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 😉
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 😛
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. 😛 )
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 as I need to go; bounce; take off.
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’t that long ago 😛 )
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! 😛 😉