Youth Speak


by Leon
14th December, 2006 at 4:03 pm    

Another day, another BBC quiz to embarrass myself with. Today’s is youth slang. There’s some strange words here, many I’ve never heard before (I must be getting old…) proven by my 4/10 score!

How well did you do?


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  1. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:40 pm  

    i got 4/10 = only through random guessing
    i had no idea what any of it was about – then again i am getting on for 30..

  2. Sahil — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:12 pm  

    6/10 by random guessing, my luck is running high, I’m off to play online poker ;)

  3. Leon — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:26 pm  

    I actually tried to answer properly and only got the four, being 31 I guess that makes me well over the hill or something?

    *consoles himself that Tony Hawk is still way cool and nearly 40*

  4. Felix the cat — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:29 pm  

    Got 4 outa 10.Fake.

  5. Don — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:32 pm  

    5/10. Pure guesswork, I was waiting for ‘hep cat’ and ’23 skidoo’ to show up.

  6. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:37 pm  

    leon – not all 30 year olds are out of touch! in fact some 50 year olds would prob know. just depends…

  7. Vikrant — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:59 pm  

    Gangta… 7/10 meh pwnz00rz…

  8. William — on 14th December, 2006 at 6:23 pm  

    I got 4/10 every one was guesswork. I am due to start working with one or two 16 to 19 year olds in January hope they don’t start talking like that.

  9. ZinZin — on 14th December, 2006 at 6:38 pm  

    4/10 and i am 25. I hate youth culture.

  10. Owen Blacker — on 14th December, 2006 at 6:46 pm  

    7/10, but entirely through guesswork; I didn’t actually know a single answer.

    That’d be why my 15yo brother thinks I’m old (at 31) then… ;)

  11. Don — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:04 pm  

    If you are over thirty and did know most of the answers, that would be a cause for concern.

  12. Leon — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:12 pm  

    Heh, good point Don.;)

  13. Vikrant — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:24 pm  

    If you are over thirty and did know most of the answers, that would be a cause for concern.

    Not a big deal Don! All you need to do is spen a day at your local comp!

  14. justforfun — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:37 pm  

    0/10 – What can I say – at 41 I’m out of touch – thank god.

    Justforfun

  15. Don — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:43 pm  

    Vik,

    I’m a teacher, with a teenage daughter who fills the house with her cronies. Youth slang is meant to exclude, it’s only good manners to let it do its job.

  16. Amir — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:52 pm  

    For. Fucks. Sakes.

    1/10

  17. Amir — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:53 pm  

    Is dat’ how the “yooth” speak in London?

  18. Leon — on 14th December, 2006 at 8:12 pm  

    Dunno, something I thought was how regional is this? I remember when I was young my cousins (who are oop north) had very different slang to us Londoners…

  19. Nyrone — on 14th December, 2006 at 8:36 pm  

    LOL, I’m 23 I thought I would still be ‘down with the kids’ but I only managed to get 4/10.

    Manz Gotz TOLD rudeboy.

  20. Don — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:01 pm  

    Or they could have been taking the piss out of BBC researchers.

  21. GlassHouse — on 15th December, 2006 at 12:15 am  

    Im 25 and got 6/10 – how yoof am I?

  22. Nyrone — on 15th December, 2006 at 12:27 am  

    Yoof?? MAKE IT STOP!!

  23. Refresh — on 15th December, 2006 at 12:40 am  

    I’d have felt better if I’d got 0/10 instead of the 4.

  24. Desi Italiana — on 15th December, 2006 at 4:50 am  

    Oh man–

    I “gopped”.

    I comfort myself by thinking that my score was so low because I don’t live in the UK and I am not very exposed to British English, and thus, I don’t know ya’ll’s slang.

  25. mirax — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:52 am  

    I got a 7/10 – inspired guesses mostly though a couple were obvious. Have no contact at all with british youth; must be that mah experience trying to figure out local youth – with tendency to slang in languages not remotely connected with angmo-speak- came in useful.

  26. Sunny — on 15th December, 2006 at 6:58 am  

    Hah! I’m porn. I got 8/10, of which half I sortof guessed and the others I had noclue about.

    Still down wid da kids.

  27. Sid — on 15th December, 2006 at 8:20 am  

    Am I bovvered?

  28. Billy — on 15th December, 2006 at 10:11 am  

    4/10.

    Not surprising as I’m not exactly down with the kids. Or rather wiv ver kidz as I believe they say these day.

  29. Jai — on 15th December, 2006 at 10:55 am  

    *cough* I’m 33 and I got 4/10.

    However, people should maybe consider that kids from different ethnic groups use different slang. When I was at college in London about a decade ago, the Asian crowd used all kinds of lingo which nobody else would have understood.

    Therefore mundea, it’s best not to get too gussafied at this bukwaas cos the test is total besti, man; just cos you didn’t kill, whip, or clock this exam it doesn’t mean that you’re some kind of stupid bandar who can’t pull the sohniye, so you may as well flip it the middle finger and shut down its chattin’ with a “Kiddan pahenchh*d”. Time for a galassy and some smokes. Innit.

  30. sonia — on 15th December, 2006 at 11:15 am  

    yah leon – the whole regional question is the pertinent point here – there’s so much regional variation about.

  31. Sahil — on 15th December, 2006 at 12:47 pm  

    Oh god, the youth today, they’re brilliant!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8x14cLGh5o

  32. Leon — on 15th December, 2006 at 1:25 pm  

    All I got from that link was: “The url contained a malformed video id.”

  33. Sahil — on 15th December, 2006 at 1:29 pm  
  34. Sahil — on 15th December, 2006 at 1:30 pm  

    WHAT!! Its not working, okay I’ll try again

  35. Sahil — on 15th December, 2006 at 1:30 pm  

    Oh screw it, take the link about the 8 year old from the guardian page:

    http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/2006/12/viral_video_chart.html

  36. Sheikh Yassin — on 15th December, 2006 at 1:48 pm  

    I don’t think that the bbc quiz is very accurate I got 2/10 and I’m 18, I think the quiz was probably made by someone who isn’t really in touch with youth culture themselves.

    So I wouldn’t worry to much about low quiz scores, if I were you guys I’d be more worried about grey hair, wrinkles, and the onset of alzheimer’s.

  37. SpoonShadow — on 15th December, 2006 at 3:38 pm  

    10 out of 10 and 40 years old.

    Some of us have still got it!

  38. Kismet Hardy — on 15th December, 2006 at 3:42 pm  

    Bring back national service for teenagers. But don’t give them guns or teach them to kill foreigners. Just make them do pointless squat thrusts and run around muddy fields at dawn and dusk with a fat man on their shoulders every day until they turn 20.

  39. Nyrone — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:08 pm  

    Excellent video!

    It’s kinda worrying when you see 8-year olds articulating your philosophy on life better than you can:(
    Give that girl a medal.

  40. Refresh — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:23 pm  

    I agree the video is inspired.

    The comments and responses even more so – as if that was possible.

  41. Ravi Naik — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:39 pm  

    “It’s kinda worrying when you see 8-year olds articulating your philosophy on life better than you can:(“

    It was well-scripted, I doubt that she understood half what she said. In any case, I think it’s sad to use children to spout political messages.

  42. Kismet Hardy — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:47 pm  

    I concur. It’s wrong to involve children in all this. They are pure, innocent and should be loved. But between the ages of 13 and 19 however, I’m all for them enduring constructive torture on a regular basis

  43. Kismet Hardy — on 15th December, 2006 at 5:50 pm  

    They are the children of the corn my friends, the children of the corn

  44. Sahil — on 15th December, 2006 at 6:11 pm  

    Oh whatever, don’t you think kids are used politically all the time anyway. Trying now to keep them innocent is a joke. Just look at how Christmas bonanzas are being targeted at them, and how politicians are more than happy to use their family to their ends. Yes of course it was scripted, but I rather enjoyed an 8 year old mouthing off. The age of innocence is gone, even parents use their kids to compare their status with other parents.

  45. mirax — on 15th December, 2006 at 6:14 pm  

    The 8 year old was very disturbing and fake, from her ‘opinions’, to the way she rather exaggeratedly articulated them and oddly sexualised/precocious dress.
    She spouted a message that as an atheist I share in many respects but it’d have been infinitely better if she had formed these opinions on her own and understood what she was saying.
    Ravi Naik is right, I don’t think much of adults who use children so cynically.
    Analogous to dressing toddlers up in suicide bombers’ outfits really.

  46. mirax — on 15th December, 2006 at 6:21 pm  

    >>Yes of course it was scripted, but I rather enjoyed an 8 year old mouthing off

    If it was scripted she wasn’t really mouthing off, was she? there was only nothing new or refreshing in that video – its only selling point was the fake precociousness of that kid.

  47. Ravi Naik — on 15th December, 2006 at 7:06 pm  

    “Oh whatever, don’t you think kids are used politically all the time anyway… Just look at how Christmas bonanzas are being targeted at them, and how politicians are more than happy to use their family to their ends.

    Trying now to keep them innocent is a joke.

    No Sahil. It’s called parenthood.

    You see, when you expose an 8-year old girl on the internet to spout a political message and insult Bill O’Reilly, what is the hillarious thing that happens next?

  48. ZinZin — on 15th December, 2006 at 7:21 pm  

    But between the ages of 13 and 19 however, I’m all for them enduring constructive torture on a regular basis.

    I agree and i am sure Amir will.

  49. Amir — on 15th December, 2006 at 9:09 pm  

    Flog em’, spank em’, Birch em’… that’s my opinion.

    Here’s one of my favourite Web sites.

  50. Nyrone — on 15th December, 2006 at 9:33 pm  

    hmm, I wonder if Bill O Reilly would bother doing a 5-min response segment on this being ‘emotional child abuse’ if the girl in question on the video was gushing in her praise for ol ‘Papa Bear’ and his hyperbole.

    I find Bill’s reply more dangerous and offensive than the original clip. Does a more arrogant and set-in-his-ways character exist on mainstream TV today?
    Bill O Reilly single-handedly epitomizes everything I hate about Fox News.

  51. Refresh — on 15th December, 2006 at 10:16 pm  

    There are two things.

    1. The message
    2. The delivery
    3. The timing

    Count 1., the message was a wake up call from some one or some body to their fellow citizens.

    Count 2., the delivery was inspired, it was novel in an environment where so much has been said and no one is listening.

    Count 3., timing is perfect. It would have been lost had it been out there when lies being trotted on both sides of the Atlantic were taking root unchallenged.

    Was it scripted? Of course it was.
    Was she a child actor? She should be.

    What do actors do? They act. As directed.

    And finally did the message get through? I should think it did if O’Reilly takes on Youtube. And not forgetting of course the number of people that have viewed it.

    Excellent craftsmanship.

    Argue with the message, if you must.

  52. Refresh — on 15th December, 2006 at 10:17 pm  

    Should read “3 things”.

  53. ZinZin — on 15th December, 2006 at 10:48 pm  

    “Spank em’”

    That means something completely different now Amir although as a right-winger you probably know that.

  54. Ravi Naik — on 16th December, 2006 at 2:53 am  

    “Excellent craftsmanship.
    Argue with the message, if you must.”

    The reason why most of us found it cute and perhaps not really offensive was that we agree with some parts of the message, even though it had some anti-religious overtones. But that is freedom of speech.

    But your three marks of craftmanship also validate this.

  55. mirax — on 16th December, 2006 at 5:45 am  

    Heh, I am not in the least surprised that Refresh is putting up a spirited defence of that video because its target is rightwing republican x-tians but you can bet your ass that if that kid had been promising to go medieval on goddamn muslims, Refresh would be singing a different tune. S’funny how Refresh is all for an unnuanced, rather crude atheist broadside! That’s ideologues for you.

  56. Sahil — on 16th December, 2006 at 11:48 am  

    “No Sahil. It’s called parenthood.

    You see, when you expose an 8-year old girl on the internet to spout a political message and insult Bill O’Reilly, what is the hillarious thing that happens next?”

    Maybe that says a lot more about the paranoia of fox that it gets so wound up by a 8 year old on a viral on youtube. For gods sake I was actually quite baffeled (?) when he said he was concerned for the child that someone might (or at least implied)come to her house and beat her up was rather insidious. Plus I love the opening: I know where you live MUHAHAHAHAH!! Its pathetic.

    “If it was scripted she wasn’t really mouthing off, was she? there was only nothing new or refreshing in that video – its only selling point was the fake precociousness of that kid. ”

    Yes its called acting Mirax. People also play scripted rants in movies, sometimes they are quite amusing. Just like the many rants in fight club and various chic flics where all men are evil.

    “but you can bet your ass that if that kid had been promising to go medieval on goddamn muslims, Refresh would be singing a different tune.”

    Yes of course, when someone can’t be bothered with the actual subject attack the poster instead. Great thinking there. GUess what there have already been loads of stories about ‘muslims’ all over the place on Fox, if you want to have a look at the brilliant ‘news’ content it serves view this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPkToWBM8DI

    I think that the biggest news agency in the states has a little more influence than an 8 year old on a viral. Maybe Fox should up its responsibility and stop patronising the rest of us, with their bullshit pontification.

  57. Refresh — on 16th December, 2006 at 5:09 pm  

    Ravi, not so cute. Kids being taught to hate is very different.

  58. SajiniW — on 19th December, 2006 at 2:39 pm  

    7/10 – I’ve heard most of it in clinic/on buses.

  59. Naim — on 10th January, 2007 at 1:58 pm  

    wow, I got 2 out of 10 and that was all by guessing, shows just how much I need to learn as I’m studying to become a Youth worker haha!

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