Okay, here's the deal. Teens talk a lot like I did when I was a teen. YAY! Okay, except for yay, maybe. I haven't heard that come from a teen yet. What I can say is that they still say Dude. *grin* I love it.
Yes, I've been teeny eavesdropping. And watching every possible sitcom with teens. Well, not every possible, because honestly, who wants another One Tree Hill? Oh, I digress. Wait, that's the theme! Notice, I'm absolutely seventeen again. Dripping with sarcasm, but with the most intelligent vocabulary. I know how to clutter my language with expletives and sound cool. Yes, we still say cool, too. Although there are a slew of others that had me confused. Have you heard these?
"Sad." That means good, by the way.
"Wicked." Okay, I realize that's not terribly new or imaginative, but it's used much more now.
"So last year/decade/century"
"Like" Which is cool, because I said "Like" a lot. It was appropriately teen aged annoying.
"Crazy (insert appropriate adjective)" Kind of like, "That was crazy cool! She has this crazy hot body." Yeah, mostly guys I've heard speak this language.
Here is what I love about most teens that I've met. They use an impressive vocabulary. Do not underestimate the fifteen year old at the park with her boyfriend. She's probably already learned all about insulting people in the most intellectual of ways. Or standing up for her teen rights. Because we do have those, you know.
Have you let your teen self out in your writing? Or are you like me and had to overhear other teens of "today" to kick start the ol' memory?