Recently I’ve noticed that the Internet is chock-full of…well, gibberish. It seems like I’m constantly having to Google new words so I can try and understand what the hell people are talking about. I still never end up using them, but at least I feel like I have some context clues.
This got me thinking.
Since I am probably the most informed on slang—mostly because I feel like as a blogger I have to be—but still continue to struggle, it might be kind of funny to see how tuned in my family is.
So I asked them. (Well, everyone except my brother. But that’s only because I’ve heard him use some of these words so I felt like this would be too easy for him.)
All I gave them was the word. I wouldn’t give it to them in a sentence, so as to avoid giving them context clues, and I asked them all separately so they wouldn’t play off of each other.
These were the results:
Urban Dictionary Definition: a reference to how people should be aware in current affairs.
Natalee’s (my sister) Guess: Oh, um, like you’re really in the times. And you know what’s up. So like, if you’re drinking the fizzy water, you’re probably pretty woke, because that’s what people do now. So, you know, I’m woke.
Dad’s Guess: Like W-O-K-E? Woke just means to be highly alert.
Mom’s Guess: I feel woke, I’m ready to roll. I’m awake and ready to go.
Urban Dictionary Definition: When something is turned up or popping
Natalee’s Guess: Oh I know this one! Well…I don’t really know how to describe it. Umm, it means it’s a banger, that’s another term right? Like it’s really off the hook.
Dad’s Guess: That means it’s like, happenin’.
Mom’s Guess: I’ve heard this one used. Do you say, “she’s lit” or “he’s lit”? Doesn’t that mean that they are IT? Like, they’re cool.
Urban Dictionary Definition: incredible, hot, crazy, nice…etc
Natalee’s Guess: Can you give it me in a sentence? Because I’ve heard people say, “that’s fire” so does it mean, like, awesome, turned up? Is it the same as lit?
Dad’s Guess: The only thing I can think of is being on fire, like going 4 for 4 in a game or making three beer pong balls in a row.
Mom’s Guess: Well that one’s…dumb. That shouldn’t slang because it’s an actual thing. But I guess it has to mean you’re hot or maybe something that’s cool. Wait, is it like an oxymoron?!
Urban Dictionary Definition: greatest of all time
Natalee’s Guess: GREATEST OF ALL TIME.
Dad’s Guess: Greatest of all time! Kobe Bryant!
Mom’s Guess: GREATEST OF ALL TIME! A.k.a DAD
Urban Dictionary Definition: over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior, way too much
Natalee’s Guess: Oh! Well…I mean, it just means extra. You’re just very in it–just all the way.
Dad’s Guess: Other than the literal meaning of wanting more of something I can’t think of what else it would mean.
Mom’s Guess: I just learned about this!! What did you tell me it meant?! Wait, hold on, let me go back in my brain. When somebody’s extra they’re…isn’t it like…shoot I didn’t pay attention. I think it means a lot, like a personality that’s difficult.
Urban Dictionary Definition: Being upset, angry, or bitter as result of being made fun of or embarrassed.
Natalee’s Guess: Oh, this is when you’re upset but also sarcastic. So you’re not like “angry”, you’re just like woah, salty. You’re not really pissed, you’re just kind of…irritated.
Dad’s Guess: I would say that means you have a negative opinion on everybody. You’re just a salty old dude.
Mom’s Guess: Somebody who, like, “ooh you’re salty, spicy, you’re wild.”
Urban Dictionary Definition: This term took over for “on fleek” and is often used to describe your eyebrows, your clothes, your hair—anything that looks on point.
Natalee’s Guess: Um…snatched…does that mean you’re taken over by something?
Dad’s Guess: Oh man. I can only imagine what Urban Dictionary’s definition is. Snatched….snatched…snatched…I would say uhh…snatched…that one’s almost as hard as “extra.” Hmmm…snatched. Ummm like you were ripped off?
Mom’s Guess: You’ve been kidnapped? Or maybe you are taken. You are in love.
8) Keep it 100
Urban Dictionary Definition: To tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth
Natalee’s Guess: Tell the truth, be yourself, no bullshit.
Dad’s Guess: I would say that means to put all of yourself into everything.
Mom’s Guess: Be completely honest.
9) Bye Felicia
Urban Dictionary Definition: When someone says that they’re leaving and you could really give two shits less that they are.
Natalee’s Guess: Isn’t it the same as “boy bye”? Like bitch, get out.
Dad’s Guess: When you’re writing someone off.
Mom’s Guess: What people might say to Trump?
Urban Dictionary Definition: badass, cool, someone who does not care about the consequences of his or her actions.
Natalee’s Guess: When somebody burns you or says something that is like WOAAHHHH, that is really savage, that really got you, they called you out.
Dad’s Guess: Savage would mean something that’s just ruthless—you don’t care who it offends. It would be like if I walked up to you and took the last chip off your plate even though I knew you were hungry.
Mom’s Guess: Somebody’s who is super athletic.
11) Hundo P
Urban Dictionary Definition: 100%
Natalee’s Guess: (completely sarcastically, because she, like me, had never ever heard of this) Oh, well that obviously means like, when you’re in line for a club and you have to pee but don’t want to lose your spot, so you pay someone $100 to hold your spot, and then you go to the bathroom real quick. Then when you come back, you get your $100 back, because you were never really paying them, it was more of a placeholder. But only for the VIP’s. Hundo P = VIP
Dad’s Guess: I would say that means you got lots of $100 bills in your wallet—you’re loaded.
Mom’s Guess: I think it’s when you’ve been drinking a lot and you’ve GOT TO GO.
Urban Dictionary Definition: overzealous fan
Natalee’s Guess: Does every letter stand for something? Like support…talk…and then I don’t know.
Dad’s Guess: I’m thinking it’s what you call someone that’s unsociable. “That guy over there is being such a stan.”
Mom’s Guess: Someone very feminine.
Urban Dictionary Definition: to endorse a romantic relationship
Natalee’s Guess: It means you, like, support
Dad’s Guess: S-H-I-P? I would say what that means is you’re so hip, you’re just…I don’t know. You’re with the times.
Mom’s Guess: I don’t know, maybe like a…bigger person.
Urban Dictionary Definition: one true pairing, a couple that is perfect for each other
Natalee’s Guess: um, original…true…PERSON. Like, you the realist.
Dad’s Guess: The only thing that comes to mind is from work: On Time Performance. That’s all I can think of.
Mom’s Guess: On the period. Like, you might say, “I’m OTP right now.”
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