Is your twerking sick or does it make you look like a derp? Do you have beef with your stairlift and need it pimped?
Do you think these terms are neg and crab or are they fly? If you recognised any of those terms then you are doing well, because these are the words that the next generation are using on a regular basis.
If however, you remain baffled by them all then you are certainly not alone! With most communication by young people being conducted online, slang is evolving at an increasingly fast rate and even most teenagers aren’t completely fluent in this new language.
Slang Words of Old
It’s not uncommon for the older generation to feel out of touch with the young, but a trip down memory lane proves that slang speak really isn’t that new. Let’s see how many you remember from the 1950′s and 60′s.
Peepers – glasses
Split – as in “let’s split” meaning to exit in haste
Burn rubber – used when young boys would make their tyres spin, often causing clouds of smoke.
Threads – referred to clothes; “nice threads man” and nowadays used to describe online chat topics.
Nosebleed – a stupid person or geek
Ankle-biter – young child
Going ape – being furious
Top Hat – twat
A square – someone who is not cool
Young people have been making up their own dictionaries for generations and many of the slang words of the 50′s and 60′s are still used today.
Language is forever evolving and no doubt the words which are used today will be seen as old hat in the next 40 or 50 years as this generation struggle to understand their own children and grandchildren.
The Most Common Slang Words of 2014
If you aren’t ready to hang your hat up just yet and want to communicate and get down with the kids then you’re never too old to do so, just slot a few of these buzz words into your everyday vocabulary and you’ll be almost fluent in teen-speak.
Twerk – a type of provocative dance
Sick – something that is good
Derp – a stupid person
Beef – a problem or issue
Bro – male best friend
Tool – an idiot
Bov – bothered
Neg – annoying
Crab – crap
Fly – cool
Selfie – to take a picture of yourself
Ratchet – someone or something disgusting
Rents – parents
Pimped – make it showy/more stylish
Swag or swagger – your style and attitude
Lush – something that provides pleasure; “that cake is lush!”
Troll – someone who posts anonymous online abuse
Common Online Slang for 2014
As most teenagers now communicate by text or online, here’s a few of the most commonly used online acronyms for 2014 that you might want to familiarise yourself with.
LOL – laugh out loud
ROFL – roll on the floor laughing
WTF – what the f**k
OMG – oh my God
AFAIK – as far as I know
BFF – Big Fat friend
TMI – too much information
ATM – at the moment
BRB – be right back
This post was contributed by Harold Rigby lifestyle and health writer
6 Accidents You Should Claim for
If you’re like me then you don’t want to deal with the hassle of filling out paperwork and taking to insurance agents if you feel like you can handle an incident on your own. The papers are often cumbersome and more often than not you are perfectly fine. Keeping that in mind, you never know when what seems like a simple injury can lead to worse problems down the road. Below you’ll find a list of 6 accidents that you can make a claim for. If any of these happen to you, visit Claim Today London and get the information you need to start the claim process.
Many of us have been hit by a car, or a bike, at some point in time. Filing a claim does not necessarily mean that the person who knocked you over will be in trouble, but it will give you the option of getting financial help if the injury does not get better.
Have you ever slipped and fallen? Maybe it was icy outside or the floor had just been mopped. I have fallen at work when the car park was not properly sanded on a freezing February morning. I have never filed a claim at work, but will in the future. The last time I slipped while grocery shopping I ended up with a back injury that did not go away. Months later when I finally went to the doctor I had to pay for my physical therapy out of pocket because I had not filed a report at work and could not prove that I had been injured there.
Any work related injury should be reported at work, even if it seems minor. If you fall off a step ladder, slip on a wet floor, or have an object fall off the shelf at you then you should have it documented. I know, the paper works a hassle, but if your injury does not heal in an appropriate time frame, or at all, that paperwork is what will help you get your care covered.
Minor car related accidents such as small fender benders, or hitting the curb with your car should be documented if they were not your fault. While they are minor in nature, hitting your car in the wrong place can cause serious damage that may not be visible. By having the claim filed, you have the option of getting repairs covered should the damage be larger than you had anticipated. Equally a stiff neck could turn into something much more persistent and painful than you think.
Injuries from tripping in the street can also be a reason to file a claim. While tripping over may seem minor (and often is) there are two reasons why your trip should be documented. The first is the same as the last three accidents: Documenting it allows you to request help paying for treatment. The second reason is that when injuries are caused by disrepair on the road, the council must be pushed to fix the hazard. If you report your minor injury you can prevent others from hurting themselves in the future.
If you are on a bus or other mode of public transportation when an accident occurs, you should take them up on the opportunity to receive post-accident care. The only time that I have ever been in an accident that involved public transportation, I refused care and ended up regretting it. Within 24 hours I had a bad case of whiplash.
The truth is you don’t know what injury can turn into something serious. Make sure you protect yourself by speaking out, and where appropriate, filing a claim against those that are to blame.
Getting a dog is not something you can do on a whim. A dog is a major responsibility, and you first must ensure that you have the time, resources and knowledge to properly care for the animal before bringing it home.
Dogs require love, certain basic necessities, and patience, and if you can’t provide it all, it’s best that you don’t get a dog. Instead of making a poor decision, the following are five questions you must answer before getting a dog.
Can I afford taking care of a dog?
Adding a dog to your family will be an added expense, and most people don’t realize just how much owning a dog will cost. Not only do you have the initial fee of buying or adopting the animal, but you will also have to buy all of the dog’s necessities, such as bowls, toys, collars, ID tags, leashes, etc. Plus, along with the items you’ll need right away, you also have to consider your regular expenses, such as vet bills, food, and preventative medications. You also want to make sure you have enough money on hand to care for your dog in case of emergencies. Before you go out and adopt or buy a dog, it’s very important that you determine if your budget can afford one.
Should I buy a dog from a shelter or a breeder?
While most people will likely push you to adopt an animal from a shelter, the choice is ultimately up to you. Buying a dog from a breeder will allow you to receive a specific breed of dog, but you need to be careful. Too many breeders today are associated with puppy mills, and you may end up spending a fortune on a dog that ends up being extremely sick or even dying shortly after you bring it home.
Adopting a dog from a shelter will allow you to give a dog a second chance at life, but there’s no guarantee that you will find the exact breed you’re looking for. Plus, puppies at animal shelters tend to be adopted quickly, so you will usually be limited to choosing from older dogs. While you may not want an older dog, remember that older dogs are usually already trained, so you don’t have to deal with housebreaking or chewing. Dogs an animal shelters are also usually monitored, so you’ll be able to know right away if the dog is good with other animals or children before bringing it home.
Should I buy an adult dog or a puppy?
As mentioned above, many people love the cuteness of puppies, which is why they tend to want to get a puppy. While puppies are cute, they are a lot of work, so if you don’t have a great deal of time to deal with training or don’t think you can handle the constant accidents, chewing and whining, then a puppy may not be the right choice.
Older dogs are usually already trained and set in their ways, so you won’t have to spend as much time training the animal or getting to know its habits.
Do I have time for a dog?
Dogs need you in order to survive, so you need to make sure you have the time to spare. Not only will you need to spend a great deal of time training the dog right away, but you’ll also need to make sure you’re home regularly to feed the dog, let him or her outside, and play with it. Dogs cannot fend for themselves, so if you’re constantly working late or taking trips, then maybe a dog isn’t the right choice for you.
What breed is best for my family/home/lifestyle?
Dogs come in a variety of different breeds, and not every dog breed is the same. Before you get a dog, it’s very important that you contemplate your home and lifestyle in order to determine the right dog breed for you.
Certain dog breeds are better in smaller homes, such as apartments or homes without yards. Some dog breeds require a great deal of exercise. Some dogs require a great deal of training. Some dogs are more expensive to care for. Some dogs are better with children. It’s very important that you research all the different dog breeds and determine which breed is the right choice for your lifestyle.
Guest Author: Lizzie Lau is a freelance writer for DogFenceDIY. Lizzie combines personal opinions and research to create appealing and informative articles on various topics.