Dictionary of Teenage Language
- By Dr. J.N. Manokaran
- Published 10/1/2009
Dr. J.N. Manokaran
Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran is a civil engineer by profession. God has called Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran to be a missional leader serving with his family in Haryana as cross cultural missionaries for eleven years. Since 1997 they have returned to Tamil Nadu to help missionaries and pastors to build their capacities by teaching, training and writing. He has authored these books: “Christ and Cities” and “Christ and Missional Leaders”. He has completed his B.D. from Immanuel Theological Seminary, Georgia as an external student, did his M.Th. at Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai and earned his Ph.D. from International Institute of Church Management. Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran's wife Rosy is a constant encourager in the ministry and counsels many people. His daughter Hosanna is a student missionary in Belarus pursuing her Medical studies to become a missionary doctor and son Thambos is in high school. Presently, Rev. Dr. J.N. Manokaran serves as the Managing Director of Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) – India and provides consultancy services to several organizations, mentor several leaders and contributes to several magazines and journals.
So, when their child complains that their mother or father’s behaviour makes them feel “owned”, they will realise that they mean that they are merely fulfilling every parents’ duty of embarrassing their offspring.
Or that when they say they are “flossing”, they are not practising good oral hygiene but actually showing off.
Called Pimp Your Vocab, the book aims to demystify the jargon adopted by British youngsters.
Other terms explained are “teek”, which means very old, and “fraped” – a compound of Facebook and rape, describing someone's social networking profile being hacked into and changed.
The book’s author, Lucy Tobin, said she got the idea to create the dictionary while studying English at university, when a tutor was left baffled by the term “IM-ing”.
Miss Tobin said: “So after we students explained IM-ing – when you ‘talk’ to friends online via instant messaging – I started to think: do adults ever wonder if it's a good thing when a student says they "got owned"?
“Do tutors consider whether they're being complimented when someone calls them teek?
“On discovering a pupil talking about being fraped, should you call the police?
“So I wrote down a guide to the language the kids use. It might not get on to the linguistics reading list for a while, but it could help staff-student communication.”
Miss Tobin believes that the guide could help improve staff-student communication.
She said: “Language changes fast and that can scare the hell out of parents, teachers and anyone who no longer braves the clubs on Friday night for fear of being 'too old'.
“In communicating with a Teenglish-speaking randomer (that's an outsider to your social group) their words can seem like a new language.
“Meaning is not an exact science, but depends on mutual agreement between reader and writer, speaker and listener, teenager and adult.”
However, teachers and academics are already complaining that Teenglish and “textmessage speak” are creeping into formal work.
GCSE and A-level examiners have also criticised the growing trend.
Some teenglish terms explained:
Allow (that): means "absolutely no way”.
Big up: to praise or congratulate someone.
CBA: "can't be arsed"
Cool beans: an exclamation of high regard, similar to "great!"
Frape: a compound of Facebook and rape, describing someone's social networking profile being hacked into and changed.
Long: an adjective used to describe something as irritating, time-consuming or boring.
Neek: a combination of nerd and geek.
Obv: abbreviation for obvious.
Owned: to be humiliated or embarrassed, usually after being shown up or exposed in some way.
SDW: abbreviation for secret degree workers, who pretend to be out having a good time and avoiding work but are really putting in the hours.
Smacked it: to have done well at a particular activity.
Teek: adjective for very old – older. Derives from "antique".
Tell over: describes the actions of a tattle tail.
Wagwan: a greeting. Stands for "What's going on?"
Waste: someone who acts in an idiosyncratic way.
Woop woop: a noise made to denote happiness or congratulate someone