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.
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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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3 Reasons Why Writing A Journal Entry A Day Is Good For The Soul

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I cannot believe it is almost a year since this great adventure. A year has passed, and I finally had the urge to dive into my old journal. It had meaning at the time. During that week-long service trip, I looked forward to laying on the cold, wooden floor each night. It was an escape, and a time to reminisce the impact that my group had made just a few hours before. From there on, writing for enjoyment has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Here are three benefits why trying to do a journal entry a day is beneficial.

1. Clears out your mind.

Whether it is coming from an eight hour work day or a full day of classes, getting your thoughts down on paper will do your mind justice. Your feelings/emotions to how your day went will all be down on paper. They will no longer be a burden to you.

2. Venting without judgment.

I am at fault for venting a little too much from time to time. It is surely an aspect of my life that needs improvement. Keeping a running journal gives an individual the chance to write whatever they may please. A very good aspect of writing in a journal is that it will never talk back to you; a judgment-free zone.

3. Allows you to put meaning back into your life.

What you put in the entries makes all the difference. Who knew that I would reach a point in my life where I would find the utmost amount of pleasure writing Bible versus in my journal. Nothing has drastically changed, however, since I still love to write about meaningful aspects of life. Also, I still have no self-control when it comes to filling up the pages with soulful quotes.



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To Wear Or Not To Wear

The anti-coat epidemic of weekend college life.
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I want you to envision something for a second. Bear with me on this one but, I think for most of you, this won’t be too hard to picture. In fact, it may look all too familiar. It’s a Saturday night in January and your friends want to go to the rush parties that are taking place at frats scattered across campus. Sounds painless right?

I forgot to mention that it’s 20 degrees outside and it’s beginning to snow. You’re then faced with a comically hard decision to make: to wear or not to wear something warm? Not like a cute cropped sweater that barely constitutes as a warm article of clothing, like a legitimate winter coat. I’ve fallen victim to this fatal mistake countless of times. The party is only two blocks away if I just speed-walk I can get away with wearing a crop top and jeans. Right? Sorry to crash the party, but you certainly can’t.

The anti-coat epidemic has been sweeping through the campus of the University of Illinois ever since the temperature started to dip below 30 degrees. A night does not go by where I don’t see a group of girls scurrying into Kam’s, Red Lion, or where ever their night is taking them wearing an outfit that would be more appropriate for a party during first semester syllabus week in Florida. Even for college culture, this trend is by far one of the most abnormal, and dare I say stupid.

Students, primarily young women, are willing to brave the harsh Midwest winter in nothing but a crop top and risk getting a cold, the flu, and even frostbite. I know I sound a tad dramatic when I say frostbite but believe it or not, I know of instances pertaining to unlucky, slightly intoxicated, individuals that have gotten frostbite while walking to a frat this year. The “beer blanket” is a real thing, people.

So, is going to McKinley asking for a cold pack or having to explain to a judgmental nurse the reason why you lost feeling in your index finger worth a couple of hours of you showing off last summer’s apparel? Many would argue yes, in conjunction with the age-old saying that beauty is pain.

Who doesn’t want to look their best when they go out on the weekend? But why does that have to mean ditching the North Face at home? Now, I do understand that no one wants to babysit a parka all night (how on earth are you supposed to dance?), but there are some pretty reasonable compromises that will make you and your worried mother happy. For starters, wear a jean or leather jacket. It’s not ideal mode of warmth but it’s better than nothing. Plus, a good leather jacket can look absolutely bad-ass.

Also, if you have the opportunity not to walk, take it. Don’t make the trek all the way to the bars on Green St. or to one of the frats in Urbana on foot. You’re basically making your audition tape for Life Below Zero. Instead, take the bus or share an Uber with your friends. It’s faster and definitely warmer.

While it feels at times like we go to school in the tundra, it does not mean that we can blatantly ignore the weather when it comes to going out. Knowing Illinois, it’s going to be cold for at least another month so embrace it. Your immune system and your mother will both thank you.

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