Have any of you gone on Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr and really paid attention to what teenagers consider the English language? I have, normally when I’m looking for an excuse to have a good cry. All generations have their slang terms, I get that — my parents were born in 1949, so when they were teenagers, it was the late 60s, so they said “groovy,” and “far out,” and “peace, man” just like everyone else did. I was born in 1982, so I was a teenager in the late 90s, and our slang terms were (mostly) holdovers from the Gen-X/grunge era earlier in the decade.
I see teenagers today yipping and yammering and I can’t figure out what the fuck they’re saying. Bae? On fleek? Turnt? Netflix and chill? The last one I know, but I threw that in there because I know a lot of people that don’t know what it means, and the looks on their faces when they find out/figure it out are priceless. I don’t remember my parents, or even older siblings of my friends, having a difficult time deciphering the meaning of, “Whoa dude, bummer.” I have, on the other hand, had to actually ask someone to explain to me as though I were either stupid or didn’t speak English as my native language, just what in the hell “bae” means.
Kids today. Bah humbug.