What are some common street slang words and phrases?


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Many common slang terms operate as methods of labeling or identification, such as calling a friend "dude," "homie," "bro" or "dawg"; referring to a foe as a "punk"; or in the case of online disagreements, calling someone an "Internet tough guy" or "keyboard warrior." On the street, a majority of new slang terms derive in one way or another from the world of social media and Internet culture, as well as texting and other forms of instant communication.

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Acronyms run rampant, appearing with greater and greater frequency as teens attempt to connect without detection by parental radar. Well-known examples such as BYO for Bring Your Own; IDK for I Don't Know; and YW for You're Welcome share the spotlight with newer creations such as OWOA for One Way Or Another; STS meaning Smirk To Self; and JTUSK, which translates to Just Thought You Should Know.

Other slang terms related to text-speak and instant messaging include slight bastardizations of existing words or phrases through minor tweaks that operate as quasi-abbreviations. Examples include WBU for What About You; NAMEAN standing for Know What I Mean; and IIGHT to indicate All Right.

Some classic phrases, such as the term Gold Digger to describe a greedy girlfriend, and Go Dutch to mean splitting the cost of a date, have re-emerged with renewed vigor after being embraced by an up-and-coming generation of communicators. Other familiar words undergo minor alterations when co-opted by a new culture: delicious becomes delish, mine becomes mines and totally shortens to totes.

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