News U Can Use: “A Parent’s Guide to Teen Slang Words”

Hi! Welcome to the club.

Thanks to the internet – mostly TikTok, let’s be real – new slang words and phrases are popping up all the time, making it hard to have a conversation with your offspring. 

A sample conversation with a teen: “Oh, that VSCO girl? She’s definitely not in my squad. But I stan her swagger even though those scrunchies are trash. Hundo P. OK, boomer?”

Translation: A trendy girl is not in your child’s group of friends, but she appreciates her confidence even though her big ponytail holders are terrible. She 100% thinks that, don’t you understand, you old, out-of-touch mom?

Got it?

Here’s a list of teen slang terms and their definitions. Hopefully it’ll help you better understand what your kids are saying.


Ah, the VSCO girls. You’ll recognize these girls if they have scrunchies in their hair, sip out of Hydroflask water bottles and wear oversized sweatshirts. The term “VSCO” comes from…. ”


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