Wagwan Piff Ting (don’t worry, it’s not an insult!)
Language is always changing. If it didn’t evolve we’d still be talking like we’re out of a Chaucer tale!
Trends in language today are largely down to the surge in technology. 20 years ago we didn’t Tweet news or Google everything! There were no concerns about losing Wi-Fi, we didn’t speak in hashtags (#JustSaying) and we certainly didn’t write entire sentences using cartoon faces and vegetables.
Today’s younger generation – our true digital natives – are influenced heavily by this. New terminology is pulled directly from social media channels like Instagram and Snapchat. It makes for some very confusing times as adults; as if understanding teens wasn’t already hard enough!
You may have seen world’s come crashing down when streaks are lost or wondered what, or who, a bæ is? But don’t worry, through some revolutionary undercover work, we’ve compiled a handy guide on teenage slang. It’s pretty sick…yanno!
You can view the full glossary at: http://blog.interactive-schools.co.uk/blog/the-language-of-teens-a-glossary, but below are some of my favourite words.
When someone ignores you, they are said to have ‘aired you’
“Can you believe Sophie? She totally aired me back there. I swear I’m done with her peakness”
Your best friend or person you are in a relationship with. The person or people you put before anyone else
“Abbie, you’re totes my Bæ for life”
Chatting someone up. Contextually more relevant to chatting up a female. i.e Chirpsing the birds from the trees
“Gwarn Ethan, chirpsing the girls”
Laughing very hard. Finding something really funny
“Oml! That video you sent me in History got me creasing so bad”
Short for Instagram
“He’s liked so many photos on my Insta. I wonder if he likes me?”
When you repeatedly talk and flirt with someone specific with a view to them becoming your boyfriend or girlfriend
“It’s pretty obvious that you’re gonna go out…you’re proper linking”
Something that looks really good. Something that has turned out exactly the way you wanted
“Chloe your eyebrows are totally on fleek. How do you get them like that? I’m well jel”
Someone in your life you consider locked down and loyal to you. Can be used for both friendships and relationships
“ILYSM Abbie, you’re my Bæ for life”
Something that is considered bad, not good
“Ahhh man this weather is peak. I wanted to go out with my Faves but the rain will ruin my hair”
Something that is considered sexy or good
“Oi oi! You’re well peng”
Someone who is considered an attractive person
“Wagwan piff ting. You is looking peng!”
Something that is considered good
“Had such a sick weekend round my Bezzo’s house. Same time next week, yeah?”
Streaks are on Snapchat and represent the streak someone has with a friend. Streaks are produced after snaps are sent between two people for three or more days
“I’m not coming out tonight or I’ll lose my phone privileges again – not losing my streaks again!”
Literally means ‘What is going on?’, ‘What’s up?’, or ‘Hello’
“Wagwaan G! You coming down the park today?”
By: Simon Noakes