A new book has been written to help the older generation understand the language of Generations Y and Z, who are influenced by the new technological age.
Social researcher Mark McCrindle translates new generation speeches from blended words, to shortened ones and acronyms, in Word Up - A Lexicon and Guide to Communication in the 21st Century.
AdvertisementMcCrindle said young people had always developed their own lexicon, but now it has radically differed, influenced by new technology and a global youth culture.
Yet there are throwbacks to the Baby Boomer generation in words such as "cool", "man" and "dude" still holding currency.
"We are seeing a unique evolution of language across the globe, as well as an increasing generational gap in communication," News.com.au quoted McCrindle as saying.
"Generations Y and Z are a product of our technological age, and their language reflects this.
"The youth of today could be termed the cut-and-paste generation, having whole conversations using phrases they've picked up from movies, viral YouTube clips and other media they consume," he stated.
Youth slang often can be contradictory - it may be better to be described as sick than a winner, for example. And regional slang can upend even the hippest Gen Z.
A "nanger" in eastern Melbourne is an uncouth person, bad devon in NSW means gross and "nerpy" means good or cool in WA.
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School students added their faves (favourites): awks (awkward), ILY (I love you), dope (cool), FE (fair enough), and ridic (ridiculous).