Drop any of these into a conversation with kids and their facial expressions will confirm my hypothesis. Of course, once you have confirmation, it’s great fun to use these words with your kids, especially when their friends are around. The next time you have to pick up your teenage daughter from school early, have the office buzz her classroom: “Ms. Reynolds, please send Elizabeth down to the office. Her father is here to take her for her bedonkadonk reduction appointment with Doctor Bu-tay. Thank you.”
So here’s my list (and I expect it to grow with your input):
- Oh snap
- Adding –iz– or –shiz- to any syllable
- Booty, Boo-tay, Bootylicious, Bootylectable, Bootrific
- Bling, Blingy, Bling Bling
- (Unless it cradles a sleeping baby) Crib
- Hatin’ or Hatin’ On
- No Diggity
- Wha Wha?
- I feel you
- I feel you, dog
- You feel me?
- Text speak: IDK, BFF, BRB, TTYL, LOL, NFW, WTF, OMG, STFU
- And unless you’re asking for bread in a Jewish deli, Holla and Hollah-back are off limits
And just because certain words were cool in your day doesn’t mean you have a license to use them with no expiration. I suggest retiring the following:
And finally, things that our grandparents shouldn’t say (ever):
Feel free to add to the fun. AMF!