Parents.com updated its dictionary to include some of the newest slang terms used by Gen Z and younger American kids in 2024. And we’re so grateful!

You’ve no doubt heard your kids or nieces and nephews using some of the strangest new phrases in recent months. They might have called you something easy to understand, like “cringe” or “basic.” Or perhaps you’ve overheard words like “sigma,” “cap,” “simp,” “sus,” “Stan,” and more. (TAKE A POLL: Do You think Automation And AI Are Threats or Opportunities For the Future Workforce?)

  • Simp – Someone who does way too much for the person they like; to have a huge crush on someone
  • Stan – An overzealous fan of a particular group or celebrity
  • Sus – Suspicious, shady, not to be trusted
  • Sigma – A male who is popular, but is also a loner who separates himself from the crowd
  • Cheugy – Something that is out of date or a person who is trying too hard
  • Cringe – Word to describe embarrassing or awkward behavior
  • Dead – Something is so funny that the speaker has “died” of laughter
  • Dope – Cool or awesome

Words of Concern

Parents.com listed a handful of slang terms they believe parents should be very aware of, particularly if you’re tracking your children’s use of social media and other online platforms:

  • 53X – Sex
  • Body count – The number of people someone has slept with
  • CU46 – See you for sex
  • Dayger – Party during the day
  • Function/Func – Party
  • Gyat – Big butt, as “Girl, your *ss thick” or the reaction, “goddamn”
  • Kick back – Small party
  • Molly – Ecstasy (MDMA), a dangerous party drug
  • Netflix and chill – Used as a front for inviting someone over to make out (or maybe more)
  • Plug – Someone who can hook you up with drugs
  • Rager – Big party
  • Smash – To have casual sex
  • Sloshed – To be drunk
  • Throw down – To throw a party
  • Turnt – To be high or drunk (formerly “turnt up”)
  • X – Ecstasy
  • WTTP – Want to trade photos?
  • LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life

“Whether or not your child is involved in any inappropriate or dangerous activities, you’ll want to know what they’re talking about and be attuned to any words that might indicate possible trouble,” Parents.com wrote on their site. (TAKE A POLL: Should Mental Health Services Be Integrated Into General Healthcare Plans?)

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