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2024 Teenager Slang — Guidebook with Key Meanings

It is unbelievable how language can change from the hot new phrase to an archaic term before your eyes. New words and phrases spread rapidly through social media platforms like tiktok. It can be incredibly difficult as a parent to keep up with all of the new lingo. Maybe you can get a bit closer to understanding what your teen means by “bet! That plan sounds lowkey lit.”

Warning: simply using the word won’t always do the trick, some slang can only be used in the correct situations with the right pronunciation. You may be mocked by your teen even if you use the word in the right context.

A List of Teen Slang Words

Salty/Salty: I’m upset

Lowkey: implies a more relaxed attitude, something subtle

Highkey: implies great importance

Bet: yes!

Sipping tea: understanding gossip

Spilling tea: gossiping to friends

To sleep on: when one sees something as underrated, Ex: “People sleep on This is Us, that show is so good.”

Deada$$: for sure, serious

Bruh: OMG are you serious?

GYATT: A voluptuous butt. Abbreviated version of the exclamation “god damn”

Cross-Faded: both drunk and high

Ship: I want them to be a couple

Yeet: yikes

Sus: suspect

Fam: used when referring to a close group of friends

Bae: before anyone else

Lit: means fun but can also be used to refer to getting drunk and high

Beef: we’re fighting over a problem

Woke: to be aware politically and socially of your surroundings

Extra: Over the top

Turnt: similar context as lit,

Roasted: verbally attacked

Plug: refers to an individual who provides drugs and alcohol

Gucci: That’s cool

I’m dead: I can’t believe it

Geeking: laughing to the extent of freaking out

Thirsty: desperate

Netflix and chill: implies sex

Throw shade: to put down, insult

Dope: cool (can refer to drugs and other activities)

Bye Felicia: I don’t need you in my life, goodbye

Finna: I’m about to or going to do something

Tight: cool

Peeps: closest friends or family

Vlog: a video-based blog

Talk smack: to belittle someone

Brodown: boys night out

Frenemy: friend that sometimes hurts your feelings.

That’s clutch: That’s cool

Are you going to roll up?: Are you going somewhere?

Player: Male who is good and/or active with the girls

Hook up: To be physical with someone without a long term commitment. It can mean having sex with that person or not. The definition varies among ages and groups.

Friends with benefits: Similar to “hooked up” above

Body count: the amount of people someone has slept with

I’m down: I agree

Basic: unoriginal, mainstream

Clout: a person’s online influence

Finsta: fake Instagram

Mood: relatable

Shook: shocked

Dank: high quality (this was originally slang used to describe weed, but often refers to memes)

Sus: suspicious

Rizz: the ability to successfully attract the preferred gender

Bussin: very good (usually food)

Glow up: a makeover, an improvement (either physically or emotionally)

Drip: clothing or fashion sense, specifically if you are fashionable

Fit: outfit

Hits different: better than normal

Ghost/ghosting: Ending a relationships by abruptly ceasing all communication

Karen: A rude or aggressive middle-aged woman

Ok, boomer: A disparaging response to something that teens consider outdated

Stan: A fan of a celebrity, often intense or overzealous

Rager: A huge party, often with alcohol

Mid: Mid-tier, AKA below average or boring

Za: Slang word for marijuana. It is an abbreviation of the word “exotic”

Teen Texting Slang

That was just conversations – texting is a whole new world of acronyms and slang words. Here’s our introduction into the dictionary of teenager texting slang.

B: admiration for an individual, could be used in the context “hey b!” or “you got it b.” It is used in more dramatic terms as “bb.”

BF/GF: boyfriend/girlfriend

IDK: I don’t know

JK: Just kidding

LMAO: laughing my a** off

BTW: by the way

WTH: what the he**

WTF: what the f**k

LOL: laughing out loud

IDEK: I don’t even know

RN: right now

TN: tonight

G2G/GTG: got to go

TL;DR: too long; didn’t read (this is usually a summary at the end of a long social media post)

AF: as f**k

FOMO: fear of missing out

GOAT: greatest of all time

ILY: I love you

IRL: in real life

KYS: kill yourself

NP: no problem

OMG: oh my god

OMFG: oh my f**king god

TBH: to be honest

TF: the f**k (as in “what the f**k”)

WYD: what’re you doing?

SMH: shaking my head (disapproval)

OG: original gangster (basically just means original)

RT: Retweet

HBU: how ’bout you?

WBU: what ’bout you?

V: very

IYKYK: If you know, you know (an inside joke)


Plenty of emojis mean just what you think they mean. But many other emojis have secret meanings that you may not immediately recognize. Here are some of the most popular ones we’ve found.

– Upside down smiley face emoji, either passive aggressive or frustration/frustrated resignation.

– Face with tears of joy emoji, signifies laughing-crying, aka something funny enough to cause tears of laughter

– Winking face emoji, usually used in a flirtatious manner

– Smiling face with hearts emoji, usually used to show love or adoration for friends

– Man standing emoji, usually meant to show awkwardness or discomfort. (“I’m literally just standing here.”)

– Skull emoji, essentially same as the “face with tears of joy” emoji, signifies something is hilarious

– Eggplant emoji, usually a stand in for a “body part with a similar shape”

– Peach emoji, usually a stand in for “posterior”

– Sweat droplet emoji, often used in a sexual way to represent various…fluids

– Smiling face with horns emoji, sometimes meant to represent naughtiness, but often used to denote sexual inuendo (get it? It’s…horny.)

– Hot face emoji, also almost exclusively used in a sexual context to mean arousal

– Tongue emoji, another emoji that’s often used sexually, this one to refer to oral sex

– Woozy face emoji, most often to signify being drunk but can signify other things like sexual arousal

– Right and left pointing backhand Index finger emojis, meant to show shyness

️ ️ – “It is what it is,” a collection of emojis meant to represent stunned shock

– Hundred emoji, usually used in agreement or approval

– Thinking face emoji, meant to show that you’re thinking about something, often used sarcastically to show skepticism

– Loudly crying face emoji, can show either extreme sadness or extreme joy, depending on context

– Flushed face emoji, can mean anything from embarrassed to flattery to surprise

Maddy Suna and Zachary Nosanchuk are seniors at Shaker Heights High School. They are interning at Your Teen Media.

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