Five Slang Words

Posted 27 November, 2017 by Alicia in Language / 0 Comments  

 

Happy Monday! Today we’re going to explore some fun slang. I’ve got five words that you may or may not have heard of already. Even if you have, I’m sure the examples will keep it interesting. I made up some stories, most of which have to do with Thanksgiving and all of which are false. Now, I’m not a writer, and I did write as if I were telling a story to a friend (casual, informal, perhaps not entirely correct). But that’s the fun of it. Slang isn’t usually used by the stuffy. Enjoy.

 

Hangry

Definition:

feeling irritable or irrationally angry as a result of being hungry.

Example:

On Thanksgiving, Jenna was hangry right up until we ate dinner at five. She made the mistake of skipping breakfast and lunch, wanting to be starving enough to feast properly. To be truthful, I almost did the same. But her mood was so intolerable that I decided I would eat lest I start acting the same way.

Mansplain

Definition:

(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner.

Example:

Unfortunately, my uncle Ed is a huge mansplainer. When you combine this with politics, it makes for a terrible Thanksgiving dinner. My sisters and I had to sit through several of his tendentious explanations about healthcare before dinner was served and he was too distracted to continue. It’s not that he doesn’t know anything or that his statements are wrong. It’s just that he assumes we’ve never come across the term “healthcare” in our lives and haven’t the faintest clue how to conceive of it. You can see the problem.

Lit

Definition:

used to describe a situation or event that’s very cool, exciting, or crazy.

Example:

When you think about it, Thanksgiving was actually pretty lit. After the feast, the older adults started cleaning up, but my cousins, sisters, and I got out the drinks and put on some super loud music. Then we began a rousing game of Pictionary. Now, I can’t draw worth crap, but that only made it better. My team lost, of course, but the whole night was quite memorable, especially since after his third drink my cousin Jack refused to draw what he was supposed to and only drew cats in absurd hats for the rest of the night. To be honest, though, I’m not sure they were cats. Or hats. But that’s how I’m going to remember it.

Woke

Definition:

  • actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human

  • aware of the facts, true situation (sometimes used facetiously).

Example:

So my sister Elise started reading the news and now she thinks she’s woke. Okay, yes, there’s tons of injustice in the news, but reading one story from a biased news site isn’t enough to gain a true understanding. Now, my friend Evan got arrested the other day just cause the police were prejudiced against him. I know they were, cause the “crime” he got arrested for isn’t actually in the law anywhere. I looked. But I’m talking to Evan and trying to help him with his case. So I’m probably more woke than my sister is. She’s got to get out in the real world. That’s where the true injustice is.

Salty

Definition:

  • in a bad mood

  • harboring grudges, having hurt feelings or bitter disappointment

Example:

Fun fact: It is not a good idea to play jokes on your mother on Thanksgiving. So Elise and I were in charge of making the corn pudding, and we did it the night before, no problem. But we didn’t tell Mom that we did. And the next morning, she kept reminding us to do it, and we kept looking busy like we were gonna start it but then went off to do something else. She was frustrated at first but she had so much to do that she soon forgot about us. Then the feast started and she suddenly remembered that we “hadn’t” done it. She got so mad. She was flipping out and yelling at us in front of everyone. It was kind of hilarious but mostly terrifying. Anyway we eventually went to the fridge and got out the pudding from where it was hiding behind the dessert. She was relieved but stayed salty the rest of the night. She kept shooting us dirty looks and passive aggressive reminders that we almost ruined Thanksgiving. But the next day all was forgotten. That’s just how she rolls.


I hope you learned a little something, or at least were entertained. I’m sure I’ll introduce more in the future. There is so much fun slang out there. Now go on and have a great Monday.

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