Slang has always been common among young people, but in this age of technology and globalization, teenagers have so many new words that not every adult is able to master and remember them. Sometimes it even seems that modern teenagers speak their own language, and an adult is simply not able to understand it. In fact, everything is quite simple: you just have to accept the fact that slang is a temporary phenomenon, and every child goes through a period when the use of a “coded” language gives him pleasure and ensures independence from his parents.
To narrow the «gap» between teens and parents a bit, here are a few common slang words you’re likely to hear from your child.
You may notice that many of these words are borrowed from English.
For example, «roll» is ROFL. rolling on floor laughing), which means literally rolling on the floor laughing.
Or «soryan» — this is sorryin English «I’m sorry.»
«Lois» derived from the English word like, which means «like», but the slang word «loys» has slightly changed the meaning — it is used as the verb «appreciate». For example, “Loy the avatar”, that is, like it.
«Hate» — to hate, from the English word hate. Usually used in a situation where negative or malicious comments are left on the Internet.
There are abbreviations for Russian words in the slang of teenagers. For example:
«Poch» is an abbreviation for «why?»
Many borrowings came from the world of computer games. Here are a few popular ones:
«aggro» — show aggression in response to the actions of others. It came to slang from those games where there are some monsters that are activated only when the player appears at a certain distance from them.
«Achievement» — a game term denoting an achievement, usually obtained in the course of completing certain tasks, for which prizes or bonuses are given.
«Nub» — a person who does not know how to do something, because he just came into the game. In other words, a newbie.
«Quest» — some kind of task that needs to be solved in several stages. It is usually used to denote something complex, for example: “Today I went through a whole quest until I got to school: first I had a fight with my mother, then the dog barked, and then the car almost ran over.”
Many parents are frightened if their children’s speech becomes «cluttered» with new words. Psychologists believe that this is a normal stage of development, because a child in adolescence begins to separate from his parents, he wants to find a company of friends with whom he will have his own code language, preferably incomprehensible to adults.
Sometimes slang signals problems in the family. It happens that they don’t listen to the child at all, they ignore his feelings, requests, moods, and mom and dad are at odds at this time. Then the child does not get the impression that the family can be trusted. It is much more correct and easier for him to close himself in such a situation and find himself a “replacement family” in some group, where, again, everyone will communicate in the same language, different from the language of adults.
It is important to remember that the Russian language, like any other language, is constantly undergoing changes, adapting to the cultural and temporal characteristics of its speakers. It is perfectly normal that “the people, the language creator, have a new apprentice” — your child and his warm company. With age and over time, some words will by themselves leave the vocabulary of a son or daughter, some will remain even when the children grow up, another part of the words will probably slightly change their meaning. There are even parents who are happy to pick up «slang words», which partly allows you to quickly find a common language and understand your child.