Don’t be so salty: TBH this lexicon is lit AF
Parental hacks to deciphering the not-so-secret language of teens
“Ugh, she’s so extra!” said my teenage daughter Bridget, 18.
“Extra fun? Extra cool?” I responded in my nerdy mom voice.
“No, extra as in ‘extra.’ ” As in OTT (over the top, ahem), as I would have said back in the day.
I asked Toronto teen Grace, 15, to give me a rundown on all the hip words kids today are using. I’ve provided some helpful tips on how parents might work these words into their own convos.
To add an exaggeration. As Bare: in “That movie was bare good.” Like using the word “very,” but with a “b” and dropping the “y.” In a parental sentence: “Putting together kids’ lunches is bare annoying.” Dope: this one on my mother-in-law because I have a sneaking suspicion she’s not listening to me anyway. “So, see you at the Thanksgiving famjam. Can I bring some wine?” Rate/Back: expression you’re unlikely to hear your teen direct to you. But parents might be able to get away with, “I back that!” when the suggestion of a Thursday night glass of wine is made from one to another.
Acting mad. “Why are you Dry: being so dry?” Funnily enough, being dry could cause parents to get mad or be mad. (See “I back that,” above.)
Although Grace was able to provide me with “on the street” advice above on what teens are saying, the tells me you’ll want to add these to your own internal urban dictionary.
Thanks to Squad Goals/Goals: Taylor Swift, you don’t have a group of friends anymore, you have a squad. If your squad is bare lit and has many jams, you’re hitting a dope goal. I back that. AF:
A little bit snarky or Salty: snippy. The important thing here is that you will witness/experience this behaviour very, very often with a teen or a tween, but pointing it out is the equivalent of saying to a toddler, “I think you’re tired.” They’re going to get dry.
To be honest. Teens have the TBH: belief that if they add, “I’m just being honest,” they are no longer in trouble for saying something incredibly rude. Kathy Buckworth has four children who are masters of throwing salty shade while being lit at famjams where they bare back all her dope sentiments.
This new lingo is bare good