A Parents’ Guide To Current Street Slang

Parent coolness is at an all-time high.

Between 20 to 40 years ago parenting was at an all time low with respect to coolness. But parents these days are cooler than ever. It is expected that parenting will, again, become uncool in the coming years.

These days, if you’re a parent, it can seem downright impossible to keep up with the verbiage slung about by a child, especially a teenager. Not only do they seem to switch from being a fan of Justin Bieber to Lance Bass and then back to Justin Bieber again, but they change lingo almost as quickly. And if you do happen to catch the latest episode of “Riverdale” or “Beverly Hills 90210,” there is a real chance you won’t be able to follow along with who is in love with who or whether sideburns are in or not. 

So, in an effort to keep providing you with helpful info you can actually use, here is an up-to-date (as of this morning) list of teen slang that you can drop a bit of knowledge on your teen son or daughter next time you attempt to have a conversation with them. It’s a primer on the language they use and what in tarnation they actually mean. 

Bust the ill pod– Someone very well-versed in current contemporary music.

Pulling an “Indiana Jones”– Taking a long walk in the jungle, the dessert or any such lengthy trek.

Sending flowers to a vegan– Something that is a waste of time or energy. 

Toothy– Laughing at an inappropriate time. 

Sweatin’ to the oldies– Wearing extremely short shorts. 

Philly Jim– Someone with a thick, distinctive (though non-Bostonian) accent. Other variations include Denver Jim, Milwaukee Jim and Portland Pete.

Dragon Ball lame-Uncool, uninteresting.

Tarek and Christina-To break up, or end a long relationship. “Y’all hear about Leroy and Tina? They made like Tarek and Christina.”

Delta Burke– Overweight.

A Rachel McAdams movie– Having to do with time travel.

Meghan Trainor- Someone who is stuck up, arrogant, full of themselves. Especially someone from Nantucket.

Worse than Columbo– Someone who is annoying or a nuisance.

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