Mama Mayhem

It all sounds like Greek to me

By Ivy Jensen

ARE there any parents out there having trouble understanding their teenage children?

Having a conversation with my almost teen daughter is like learning Swahili thanks to all the new terms and phrases she keeps popping out with.

I mean I'm hip. I text. Lol (laugh out loud); OMG (oh my God); WTF (why the face?). Yeah I'm a Modern Family tragic.

Anyhoo, since my hip days, there have been a few more hundred phrases added to young people's vocabulary.

So, with the help of Ayla, I have compiled a list of all the strange new terms you may want to get your head around.

VSCO girl: a trendy girl who likes to wear scrunchies, oversized t-shirts and Birkenstock sandals while drinking out of Hydro Flask water canisters or metal straws (cause their environmentally friendly). They also like to ‘sksksk’ and ‘I oop’ (see below) a lot.

Sksksk: Ayla wasn’t completely sure what this actually means, only that people, mainly VSCO girls, use it randomly. According to Pop Buzz, sksksk is a variation of a keyboard smash of random letters people use to type laughter or to express how awkward something is on social media. However, Urban Dictionary reckons there’s no real meaning, it’s just pure cringe.

And I oop: Drag queen Jasmine Masters made this phrase famous. It is now the catchphrase of VSCO girls to express shock, surprise, or embarrassment.

Ok boomer: I have been called this on a few occasions. Not because I’m a baby boomer, but close enough. According to Ayla, you respond with this when someone says something that is old or outdated. So if you think you’re ‘cool’ by saying words like ‘groovy’, or ‘awesome’, you’re not. You’re a boomer.

Bruh: the slang word for a mate, usually a guy. Apparently I have been saying it wrong all these years though. Ayla assures me it is pronounced ‘bra’. Ok bra.

Sis: So apart from it being slang for sister or a term of endearment, it can also mean there’s more to the story. So if someone asks you what happened and you say ‘sis’, they are really saying ‘drama, drama, drama’.

Karen: No it's not the name of your hairdresser or the woman down the road. Karen refers to the entitled mum, who can be seen driving a Volvo with her giant bob haircut.

Yasss: Apparently yes just doesn’t do it anymore. If you agree with something very strongly, you say YASSS.

I’m dead: No they’re not telling from the grave that they’re actually dead. Rather than laughing at something funny like a normal person, they say ‘I’m dead’ — alluding to the fact they’re dying of laughter. On the inside.

Yeet: This phrase can be used when throwing something or a dance move. I use this word a lot now.

Gucci: This basically means ‘good’. So you say ‘It’s all Gucci’. Gucci to know.

Tea: It sort of means let’s chat over a cup of tea. According to Ayla it means to gossip (spill the tea sis). I’m guessing there’s a lot of tea being spilled around school yard.

Fire: If you hear a young person yelling ‘fire!’, the likelihood they’re alerting you to a house blaze is probably low. In this case, fire is good or, rather, amazing. If someone says ‘your dress/dessert/hairstyle is fire’, take it as a compliment.

You're all Gucci with that?

I hope so cause I'm off to Netflix and chill (you'll have to look that one up yourself).