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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

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Featured Article: "Do You Feel Me Nephew?" Teen Lingo in 2004

by Jonathan McKee
February 10, 2004

Did you just say "My Nephew?" Are you fo' rizeal dawg? Don't front like you're a playa when really you're just a busta. Even posers can be blingin' new spinners on their whip, but that don't mean they got game!

Okay, so every teen doesn't use this much "ebonics" in their vocabulary. But this generation is growing up in a world where hip hop/R&B is dominating the Grammy's (2004 album of the year, song of the year, etc.), influencing culture, and yes, even affecting the way kids talk. And if you don't believe me, turn on Nickelodeon and watch the commercials, or walk on your local campus and listen to what kids are saying. Sure they might not add a "z" to the middle of every word like Snoop, but they just might say farewell with a "keep it real." And they probably would refer to all the "bling bling" in Trumps apartment from the previous night's The Apprentice. While this might not be today's American teen's entire vocabulary, this is definitely becoming "part" of their vocabulary.

Maybe the kids you work with wouldn't get near anything hip hop. They might refer to each other as "Brah" or maybe even talk about "lookin' for some dank -- not that shwag Matt brought last week."

What are they saying? Do all kids really use this language? Is it important for us to even know?

Glad you asked.

CLICK HERE for Jonathan's article about today's "lingo" used by teens, including its origins, it's growth in influence and why we should seek to understand it.

Something You Can Use: New Teen Lingo Page

This week we just updated our Teen Lingo Page to better serve you. The Source Teen Lingo Dictionary now has over 450 words defined. Not only have we added 200 more terms, we even reformatted the page so it's easier to navigate and find the terms you're looking for. View the entire dictionary at once, or just one letter of the alphabet at a time.

I ran most of these new words by one of THE SOURCE's Affordable Speakers, David Williams. David keeps current with where teens are at today, relentlessly sharing the love of Christ as a youth speaker in churches, schools, colleges, juvenile institutions, and camps throughout the U.S. David helped us keep this list current. (For more info on David's speaking, CLICK HERE)

A FEW TEEN LINGO TERMS TO GIVE YOU JUST A TASTE
OF OUR FREE ONLINE TEEN LINGO DICTIONARY


WARNING: These aren't terms for you to use so you can stand up and look like Malibu's Most Wanted. These are so you can understand what today's youth are saying.

grilling
to get in someone's face or "grill."

bent
To be high or drunk. "Jake got bent last night at the party."

shut up!
A quick reply expressing disbelief. As if to say, "Really?" "Ben Affleck just pulled in the driveway!" "Shut up!"

bling-bling
(sometimes pronounced "Blang-Blang") Used to be jewelry such as silver, platinum, or diamonds and sometimes gold. Now the word expands to describe extremely expensive style of clothes, cars and general life-style. "Did you see Donald Trump's house in The Aprentice- I've never seen so much bling bling!" or "Jose's blingin' it!"

steal
v. To hit someone or something. "I'm gonna steal you in yo' grill."

fo' shizzle
For sure.

scrill
(or "scrilla") n. money

gangsta
1. a gangster 2. For something to be nice or cool. See "tight." "Yo, that outfit is gangsta."

busta
A lowlife. Someone weak. See "scrub" "Get out of my grill. You a busta!"

Wha's really good?
Or "what's good?" A greeting. When you see a friend, you say: "What's good, son?" "What's really good?"

badunkadunk
n. A large rear end.

ghetto-fabulous
Adj. describing something good. Living the good life like a gangsta. "Did you see that e-class? Ghetto-fabulous!"

in the heazy
See "in the house."

in the house
1. not in an actual house but at a present gathering or location. "My man Will's in da house!"

shizzle
1. Something very good. "Did you see T.J. play in the last game? He was the shizzle." 2. "fo shizzle" for sure.

scrub
n. Someone undesirable. Someone who thinks he's "fly" but really he's a "busta." "Man, I ain't hangin' out with them scrubs!"

off the hizzle
see "off the hook"

off the hook
1. Exceptionally good. "Did you see John's new 22" spinners? They was off the hook!"

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE DICTIONARY

Thanks again to David Williams

For helping us keep this list current!

For more information about booking
David to speak to your youth CLICK HERE
David Williams


Something You Can Use This Week: Valentines Day Activities

by Jonathan McKee
February 10, 2004

Cupid
Make a heart-shaped target and fasten it to a guy's back. Give his girlfriend a toy bow and arrow (with suction cups on arrows). She stands about 20 feet away and is given 6 arrows. The idea is that she must hit the heart on her boyfriend's back, if she loves him. Every time she misses, the boy gets a pie in the face. (Note: Bow and arrow should be the toy store variety. You can use toy pistols with suction-cup darts, also.)

Valentine Toe Freezer
For this game you need as many buckets of ice water (or snow) as you'll have teams, with equally distributed candy hearts in them. Break your group into 4-6 person teams. Have them remove their shoes and socks and sit in a circle of chairs with the bucket in the middle. Instruct the teams that on "Go!" they are to quickly as possible "fish out" the candy hearts with their feet. The first team with all their hearts out (on the paper plate or towel you've provided) wins. Give fresh candy hearts as prizes. A twist: the first team to remove all the hearts and read them wins.

Balloon Bite
Two couples race to see how many balloons they can pop by biting them as the balloons are placed between them. Have some balloons with shaving or whipped cream in them. Go fast and have each half of room count out loud for their couple.

Guys Best Pick-up Line
To sell this one you may tell a quick disaster date story about asking someone out, telling the crowd that you will need their help. To do this, reenact your scene by building a couch out of three folding chairs covered by a LARGE sheet or blanket (it must cover all the chairs well). After building the couch in front of them, pick a girl to sit on the end chair. Then pull up three guy studs to come give you their best line and move. Demonstrate for them that it all counts here - talk, walk, distance from the girl - that when told to do so they will enter the room one at a time, walk over to the girl, deliver their best line, and sit right next to her with their arm around her. After explaining and demonstrating, briefly send them out of the room. While they are out of the room, pull out and hide the middle chair, replacing it with a pillow on the ground under the sheet. Stand on one end of the sheet while the girl remains on the other end. When the guys deliver their line and begin to sit down, both you and the girl release pressure on the sheet so they will fall right through. Note: the person who takes them out should have three lines ready for the guys in case they can't think of one. Make sure you build them up afterward! The point: Great game to precede a talk on dating or sex.

FOR A VALENTINE'S DAY AGENDA WITH A DISCUSSION STARTER, SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS AND A WRAP UP, CLICK HERE!

Jonathan's "Reaching The Unchurched" Training in Sacramento, CA and Huron, SD

Reaching the Unchurched Youth Specialties/Zondervan is publishing Jonathan's new book, REACHING UNCHURCHED STUDENTS (coming late 2004), but don't wait for the book ... get the training now!

If you are in driving distance from Sacramento, CA, you won't want to miss this Saturday workshop for youth workers on February 7th!

Tic Long, President of YOUTH SPECIALTIES EVENTS says, "We had Jonathan do his REACHING UNCHURCHED KIDS seminar at our National Youth Workers Convention and he did a great job. Not only is Jonathan's presentation dynamic, his information was extremely helpful to those in attendance. In fact, that's why we're publishing his book."

HURON, SOUTH DAKOTA

February 14th, Jonathan is doing a Saturday workshop (9AM to 3PM) for youth workers and student leaders in Huron South Dakota. If you're a youth worker, don't miss this opportunity to train your student leaders and volunteers. Here's the details:

WHEN:
    February 14th, 9AM to 3PM (plenty of time to get home and take out your valentine!) :)
WHERE:
    Bethesda Church, 1530 Frank Ave. SE, Huron, SD
COST:
    $20 (includes lunch)
TO REGISTER:
    Call the Bethesda Church office at (605) 353-1403.
FOR MORE LOCATIONS AND INFO ABOUT THIS TRAINING OR

HOW TO BRING IT TO YOUR CITY, CLICK HERE


or contact Jonathan at Jon@TheSource4YM.com

The Passion of the Christ "Pre-release" FREE Small Group Curriculum

Those of you that know me, know that I'm all about FREE! Here's a great resource brought to us from Youth for Christ. YFC has written a small group curriculum to prepare your students for Mel Gibson's upcoming film on the life of Jesus, "The Passion of the Christ." This FREE material is available to view on this site, or as a free PDF download.

Enjoy!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE "PASSION" CURRICULUM FROM YFC



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