18 Slang Words Your Kids Say In 2023

As a dad of three teens and pre-teens, I know how tough it can be to keep up with their vernacular. Turns out I'm not alone and neither are you.

A survey by Preply polled 682 parents of teenagers about the slang words their kids use and compiled a list of the ones most commonly used in 2023. And by the way, only 2% of parents said they know what each of them mean.

  • Sus – "Giving the impression that something is questionable or dishonest; suspicious."
  • Bet – "An expression that means 'I agree', 'good news.'"
  • Yeet – "To violently throw an object that you deem to be worthless, inferior or just plain garbage."
  • Salty – "When you are upset over something little."
  • Cap – "Another word for lying. It can be used like no cap or you can say stop capping."
  • Extra – "Being over the top, excessive, dramatic behavior."
  • Bussin' – "What you would say if something was really good."
  • Bougie – "Used to describe someone as high class, literally or figuratively."
  • Sheesh – "An expression when you’re impressed or amazed by something."
  • Drip – "When something is very cool. Can be used to describe an outfit/accessory, person, song, etc."
  • Oof – "Can be used to express discomfort, stress, or sadness."
  • Finna – "Abbreviation of 'fixing to.' Normally means 'going to.'"
  • Shook – "Being shocked or surprised. When you can't believe what you're seeing."
  • Simp – "When someone does way too much for a person they like."
  • Mid – "Used to insult or degrade something or an opposing opinion, labeling it as average or poor quality."
  • Hold This L/You Took an L – "What someone says to another person when they lose at something."
  • IYKYK – "If You Know You Know."
  • NPC – "Someone, regardless of their views, who doesn't think for themselves."

Now go forth less salty and sus and make your kids shook or cringe and your extra bussin use off their mid slang. Oof, no cap. I'll hold my L now, bet.

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