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“We Be Slangin'” from TrendCentral

Have you heard of TrendCentral.com, another website that keeps track of the most ephemeral of the ephemeral – what is happening now and what might be coming down the pipeline?

Here is an article from TrendCentral.com on new vocabulary, for those who want to understand what the next gen is saying:

WE BE SLANGIN’

Decoding the latest Gen Y vocab

Did you know the word “hipster” didn’t always mean someone who laced every sentence with snark and pretended not to know other people’s names? Yeah, at one time “hipster” was used to describe beatniks that listened to jazz in the “wrong” side of town and took speed-induced road trips across America. As pop culture evolves, so does the slang we use to describe the world around us. Here are a few new words and terms we have been hearing around the block and on the web:

Real Talk
n. This phrase is used to highlight that whatever is being said is the actual truth and not the rose-colored variety. One of the most famous users of this expression is vlogger Mr. Chi-City, who tends to drop the phrase every few seconds.
“Real talk, I was so hungover, I slept next to the toilet, real talk.”

Social Notworking
v. Checking your social networking pages while on the job.
“I got caught Facebook stalking by my boss today. I hope he doesn’t get mad I was social notworking.”

Gypster
n. A person who dresses like a hybrid of a gypsy and a hipster.
“There were hoards of gypsters at that Fleet Foxes concert afterparty in Echo Park last night.”

Shress
n. A tunic or shirt that is scandalously worn as a dress; the term has come into use because of the trend of girls leaving the house without a vital component – their pants. (And we’re not talking about mistaking leggings for pants; we mean the bare-legged girls that seem to be just wearing an oversized men’s shirt.)
“Can you believe she wore a shress to school? She looked like she just came from a slumber party.”

Epicocity
n. A word used to describe just how epic (i.e. awesome) something is.
“Did you see Tony jump out of the tree into the swimming pool? It was totally stupid but I gotta say the epicocity level was 10.”

DT
abbr. This strictly means “down to” and originated in the land of texting. Like other phrases that begin at the thumbs of teenage girls, DT has migrated into actual verbal conversations.
“Do you want to go shopping tomorrow?” “DTGS”

Berry
n. A term used to describe a member of the opposite sex.
“See them berries sipping on martinis? They look ripe for a picking.”

Total LOL at Social Notworking!

August 13, 2009 - Posted by | Aging, Cross Cultural, Language

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