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She’s fly; it’s sick; they’re H: r u lost?

Can’t work out what your teen means?  Take Good Housekeeping‘s teen slang test, and get down with the lingo. And no Angus Deaton! (Wrong slang, but I felt like using it.)


(To get the answers, you’ll need to take the test at Good Housekeeping‘s site at the link above.)

Test Your Teen Slang

What’s harder than getting your teen to communicate with you grunt-, shrug- and eye-roll-free? Trying to make sense of their ever-changing vocabulary, of course. If you’re feeling lost in translation, take our teen slang test, and bone up on all of the latest lingo.

By Jennifer Saltiel, LMSW

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1. When you ask your daughter if she likes the new chicken dish you baked for dinner, she replies, “It’s sick!” This means:
She doesn’t like it one bit
The food is making her feel nauseous.
She thinks the dish is delicious.
2. Your daughter calls you on her cell phone and asks, “Can I make a requestion?” This means:
She meant to say, “Can I ask you a question?”
She probably said “Can I make a request?” but since the cell phone connection wasn’t clear, you thought you heard “requestion.”
She is combining the words request and question to ask both at the same time.
3. Which of the following words does not mean wonderful or awesome?
4. Your daughter sends you an email fuming about her teacher’s unfairness. She begins her litany of complaints with “OMG!” What do the three letters stand for?
On my grave
Oh my god (or gosh)
One more gripe
5. While driving your son and his friends to baseball practice, you overhear his buddy ask what your son thinks of the new girl at school. When he replies, “She’s fly,” you interpret this as:
She’s irrelevant to him. He’s not impressed.
He thinks she is cool
He finds her ditsy, like her head is in the clouds.
6. An individual who has a pessimistic attitude and is constantly talking about his or her friends is a:
7. An angst-filled teenager who dresses in black; wears thick-rimmed glasses; and listens to alternative music about life’s heartbreak and miseries would be described as:
8. You pick your son up from school on a snowy day. He’s waiting for you outside with his friend, Brian. When you ask how he’s doing, Brian says, “I’m chillin’.” What he’s trying to tell you is:
It’s so cold, his fingers have turned to ice
He feels stressed and frazzled
“Life is good. I’m relaxing.”
9. Your son and his friend, Mark, are checking out a new CD. When Mark asks what the music is like, your son replies that the lyrics are pretty “H”. What does this mean?
Hardcore – the words are an intense experience.
Hilarious – they’re cracking him up.
Horrible – could they have written anything lamer?
10. Your daughter’s best friend, Jane, does not show up at the mall to meet her, like they had planned. When your daughter calls Jane to ask her where she is, Jane replies, “My B.” This means:
That’s my business, not yours.
My boyfriend needed me.
My bad — totally my fault.
11. Your son and his friend are shooting hoops in your driveway. When you ask if he’d like to stay for dinner, your son’s friend says, “I’ve gotta bounce.” What does he have to do?
Run it by his parents
Finish the game
Get going

12. You see an instant message between your daughter and her friend Jill on the computer (No, you weren’t spying; you were just trying to check your email). It reads:

Dana: Hey Jill, Sup?
Jill: Chillin’
Dana: Me too, but I’ve g2g now.
Jill: Lol! That was fast. Ttyl.
Dana: l8tr.

How much of this correspondence do you understand?

Some of it. But none of the initials.
All of it.
You lost me at “Hey Jill”