Have you ever been at a party, and said, “This is Fat City“? or have you sat down to do some homework, and found yourself unable to focus, so you tell yourself, “I’ve got too much smog in my noggin.“? No? These phrases were once popular slang in the 50’s, but are seldom heard today, having been replaced by new, fresher slang. That raises the question: just what IS it that CCHS students are saying?
First, a look at some specific slang CCHS students use.
“Hobey-ho,” freshman Anthony Monteleone said. “It’s like, ‘Hobey-ho, Let’s go!'”
“Wig,” freshman Angel Lowrey said. “I think wig should be used more. It’s like when something is so surprising that it snatches your wig, and you’re like ‘Oh, wig.’”
“Bunk,” sophomore Cody Noh said. “Bunk is slang for ‘Aw man that’s totally dumb and stuff.'”
“Slang? I use a lot of slang,” senior Sage Holland said. “I use hella, dank, lit, fam, and howdy.”
“Awesome,” Social studies teacher Chris Ingersoll said. “Otherwise, I try to use appropriate, professional words all the time.”
Some students use slang as a proxy for swearing.
“I say vieja,” sophomore Alexa Sosa said. “People think I’m cussing them out in Spanish, but I’m not, I’m just saying ‘old lady’ in Spanish.”
“Shiitake mushrooms,” junior Alissa West said. “I use it whenever I want to cuss but I can’t.”
Some students believe that slang is beneficial to society.
“I think it’s good,” junior Corte Christensen said. “Every generation has their own slang. You see it in literature and you see it now.”
“It’s both good and bad,” West said. “It’s just got to be used in moderation.”
“Ultimately, it’s a force for good,” Noh said. “But the way people use it, especially at our school, is bunk.”
But there are some slang words less appreciated at CCHS.
“I don’t like words like autistic and retarded,” Monteleone said. “They can really wear down on a person.”
“You hear people walking down the halls saying same, bet, and bruh,” Noh said. “All of those are so stupid.”
“When people just say the word same, it annoys me,” Christensen said. “I wish that it would stop.”
“Lit and Gucci,” West said. “They’re just stupid, and don’t make any sense.”
“‘Let’s get this bread‘,” Holland said. “It’s not slang; it’s actually a longer term than what it means, and slang is supposed to be short language, but it makes it into long language.”
There is one word that irks the teachers at CCHS
“I don’t like the word yeet,” Dykes said. “It makes me want to smack you if you say it, because my kid says yeet all the time.”
“Yeet,” Ingersoll agreed. “I hear it so much, and it’s never useful in a classroom or educational setting.”
While another word gets under the skin of the students…
“I don’t like oof because it just makes us all dumber,” Lowery said. “We shorten everything and don’t even say the full sentence.”
“People shouldn’t say oof,” Sosa agreed. “It doesn’t help at all and it’s just annoying.”
…With one exception
“Oof,” senior Raylee Bachtold said. “I love oof.”
Whether you say oof obsessively or feel that yeet is obscene, we can all agree that slang is ever-changing. Who knows what we could be saying in seventy years? Only time will tell.