How You Talk Shapes The World: Girl Speak We Love

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“Everybody totes copies our amazeballs words.” | Source: Tumblr

It’s said that William Shakespeare coined over 1,500 words in his plays and sonnets, and in the past 500 years, no other person has come even close to adding that many words to the dictionary.

But Shakespeare better watch out, because in 2012, an entire generation of girls seems to be gunning after his word coinage record.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, when it comes to coining new turns of phrase, teenage girls and young women (like you, duh!) are leading the pack. Okay, so we’re not quite at 1,500, but with the prevalence of a universal pop culture and a faster-than-ever exchange of ideas over the internet, girls are adding words to the dictionary–and changing the ways even people in power speak–at an impressive rate.

In honor of this ongoing achievement, here are five of our favorite bits of girl slang. The next time your mom tells you to “speak English,” send her this link!

Totes (adj.)—Short for “totally,” implies “duh!”
Example: “ I am totes going to The Hunger Games opening night. What, you thought I wasn’t?”

Cray-Cray (adj.)—More than crazy, especially popular among fashion girls
Example: “Did you see that new Ke$ha video where she has snails crawling on her face? Girl has gone cray-cray.”

Amazeballs (adj.)–Out of this world, blow your face off fantastic
Example: “Um, did you try this cookie dough? It’s amazeballs.”

Asshat (noun)–Someone who has made so much more than an ass of themselves, it’s as if they’re wearing their assery as a hat.
Example: “Did you hear about Joe? Jennifer turned him down and now he’s talking trash about her for no reason. What an asshat.”

Forevs (noun): A very long time that seems like eternity, short for forever. Also used when referring to the store Forever 21 as simply, “Forevs.”
Example: “We were going to get fro-yo, but the line was like, forevs. Not worth it.”

What words are you and your friends saying all the time now? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Felicity

    Totes Mcgotes

  • OMGbitjc

    Bitches be all OMG so perf and I be all #starbucks

  • Angel

    it’s just “omg”
    Oh em gee, you are such an idiot!

  • Lyn

    I like the slang… i totes love asshat, i can name alot of people who are asshats in my life. 😉

  • Gigi

    Sleazeball (adj.)
    A totally messy sleaze.

    “Liberty is a fucking sleazeball. Like what a fitch!!!!!”

  • Gigi

    Fitch (adj.)
    Combination of the words fucking and bitch. “Fucking bitch” combined.

    Example: “Jannah didn’t invite me to her sleepover, she knows I like Derek. What a fitch.”

  • Kim Parker

    Umm , I’m 14 & the only one of those “slang” words I use is totes. Cray-Cray is retarded. And I’ve never heard of the others. And for the girl that’s calling guys “rainbows” , that’s just mean. Maybe he is gay. So what ? He might steal your bf one day. That would be totally Cray-Cray. 🙂

  • lindsy

    totes mc. goats- we took that one from totes, which is from totally
    adorbs- adorable
    ermahgerd-oh my god
    example- ermahgerd, did you see brittany’s new purse?it was totes mc goats adorbs.