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【Teenage Speech】

(Contributed by Kelly)
Okay, I have to say that having kids, especially as they go through the ‘teenage’ years can really make a person go a bit nuts. I am proficient in English; well I thought I was until yesterday, now I am not so sure. Let me explain what I mean, teenagers speak English but it is unlike any form of English I am familiar with.
For instance, yesterday I was talking to my girls while I was cooking dinner and my 19 year old says. You know Josh right mom. I replied, “I know who he is, why?” She giggled and then said, “Well, he asked me out and he’s the bae”. Okay, so what is wrong with that sentence? What is “bae”; I had absolutely no idea what she was saying. I asked her to repeat it in English to which I got an eye roll and an Oh mom. Then I was informed that it means he is sexy. Apparently I am simply old and need to get a clue because bae is the new sexy. I was also informed during our afternoon discussion that “Turnt” is a new word. Yep, this is an adjective according to my 11th and 12th graders. The meaning of this word, and I use the term word very loosely, is to be social or to act in a crazy and usually when you are in a social or party atmosphere. It can also be used to describe someone who has gotten too out of control. Therefore, to use the word one might say, “We are going to open a bottle of wine, chat, and get turnT! I don’t know about anyone else but I can say without hesitation that I will not be using either one of those words, not ever. Trying to understand teens now days is just like learning a second language but harder.

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