Get Down With The Kids: The Meanings Behind Slang Words

Whether you’re listening to youngsters talk, or you’re a parent trying to decipher their seemingly coded messages, you can sometimes be left feeling like they’re talking a completely different language – and you wouldn’t be far wrong!

A lot of the words and phrases used amongst youths these days are totally unnecessary when they could just say what they mean using more traditional phrases or words actually found in an Oxford English Dictionary. We have no idea where these odd sayings originated, but they’re slightly catchy when you understand them. We’ve listed and defined a few of the current words and phrases below (but be warned, you may find yourself using one or two in everyday life)…

‘On fleek’

Girls, if you’re having a great makeup or eyebrow day, your makeup or eyebrows would be ‘on fleek’ – meaning they look fantastic and everyone’s just a little jealous of you.

on fleek

‘On point’

This is another way to say ‘on fleek’, but tends to be used to define more than just eyebrows and make up. For example, if you’re wearing a great outfit, your outfit would be ‘on point’.

On point


This can be used in two forms; if you’re trying too hard, you’re ‘extra’, or if someone’s being over the top in what they’re doing or saying, they’re ‘extra’. As you can tell, it’s not particularly a good thing to be called.

‘Netflix and chill’

This one originated amongst the lads and was used to define a casual sexual hook-up with a female. If a lad invited you over to ‘Netflix and chill’ he was letting you know that he wanted a make out session, or more, under the pretence of watching a film. It’s no longer just the lads who say this anymore though, and it’s spreading like wild fire!

netflix and chill

‘Hunty’ (honey and c*nt)

Derived in the drag world, made poopular by RuPaul’s Drag Race, hunty is a combination of ‘honey’ and ‘c*nt’ and is used as a term of endearment towards your friends. Well 9 times out of 10 it’s used as an endearment, it can of course be used in a demeaning way.




You’d think that ‘sick’ would be used to describe something bad, or something that made you want to throw up, but it’s the exact opposite. If something is amazing, looks good, sounds good or makes someone happy, it’s ‘sick’.



‘Turnt’ can be used to describe a person or an event. When describing a person, chances are they’re either really drunk or really high. When describing an event, the event is going to be amazing and everyone is having a good time.




Bae is an acronym for both ‘Before Anyone Else’ or ‘Before Anything Else’ and typically used to replace the words ‘babe’ or ‘baby. It’s a term of endearment for someone that means a lot to you, such as your boyfriend/girlfriend or your best friend.



Another word for ‘very’ or ‘really’, ‘hella’ has been around for a few years and is growing in popularity. You could say it’s a hella popular word.


Your friends, those you spend time with in your social life, and those you regularly get pictured with – they’re your very own squad. If you saw a picture of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Nicky Minaj and Rihanna all hanging out together, you’d have ‘squad goals’ – meaning you wish you had friends like that.




‘Basic’ is a demeaning word used to describe something that’s normal or common. For example if you follow the ‘white girl stereotype’ in Autumn and Winter of wearing Ugg boots and always walking around with a Starbucks in your hand, you would be described as basic.


‘No chill’

If something isn’t cool, you’ll hear the youngsters saying ‘no chill’. For example, if you’ve planned a night out with your friends and one of them bails at the last minute, they’ve got no chill.

And then there’s a-whole-nother language when it comes to texting. IKR (I know right), SMH (shake my head), FML (f**k my life), LMAO (laughing my a*se off), ICYMI (in case you missed it) and CBA (can’t be a*sed) are just a few. We could literally be here forever, but this is the a starter class and we’ll be sure to do another one for you soon enough – baby steps.

Text speak

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