Teenspeak Made Easy

updated 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

THE POOLS, BEACHES AND PLAYING fields of summer are rich breeding grounds for two things: mosquitoes and teenage slang. Both can bite, and both can drive adults to distraction. These days, the new American argot can come from Brooklyn or Beverly Hills—proof positive that lingo is more powerful than landscape. Here, for newcomers, is a PEOPLE lexicon of the latest words in slang.

VERBS

Bone out
Quit or chicken out

Put that on the set
Tell the truth

Be sprung on
Like someone

Twist a braid
Say goodbye

Harsh
Complain or nag

Mackin'
Making out

Suckin' my flava
Copying one's style

Scrompin', perching, duking
Having sex

Knuckle up
Fight

Jack
Rob

Frying
Taking LSD

NOUNS

Kicks
Sneakers

Fresh dip
Casual dress

Couch commander
A television remote control

Benzo
A Mercedes-Benz

The chronic
Potent marijuana

Kibbles and Bits
Crumbs of cocaine

Pimp
A cool guy who's popular with girls

Duke breath
Bad breath

Grubbin'
Good food

Bank
Money

Hat
A condom

Gat
A gun

Two-four
A case of beer

Freak
An attractive girl or boy

Cool guy
Uncool person who thinks he's cool

Cretin maggot
A lowlife

ADJECTIVES

Fat
Cool, attractive

Crushed, buckled, broke to the curb
Ugly

Cold-blooded
Really cool

L-12
Stupid times 12

Mopped
Beaten up

Laid-back
Well-dressed

Thick
Curvaceous

Mobile
Attractive

Filthy
Cool

Biggums
Overweight

PHRASES

Check it!
Bug off!

Let's go get booty!
Let's get drunk!

In a grip
In a long time

I'm Audi 5000
I'm leaving

I'm sideways
Goodbye

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