The Ultimate Guide To Teenage Slang

You only have to spend a brief amount of time around a teenager these days to believe they may actually speaking a foreign language. To be fair most schools make it mandatory for children to take one, but it’s usually as a result of the slang they use. So here is a handy guide to get you through a conversation with a street-wise teen.

 

Lit

Lit means amazing and fun. Often used to describe parties and social gatherings that are particularly exciting. For example. “the party was so lit, they had peng chips, with bare ketchup”

Mandem

This means a group of men, for example “the mandem use bare tomato ketchup on their chips” oh and a lot of people use the word bare a lot too. It means “a lot of” so you could, if you wanted to, say that young people “use a bare amount of bare!”

 

Peng

If you try to pull this off above the age of twenty two it doesn’t matter how much cool you think you are you are going to look like an idiot. Peng means something is good. For example “These chips with bare ketchup are peng” Sorry, young people love chips.

 

 

Camping

Mostly uttered by the swathes of young people playing fortnite religiously. It is usually preceded with an F-bomb. A camper is somebody who grabs a sniper rifle and hides somewhere out of site (camps) waiting for unexpected enemies to wander past before blasting them without giving them a chance to react.

 

Getting Banged

Those of you of a slightly older age will probably understand this phrase to be in relation to sexual activity, but thanks, at least partially to Jamie Vardy, Getting banged also means to get knocked out by a punch. Hence Vardy’s infamous catchphrase!

 

Ting

This is mostly a result of the influx of Jamaican culture. (which is great!) It simply means “things” So the sentence “we are going to get chips and ting” Means that you are going to purchase some chips and probably some battered sausage or a nice curry sauce! Weirdly though the phrase “peng Ting” is used to describe an attractive girl – go figure!

 

Road Man

Also sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase bad man. A road man is usually a teenage boy who wears tracksuit bottoms and hangs around outside of shops or in skate parks and smokes weed. They will often use all the words in this article which they learned from listening to Sean Paul while smoking a rollie filled with, what is probably oregano, but they think is weed and it doesn’t matter because they have pinched two bottles of green VK from their fridge and are going to get smashed (drunk) in the swing park.

 

Triggered

When something gets somebody riled or vexed, a word kids are quite often using these days. Which is quite heartening! Campers are an example of something that triggers the youth of today.

 

Fleek

This word is almost universally admonished but still can be heard. It basically means something is “on point” but instead “on fleek” is used. It’s commonly used to describe hair and, oddly eyebrows!

 

Fam

This is used interchangeably with other terms of endearment such as blud, or blad! Interestingly the use of blud may come from the Jamaican phrase Bludclot which is an insult.

 

Wagwan

A total bastardisation of the phrase “What’s going on” traditionally of Jamaican origin but now used almost exclusively by Road Men or by Uni students with masses of irony in an attempt to belittle road men. But come on guys, isn’t that a bit like shooting fish in a barrel?

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