James Callahan, a year-old sociology teacher at a high school in Massachusetts, has been keeping a running list of African American Vernacular English AAVE slang terms he believes is representative of the Gen Z generation that he overhears students using at school. His list is so impressive and comprehensive that when he finally shared it with a class, one of the students snuck a photo and posted it online. It's gone super viral overretweets since Tuesday.
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Slang is very informal language or specific words used by a particular group of people. You'll usually hear slang spoken more often than you'll see it put in writing, though emails and texts often contain many conversational slang words. Though slang sometimes gets a bad rap for being inappropriate or incorrect, it's also highly creative and shows that the English language is constantly evolving over time.
Slang is an integral part of growing up. A word or abbreviation can add significant meaning or emotion to a message or text. Slang helps kids define their connections, feel accepted, and gain independence.
For example, in the sentence above, fleekin means awesome. Did you know that one already? Teen slang words often come from popular music and movies, straight from the mouths of famous musicians and actors, while other teen slang words have come directly from viral videos, social media posts and other funny things on the Internet.
Platforms like Vine and Twitter that I use everyday have helped spread and standardize terms that might otherwise have stayed regional. And certainly the Internet has shortened the lifespan of some slang, especially when co-opted by brands tryna speak in teen parlance — Just leave to us. As language evolves and new terms enter the mainstream, us as teens are often blamed for debasing linguistic standards.