Teen lingo guide to become a cool parent

01/6​Your guide to teen slang​

Are you a parent struggling to understand your teen’s language? If yes, this article will help you. Here we cover some of the most common terms used by teens these days. You might have heard these through your teen kid or seen them on social media. Before we begin, we are already admiring your effort to get closer to understanding young kids’ style and communication terms. Let’s go!



This is a popular term used to express a sense of disappointment or boredom. There is a great chance that either your child does not want to talk much about that particular topic or have a sense of hesitation around it. It could also mean that they find the topic too boring or complex to say anything about it.



‘Sheesh’ is used to express excitement or approval – usually a mix of both. It may also be used to hype someone up, encourage or cheer them on. Sometimes, it can also be used to express surprise or annoyance. The meaning can vary from tone and context.


04/6​“Vibe check”​

‘Vibe check’ means to check someone or something’s energy or personality. It is a way to measure the mood of a particular person, place or situation. It’s perhaps a more effective way of getting to know how someone is feeling, now that “How are you” or “How do you do” may seem too formal for an open communication.


05/6​“Hits different”​

06/6​Some popular teen lingo in chatting​

Some teen lingo exists in short forms or words that are often used in chatting or captions on social media. Here are some of them explained:

  • Dope – Cool or awesome
  • Fit – Short for outfit
  • GOAT – “Greatest of All Time”
  • IYKYK – “If you know, you know”
  • Lit – Amazing, cool, or exciting
  • Slay – To be extremely stylish or successful
  • TBH – “To be honest”
  • Tea – Gossip
  • Thirsty – Trying to get attention
  • Yassify – To apply several beauty filters to a picture until the person is totally unrecognizable
  • YOLO – “You Only Live Once” (often used ironically)​


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