Friday, December 9, 2011


For those who write YA, I thought this might help you write authentic teenage dialogue.

I saw this in a news article and couldn't resist posting a few.

Below are some words that kids are using today.  How many have you heard of?

Used in a sentence: Last night was flop. I was supposed to go to the movies with my boyfriend but flopped on me. He’s such a flopper.
What it means: A flop is when a planned event doesn’t end up happening. A flopper is someone who often cancels last minute.
Replaces: Bailing/Bailer

Used in a sentence: My brother is standing behind us making faces in this picture – what a photobomb.
What it means: A photobomb is when a person or object is in a picture accidentally or intentionally and as a result, ruins the photo.
Replaces: Nothing. It didn’t exist before the digital era.

Used in a sentence: Have you seen that lipdub UBC did for Frosh week?
What it means: A music video done in one ake with a variety of people singing along.
Replaces: Lip syncing

This is text speak for “Parents over shoulder.”


Christina Lee said...

Do I get extra points for knowing most of these?!?! :-)) I did not know lipdub!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

LOVE this! Even though I teach high school, I'm bookmarking this. :-)

Amie Borst said...

interesting! i've heard a few of them before. thanks for sharing!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

They haven't made their way to my kids. Sure, my 12 year old pick up the swear words but not these one. *rolls eyes*

C Ann Golden said...

Thanks for sharing these as they will be quite handy for me!


....Petty Witter said...

Amazing how language evolves. I didn't know a single one of these. Mind you I thought LOL stood for Lots of Love for such a long time until our niece told me otherwise.

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm with Petty. I can't believe how quickly it all changes. I guess I'm stuck in my own lingo. =P

Carol Riggs said...

Oh wow. I'm totally out of it. I didn't know any of these. That does it--I'm only writing fantasy and sci-fi where I can make up my own slang. LOL