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Students and teachers explain common slang words for their generations

From “ralph” to “rizz,” generations of slang is defined and comapred
By Quin Peters
(By Liz Summa)

“[Fire means] really good, better than good like you would say ‘thats fire’”

“If you say lowkey, I’ll use it like ‘this is lowkey good.’ when you first see it, it’s not the best thing in the world but after a little while it starts to grow on you.”

“Slaps or hits is usually about food. For example ‘that pizza slaps’”

(By Liz Summa)

“My favorite word is ‘purr’ because I feel like it’s funny and I use it a lot and it’s just means like ‘yay.’”

“Another one of my favorite words is probably ‘sus’ because I also find it really funny. It just means ‘suspicious.’”

“I think people learn about them over social media and I feel like they were born by people just cutting words in half”

(By Liz Summa)

“Fox was what guys would call girls and then hunk was what we would call some cute guy, like ‘He’s a hunk, look at that hunk.”

“People would say ‘Man, you’re trippin’ like you’re acting foolish [or] you’re acting ridiculous.”

“Ralph was if somebody’s about to get sick. ‘Hey, don’t don’t ralph in my car,’ don’t throw up in my car. “

“Some of our slang came from movies, at least some of your [slang] too, because we didn’t have social media.”

“Rizz, in my day, we would call it game. I don’t know if kids still say game. Because you say game in that context, like ‘Oh, he’s got some serious game.’ Now they say rizz. I find that word amusing.”

“I still said things like cool. I remember there were people that said things like cool beans.”

“I know lots of slang terms. I try to stay current and know what the youths are saying. I go to the Gen Z Wikipedia dictionary, just to check out what’s new and different.”

By Quin Peters


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Maddie Martin
Maddie Martin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Maddie Martin’s first year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to writing and taking pictures for the JagWire. She is on the golf team and is a part of Relay for Life. Outside of school she volunteers with National Charity League. She spends her free time hanging out with her friends and family, listening to music and watching sports.  
Ian Chern
Ian Chern, JagWire copy editor
This is junior Ian Chern’s second year on the JagWire staff. This year he is taking up the role of copy editor along with writer and photographer. Outside of school, Ian enjoys watching sports, listening to music, playing basketball and soccer, volunteering at food banks and spending time with friends and family. He is also a member of NHS, Science Olympiad and likes to participate in Relay for Life.
Quin Peters
Quin Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Quin Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She will be exploring the roles of writer and designer for the newspaper this year. Outside of school, Quin crochets, reads, writes creatively and is involved in art. Quin is a member of several clubs at the school, including National Art Honor Society, Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Scholars Bowl, Creative Writing Club and Model UN.

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