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Last Updated on August 30, 2016 by Diane Hoffmaster
I am the proud parent of two teens and I can honestly say that I understand very little that comes out of their mouths lately. The words I struggle to understand are not swear words. They are pretty clean cut kids...profanity has never been much of a problem in our house. But some days, it honestly seems like they are speaking a totally foreign language. I have become a big fan or Urban Dictionary lately to shed light on what he heck they are talking about. If understanding your teen has become difficult, I urge you to check it out!
"Mom, look at my quiff" says the boy...
Um, do I really need to see your quiff? Isn't that a private thing? Or maybe it is a rude noise made by a portion of the female anatomy? No, a quiff is a hairstyle from the 50's that has once again become fashionable. It takes a significant amount of time and hair product to achieve the perfect quiff. As evidenced by the pigsty his bathroom has become!
"Mom, we don't really like that girl very much...she's kindof ratchet" says my daughter.
Ok...are you telling me she resembles a mechanical device that allows continuous linear or rotary motion in only one direction while preventing motion in the opposite direction (or so says wikipedia!) Cuz, that really makes a lot of sense, right? No....ratchet is apparently this generations way of saying someone is a little bit skanky. Because we couldn't just keep the word skanky around for more than a year or two, right?
And don't even get me started on the ships my daughter is so passionate about. No, these SHIPs don't float in water. They have nothing to do with boats or sailing at all. These ships are actually relationships (either real or imaginary). Like Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck...that ship called Bennifer? Ships are made up for characters of books, popular movies and hot young YouTube sensations.
Heaven for it you 'ship' Troyler and your best friend ships Myler....that might just mean the end of your friendship completely. Didn't understand that sentence? Now you know what the heck I mean when I say that I don't have a clue what these kids are talking about some days!
Seriously though, understanding your teen is important. Did you know bath salts are actually a kind of drug? Knowing the 'teen lingo' may very well save a kids life!
Talk to your teens...and really LISTEN to them. Put down the cell phone when you are together and open up the lines of communication between you. Ask them what a word means, ask them to show you that YouTube video they are giggling over. Check out Urban Dictionary on a regular basis! Pray for divine intervention. I'm doing a lot of that lately!
And I SOOOO ship Troyler but my daughter is totally cray cray over those boys and it's getting a little wak!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.