Are you down with the kids? Know your lumbersexuals from your hipsters? Take a look at our youth speak dictionary and improve your lingo.

The Essentials

Ah nam, verb: to tell on someone. Uncertain derivation, has been used in street gangs and by teenagers since around 2005. 

Bare, adverb: a lot of, very. "She's got bare cats"

Beast, adjective: to describe something that's really cool "You got me a new iPad? You beast!" 

Boom, exclamation: a slogan of approval in inner-city London "I've just completed Candy Crush level 537... BOOM!"

Buff, adjective: sexy, fit. "That boy over there is well buff"

Bum, verb: to enjoy something, "You absolutely bum Eastenders"

Chung, adjective: extremely sexy "I'm looking for a bare chung lady"

Fo sho, exclamation: urban version of yes, for sure, certainly "Are we still hanging out on Saturday?" "Fo sho!"

Hangin, adjective: ugly, most likely with an unattractive body and bad dress sense to boot "Did you see what he was wearing? He was hangin."

Heavy, adjective: cool, interesting "Did you know that Kanye West is worth $120 million?" "Heavy!"

Howling, adjective: ugly

Mint, adjective: cool

Munter, adjective: ugly

Owned, verb: to be made a fool of, to be beaten by

Rinsed, verb: overused, used up, all gone 

Safa, adjective: coolest of the cool, superlative version of safe

Sick, adjective: interesting, cool, never seen before. The more sick something is, the better. This usage originated with skaters and snowboarders.

 

Urban Dictionary Faves

Bicurean, adjective: describes a relationship between an omnivore/carnivore and a vegetarian/vegan

PPD, noun: Post Party Depression

YOLO, exclamation: you only live once, defined as “carpe-diem” for stupid people

Flabs, noun: the opposite of abs

Face Fro, noun: A huge unkempt beard

Lumbersexual, noun: A man who has a well-groomed beard, wears plaid shirts, looks outdoors-y but is more likely to be found sipping a flat white in a trendy café while tapping away at a laptop

Salt Daddy, noun: an older guy, dated by a younger girl, who literally has nothing to offer

Date Face, noun: the façade of being a stable, normal, attractive and healthy person on a first date. Easily leads to a second date but dissolves by the third.

 

Just Added to the OED

Food baby, noun: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy

Girl crush, noun: an intense and typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one woman or girl for another

Fauxhawk, noun: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved)

EMOJI, noun: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication 

FOMO, exclamation: “fear of missing out” anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media

Bitcoin, noun: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank

Jorts, noun: denim shorts

Vom, verb: be sick; vomit

Srsly, exclamation: short for seriously

Squee, exclamation: used to express great delight or excitement

Selfie, noun: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media

Derp, exclamation: used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action

Phablet, noun: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer

Twerk, verb: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance

Check out this bang tidy dictionary the British Library threw together with the help of some youths.

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