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The essential guide to British teen-speak
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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Jun 11, 2005

Crump! You're safa. Wanna cotch down my yard?

If you want to know if the above is an insult or a compliment, check out the BBC's "Lexicon of teen speak"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4074004.stm


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Timothy Barton
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Is there such a thing as "British teen speak"? Jun 11, 2005

Nesrin wrote:

Crump! You're safa. Wanna cotch down my yard?

If you want to know if the above is an insult or a compliment, check out the BBC's "Lexicon of teen speak"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4074004.stm


I think this kind of slag varies a lot by region. To give you one example, in the late 80s, we all used to use the word "lagin" in York to describe something or someone that was not "cool". It was very widespread in the city (I don't know how widespread it was geographically), but then it suddenly died out, and it became "lagin" to use the word "lagin". I've recently asked friends I know from other parts of the UK whether they used to say it at school and none had a clue what it meant.


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Yes, I'm sure you're right Jun 12, 2005

For one thing, the list is far from exhaustive, and I suspect that most of those terms have originated in the London area and maybe the north of England.

Also, I don't think the "lexicon" is to be taken too seriously. The article is quick to warn non-teen readers: "Use this slang at your own risk. Not only will it sound desperately lame issuing from your mouth, chances are it will be out-of-date by the time we hit the "publish" button"!

My favourite entry on the list:
book - cool. The first option given in predictive text when trying to type c-o-o-l.

How lazy can you get???


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