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Hi BBers,

I am trying to find a contemporary term that means the same thing as "shoo-in," as in the following sentence: "I'm a shoo-in for homecoming queen this year."

I am working on a contemporary MG, and "shoo-in" doesn't sound like a term my main character's older sister would be using.  Or would it be O.K.??

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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#1 - June 07, 2011, 09:05 AM
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To me, it doesn't sound like a term young people would use. How about just "for sure" or "definitely"?
#2 - June 07, 2011, 09:20 AM

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Dead cert? Or is that old fashioned too? Sure bet?
#3 - June 07, 2011, 09:36 AM

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How about, "I'm totally going to be homecoming queen this year."

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#4 - June 07, 2011, 09:55 AM
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My nephew and his friends say "it's in the bag"

But that's more of a guy slang thing I think. I think my niece would say "it's a no brainer" or "I'm so money" or something like that. But do you have to have slang? Why can't she just say "i so got this" or something like that?

But agree - they would not say shoo in.
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My son and his buds always said, "It's a lock." Or "He's a lock," depending on if you're talking about a what or a who. :-)
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"i so got this"

Say that.

Definitely and totally are good words, as well.
#7 - June 07, 2011, 11:03 AM
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Make up your own slang for the kids to use - it would be quirky and unique and won't sound dated in 9 months.
 
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Lot's of good suggestions here. Using the sentence example you gave, I might say:
 
"I'm a lock for homecoming queen this year."
"I'm golden for homecoming queen this year.


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"It's a gimme" (give me) is another I hear. But "golden" is good. Or "p0wned" (owned).
#10 - June 07, 2011, 01:28 PM
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THANKS so much, everyone!  I love these suggestions!  Sometimes I can get so bogged down trying to find just the *right* word. 

 :thankyou  Becky
#11 - June 07, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Make up your own slang for the kids to use - it would be quirky and unique and won't sound dated in 9 months.
 

Agreed. I wouldn't use the super-current slang just for that reason. "It's a lock" and "it's golden" aren't likely to last long, IMO.

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#12 - June 07, 2011, 05:26 PM
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Another one I hear a lot from my much-younger sister (age 16) is "seriously." As in "I am seriously going to win this thing."
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