10 Phrases Teens Use & What They Mean

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Teens gossiping\" height=Teenagers have their own language. OK, so it's not official -- but every day on the street I'm walking by some group of teenagers speaking something that may as well be Swahili. They're all in the know, too. It's as if someone sends out some complete teen lingo guide and within seconds, they've all downloaded it into a memory card hidden in the back of their necks.

Now understandably as a parent, you may feel a little confused. I'm sure when your daughter shows up with friends after school, you wanna be in the know. You want to know how to interpret this teenspeak.

Lucky for you, I'm here to help you out. Check out our easy-to-read guide of 10 slang words teens are ALL over, with context clues.

1. YOLO: Meaning "you only live once," something said when you're about to do something you may regret.
Context: "This dress may be pricy but whatever, it's prom -- YOLO!"

2. Frenemy: An enemy disguised as a friend. You know that whole "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer" saying? Yeah, a frenemy is often a person a teen hangs out with regularly that they don't really like.
Context: "Taylor TOTALLY has a crush on my boyfriend, she's a total frenemy."

3. Sick: No, it doesn't mean infected. On the contrary, it means awesome.
Context: "Those shoes are totally sick! Where did you get them!?"

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4. Photobomb: When two people are taking a photo and someone either knowingly or unknowingly ruins it by being in the picture.
Context: "This photo would have been soooo cute if Taylor totally photobombing it with that weird face in the background."

5. Newb: A newbie. Someone who is new to either an experience, group, or scenario.
Context: "She's a newb to the cheerleading squad, but has a ton of potential!"

6. Epic fail: Super fail. Big fail. Doesn't always mean disaster.
Context: "I wanted to grab Starbucks before class but had to drop off my little brother at karate practice. Epic fail."

7. Money: When something is perfect.
Context: "That new skirt is money!! Where did you get it?!"

8. Busted: When someone or something isn't good looking.
Context: "Did you see the new girl in Physics? Her body is awesome, but her face is busted."

9. My bad: Another form of sorry or an apology.
Context: "I didn't mean to bump into you, my bad."

10. Ratchet: Ugly
Context: "Tonight's about to get ratchet."

Do your teens use any of these words? Do you have other slang to add to our list?

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amiec... amiecanflie

Newb? No, it's spelled Noob. 

Everyone but a noob would know that.  

fave82 fave82

Wow.. Money? Frenemy? My bad? Those terms are sooo old!

fave82 fave82

Ps, this article is an "epic fail". Lol

tuffy... tuffymama

These are all... Old. And ratchet does not mean ugly. Not just ugly. It's more. It's pitiful when white folks use black slang the wrong way.

nonmember avatar Debbie

Frenemy is so last year, and my 12 year old wouldn't be caught dead saying "sick" anymore.

Vegeta Vegeta

Lawl ratchet means a hot mess ho! How about the groups of teens that walk around saying parts of sentences to no other particular member of the group simultaneously. One or two are usually singing or rapping, and the girls and the one boy in the back are usually saying one or two word sentences comprised of mostly loud swears.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Ratchet was a foreign one to me. Other than that I used these when I was in high school in the mid 90's.

nonmember avatar Debbie

Excuse me, but, you are sadly misinformed. It is my regret to tell you, but, nobody actually says YOLO, except for ignorant gang members. Well, not gang members, but YOLO has faded from teenage vocabulary almost as soon as it entered. My incredibly intelligent and knowlegable teenage children say that 'YOLO is only what idiots say.' YOLO was a passing phrase amongst popular kids at school. When most teenagers say YOLO, they are actually making fun of the phrase, not using it. Please check your sources and make sure your information is correct next time you write an article about such things. Thank you and I hope you will not make this mistake again.

Aeris... AerisKate

Yep, lots of these were used when I was a teenager in the 90s!!

BPayne09 BPayne09

This article made me laugh and not because it was funny. This whole site is a damn joke.

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