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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
What are they saying? Do all kids really use this language? Is it important for us to even
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
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.
to get in someone's face or "grill."
To be high or drunk. "Jake got bent last night at the party."
A quick reply expressing disbelief. As if to say, "Really?" "Ben Affleck just pulled in the
driveway!" "Shut up!"
(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!"
v. To hit someone or something. "I'm gonna steal you in yo' grill."
(or "scrilla") n. money
1. a gangster 2. For something to be nice or cool. See "tight." "Yo, that outfit is gangsta."
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
n. A large rear end.
Adj. describing something good. Living the good life like a gangsta. "Did you see that e-class?
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!"
1. Something very good. "Did you see T.J. play in the last game? He was the shizzle." 2. "fo
shizzle" for sure.
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
Something You Can Use This Week: Valentines Day Activities
by Jonathan McKee
February 10, 2004
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.
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
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:
February 14th, 9AM to 3PM (plenty of time to get home and take out your valentine!) :)
Bethesda Church, 1530 Frank Ave. SE, Huron, SD
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.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE "PASSION" CURRICULUM FROM YFC
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