Guide for Teachers: Student Slang


It is well known around Pres that teachers use many different slang words. Unfortunately, the way they use them is not always correct. This guide for teachers will tell them the do’s and don’ts of student slang.

“On fleek” (adj.)
Definition: the quality of being perfect
“On fleek,” commonly used to compliment someone’s eyebrows, should not be used to describe the state of your test.

“Swag” (n.)
Definition: Something We All Get tired of hearing
Let’s not get too deep into this word. If you’re still using “swag” to describe anything, then you must stop before you injure any more brains. The word needs to be dead, and no one should say it EVER.

“Hella” (adj.)
Definition: really or very
We’re Northern Californians, which means “hella” is definitely in our dictionary. It’s classic. It never seems to die, so it’s okay to keep saying it. Just please don’t use it more than once a month.

“Lowkey” (adv.)
Definition: slightly or kind of; to keep things secret
Lowkey is a relatively new word that not many teachers know. If a student says, “I lowkey am going to die if I have to take this test,” then know that everything is okay. Even though they are saying “lowkey” they’re probably actually thinking “highkey.” But since they did not say “highkey” just pretend like you don’t know what their expression means and ignore them. No one is going to die in your class today. Also, make sure you never use the word “highkey.”

“Bae” (n.)
Definition: 1. acronym for “before anyone else” 2. an atrocious word that should never be used
We’ve heard it. We’ve all used it. The slang word “bae” is gone. It’s just out. People just don’t use it anymore, so teachers, you shouldn’t either.

“Bruh” (n.)
Definition: another way of saying “bro”; usually used as an exclamation after hearing unfortunate news
This is another one of those pointless slang words that really doesn’t need to exist. While the word is appropriate on some occasions, you could easily just say “oh boy” or “golly gee my oh my”… really, anything is better.

“Hashtag” (n.)
Definition: #
It may seem like a good idea to put thousands of hashtags into your test, but that is just 2000-and-late. There are many other ways to make students smile when taking a test… like extra credit!

“Throwing shade” (v.)
Definition: to publicly denounce or disrespect
If a student is throwing shade at you, then you have to lay down the law. Don’t be afraid to give her that detention.

“Squad Goals” (n.)
Definition: what you’d like your squad to be or what your squad is
Because you probably think your class is the coolest, you will need to know how to use “squad goals” correctly.
Example: “My homeroom brought in $20,000 on the first turn-in day of magdrive. SQUAD GOALS!”