Jaunt: To be used as “junk” would be, to replace a noun. Example: “I’ll hit up that jaunt after school” or “Dude, that jaunt is impossible to figure out.”
Ratchet: To be used like “tore up from the floor up”; Extremely ugly. Example: “That girl may look pretty now, but in middle school she was ratchet as hell.”
Hip: To be used like “aware” or “in the know.” Example: “Yo, you hip to Lil Wayne’s new mix tape?”
Cise: To be used like “carry” or “give someone a hard time.” Example: “Mrs. Fiore, stop cising and give me the answer to number six!”
You tryin’ to?: To be used like “Can you?” or “Will you?” Example: “You tryin’ to lend me a dollar for lunch?”
Twatching (Twitter-watching): To be used like “Stalking.” Example: “My mom be twatching my page all night, man!”
Bad: To be used like “Hot.” Example: “Hey, Diana looks bad today, don’t you think?”
“I got you.”: To be used like “I understand” or “I can help.” Example: “You need a pen? I got you.”
There are so many more – some of them appropriate and some of them not so much. One I’ve been attempting squash lately is “No Homo,” a phrase my male students like to throw around after everything they say that, in their opinion, could be construed as homosexual.
Some of this slang is useful – some, not so much. In the end, it reminds me that a little slang in my writing goes a long way. When you overdo it, it just feels false, no matter how authentic the words are when teens use them.
Do you have additions to my list? Add them in the comments! It would be great to compile a longer list -- and I know as soon as I post this, I'll think of a dozen more! :)
Kelly Fiore's debut, Taste Test, is due out August 20, 2013. You can find her at www.kellyfiorewrites.com or on Twitter at @kellyannfiore.