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I'm looking for up-to-the-minute slang expressions used by 13 to 22 year olds. None refereing to drug use please--I have plenty of those.

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Oh, I think you'll probably get better answers to this question in MPSIMS. I'll move the thread over there for you.
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Oops...I don't know enough people in that age group. Just goes to prove...every generation thinks they discover certain things anew...

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Cool Beans my first post!! aright gen y slang...since im 18 i should know this...let me think...yeah..um...so..wassup??
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fienin' (liking someone alot and following them around and doing really stupid things to get their attention-- related, somehow, to the word fiend.)

Gill! (Used when someone says something stupid, the word is usually accompanied by smack in the neck.)

Wassup, and 'sup have been superceded by a simple nod of the head, the word Wassup is implied.

Ghetto does mean low class, even to inner city black kids.

Let me have another conversation with my kids, I'm sure they'll tell me more.
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i never even heard of half the slang terms in here....maybe im not "with it"? oh well i guess ill get back to my lint collection...

This one looks like a pickle!!!
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Slang is an interest of mine. (Being a screenwriter, natch, accurate dialogue is critical.) These are a few I've collected recently; some of the younger 'dopers can tell me if these are kosher, or if someone's jerking my chain.

1. MULLET: Haircut -- short all over except in the very back, where it's extra-long and slightly wavy. Often seen on 20-year-old Camaro drivers, who are called mulletheads.

2. 411 (usually "four-eleven" but sometimes "four-one-one"): The scoop, the deal, the complete information, as in, "What's the 411?" Comes from the phone number for dialing directory assistance.

3. PROPS: Compliments, praise, and respect, in a general sense. Usage: If you say, "Props to my brother," you may or may not mean he's done something specific to deserve recognition, but you want to single him out as a cool cat anyway.

4. DOPE: The new way to say "cool," as in, "His new car is dope." No longer refers to drugs; that usage seriously dates the speaker.

5. 404: Clueless, mentally out to lunch, as in, "Don't bother, she's 404." Comes from the Internet -- 404 is the error one gets when one tries to pull up a non-existent page.

6. HAIR METAL: Glam-rock music, and/or the groups that play same. Comes from the bandmembers' practice of using copious amounts of hairspray on their lengthy (and usually dyed) locks.

7. BUMP THAT: "Forget about it," or "Forget that."

8. MY DOGS ARE BARKING: This one's easy: "My feet hurt," with the connotation that one has been on one's feet all day, walking or standing.

9. RENTS: Also easy -- short for "parents."

10. SCRUB: Used by women to refer to a guy who doesn't let his lack of job prospects or his unattractive personality prevent him from loudly and aggressively schmoozing desirable women, seeking a date. He thinks he's "all that," but he's obviously a waste of the woman's time. It's the kind of guy who pulls his not-very-dope car to the sidewalk, then hangs halfway out the window with what in his mind only is a seductive grin and says, "Hey, baby, how's it going?" to a complete stranger.

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I'm 18 and I've never heard of "gen Y". In fact, my mother keeps trying to convince me that I was part of generation X.

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I have heard ghetto, gank, mullet (thanks for explaining this one to me, though! I had no idea what some girl meant when she tried to insult my fiancé's hair by calling it a "mullet." Obviously she was misinformed on the definition as well.), 411, props, dope, rents and scrub, but with the exception of 411 and scrub, I didn't realize that they were recent terms.

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Put 'welfare' along with 'ghetto', as in my brother saying, "Andrew, your fucking apartment is so welfare. You have an Ottoman made of pizza boxes and duct tape!"

I also say 'word', i.e. affirmative, quite a lot, though I think it went out with NKOTB, of whom I was never remotely a fan.
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Karma,

I started saying "word" again recently. No, I was never a NKOTB fan. I just like the "That's so 1989!" facial expressions people give me when I say it to them.

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My young brother uses pimp and swank as generic positive modifiers.

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8. MY DOGS ARE BARKING: This one's easy: "My feet hurt," with the connotation that one has been on one's feet all day, walking or standing.
I know this one goes back to at least the 1950's. I've seen an ad for shoe inserts based on this very premise from a 1959 issue of Saturday Evening Post. The term must have been a familiar one at that time.

There are many online slang dictionaries, but a lot of them are pretty light on context, and often old, old stuff is described as new. But one of the more interesting sites I've seen is the Slang page at Vox Communications.
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"Gucci" is the opposite of "Ghetto"

"We had the Gucci seats at the baseball game"

"Rock Star" can also be used as an synomym for "Gucci", but I don't know how Gen-Y that might be.
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I use "rock star" for the primo parking spot.

Pull up to the meglo-mart, and with 47 square miles of parking you get the one right next to the front door.

"Rock Star Parking!"
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Old 04-19-2000, 07:54 PM
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I am at the plesent age to be able to claim both gen X and y, depending on the definition.

RAND: short for random. As in "That guy is SO rand. He keeps talking about the A-Team. Rand!" As in strange, uncalled for, etc.

. (DOT)com: self explainatory: "You are SO annoying.com."

I can't think of anything else right now. Feh. (that one's mine, not a generational thing...)

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I'm 18 and I've never heard of "gen Y". In fact, my mother keeps trying to convince me that I was part of generation X.
Yeah, how is it that anybody born from 1945 until 1960-something (spanning over 20 years) is a "baby boomer"... anybody born from then until mid-70s (about 15 years) is "gen-x" and people 5-10 years younger are "gen-y"??? generations get exponentially shorter? does that mean "gen-z" spans only 5 years, while "gen-aa" is only 2.5?

"Hey, dude, I'm all gen-bt!"

"No way, that's so ghetto, I'm gen-bt and I'm 12 and a half minutes older than you! You're gen-cv!"

So any random, progressively smaller age group that can be targeted separately by advertisers is a new generation? what happens when the generation gap reaches the planck time? Do ages spontaneously cease to exist? Do all generations suddenly run together -- no longer obeying observable laws of physics -- and collapse in on themselves, forming a temporal black hole from which nothing except generation-oriented advertising can escape?

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by the way, I'm not ripping on the OP. I'm ripping the concept.

more slang: Hood-rat. Means kids who run around trying to look really ghetto and driving cheesy low-rider-wannabe cars, going out of their way to try to talk either in ebonics or as much slang as they can possibly fit in. Also kids who try really hard to look like they're from the 'hood (ex. the mean streets of brooklyn) when they grew up in a high-rise apartment building on central park west, courtesy of their stock-broker parents.
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I was pretty certain Gen X kids are those born in the 70s while Gen Y kids are born from 1980 onwards.

We can't even get our definitions straight.


Another word though:

"umfriend" a friend you're having sex with without indulging in a proper 'traditional' relationship. They get the girl/boyfriend privileges without the responsibility.

Comes from the introduction to family.. "This is Rachel, she's my... um... friend"

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Oh, Can I help you with this one!! Nineteen year old gen-Yer to the rescue!

LUNCHIN' = acting crazy, being a jerk

SNAP! = Awesome, cool, usually NOT accompanied by the finger action.

CLASSIC = stylish, "Gucci," hip, awesome

HEAD = short for "pothead" i.e. "Smoke much, head?"

ROLLIN = doing e (ecstacy)

HORSIN = doing special K

CHILL = cool

GAYLY FORWARD = instead of straight, even for heteros - so PC! i.e. "Don't turn left yet, we go gayly forward a few more blocks"

MUCH = at the end of sentences, with sarcasm i.e. when dining with a sloppy eater, say "Eat out much?" or "Use napkins much?" Must be said with emphasis at the end "CH," drawing the sound out a little.

DIVA (see: BLACK CHOCOLATE)

BLACK CHOCOLATE = a black OR white person with attitude (also: DIVA)

CRACKER = a cool black person. Ironic...get it much?

BLACK COFFEE = hot black man

MUSTACHE = oral sex on a woman

TRUDAT-TRUDAT = that's right (said quickly)

SPELUNKING = oral sex on a man (I don't really get this one, but hey...)

GHETTO FAB = so ghetto it's cool

WITCH DOCTOR = scary Goth person (also: FREAK POCKET)

FREAK POCKET = group of scary Goth people i.e. "look at that freak pocket over by Hot Topic!"

CONTEMPO = teeny bopper adjective (refers to the store Contempo Casuals) i.e. "Listen to NSYNC much, Contempo?"


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CLASSIC = stylish, "Gucci," hip, awesome
I can cite at least one use of this term from `Gen-X' culture -- it is used in the movie Sixteen Candles.

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HEAD = short for "pothead" i.e. "Smoke much, head?"
I once met a woman in her thirties (5 years ago) who mentioned that this term had fallen out of style since she was a kid.
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Felch. Used as a verb.

I constantly hear teenagers talking about "felching this" or being "felched by that."

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I think she'll need a definition for that, Mully.
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"Ghetto" : I was introduced to this by my roommate from Omaha, NE. It is used in a derogatory fashion to indicate that something is of a low quality or not quite what it was pitched to be. Example: This printer is SO ghetto. It keeps eating my paper. ...OR... This dorm is ghetto. Everyone smokes and comes in drunk on Tuesday nights.

"Gank": to take, probably illegally or against established rules. So you can "gank" some paper for your printer from a friend (not illegal)...or you can "gank" an orange from one of the Mizzou dining halls (illegal, according to Campus Dining Services).

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FWIW, my friends (now 26-28 years old) used "gank" all the time growing up. That one is not specific to Gen Y.
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Yeah, how is it that anybody born from 1945 until 1960-something (spanning over 20 years) is a "baby boomer"...
That grinds my gears, too. "Baby boomer" was a term coined to describe a specific group of people. GI Joe came home in 1945, married his stateside sweetie, and they set up house in Levittown. Baby boomers are only the first wave of postwar projeny; the term does not extend to anyone who owned a first pressing of a Beatles album.



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I'm not going to debate the size of the generations, but from my personal experience as a volunteer in a local high school, I can say that I definitely can see a difference between myself and my friends (born in 1974; high school in early 90's) and kids who are in high school now.

I mean, they're much more similar to me and my generations than they are to my parents, but their culture and slang and dress, why familiar to me, are decidedly different. I can just tell that I'm older and from a different generation.

Man that's scary. I'm getting (relatively) old

And my hair is falling out, too. ARRRGGHHH!
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eek

"WHILE familiar to me..."
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"No way, that's so ghetto, I'm gen-bt and I'm 12 and a half minutes older than you! You're gen-cv!"
FYI, this whole message made me fall out of my chair...

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Hmmm...most folks I know refer to a good parking spot as "Kostanza" (sp?), after the Seinfeld character of the same name. He would always brag about his up-close parking spots to Jerry.
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Schnock and Crikon (spelling?) are used as an exclamation. The same way you would use damn.
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Well I always thought Gen X was the kids of the Baby Boomers and Gen Y was the kids of Gen X. So with the way things are looking with all the new drugs and everything there are still Baby Boomers being born at least according to my def. And with the earlier pregnancies as well Gen Y is getting a hold. So *shrugs*

But on to the def's

Def(plural def's): easy Definitions

Fubar: Fucked up beyond all recognition used when your car breaks down or your comp gets screwed up. "My comp's fubar"

Comp: short for computer

Um I've never been up much on slang and mine comes mostly from online but I hope those ones help.

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WOW! Generation Y was around in WWII? Now things are so totally FUBAR I need to go get a drink...

(What a SNAFU... )
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Completely unrelated to the OP, but that's why they call this MPSIMS.

Gen-X can't be the kids of Boomers, 'cause by every definition I've ever seen I'm Gen-X, and my parents were pre-boom. And they weren't that old when I was born.

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A generation has two meanings. One is the context of familial generations, ie: two generations ago would be my grandparents. It also as a cultural meaning, ie: Talkin' bout my ggggggeneration. My parents are Boomers, my older sister is Gen X (28) my younger sister (15) is smack dab in the middle of Gen Y, and I am somewhere in the middle. However, the majority of my friends are Gen X, my last roomie is 26, my older sister is my best friend, so I am much more X than Y. That goes for chromosomes, too,

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more slang: Hood-rat. Means kids who run around trying to look really ghetto and driving cheesy low-rider-wannabe cars, going out of their way to try to talk either in ebonics or as much slang as they can possibly fit in. Also kids who try really hard to look like they're from the 'hood (ex. the mean streets of brooklyn) when they grew up in a high-rise apartment building on central park west, courtesy of their stock-broker parents.
My friends and I have taken to calling these types "suburban homies." Perfect name, wish i had come up with it.

(being from the suburbs myself, but not really fitting the description above, i like to distance myself from it as much as possible...)

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Re: Hood-rats, suburban homies.

My brother (age 19) refers to these individuals by combining the handle of a well-known rapper with a stereotypically white-boy name: "DJ Jazzy Trevor," "Grand Master Colin."

I dunno if he made it up.

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There should be a law against people from different generations trying to learn each other's slang. No matter how hard they try, no matter what they say, the always end up sounding stupid.
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OK, the 'suburban homies' one dredged up a memory from visiting my gf (now Mrs O) in Pennsylvania.
We're driving along and at the stoplight a suburban homie pulls up alongside us, radio blaring, bass boosted, cap on backwards, the whole nine yards. As he pulls away we notice he's got a Kansas license plate.
"Wow," Mrs O mused. "No place like homeboy."

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Re: Hood-rats, suburban homies.

My brother (age 19) refers to these individuals by combining the handle of a well-known rapper with a stereotypically white-boy name: "DJ Jazzy Trevor," "Grand Master Colin."

I dunno if he made it up.

Nope. My GF calls the white homiez (note spelling with 'z'--placed to give me extra street cred) "DJ Jazzy Trvor" all the time.
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the latest Gen-Y slang:

"The Bee's Knees" - totally heller cool... "that car is the bee's knees"

"The Cat's Pajamas" , "Swell", "Nifty" - the most hip variants of the Bee's Knees.

"a-hoy, a-hoy" - the most cool way to answer the telephone.

What, you say, these have been used before?
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Here's some from my students (both college and high school)

Babylon 5--to start with a good idea that just turns into crap. "That date was really Babylon 5!"

Zeebloinked--to get so angry that it's funny to others.

Code Yellow--identifying someone as gay when the person identified doesn't really know it yet. "Michael is Code Yellow."

Baywatching--to waste time in the hopes of seeing hot bodies, especially while watching TV.

Pokemoned--when a young adult is treated as though a small child. "My rents Pokemoned me again, they got me an N'Sync CD for my b-day."

Green soup--vomit, especially after drinking too much.

Offstage--out of it.
Backstage--part of the inner circle.

Clark Kent--as in "he's such a Clark Kent." Someone who could be much cooler but doesn't seem to know how.

Sprite--used to describe efforts at defining Gen Y (or Gen X), based on the "image is nothing" sprite commercials.

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the latest Gen-Y slang:

"The Bee's Knees" - totally heller cool... "that car is the bee's knees"

"The Cat's Pajamas" , "Swell", "Nifty" - the most hip variants of the Bee's Knees.
Circa 1930.

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"a-hoy, a-hoy" - the most cool way to answer the telephone.
This was, I've heard, the old way telephones were answered, way back in the beginning, before `Hello' came in vogue.

Old slang does crop up as supposedly new slang, and I wonder if this doesn't have something to do with the T.V. show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I read an article about how the main writer on the show plays around a lot with new coinages and digs up a lot of old ones.
http://www.verbatimmag.com/Sum99.html http://www.verbatimmag.com/Aut99.html

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Babylon 5--to start with a good idea that just turns into crap. "That date was really Babylon 5!"
Such a usage sounds like a good way to get into a fight around the college students I know. People get into that show pretty seriously. Or maybe that's the point, eh? In that case you might also want to try, "Oh my God, that's so first edition!"
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>TRUDAT-TRUDAT = that's right (said quickly)

Just to clarify this one... The word is not actually 'trudat'. This expression comes from 'true that', i.e. recognize that as truth, i.e. that is true! It became bastardized into slang: true 'dat. Later, it has become the 'trudat' we all know and love, but it should be noted that it's not a completely fictional word.


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Lexicon of Gen-XY vernacular, by Lexicon.


fly-describes something that is good, like a girl that looks sexy or a car that looks good.

dope- new word for cool.

money- similar to fly, only more so. Can be applied more universally.

betty-same as babe or chic, only more respectful.

baby- same as babe or chic, only not so respectful, used between guys, usually.

[b]harsh-[b/]usu used to describe an overreaction.

shenanigans- desribes a situation in which some strange things occur as a result of an individuals or groups actions.

fiend- an addict, as in "I am a straight dope fiend" can be conjugated to "fiending" as in craving what one is a addicted to.

jones very retro, this term means the same thing it always has.

porn- something that has intrinsic value due to rarity and shock effect, or an occurence that is very dramatic. The dark side of something or someone.

porn-star- a drama queen, not to be confused with the popular clothing line.

-of death something that is very hard to endure or tiresome. Something to be feared.

antics- the behaviour of an individual that is usu construed as embarrasing or innapropriate.

rodney king, paint the ground red, smack (one's) bitch up, open a can of whoop ass, beat down, jaywalk, knuckledust, fisticuff- kick someone's ass or get your ass kicked, either way.

swank- as mentioned above, this term is widely varied, but usu can be likened to "swell" or "okay" See word.

word- indicates agreement.
ex.: "Yo that bitch was fly." "Word."

chillin'- relaxing, hanging out, not doing anything urgently.

slippin'- not paying attention to one's surroundings.

ill- in poor taste, usually. Can sometimes mean "funky" as in "Get ill".
Also, "illin'" as in not thinking clearly.

buggin'- being annoying, unreasonable, or otherwise acting like a bitch.

punk, punk-ass, punk-ass bitch- someone not worthy of respect, usu because of glaring stupidity or cowardice.

bitch- in addition to the traditional meaning, this term can be applied to anyone who has been cowed, is acting irrationally, or is otherwise acting like a bitch.

chuck, unswallow, ralph, call the dinosaurs, blow chunks, spew, yack- to vomit.

blow, bail, bounce, step, roll- to leave, or continue on about one's business.

Audi- used in "I'm Audi," to indicate that you are leaving. See 5000

5000- goodbye, see you later.

so- indicates a level of severity beyond other terms, usu "so wrong" or "so not cool" or "so not ready for that"

deal- cope.

skank- a lady of low moral standing.

choad- various uses, usu a very stupid individual, but technically the area between one's genitals and anus.

gank- well defined above, and can also be used to indicate imminent harm, or even death.

shorty- a child.

bust- let loose with, such as bust a rhyme, or bust a cap.

hang- compete with as in "you can't hang with me" and also as in to spend time with "hang with my boys."

bangin'- variant of fly, as in "her body was bangin'".

kickin'- can be good, like a kickin' system. Can be bad, as in a smell that's kickin'.

rank- something repugnant or disgusting.

sweet- exclamatory to indicate pleasure with an outcome or description of a situation or impending events. Meaning is usu varied by dipthong influx.


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Old 04-20-2000, 11:20 PM
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betty-same as babe or chic, only more respectful.
I was under the impression that "betty" meant a skater's girlfriend or someone who wanted to be a skater's girlfriend, whose role it is to sit around and watch her boything while he skates, and was not respectful in the slightest. Then again, maybe I'm just old.

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I use "rock star" for the primo parking spot.

Pull up to the meglo-mart, and with 47 square miles of parking you get the one right next to the front door.

"Rock Star Parking!"
Like, uh, mix up your slang much? From what I understand, or at least in my circles, rock star is used to describe behavior which is rowdy, arrogant, and disrepectful to an extreme, making it a very enjoyable indulgence. A 'rock star' park is one where you occupy as many spots as possible by parking diagonally across pull-in spots, usually following a dramatic lap of the parking lot. Of course, this is generally done in reasonably bare lots, cause hey, we aren't REALLY rock stars, right?
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Old 04-21-2000, 12:22 AM
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Holy cow, Karma, image that!

Two people might not actually have the same definition for a slang word? Whoda thunk it??

BTW, I am a rock star. Did you ever see Kajagoogoo's "too shy" video? At 2:48 into it, they pan into the crowd. That guy with the weird hat??? HELLO, recognize him??? That's my mailman's dog's previous owner's dentist's next door neighbor. Yup, I'm big time, all right.

No pictures, please.
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Holy cow, Karma, image that!

Two people might not actually have the same definition for a slang word? Whoda thunk it??
Well if you don't know what rock star means, you obviously have no grasp of the English language! Like, DOY!
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It's not Gen-Y, but when I am greatful to someone, I say in a quiet voice: "Hey, thanks a lot," then in a LOUD voice, while flashing the devil/rock hand gesture: "You rock. HARDCORE!" I dunno, it amuses people. My little sister has gotten so tired of it, though, that she's taken to countering with "As opposed to..." Hey, she's 15. ::shrug::
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Old 04-21-2000, 12:46 AM
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How many of you guys are just making these up?
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