Teenage Slang: 2020 Version | East Texas Moms


My family and I recently had a “Great Gatsby” themed party. We played a game where we had to guess the slang from that era. To be honest (TBH), I had an easier time guessing the meaning from one hundred years ago than trying to decipher what my nine and thirteen-year-old are saying sometimes (LOL- laughing out loud).

I’ve called on some Facebook friends and a really cool (Gucci) cousin and we gathered a list of slang used by youngsters at this moment in 2020. **Side note: this list will most likely be old and obsolete (boomer) by the time you read this.

2020 Slang in no particular order (NPO- I made that one up):

Grip: money

Sus: suspicious; sketchy

Bet: okay; prove it

Lit: anything cool

Tea: gossip

Drip: bling; jewelry

Bougie: high maintenance; fabulous (many meanings found)

Cap: lies

Gucci: awesome; cool

Gotti: gotcha

Glizzy: hotdog

Spicy: being dramatic

Ratchet: bad; sketchy

Cringe-worthy: embarrassing

Period”t” (emphasis on the “t”): “That’s all I have to say”; “Enough said.”

Bruh: bro; a person

Boomer: old; a person considered old

Goat: acronym for “Greatest of all time”

Skurt: go away; move out of the way

Extra: trying too hard; being dramatic

Woke: knowledgeable

Noob: a person who is new or new to something

No cap: “I’m being for real” or “for real?”

Spill the tea: to tell gossip

Sip the tea: listen to gossip

I like your cut, G: “I like your haircut/ hairstyle, man/girl.”

Help a momma out! Know more slang? Share your knowledge and keep us “woke”.

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Amanda and her husband live in Lindale where they are raising their two full-speed-ahead boys. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin and is a former 5th grade Reading teacher. A lifelong learner, Amanda has returned to her roots. Writing is her passion and therapy. It is in her bones and she loves every moment of it! Amanda is a southern gal who loves all things girly: the sparkle of new earrings, the glamour of a perfectly red lipstick, and the pain in your foot after wearing new heels to a smoldering outdoor BBQ (true story). She has proclaimed to be many things: an old soul born in the wrong era, a land-locked mermaid, and bull in a china shop. A book lover since she can remember, Amanda indulges herself in the smell of freshly printed pages and can’t stand the stench of an old book… she wonders “who else has touched that book and what images did they conjure up as they read the very same tale?” This thing is for certain however, Amanda is a mother who believes in the power of Faith, dreams, and imagination. One of Amanda’s most favorite quotes by Erin Hanson gives wings to her dreams: “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?”