old people and the words we don’t know

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You’re dripping, miss

Those trousers make your bunda look good

Slay, slag

You’re the coolest kid in the ‘hood.

There is nothing to make you feel old quite like the language you hear teenagers using. It is like a whole new language that doesn’t make sense to anyone over twenty. So when you are nearing forty you have no hope.

I remember when a kid told me I was dripping and I thought I’d spilt something down my top. Apparently it means that I was dressed really nicely – so why couldn’t they just say that.

I try my best to keep up with everything my students say, but I think that I finally have to accept that it has just about run away from me. No matter how hard I work, I’m always going to be wondering what the hell they are talking about.

Much Love

Rachel xx

3 thoughts on “old people and the words we don’t know

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Oh, I know what you mean, Rachel! I have a 31-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old granddaughter, so for a number of years now I’ve had to keep up with new meanings for words. It can get exhausting, but I also enjoy being able to keep up with what the young people are saying. It helps me, too, when I work with my students. We talk about how they can connect with their students, and language is one way.

  2. Greg Dennison

    I know the feeling.

    (BTW, have you been following my blog, where I finally revealed that I grew up to be a teacher? I wanted to say that so many times on your posts, but I didn’t want to give away spoilers, especially since I once said there was no way I’d ever be a teacher.)

  3. VJ

    Lol. This made me laugh. We have a family of Ukrainians staying with us who trying desperately to learn English. One came home from work and asked me what an expression meant. I had no idea.

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