teen girl slang
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!
teen girl slang