Facebook speak: Teenagers create secret online language - Telegraph
Whenever I see a slang article I take it with a shaker of salt. Ever since the "grunge slang"
fiasco (when the New York Times interviewed a woman at Sub Pop records about the grunge movement, and she lied her ass off about slang) I have not trusted any of these articles that claim to tell adults the secret words of teens.
What do you think?
The teens are using it to stop parents and employers judging them by their social activities such as partying and drinking.
Instead of writing they are drunk, teens post 'Getting MWI' - or mad with it.
Being in a relationship is known as 'taken' or 'Ownageeee', and 'Ridneck', a corruption of redneck, means to feel embarassed.
Meanwhile, girls posting 'Legal' are indicating that they are above 16 and legally allowed to have sex.
Lisa Whittaker, a postgraduate student at the University of Stirling, who studied teens aged 16-18 on Bebo in Scotland, said the slang had been created to keep their activities private, and cited the example of one young girl who was sacked after bosses found pictures of her drinking on the website.
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