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October 15, 2009

What are those kids talking about? If you don't understand what college students are saying to one another, you may want to check out UCLA's handy dictionary of slang.

Dictionary compiled by undergrads

The sixth edition wass compiled by UCLA undergraduates, using the language they speak every day. With more than 1,000 entries, "U.C.L.A. Slang 6," released in July, aims to serve as the latest word on slang used on campus.

Produced every four years in conjunction with an undergraduate linguistics course, the dictionary has become an institution at UCLA, where the book with a yellow cover has been providing "eargasms" since 1989.

Learn new terms

Terms include:

  • Awkward turtle: Comment made in an awkward situation, normally not addressed to the one causing the awkwardness
  • Blaze: To smoke marijuana
  • Bromance: An extremely close platonic friendship between two males
  • Chillax:  calm down
  • Destroy: To do well on something, like a test
  • Epic fail: Huge mistake
  • FOMO:  Fear of missing out
  • Fro-yo: Frozen yogurt
  • Man crush: Male on whom another would have a crush if he were a female, or gay
  • Muffintop: Stomach hanging out from tight pants
  • Napster: Slang for the verb "to interrupt"
  • Obama:  Used as slang for "cool or rad"
  • Roll mad deep: Going out with a large group of people
  • Schwa: A synonym for "wow"
  • Sister from another mister: Extremely close female friend
  • Skrilla: Money
  • Spit game at; spit some game at: Flirting with someone, or attempting to get another person interested in you
  • Total G: A very impressive person
  • Walk of shame:  Walk back home after spending the night with a guy

The 160-page volume, complete with terms, definitions, parts of speech, sample sentences, usage notes and the etymology of words and phrases, provides a glimpse into how language in general and slang in particular form and evolve.

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