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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #270 on: July 07, 2012, 10:13 AM »
For what it's worth, I picked up a promising MG last week and the MC said, "For God's sake" and I was so offended by it I put it down.

I grew up with family & friends saying this all the time but seeing it in print really put me off. I'm actually surprised I'm so affronted by it - but I hate hearing OMG too, so maybe I'm overly sensitive :eh2
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #271 on: September 05, 2012, 12:04 PM »
For what it's worth, I picked up a promising MG last week and the MC said, "For God's sake" and I was so offended by it I put it down.

I grew up with family & friends saying this all the time but seeing it in print really put me off. I'm actually surprised I'm so affronted by it - but I hate hearing OMG too, so maybe I'm overly sensitive :eh2
I think everybody's so afraid of offending others these days that we're all becoming super sensitive about what we read and write as well.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #272 on: September 06, 2012, 10:57 AM »
I want a short catchy way to refer to a plain, dorky girl for a blurb. I was thinking of just using "an 'Ugly Betty,'" as that sort of fits. Would teens still know that phrase? Is just "plain, dorky girl" okay?  Any suggestions?

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #273 on: September 10, 2012, 01:15 PM »
I want a short catchy way to refer to a plain, dorky girl for a blurb. I was thinking of just using "an 'Ugly Betty,'" as that sort of fits. Would teens still know that phrase? Is just "plain, dorky girl" okay?  Any suggestions?

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I don't think the phrase is really used these days but there IS the TV show, if you aren't familiar with it. I am pretty sure readers would know what you mean.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugly_Betty

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #274 on: September 10, 2012, 06:21 PM »
Should work if it's in reruns! Thanks.

I don't think the phrase is really used these days but there IS the TV show, if you aren't familiar with it. I am pretty sure readers would know what you mean.

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #275 on: September 10, 2012, 07:06 PM »
AnnH, what about "Plain Jane"? People still say that around here.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #276 on: September 25, 2012, 07:07 AM »
"Homely" is still used.  It is useable in multi-cultural settings and is not gender specific.
 
   "She needs to get a makeover so she not so homely."
 
   "Dawg, she'll never go out with your homely (other word for donkey)."

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #277 on: October 03, 2012, 09:01 AM »
Do people still say "way" something (meaning 'very something'), or is that sounding dated?  Suddenly, I'm staring at this line with a "way" in it and it's looking old school.  For example, "I was way tired."

Definitely don't want to sound trendy, so I'm not looking for the current slang word--just want to avoid sounding dated.  I still use "totally" in this respect, but I've heard people say that sounds too 80s, as well.

I think my own child says "way cool" or whatever, but perhaps because she's heard me say it too many times?

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #278 on: December 27, 2012, 08:04 PM »
@Jaina, way in that context sounds dated, "I was way too tired" sounds better. Totally also fine when used.

Urbandictionary is a good online source but be forewarned a LOT of those words with have raunchy meanings/origins.

I also think homely is a good word to use. I know my friends and I used to get annoyed when an author would try to hard and have an off "trendy"/"hip" phrase. Teens want to feel like adults and most actually appreciate good vocabulary.

btws, I'm 19 so feel free to disregard what I have to say or take it with a grain of salt because I by no means know everything. :)
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #279 on: December 28, 2012, 04:27 PM »
For what it's worth, I picked up a promising MG last week and the MC said, "For God's sake" and I was so offended by it I put it down.

I grew up with family & friends saying this all the time but seeing it in print really put me off. I'm actually surprised I'm so affronted by it - but I hate hearing OMG too, so maybe I'm overly sensitive :eh2

Actually in MG books, as well as in some YA books this bothers me also. Most parents do not want their kids to use this language, so we should be careful what we write.  If the parents do not care, that is up to the parents for the kids to learn that most places do not accept certain language.

I recently read a recent adult book on my Nook that I am seriously thinking of deleting because of the language in it.  I am seriously not that sensitive when it comes to adult books when it comes to some language, but this one had a 13 year old running around in it and part of it was about who would take over being the parent.  All I could think of was "seriously, you would use that kind of language and then just turn it off when the kid is around, I don't think so."  Yet part of the book where the kids were in the pizza place the owner would shoot kids in the head if they used bad language and all parents would smile, including the two adults who were supposed to be talking about paternity.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #280 on: January 08, 2013, 12:59 PM »
Do people still say "way" something (meaning 'very something'), or is that sounding dated?  Suddenly, I'm staring at this line with a "way" in it and it's looking old school.  For example, "I was way tired."

Definitely don't want to sound trendy, so I'm not looking for the current slang word--just want to avoid sounding dated.  I still use "totally" in this respect, but I've heard people say that sounds too 80s, as well.

I think my own child says "way cool" or whatever, but perhaps because she's heard me say it too many times?

Good question. I don't think I've heard that in a while. Of course, where I live, people usually use "wicked" instead...as in, "That's wicked awesome!"

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #281 on: January 08, 2013, 03:58 PM »
Not looking for slang exactly. I have MC suggesting that her best friend look for a senior for her next boyfriend, but I'm not sure quite how to word it. "Look for" doesn't sound active enough.  Just want something that sounds natural, but a little more interesting than look for. Unless, of course, look for sounds good enough.  :)

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #282 on: January 08, 2013, 06:37 PM »
Here`s another one my NZ friend says a lot, ` oh stink!` meaning how terrible..she`s got me saying it too.

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #283 on: January 21, 2013, 06:51 PM »
Not looking for slang exactly. I have MC suggesting that her best friend look for a senior for her next boyfriend, but I'm not sure quite how to word it. "Look for" doesn't sound active enough.  Just want something that sounds natural, but a little more interesting than look for. Unless, of course, look for sounds good enough.  :)

Hunt for?

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #284 on: January 22, 2013, 05:31 PM »
Hunt for?

be one the look out for?
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #285 on: January 22, 2013, 09:25 PM »
Scope out.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #286 on: January 23, 2013, 08:16 AM »

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #287 on: January 23, 2013, 08:23 AM »
BTW, do teens say "snag" (as in, after she's scoped him out, she does snag him?).

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #288 on: January 24, 2013, 08:40 PM »
Not sure about "snag."  That doesn't sound current to me. But in different areas teens use different phrases.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #289 on: January 25, 2013, 01:39 PM »
catch, win-over?

I have no idea, but snag sounds odd to me also.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #290 on: January 25, 2013, 10:06 PM »
Some teens use "hook-up" as in "I caught him scoping me out and two days later we hooked up."  But you could also indicate this in a different way: "I caught him scoping me out and we started talking. A week later I changed my FB status to 'in a relationship.'"
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #291 on: January 26, 2013, 08:28 AM »
It's a reference to a possible future event. Girl A suggests to Girl B that she scope out a senior with the hope that she'll snag/catch/hookup/whatever with him.  (I'm hesitant to use hook up.)


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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #292 on: January 26, 2013, 09:32 PM »
I know what you mean about hook-up, lol. But the phrase has a deeper connotation to us than it does to most of today's teens. Maybe you can use "get him to notice you" or something along that line.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #293 on: January 28, 2013, 12:50 PM »
That could work.

Or, I was wondering, what about just "hook" without the "up."

"You could hook a senior." ?

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #294 on: January 28, 2013, 09:08 PM »
I asked one of my middle-school grandsons what they say in a situation where people are scoping someone out and then they get together. He said they don't really have a word or expression for it. "You just, like, you know, get together." 

I like: "You could hook a senior."  It sounds natural and timeless.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #295 on: January 29, 2013, 08:23 AM »
Ah, thanks. I think "hook" it is. Nice to know that "get together" would work too.

It's interesting trying to keep dialogue current enough and natural enough without getting too slangy.
I think Sarah Dessen does a great job of that. Nothing in her books jumps out as slang and yet nothing jumps out as too "back when" either.  ::-)

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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #296 on: January 30, 2013, 09:20 PM »
That's the balance we all strive for. Words that sound like slang in the time the book takes place but that don't sound out of place at the time the reader lives in.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #297 on: March 10, 2013, 02:16 PM »
 :drowning: HELP, I need a modern kid's word for "corny."  I am totally drawing a blank.
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #298 on: March 10, 2013, 02:19 PM »
lame?
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Re: Could we share "Slang" with each other?
« Reply #299 on: March 10, 2013, 02:51 PM »
Lame  - that like totally works! :clapping
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