UK Kids and Language

The A-Z of Teen Talk, by 13-year-old Lucy van Amerongen, has been a surprise Christmas bestseller among baffled parents who struggle to understand their offspring.Teen Talk is a language in which “nang” is cool and “phat-free” isn’t. Middle-aged parents may have caught up with the word “minging” for horrible and “laters” for see you later, but few know why “book” is also cool or the reason a “fudge” is a very stupid person. For those still living in the “antwacky” – as in antique – world, “book” is what predictive text on your mobile phone will come up with when you tap in the word cool. And F, U, D, G and E are not good grades at GCSE.
Lucy came up with the idea for the The A-Z of Teen Talk after her parents complained they could not understand her conversations with her sisters Rosie, 11, and Amii, 23.

A Cheltenham Lady’s guide to teenage speak, for all those phat-free mouldies – Times Online

It’s “izzy explores the Times” day.  Clearly I miss the UK so much I have to dive into their online news (moderated by an amazing team, nonetheless, lol– woot, Emod!)

Anyway, I stumbled on this wee gem about a 13 year old who took “language” into her own hands, to help her parents… and ultimately the world… understand the complex language of British teens (or just British cool kids in general– kids of all ages that is).

I lived there for a while and still have communication faux pas with my dearest buddies/ex-flatmates on facebook. 

These terms will also prove valuable to any community specialists/managers/screeners out there working with large ranging properties that hold a multi-country fanbase.

Here are some of the examples the article provides:

Nang vocabulary

Bum Enjoy, as in “He bums his PS2”
Clappin Out of date, clapped out
Da Bomb Great, excellent
Ends Area or estate, as in “what ends are you from?”
Flat roofin’ Overworked, stressed
Gratz Thank you
Hench Tough boy, as in henchman I
nnit Word that turns any sentence into a question
Klingon Younger child, particularly your irritating brother or sister
Ledge A legend, someone who is greatly admired
Nang Cool, excellent, brilliant
Off the hook Cool, appealing, fresh
Phat Really cool, great, awesome
Phat-free Uncool, rubbish; the opposite to phat
Shizzle Someone you worship, as in “she’s a real shiz”
Tin-grin Person who wears braces
Uber Very, totally
Vanilla Boring, dull
Za Abbreviation of pizza: “Let’s grab a za before the movie”
Zep Oik, yob, underclass person

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  1. Doodlegurl (changing name soon) :)
    February 5, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Ok so these are British words. I was going to say, I’ve never heard these words before. =)

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