Jail Bail?

Every now and then, I take a break from my usual blog posts and post something lighter and less inspiring, more unusual. This normally contains word definitions or idiom explanations – things of that nature. Today isn’t all that interesting, but I did find it kind of funny πŸ˜‰
Today was inspired by none other than my 14 year old daughter.

We all know what teens are like. They have their very own language – in fact each generation seems to πŸ˜›

Each country too, as a matter of fact. It’s no surprise then that words and expressions used in different countries are, well, different. So I can’t claim what I am about to share next as a guide to ‘teen speak’.
(Interestingly enough, my son’s teen speak was similar to what I grew up with, carrying the same definitions. My, how times have changed in the last seven years!!! Enter my daughter. πŸ˜› )

We got out the car at a local store, and she exclaimed, ”Oh my word, Mom! I need to bail!”

Entering the store, I asked, “Who you hiding from?”

I turned around and was greeted with a blank stare.

A little further into the store, I asked, “Why did you need to bail from the car so fast?”

The total look of confusion on her face told me we weren’t talking about the same thing!

In ‘my days’, bail was pretty much defined asΒ I need to go; bounce; take off.Β 
My usual go to place when it comes to trying to find the more trendy meanings of words is the Urban Dictionary (although I find the language inappropriate a lot of the time). After checking it now, I see it wouldn’t have helped me this time though anyway since it seems to be in line with my definition. Therefore not cool. Not trendy. “Way back when you were a teen, Mom….”
(It really wasn’tΒ that long ago πŸ˜› )

Seeing her confusion, I naturally asked, “Okay. What does bail mean to you kids then?”

She shushed me, blushed (the cute guy nearby had turned to look our way) and pulled me to a quieter corner of the store. There she stammered out,
“Well…uh… it means to…um….you know? When your undies get…um…..and you need to…um….”

From that completely unhelpful explanation, I somehow got the drift of what she was saying. So I whispered back, “You mean when you get a wedgie and you need to pull your panties back where they belong?” She nodded, shrugged her shoulders, and replied with,

“Yeah, you know, bail.”

I think I am going to have a tough time understanding this new teen speak of our local kids! πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰

13 thoughts on “Jail Bail?

  1. I totally agree with you about how difficult it is to get through the language barrier πŸ˜‚
    I too would have said that to bail is to get away quickly or hide from someone, I don’t think that anyone would ever imagine that it is to adjust your pants πŸ€”πŸ€”
    Text speak is the same to me with lol and gr8 and everything else.
    I too like to look at the origin of words and phrases, for example the phrase I could sleep on a washing line comes from the slums of London when if you didn’t have enough money to pay for a bed a washing line would be run from one side of the room to the other and a bench would be placed within touching distance of the rope and people would sleep holding on to it πŸ‘«πŸ‘«.
    The word NONCE is relevant to the prison population and means NOT ON COMMUNITY EXERCISE.
    I hope that you have had a good and productive day and that you enjoy your weekend πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Šβ˜•πŸ₯›πŸ₯›

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    1. Oh my gosh! That phrase! Who knew that people actually DID that! :O WOW! Quite amazing, and very interesting. Thank you for sharing it πŸ™‚
      Not one of my best blog posts, but I am feeling ‘a bit off’ today, so it was the best I had for the moment. And please don’t worry, I’ll be fine πŸ™‚ Hope you have a lovely evening, and weekend too πŸ™‚

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      1. I hope that you recover fully and your blog post was absolutely fine and full of wit and not too heavy.
        It is strange how language can change and even how the meaning of words change within society.
        I think that a lot of it has to do with the do gooders in the world and political correctness gone wrong.
        You shouldn’t ask for a black coffee because it may offend a coloured person, you have to order with or without milk. πŸ₯›πŸ₯›β˜•
        The council area that I lived in had a very high number of Muslims on the council and they objected to prayers being said before the council met πŸ™πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I know that Kath was telling me that children are not allowed to take party invitations to school anymore because it might upset someone if they are not invited.
        I would imagine that the list would go on and on and on πŸ“ƒπŸ“ƒπŸ“ƒπŸ’―πŸ™

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  2. 🀣🀣 ‘Hiding’ bouncing, were the first things I thought of too. You made me see my age in this post! I was laughing so hard when you pulled out the urban dictionary. This was a great read. I needed the laugh.😁😁

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