A sidebar about slang and trends

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A sidebar about slang and trends
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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 2:44pm
Since I was ridiculed for using slang, I started thinking about what parents *keep up on* when it comes to their kids. How many parents are in the know about what slang terms mean, what is *in*, what goes on in the subculture of teens, etc? So I was wanting to conduct a bit of a poll...

If your child asked to go to a *rave*, would you know what it was? Would you know what it involves and what may or may not go on there?

As far as todays drug market, do you know what the terms *Crystal*, *X*, *roofies* or *meth* mean? Do you know which drugs are most popular for teens and how they are obtained/used?

What sexual trends have been taking place in junior high schools?

What does a teardrop tattoo under ones cheek mean?

These are all pretty basic and random, but I was just wondering how much parents today keep themselves informed about the possible scenarios for their children? I personally believe knowledge is power and I prefer to keep myself informed about stuff. And having Btdt on a LOT of teen issues, I try to keep myself informed in advance of what may or may not happen.

My dd has said I am a *hip* mom-not in the way of trying to be her friend, but in the almost frustrating way (for her) of KNOWING what goes on in her world. She cant get much by me, and I intend to keep it that way.


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Dj

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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 9:52pm
((hiding hat)) It's a newer punk band- Sounds of Mass Production
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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 11:31pm
Nope. Thats not it....

Dj

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 1:11am
Rave... No way. I somehow think that would really be a bad idea. Mine are lucky to get to go to a bowling party.

Drugs names.... yes. I used to do McGruff Crime Dog. We learned all that stuff. Plus I have a friend who is married to our local FBI agent. I learn lots of cool stuff from him.

My children are both in Jr. High and unless they do it at school under the bleachers, it they aren't out of my site long enough to get into much. Well, I guess they could if they were gay but as for opposite sex. Not yet.

Teardrop means you wacked someone.

I watch TV and I listen a lot to the teenagers. I used to teach public school as well so I am aware of the things kids do or try to do. Plus I went to the University of Tennessee. There isn't anything that didn't go one there.

As sheltered as you all may think I am, I know what goes on in the world. I just don't happen to want to be part of it. Country doesn't mean stupid. My life is keeping up with what is going on. I know more about music and movies and drugs than they do. It is my job to keep informed. You can't protect kids from stuff by keeping your head in the sand.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 1:42am
Well I wasnt actually referring to you at all in my post. I was accused by islimshady/trip59 that I was trying to be *cool* because I happen to know certain slang terms and can use them in context.

I dont think I have ever seen you as particularly sheltered, you have always struck me as pretty well informed. Like I said, my post had nothing to do with you.

dj

Dj

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 8:44am
Excellent! You get an A, you got them all right. Although the definition of freakin was incomplete. While it has always been used as a substitute for a more vulgar wordt, it is also a way of dancing that makes suggestive too weak a word. Kind of like simulating sex on the dance floor. Turn on MTV when they do a rap segment and you'll see what I mean.

I know it all too, and all the slang, I just don't use it in my everyday speech.


Edited 8/1/2003 8:47:43 AM ET by islimshady

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 9:37am
I now know what "get your freak on" means.... thanks!! LOL!!!

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 10:51am
Well, actually, I wasn't trying to define "freakin'"; I was just making a note to agree with DJ that that word in particular doesn't have any special "urban" connotations; it can be used in so many contexts that pinning it down is impossible.

I'm quite familiar with so-called "freak" dancing; it has been around for a very long time in some circles. I caused a major controversy over 20 yrs. ago, in H.S. over my refusal to publicly perform a dance that I thought was vulgar; it was part of, of all things, a dance-squad routine, but it came awfully close to something you would do with the aid of a pole. (I won, BTW; the all-male school board agreed with me that the dance was vulgar.) Incidentally, I went to college at a large school in the Deep South; ever seen anyone 'gator? There's not much difference between that and freak dancing, except that with freak dancing, people do pretty much remain on their feet.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 10:57am
Where I am, the tattoo has different meaning.

We can always tell by the tattoo if someone has done "hard" time in prison.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 11:03am
Everything but the teardrop-I think that one technically means that the wearer has killed someone. Which is why you might see some with more than one teardrop. Its a lot more popular in the girl gangs from what I understand. But I could be wrong on that, or it could depend on demographics-maybe in some areas it means something different!

dj

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 11:34am
I always thought gatoring was lying on your back and wriggling around. The least sexy dance I've ever seen. It's not?

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