English Slang Words Every Teen Knows

Ghosting – When someone suddenly cuts off all communication without explanation.
I can’t believe he’s not responding to my texts; I think I’m being ghosted.

Lowkey – Used to describe something you’re only slightly or subtly feeling or wanting.
I’m lowkey excited about the new movie, but I don’t want to make a big deal about it.

Highkey – The opposite of lowkey, used when being open or intense about a feeling.
I’m highkey obsessed with this new song!

Extra – Trying too hard or being over the top.
She brought balloons, cupcakes, and a banner to the office party—it was so extra.

Savage – Acting without regard or showing a lack of concern, can be used positively to describe someone doing something impressive despite difficulties.
Did you see her comeback in the debate? That was savage!

GOAT – Acronym for “Greatest Of All Time.”
Everyone agrees that Michael Jordan is the GOAT of basketball.

Yeet – An expression of excitement or approval, also used when throwing something.
He yelled “Yeet!” as he tossed the paper into the recycling bin from across the room.

No cap – Seriously, or no lie.
She got an A on that test, no cap!

Bet – Used to indicate agreement or to signify that something is likely to happen.
“Are you coming to the game tonight?” “Bet.”

Fire – Used to describe something that is really cool or awesome, particularly good music or fashionable outfits.
Those shoes are fire, where did you get them?

Flex – To show off, especially something that one is proud of.
He’s just trying to flex with his new sports car.

Stan – Derived from the Eminem song, used to describe a highly devoted fan.
I stan this band so hard, I’ve been to every concert in our state.

Tea – Gossip or personal information belonging to someone else.
Spill the tea, what did she say about the party last night?

Woke – Being aware of social injustices.
His latest book shows that he’s really woke to environmental issues.

Thirsty – Desperately wanting approval, attention, or something unattainable.
Posting ten selfies a day seems a bit thirsty, don’t you think?

Shook – Shocked or surprised beyond words.
I was shook when I found out they were making a sequel to my favorite movie.

Snatched – Used to describe something that looks good or on point, particularly an outfit or physique.
Your outfit is snatched! You’re going to turn heads tonight!

Clapback – A quick, witty, or sharp response or comeback.
Her clapback to the online troll was legendary.

Lit – Used to describe an event that is exciting and fun, often used for parties.
That party last night was lit!

Sus – Short for “suspicious,” used to describe something or someone that seems deceitful or dishonest.
I don’t know, his excuse for being late sounded pretty sus.

FOMO – Acronym for “Fear Of Missing Out,” the anxiety that an exciting event may be happening elsewhere.
I have serious FOMO when I see my friends’ vacation pics.

On fleek – Perfectly executed or styled, often used to describe eyebrows.
Your makeup is on fleek today!

By familiarizing yourself with these slang terms, you can better understand and communicate with the younger generation, and perhaps even add a few to your everyday vocabulary. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or just looking to stay current, knowing these terms can provide insight into modern teenage culture and communication.

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