College students, as I’ve learned through my daughter, share their own slang.
If you’re curious about the latest college speak, you may want to pick up a copy of U.C.L.A. Slang 6. Every four years, UCLA’s linguistics department updates its dictionary of college slang and the newest edition has just been released.
Here are a few college slang examples of what you can hear on campuses today:
- Blingify: Add sparkling accessories.
- Chillax: Calm down.
- Cross faded: Drunk and high off marijuana.
- Hyphy: Agitated.
- Obama: Good/cool.
- Skrilla: Money.
- Shwasted: Extremely drunk.
- Tatted out: Covered with tattoos.
- Dance with no pants: Affection expressed physically.
When I looked at this list, I only knew the definitions of two of the words. It’s probably going to be the same two you recognize.
You can order the book ($10.95, plus shipping) by contacting UCLA’s linguistics department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution and the college blogger at CBSMoneyWatch.com.
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