Don’t be so salty: TBH this lex­i­con is lit AF

Parental hacks to de­ci­pher­ing the not-so-se­cret lan­guage of teens

Bayview Post - - Kids - KATHY BUCK­WORTH

“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

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