A Parent's Guide to the Latest Teen Slang in 2019

Updated: July 23, 2019
Here are 10 of the latest teen slang words and phrases that are showing up in 2019, and what they mean.
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You binge watch Netflix (even the teen shows if you’re being truthful), you still go out to see live music with friends, and you interact with teens enough that you feel like you have a decent understanding of teens and how they communicate these days, right? TBH (to be honest… see what I did there), that’s how I felt before I started actually researching 2019 teen slang. 

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Maybe you think you know some quality teen slang terms already like BAE (“before anyone else” or a person special to you), I can’t even (you’ve probably used this in a Facebook post yourself), throw shade (if you didn’t know this one before, Nancy Pelosi probably made it famous for actual grownups this year), and Bye Felicia (which dismisses someone deemed unimportant in a rude way). Here are 10 of the latest teen slang words and phrases that are showing up in 2019. For any others, you can check Urban Dictionary.

Warning: This might make you feel old.

Finsta

You monitor your teen’s social media and are probably even connected with them on Instagram so you feel like you’re aware of their digital footprint, right? Unfortunately, they may have a “finsta” too, which is a secret second Instagram account. This account is hidden from parents and may tell a different story than your child’s official Instagram account.

No cap

This is probably equivalent to our “for real” or no “no lie” from our younger days. Teens are emphasizing that they are telling the truth with this one.

I’m dead

This is one you may have noticed in many of BuzzFeed’s “article” headlines. I’m dead refers to the fact that your teen is laughing so hard about something that she is dying of laughter.

Straight fire

Straight fire is otherwise known as on the up and up or better than all of the rest. It can also mean hot. Not as in temperature, but as in “That’s hot!” expressed in a positive way.

CD9

Breaker, breaker. This one may take you back to the walkie talkie days of your youth. CD9 stands for Code 9 as in, “Can’t talk! My parents are here!”

Netflix and Chill

This one sounds nice, right? Maybe you’re at work right now thinking of how nice it would be to get comfy on the couch and watch Netflix tonight with a pint of ice cream. When your teen says it, unfortunately, it means that she is using that as a front to have someone over (or go over there house) to make out and possibly more...

LMIRL

This is an acronym used in texting, and it’s something we almost never would have had a reason to say as kids - unless we were hand writing letters to pen pals via snail mail. LMIRL means Let’s Meet In Real Life. Hopefully, this person is not a creeper to use another teen slang word. 

POS

I’m not going to use profanity, but I bet POS means a phrase in your mind that starts with the words piece of… Today, POS is a quick acronym for texting or messaging that means Parents over Shoulder so if you see this one, maybe you should stay near your teen for a few minutes longer.

Sus

Sus is short for suspect or suspicious so this is a flag that some drama may be going down.

Lit or GOAT

These are two different ways to express what you might have meant by saying dope or neat or cool back in the day. Lit or GOAT (greatest of all time) means something happened that is really, really good.

Now that you feel many years older, enjoy being on the lookout for these teen slang terms. Sadly, by the time we all catch on, this generation will probably have a whole new set of terms for us to learn.