Myra Faye Turner, Writer
Having a teen-aged son one would think I was hip to the all the slang the young folk utter these days. But I admit I'm not always down with the latest jargon. And apparently there are times when I think I know what a word or phrase means...until Tyler corrects me and tells me (with a satisfied smirk, I might add), "That's not what that means. Uhhhhhh, old people!". So I decided to peep the situation (do people still say peep?) and educate myself on some of the popular slang I've heard lately but didn't know what the heck it meant. Here's what I discovered.
Bae : apparently means "before anyone else". So basically a lazy way of saying baby.
Basic : refers to a person or thing that's boring or typical.
Hangry : okay this one is cray cray (see what I did there?) , it means you're so hungry that you are getting angry.
Swag money : means you're "living large" , as we used to say back in the day. Basically, it means you have a lot of money.
Merked : could mean any number of things including getting drunk, high, having a good time, etc.
Derb : is your run of the mill dumbass.
Scrilla: is money (who knew...not I)
Real talk : telling the truth
Each generation creates their own slang and parents are usually in the dark about what the heck they are saying. Like generations before me, I guess it's best to just roll with it and not get too caught up in all the particulars. After all, by the time I get caught up on the lingo, they probably will have changed it to means something totally different.