Teens: What They Mean vs. What We Think They Mean

I was well aware of the fact I was becoming older, but it wasn’t until my 15 year old brother corrected me on what this one phrase listed below actually meant that I realized how old I actually was. Like, I wasn’t in high school yesterday. I wasn’t even in college yesterday. I am twenty-fucking-six. And although I’d like to think I’m hip and cool, I don’t think that’s the case anymore.

It’s like, when did I become so… out of touch? The world is a different place now guys.

Below you will find a variety of different abbreves and phrases — and then what WE think these things mean versus what these things actually mean to today’s teenage youths. LIFE IS MOVING TOO QUICKLY, MAKE IT STOP.


AF

Us: Abercrombie & Fitch

This shirt was cool AF.
This shirt was cool AF.

Youths: An abbreve for: “As Fuck” … Example:

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Bae

Us: A cool way to say “babe” … or a different way to spell “Bey,” which is obv short for Beyonce.

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Youths: An abbreve standing for: “Before anyone else.” Literally. That’s what it means. WHO KNEW?!?!

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Justin Timberlake

Us: The king of music. And also, the hottest member of Nsync. And also, Britney’s ex.

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Youths: Some guy who sings slow songs. No, kids don’t associate JT with Nsync. They don’t even know what Nsync is.


Turnt

Us: The wrong way to spell “turned.” Like, as in the the thing this car is doing here:

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Youths: GETTING HASHTAG WASTED.

WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN?
WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN?

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Doe

Us: That annoying thing Homer Simpson says… DOH! Or… a deer. A female deer.

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Youths: A cool way to say “though.” Everyone’s doing it. Even Obama.

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I can’t even.

Us: You LITERALLY can’t do something. For example:

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Youths: You can’t deal. You can’t believe it. You just CAN’T. You’re basically just exaggerating. And you are also probably using “literally” incorrectly while you’re at it.

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YAAAAASSSSSS

Us: The birth control that gave people Gallstones? (lol, Yaz)

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Youths: A cool way to say “yes.”

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Hashtag

Us: The symbol you type before hashtagging something on social media.

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Youth: A verbal way to be funny because you speak Internet.

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Vamp

Us: An abbreve for vampire

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Youths: Soaking a tampon in vodka and… you know… WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE

But really, people are actually vamping.
But really, people are actually vamping.

Ratchet

Us: A tool? Or something? Idk. This:

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Youths: We have no idea. We think it means “cool,” but again – no idea. This is where we draw the line. What has happened to the world?

You tell 'em Nicki. Whatever that means. Suuuuuuure.
You tell ’em Nicki. Whatever that means. Suuuuuuure.

 

Samantha Matt

Hi I’m Sam. I made this website in 2011 and it’s still going. My first book, AVERAGE IS THE NEW AWESOME, is coming out in January (you can buy it right now on Amazon or from your fave bookstore!). I like pizza, French fries, barre, spin, more pizza, more French fries, and buying clothes. Writing is fun. Follow me on twitter & Instagram at @samanthamatt1... and on this site's meme account on IG at @20somethingproblems. OKAY GREAT THANKS BYE.

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