Get Hip to All the Slang Words and Phrases Your Kids Are Using

Is being 'sus' a good thing? What about 'thirsty'? These teens talk us through the words and slang your teens may be using. Jennifer Jolly, special for USA TODAY

Getting older comes with a lot of side effects from going to bed before 10 p.m. to not being hip (see below) to words kids and teens are using these days.

The days of "TBH" (to be honest) and "OMG" (oh my god) are long over; they've now moved on to bigger and better lingo like "flewed" and "no cap" (see below). Those darn kids and their slang. 

Don't trip (see below) though, we got you, fam (see below). Check out the list of popular slang terms below to see what they mean and to get a better understanding of what your kids are saying.

Caution: Refrain from using these words around your children, unless you're ready to be ridiculed by them.


It's opposite day when it comes to this word. "Bad" means good. Actually "bad" means even better than good. It's often used in reference to someone's appearance.


"Bet" is used when you're in agreement with something. If someone makes plans and you say "bet," that means you are confirming said plan. 

Don't Trip

It's not used as a cautionary "watch out, don't trip." "Don't trip" means don't worry or don't stress about something. 


Technically shortened from the word "family," but it's not used to describe your mom, dad or sister. "Fam" is used to describe people in your life who you're close with: your good friends, your ride or dies, your homies. 


You'll most likely hear this when someone is bragging about getting "flewed out." It means that someone got flown out (hopefully on an aircraft of some kind) to a place. The word was made popular by  Yung Miami of City Girls , and the difference between flown and flewed is that the latter applies to "bad" (read attractive) people . 

Get a bag

A bag refers to money. So to get a bag or even secure a bag means that you are acquiring money.


This does not refer to a farm animal. Rather, "GOAT" is an acronym for Greatest of All Time. 


To be hip to something means you know something. When you're hip to the  Cardi B and Offset drama , that means you understand what's going on. If someone asks you if you've heard about Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL, and you say "I'm hip," that means you know. 


Contrary to popular belief, lit does not mean to light something on fire. But it does mean that something is fire. For something to be "lit" or "fire," it means that something is great, amazing, exciting, etc. 

No cap

Basically means  no lie . When someone adds "no cap" to a sentence, it serves as a statement that they're not lying. Can also be used as the converse "cappin,'" which means lying. "Why you cappin'?" is asking someone why they're lying. 


A word made popular by pop icon  Cardi B who defines it  as something that is said to affirm when someone is being put in their place. For example, when Betty says something out of pocket (see below), and Stacy, who normally doesn't say much, tells Betty to quiet down or else, a bystander could say "okurrr."

Out of pocket

To be out of pocket or to say something that's out of pocket means that something is disorderly. If whatever you said is defined as out of pocket, it means that your statement or comment was out of control. 


Shade is usually thrown, meaning you'll most commonly hear it in a sentence like "He threw shade," but it can also be used like "Why are you so shady?" To throw shade means to make an underhanded critical remark toward someone. 


Sis can be used in multiple ways. If someone asks you what happened and you respond with "Sis," it means there's a whole lot of drama that unfolded and there's a whole lot more to the story. "Sis" can also be used as a term of endearment toward friends or anyone really. 


A stan is a fan. But like a super-obsessed fan. 


There are multiple ways to have your tea. You can sip it, or you can spill it. If you're "sipping your tea," it means that you're minding your own business — basically side-eyeing the situation and keeping it moving. If you're "spilling tea" or "having tea," that means you have some gossip you're about to share.


No, no it doesn't mean someone is parched. "Thirsty" is used to describe desperation.


Does not pertain to physical strength. When someone thinks something is funny, hilarious or entertaining, they might say "I'm weak."


Has nothing to do with sleep — in the literal sense. Being "woke" means to be socially conscious and aware of racial injustices. 

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