Urban slang words kids use explained including sparkle, tea, extra and sheesh made popular by internet, social media and TV shows
Glow-up, fire and allum – some of the words born on the Internet that are now found in our children’s vocabulary.
And rather than referring to lights, flames, and illuminations, the trio are slang words or phases often used by Gen Z for very different reasons.
More commonly known as urban slang, the increased presence of YouTube and other videos on social media is believed to be the source of many new words, phrases and acronyms that quickly creep into everyday conversations between young people.
Some of us may recognize a small handful – like “extra” to describe something exaggerated and dramatic, “sheesh” to express exasperation, and the word “point” boldly thrown at the end of a sentence to. help declare statement, which comes from the American word for a point.
There may also be others such as ‘glow up’ that avid fans of the makeover program of the same name – once run by TV presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing winner Stacey Dooley – might guess from its link. with popular culture.
The BBC’s reality show was looking for the next UK star makeup artist with phase used, mostly among the younger generations, to describe exactly that – an incredible transformation.
But there are others, however, more likely to leave us perplexed.
Tea – no longer just refers to that quintessential British hot drink, but is now another word for gossip.
Although its origins come from the traditional cup of tea with “spilling the tea” used to describe someone spreading gossip while “sipping tea” is another way of saying someone is listening to rumors.
For parents who keep tabs on their children’s inboxes and messaging on tablets and cellphones, it’s worth pointing out that more familiar acronyms found in “text talk” such as LOL (laugh out loud) voice), IMO (in my opinion) and DM (direct message) has now been joined by a multitude of other letter combinations that can warn of the presence of moms and dads.
KPC (keep parents clueless), PAH (parent at home), PAW (parents watch), and ultimate PITR (parents in the room) can warn message recipients that certain topics may be banned due to watchful eyes.
Language experts at the language training platform Busuu.com say families can often struggle to keep up with their offspring, but especially in today’s fast-paced world.
The website, which has translated nearly 40 common Gen Z words, says slang terms are frequently in fashion, and each generation has its own set that is relevant to a certain era or era.
But he admits that broader outside influences such as the internet and the growth of social media platforms including Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat are influencing the youth dialect more than ever.
Senior Language Expert Federico Espinosa added: “Languages like English are constantly evolving, with younger generations inventing new words and phrases every year. Sometimes these even end up in the dictionary.
“Older generations may not follow popular culture and social media as much as their younger parents, which may prevent them from following the new language. “
But thanks to the Internet, parents who need instant translation have a lot of help at their fingertips.
Along with Busuu’s efforts to explain dozens of unfamiliar words, dedicated websites such as Urban Dictionary may also provide confused adults with instant translation service.
The participatory directory was created 22 years ago by Californian Aaron Peckham who wanted to compare the slang used by different university students.
Today the site has millions of entries from around the world, but one of the very first, according to the New York Times, was “the man” described as “the head of the establishment set up for us. bring down “.