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Slang, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow By Debbie Lacy

Updated on December 24, 2012

My niece and I were playing a game when we started talking slang while we played. Before long, we went back 10–15 years remembering some of the slang we use to say in comparison to the slang that is used today, but what fun we had and most of the slang is still used today.

Slang is just a word or group of words used as metaphors or similes to express a figure of speech. In order for the slang expression to survive, it has to be used widely by groups of people who use it often.

Slang has been around since the 1800’s, it was used in the western days, rolling twenties days, there is crime and prison slang, gay and lesbian slang, drug related slang, there is the black slang, common slang, computer slang, music and lyric slang and the more modern slang today is computer and teenage slang.

Other than slang being an expression used by groups of people, slang was also used by people who wanted to be different and by using slang some people felt a kind of uniqueness which is mainly the reason slang exist, but for whatever reason slang is here to stay.

You can reference some of these slang categories below.

Drug slang is mostly metaphorical and you may have heard or seen on the television some basic drug slang as follows:

Busted – means – to be arrested

Burnout – means - a heavy user of drugs

Burn the main line – means – to inject a drug

Buds – means – Cannabis, Nitrites

Booth – means – Cocaine

Boost – means - Crack

Bull – means – narcotics agent or police officer

Let me share with you some of the common slang used daily by everyday common people and they are as follows:

He has deep pockets – means - a good source of money

That’s Groovy - means - pleasant

He’s a couch potato – means - lazy person

I had to cram last night – means - study hard

I’ve been taking care of business – means – doing what I have to do

The police threw him in the slammer – means - jail

We hit the sack – means – go to bed

He has nice threads – means – nice clothes

She is always running off at the mouth – means- talking to much

What an awesome sunset – means – great

She's back at the crib - means - she's at home

He pulled an all-nighter – means – study all night

Can I borrow a buck – means – dollar

Do you know where the can is - means – restroom

I’m going to catch some rays at the beach – means - sunshine

Don’t be a chicken – means – coward

Let’s find a place to chow down – means – eat a lot

Don’t try to con me – means – deceive

This is really a cool place – means – good

I’ll ditch my younger brother – means – leave

This place is a drag – means – boring

Your sister is a fox – means - attractive

I got this gig – means – job

You dig - means - do you understand

What’s going down – means – what’s happening

His salary is twenty grand – means – thousand dollars

We need to hang tough – means – stick with it

My proposal was a hit with the boss – means – successful

Let me see some I.D – means – identification

This common everyday slang above goes on and on which describes how slang is a part of our everyday life.

There is also the Black slang where the meaning is more metaphorical and here are a few examples as follows:

These are my “peeps” – means - parents or family

Come “peep!” this – means – check it out

"Slow your roll!" - means - to calm down

"Back up off me!" - means - get back, back away from me

"Man that jacket is Fly!" - means - it looks good

"They are living Large" - means - they are living well, rich, wealth

"That watch is Phat!" - means - expensive

“Off the hinges!” – means – outstanding, great same for “Off the chain!”

"You know what time it is!" - means - time for a change

"Let me get a couple of them squares from you!" - means - cigarettes

"It's going down!" - means - something is about to happen (happening)

"That's my Dawg!" - means - good friend (male)

"Why don't you let me hold something?" - means - you want some money

"It was the bomb!" - means - great or outstanding, awesome

"Holding it down!" - means - got it under control

"Work it girl!" - means - dance well, walk well, dress well

"Oh it's on now!" - means - you are about to get serious about something, got things to take care of

"True that!" - means - I agree

"Why you checking me?" - means - trying to control, dominate

"I'm feeling ya!" - means - I can relate

"You feel me?" - means - do you agree

"You nailed it!" - means - you did great

"I'm going to open up a can!" - means - get ready to get your A** whipped

"I'm going to pop a cap!" - means - shoot someone

"Drop it like it's hot!" - means - excited, or to dance

"They holding it down!" - means - they got it together

"She is putting in the work!" - means - working towards something

"It's real!" - means - it's true

“Oh for real!" - means - is that right

“They ripped it!” means - they jammed (sound great) or (did great)

“Break off” – means – to give

The “Po-Po” – means – the police

"It is what it is!" - means - to accept something the way it is, something unchangeable

"I can't call it!" - means - unsure of the day, anything is possible

She just "trying to front!" - means - being something you're not

“Let’s get “crunk!” – means – good, fine, phat

"It's all good!" means - things are good (great)

“Beat down” – means – a butt kicking (fight)

"We're just kicking it!" - means - just friends

“Low-key” – means – quiet, to yourself

"I got him on lock down!" -means - can't go nowhere

Keeping it on the "down low" - means - no one will know (or) on the DL!

"All ready" - means - that's good (great) cool

"Girl stop tripping!" - means - emotional

"Why you sweatin me man!" - means - questioning me

"What it do?" - means - what's good

"We vibed" - means - we connected (relate to one another) or share something in common

Some feel that black slang is simply a corrupted version of proper English, but that isn’t so. If that were the case, it would be the same for all other slang that is used, which was mentioned above. This is where a group of people who use their uniqueness with words or groups of words to express themselves. It doesn’t mean that this origin can’t speak proper English.

Then there is the modern version of Teenage Slang. You may be familiar with some of the jargon they use and they are as follows:

“Hater!” – means – an individual who has a pessimistic attitude and is constantly talking about others - envious

“My Bad!” – means – totally my fault

"Word!" - means - found out something new or an agreement or understanding

"We're justing hanging out!" - means - being together

"You down for it!"- means - going to do or about to do

"Just laying low for a while!" - means - not interested in doing or going

There is also the modern instant messaging or computer jargon teenagers use and they are as follows:

TTYL – means – Talk to you later

Sup – means – What’s up

Chillin – means – relaxing

L8tr – means – later

G2G – means – Got to go

IDK – means – I don’t know

BRB – means – Be right back

LOL – means – Laugh out loud

OMG – means – Oh my God (goodness)

IMAO – means – Laughing my a$$ off

2moro – means – Tomorrow

Gurl – means – girl

Smh - means - shaking my head

Thanx – means – thanks or (thks)

Computer slang or jargon is more of a simile as comparing one meaning as something else. Here are just a few of those computer jargons as follows:

Byte – means – computer storage (usually displayed as “B”)

Firewall – means – a set of related programs located at a network

Worms – means – a virus

Software bug – means – a error in the coding of the program

Computer glitch – means – relates to a power failure or network malfunction

Browser – means – is way to look up information

Server – means – a computer program that provides services to other computer programs

Again, the list goes on and on for computer slang or jargon people use everyday.

Not only does a teenager use some of these instant message or computer jargon, but everyone who knows anything about it uses them.

Overall, I think the use of slang is cool, and honestly, we find ourselves using some sort of this slang jargon in our everyday communication with one another. It’s just another way people use this unique form of the English language. So have fun with it!


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    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from East Texas

      Yes, that's a good one too! Thanks Ashlie for your comment! Godsped!

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      5 years ago

      Great hub! "My Bad!" Awesome hub! hahaha!

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Texas

      Thanks mellowfellow! Another great slang and yes, I remember that one! Peace and blessings.

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      6 years ago

      This is "Tight" dl53acy! Great job! Lmao!

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Texas

      @Mindi43 Yes I do remember "Slick" from back in a day! lol! That's a good one! Thanks for your comment;@LAdude I'm glad you enjoyed my hub!@ crazyJLou I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and thanks for your comment! @Jerseygirl Word up Girl! Thanks for your comment;@TicklePink Oh yes they still say Busta Move lol!@safarigurl21 that's right, show me what you working with lol!@lilpoochie that's a good one for rizzle! lol!@WayneJonesT44 Glad you enjoyed my hub!@Ammokele32 I like this one! Sometimes we do have to get our swerve on you dig? lol! Thanks for your comment!

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      6 years ago

      She's got her "swerve on!" lol! Nice write-up! ;)

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      6 years ago

      Great documentation here, looks like you been puttin it in...! level Up!!

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      6 years ago

      this is off the hizzle for chizzle! you heard! lmbo!

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      6 years ago

      lol! This is so cool. One of my girlfriends always says , "C'mon gurl, show me what you working with!" I love this article, it so cool! Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Great article! I'm so glad someone explained this..."Do people still say 'Bust ah Move?" lol!

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      6 years ago

      "Word"! Or "Word Up dawg! lmbo! Great hub!

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      6 years ago

      Man this hub is "Like That"! Significantly Entertaining! lmao! Keep writing sweet lady cuz you've got a fan! Thumb Up!

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      6 years ago

      This is slick! Remember that one! hahaha! Very Interesting hub! I enjoyed it.

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Texas

      lol! Thanks werftaqwr.

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      6 years ago

      burn the line boost

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from East Texas

      Thanks for your comment Mr Fishey. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Mr Fishey  

      7 years ago

      thanxs this is new to me OMG this is great cooles i an de bomb i am chillin in da crib


    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Texas

      Thanks for your comment! It was just a little sumthin-sumthin I created from my niece! :)

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      8 years ago from Shreveport,LA

      I know I use some of these words still.. LOL.. That's just me.. Thanks for the read..

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      8 years ago

      Wow, Just keeping it real! I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub SimPly Rare! I look forward to reading yours as well! Peace be with you!

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      SimPly RaRe 

      8 years ago from California USA

      Hello dl53acy (either tracy or three-acy)- well, slang, street language, yup- this is communications my friend- reaching out- understanding one another- that what's it's all about--your style is really down-to-earth and reader-friendly- reminds me also of my hub called OMG, what does "LOL" mean? (and many "adults" think the meaning was ....hahahaha!) keep on writing!!!! happy hubbing- hubba hubbahhhhh- SR

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Texas

      Oh it's the bomb! lol! Thanks for your comment!

    • acanderson24 profile image


      8 years ago

      I like this...took me back...slang has always been a part of our dig!!lol

    • dl53acy profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from East Texas

      Creativeone59! How are you this evening? Thanks for your comment on my hub. It was a fun project. Thanks

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you for the heads up on slang words ,thank you for sharing your hub. creativeone59


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