Let’s start by indulging in a little translation, shall we?
‘We in dis b*tch, Daryl is Esh, so Thirsty for Lilly he wants her for his bae – she with the Fam, loves F*ckboy but been Hectic AF she got The Feels got dem blazed now she’s so woke she cray cray with FOMO but eyebrows on Fleek.’
Don’t speak urban teen? Well, here’s what all that meant:
‘We’re in the car with Daryl, he’s a bit of a loser. Wears his trackpants low and his shirts too long like some sort of gangster. But he’s really desperate for Lilly. He wants to be in a serious relationship with her. It’s not going to happen. She is attracted to men who are sophisticated womanisers. Daryl’s not even a contender. She’s just communing with her social group, engaging in numerous long and intense gatherings, now she’s a bit over emotional after imbibing cannabis through a pipe and she’s feeling anxious that this may cause her to be unavailable for the next social occasion. But on the upside things are looking good because her eyebrows are fabulous.’
Hear Mandy chat to Holly Wainwright and Andrew Daddo on this week’s episode of This Glorious Mess. (Post continues after audio.)
Speaking in riddles isn’t new. It seems every generation develops a coded language to keep their parents out of their business. Thanks to social media, teen speak has become like a latter day Latin, growing and evolving like fungus in an unopened lunchbox. And like fungus, whats there one day will be totes different the next.
The kids deploy words we once knew and words we have never heard of in contexts that defy rational meaning. And just when you finally get a grip on what they’re talking about. Just when you start saying ‘Mummy’s feeling cray cray’ they say: ‘Oh my God, mum, no one says that any more.’
That’s when I throw some serious shade. (That means I get shitty)
When it comes to teenspeak, everything is topsy turvy. (BTW Topsy Turvy was teenspeak for ‘hectic’ when your 90-year-old Nanna was 15.)
Mandy Nolan. (Image: supplied)
For instance, if you daughter tells you last night all she and her boyfriend did was watch "Netflix and chill" it doesn’t mean they were watching Vikings. It means they were having sex. She’s hardly going to say "We had sex on the couch while you were sleeping". We’ve all done it. We certainly don’t admit it. So now young people have a way of telling you the truth without you actually understanding what the truth is. So technically, from a teen’s point of view, she was upfront and honest.