Sep 13, 2008
Lifestyle - New website, a key to teen jargon
A British charity has launched a website on ‘teenglish’ to make parents understand the jargon their children use in normal conversations.The jargon-buster website, gotateenager.org.uk, contains almost a hundred definitions for words commonly used by teenagers but until now incomprehensible to their parents.It is one way to make way for better communication between parents and their teenage children, according to British charity Parentline Plus.They spent months talking to parents and teenagers about the latest slang before compiling the online dictionary of 96 words from bare meaning many to wagwaan or what’s going on?Other words include phat (cool), tight (close), bluds (friends), bait (obvious), butters (ugly), buff (attractive) and rents (parents). There are also translations of on their jays (on their own), flossing (showing off) and hench (to be strong). Chirps, or to chat up; dry, or boring; nang, which translates as brilliant; and off the hook, a phrase to describe something as excellent.Feds refers to the police, ends means neighbourhood, a player is a love cheat, butters is ugly, murk is to kill, gaged is robbed and jook is to stab or steal. Nikola Mann, who helped create the site, told the Daily Mail: “It makes you realise how out of touch you can get when you read some of the words teenagers are using now”.She said the website grew out of conversations “we were having with parents on our free 24-hour helpline who were struggling to understand their children and they wanted to know what words used by their teenagers actually meant”.The website also includes a host of features from e-learning modules, boundaries, health, school and self-confidence to an online comic book with storylines and scenarios familiar to many teens.