind of like an insult or a diss. It’s usually used by saying that someone “threw shade” or “is throwing shade,” meaning that you’re putting down someone else, leaving them in the dark, or overshadowing them.

Example: “Kanye just threw shade on Jay-Z on Twitter, this is going to be great.”

9. Savage - Someone who says something without a filter. If you’re “acting savage” you’re probably being more raw and public with your words or actions than people are comfortable with, though it can also be a compliment if you’re arguing with someone and drop a particularly great insult. It means you don’t care what other people think.

Example: “She just broke up with her boyfriend in the middle of the cafeteria while we all watched. Savage!”

For more check out USA Today.  

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