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Do You Know Your Slang?

Do you know your slang? Teens and millennials have been using new lingo that adults can never seem to catch up with. They find their way all over the internet via viral videos and posts off of websites and applications like Instagram, Facebook, and Vine. Adults of course had their own set of trendy terms but do kids still use those today? See if you are the ultimate slang user as you look at the classics vs. the recents.

CLASSICS:

Wet Sock: This means to give someone a limp handshake. It was often considered rude and weird when handshakes weren’t done firmly. It was a sign of disrespect.

Don’t Sell Me a Dog: This means don’t lie to me. Apparently back in the day people who sold dogs often lied about the breed of dog they were selling. It was a huge problem and eventually caused new laws to be formed around the sale of animals.

Frog Sticks: This means french fries. This refers to the well known french dish of frog legs, which is also part of the stereotype foreigners think of when someone asks them about France, so the name stuck; even though, ironically, french fries aren’t even French.

Dog Soup: This just means water. This term dates back to the 1930’s and references the way that dogs drink water in bowls, like humans eat soup in bowls.

Fly Rink: This means a bald head. Also a 1900’s term, they used to say a bald head looks like an ice skating rink for flies. Funny thought, but you get the idea.

RECENTS:

Hundo P: This means when you 100% agree with a statement. For example:

Me: “Donald Trump is an idiot.”

You: “Hundo P.”

Dead: This means when something is so funny or amazing you feel like you might die. Usually when a funny joke is said people laugh so hard their lungs hurt and they feel like they might “die”.

Aesthetic: This means something that looks pleasing to the eye. For example, someone could say, “The rain looks so aesthetic today.” Originally this was applied to the arts and referenced  the appeal of writing and artwork.

Suh: This word is a mixture of “sup” and “huh”. It originated from the social media app “vine” and became a huge trend.

Sus: This is an abbreviation of suspicious. it is an adjective to describe someone who is shady or false.

How’d you do? Some of these terms were very challenging dating back to the early 1900s! But some date back only to a few months ago. If you got 8 or more you are a slang master! If you got 4 to 7 right you are somewhat trendy. If you got 3 or less you probably live under a rock. As generations continue, so will the slang. If you think these terms are weird, wait until 10 years from now!

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