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Quiz: Do You Know Kid Lingo?

SlangDo you know how to talk to your kids? When your kids speak is it like hearing a whole new language? The team at Oxford Dictionaries has recently added 65 new words, many of which have origins in preteen talk. So how hip on kid lingo are you? This quick quiz of the new words will test if you can speak preteen or if you need a translator.


1. srsly

a) the act of looking really cool

b) a website that is constantly down

c) short for seriously

2. selfie

a) someone who's deeply self-absorbed

b)a photograph that one has taken of oneself

c) short term for describing someone who's selfish

3. phablet

a) a phone with a screen that's bigger than a smartphone, but smaller than a tablet

b) short for "Fabulous, let's do it!"

c) a large video game controller

4. TL;DR

a) an affirmative response to an online post

b) a dismissive response to a lengthy online post

c) an impartial  response to an online argument

5. derp

a) used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action

b) a term used to refer to someone's good looks; handsome

c) denotes something of incredibly cheap value, or something that was very poorly made or thought-through baby

a) a protruding stomach caused by eating too much food and resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy

b) a burp

c) the results of mixing two ingredients together that normally aren't put together

7. squee

a) adorable

b) the feeling you get when you lose your phone

c) an expression of great delight or excitement

8. twerk

a) to change one's outfit

b)a provocative dance

c) making a mistake on social media


The answers are at the end of this blog.

Now, we don't recommend that you try to shoehorn these words into your talks with kids. But it's important to keep current so you can stay relevant with your kids. Being aware of preteen culture changes can help us stay connected to our kids while we remain aware of what things in media we need to protect them from.

In each issue, Children's Ministry Magazine has a column called Keeping Current. There, you'll find the newest facts and figures on kid culture as well as the scoop on everything in the world of preteen entertainment. Subscribe today and let us keep you up-to-date on the newest trends your kids will be talking about.

What words have you heard your kids say that left you totally stumped? Let us know in the comment section below!

Now, for the answers (according to the Oxford Dictionary):

1. c

2. b

3. a

4. b (short for "Too long; Didn't read.")

5. a

6. a

7. c

8. b

Posted at 12:35


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