Quiz: Do You Know Kid Lingo?

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Do you know how to talk to your kids? When your kids speak is it like hearing a whole new language? The team at
Oxford Dictionaries has recently added 65 new words, many of which have origins in preteen talk. So how hip on kid lingo are you? This quick quiz of the new words will test if you can speak preteen or if you need a translator.

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1. srsly

a) the act of looking really cool

b) a website that is constantly down

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c) short for seriously

2. selfie

a) someone who’s deeply self-absorbed

b)a photograph that one has taken of
oneself

c) short term for describing someone who’s
selfish

3. phablet

a) a phone with a screen that’s bigger than a
smartphone, but smaller than a tablet

b) short for “Fabulous, let’s do it!”

c) a large video game controller

4. TL;DR

a) an affirmative response to an online
post

b) a dismissive response to a lengthy online
post

c) an impartial  response to an online
argument

5. derp

a) used as a substitute for speech regarded as
meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid
action

b) a term used to refer to someone’s good
looks; handsome

c) denotes something of incredibly cheap
value, or something that was very poorly made or
thought-through

6.food baby

a) a protruding stomach caused by eating too
much food and resembling that of a woman in the early stages of
pregnancy

b) a burp

c) the results of mixing two ingredients
together that normally aren’t put together

7. squee

a) adorable

b) the feeling you get when you lose your
phone

c) an expression of great delight or
excitement

8. twerk

a) to change one’s outfit

b)a provocative dance

c) making a mistake on social media

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The answers are at the end of this blog.

Now, we don’t recommend that you try to shoehorn these words into your talks with kids. But it’s important
to keep current so you can stay relevant with your kids. Being aware of preteen culture changes can help us stay connected to our kids while we remain aware of what things in media we need to protect them from.

In each issue, Children’s Ministry Magazine has a column called Keeping Current. There, you’ll find the newest
facts and figures on kid culture as well as the scoop on everything in the world of preteen entertainment. Subscribe today and let us keep you up-to-date on the newest trends your kids will be talking about.

What words have you heard your kids say that left you totally stumped? Let us know in the comment section
below!

Now, for the answers (according to the Oxford Dictionary):

1. c

2. b

3. a

4. b (short for “Too long; Didn’t read.”)

5. a

6. a

7. c

8. b

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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