WebMD Feature from "Good Housekeeping" Magazine
For confused parents, a guide to what your kids are really saying. Buthurry...they''ll be on to something new before you know it.
BF, GF (abbrs., boyfriend, girlfriend) "My friends and I use itonline when we''re talking about who''s going out with who. It''s faster-Iwouldn''t even think of typing the full word anymore."
BF4L (abbr., best friends for life) "It''s how we sign off instantmessenger. And we''ll say it to clear things up if we''ve had a fight."
Busted (adj., ugly) "Sometimes I''ll be walking down the hall andI''ll hear someone say ��Ew,
Cheddar (n., cash) "I''ve heard it said like, ��I need some cheddarto buy this new video game.''"
Chillaxin (v., chillin'' combined with relaxin'') "My friends sayit if I call them after sports practice to see what they''re doing."
Crunk (adj., awesome) "My friends say it like, ��Dude, you shouldhave been there last night-it was crunk.'' It may have started as a combinationof crazy and drunk, but now we use it to describe any awesome time."
MOS, DOS, POS (abbrs., mom over shoulder, dad over shoulder, parentover shoulder) "Guys will type it if they''re talking to a girlfriendonline. Maybe they''re embarrassed and don''t want their parents toknow."
Emo (abbr., emotional. Originally a category of rock music, it nowdescribes a dramatic person who listens to those songs.) "You''re usuallycalled it if you seem like the depressed type."
G (n., friend) "It can be a funny way to say goodbye, like, ��Seeya later, G.'' It''s short for ��homey G.''"
Home skillet (n., friend) "I''ve heard it said like, ��Yo, what''sup, home skillet?''" -Will
Money (adj., cool) "If someone shows you a new jacket and youlike it, you can just say ��Money.''"
My bad (n., my mistake) "If I make a bad pass at ball practice,I''ll say ��My bad'' to a teammate." -Scott, 16, Columbus, OH
Off the chain (adj., cool) "If there was a really fun party,people might say ��Oh man, that party was off the chain.''"
OMG (abbr., oh my God!)
Rides (n., sneakers) "People say ��Don''t step on my rides'' or��Check out my new rides.''"
Tope (adj., cool) "It''s a mixture of the words tight and dope,which both mean ��cool.''" -Sylvia
Wanksta (n., a person who tries to act tough) "It was in a rapsong-that''s how people caught on to it. You can say it to call a person out fortrying to be cool."
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