8 Basically Lit Slang Words Every High Schooler Has Totally Used At Least Once

8 Basically Lit Slang Words Every High Schooler Has Totally Used At Least Once

A high schooler's guide to talking like a cool kid for those that aren't in touch with the constantly-evolving teenage jargon.

High schoolers have a language of their own, and keeping up with this requires the utmost perseverance. I mean, wasn't it just yesterday that the term "groovy" was common? Now, young people have chosen to substitute that old-fashioned word with "A1" or "gucci." Beside being adequate Instagram captions, modern slang also has the power to confuse grown-ups and other kids who are out of the loop. So here's a list of popular phrases that people use for those who want to talk like the cool kids.

1. I'm honestly feeling dead right now.

Which means something along the lines of, "I'm so tired right now because I went to bed at 2:30 a.m. doing that stupid research paper, and I had to chug like five cups of coffee just to stay awake. So don't even talk to me right now because chances are, I won't even pay attention since I feel like a zombie." See, that wasn't difficult to figure out at all!

2. I'm gonna BS that worksheet.

"I'm gonna write in random answers and guess a bunch of numbers so it looks like I actually did the work just so I can get an A and then, I won't have to feel my teacher's disapproving glare." Just watch this kid get into Harvard someday.

3. Whoa, that party was lit!

This actually translates to, "Whoa, that party was beyond awesome because literally everyone from school was there, and there was a sick DJ who pumped out all the hit songs of 2017! Also everyone was taking cool pictures and uploading them onto Snapchat to make all their other friends jealous!" If only homecoming was as lit as this party.

4. What's up, fam?

And the correct meaning is, "What's up, people who I met freshman year but have now become my squad who I eat lunch and walk in the hallways with to every class because I am no longer comfortable with striking conversations with strangers?" Just when you thought the only fam you had to deal with was your mom, dad and annoying younger sister.

5. Ugh, you are so basic.

Alternately, this means, "Ugh! You are wearing white converse, drinking a Starbucks frappuccino, wearing an off-the-shoulder shirt and singing along to Halsey. In that case, please do it over there because some of us can't handle the number of mainstream vibes you ooze." Ouch, you probably genuinely liked Halsey's singing.

6. Dang, he just roasted you!

"Dang, he just counterattacked your accusation or teasing with an amazing insult that puts you to shame, and now you must walk around school waving a white flag because there is no way you can come back from a burn like that." I suggest you run some cold water over however many burns you may inevitably receive from high school roasts.

7. Why is she being so salty?

Which means, "Why is she being so unnecessarily rude or sarcastic? Because I have been nothing but kind to her, and now she wants to roast my behind, so I hope she puts all that excess salt back into the ocean for her sake." Why can't she just be sugar, spice and everything nice?

8. My brother just came in clutch.

"My brother just saved me from living an inconvenient way of life by buying a Chipotle bowl for lunch, so now I can eat this (hopefully) salmonella-free meal and brag about it to my friends later, so they'll appreciate how cool my brother and I are." Obviously.

Now that you are a master in high school slang, I hope you will continue your journey of talking in a cringe manner elsewhere. Don't worry, there will be more slang to come in the future because kids these days just don't know when to stop.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Why Isolation Is Harmful

No man is an island.

"Solitude is the soul's holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead." -Katrina Kenison

Katrina is thinking of "isoulation" or "soulitude", but regular social isolation is harmful.

There are many quotes from well-known people that claim that solitude has benefits. That is cute, but there is a difference between solitude and isolation; isolation is detrimental. While solitude is chosen and can be ended at any time, isolation is not chosen and cannot be ended at any time. Although people may try to claim that solitude is necessary, isolation is never necessary. Isolation is too much solitude.

According to certain reports, social isolation kills more people than obesity does.

Social isolation is considered to be detrimental to our health because people have social needs that should NEVER be ignored. According to these reports, social isolation reduces immune function and increases inflammation. Scientists have claimed that loneliness leads to social evasion and loss of impulse control. This is because social isolation triggers the fight-or-flight response. When people are alone, they know that they are vulnerable. This includes when they feel alone. When they do not feel as if they have a connection to anyone, they feel as if they have to engage in self-preservation, which induces the fight-or-flight response. Feeling social isolation puts the body in stress-mode.

The symptoms of a fight-or-flight response include rapid heartbeat, increased adrenaline, dilated pupils, appetite loss, trembling, high blood pressure, higher cholesterol, Alzheimer's disease, depression, and pale or flushed skin. The fight-or-flight response is a general response to stress or danger. When a person is under such stress or feeling of danger, they engage in this response for self-preservation. The issue is that social isolation is not always easily alleviated.

Symptoms can also include insomnia. One scientist named Cacioppo found that lonely people were more prone to micro-awakenings during sleep as opposed to non-lonely people—proving that the insomnia symptom is associated with social isolation. This is because people who are socially isolated know that they only have themselves in order to look out for themselves. They have to constantly be vigilant in order to ensure that their safety is maintained. People thrive in communities because these communities fulfill their sense of belonging as well as provide social cohesion that keeps them protected. People are much less likely to be attacked in groups, especially when they are in groups of people who feel protective over them.

Researchers found that a rich social network ensured overall happiness and well being for the majority of participants in their studies, regardless of their socioeconomic statuses. Researchers also found a strong correlation between lack of heart disease and stroke with lack of loneliness, and there was a strong correlation between heart disease and stroke with loneliness.

The harmful effects of social isolation are why most of society considers bullying to be offensive and defamation of character to be illegal. Bullying is usually defined as people trying to have power over another person by isolating them and making them feel weak. Defamation of character is used to purposefully poison a person's network to force them into isolation.

Although Katrina Kenison can "delight herself instead" with solitude, we should not attempt to twist social isolation into a "delight." The fight-or-flight response cannot become a fight-or-delight response. No man is an island.

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