The high school teacher learned all the slang from his students (James Callahan/Twitter)Are those pesky kids on the internet using slang you don’t understand? If you high-key have a hard time differentiating your IDGAF from your IRL, then don’t worry – you’re not alone.
James Callahan from Lowell High School in Massachusetts, U.S, is with you.
The sociology teacher has created his own dictionary of slang words and terms after struggling to understand his Generation Z students using phrases like ‘I’m dead’, ‘clap back’ and ‘finesse’.
He published his dictionary online to help the masses understand today’s terms so that you too can use youth vernacular that bangs.
Some of the words include ‘sis’ which James defines as ‘exclamation of disbelief’, ‘spill the tea’ which means gossip and ‘snack’ meaning a person who looks good.
A lot of the words are American vernacular (James Callahan/Twitter)‘I often overhear students in the hallways or my classrooms using words (or) slang terms in their personal conversations,’ the teacher told USA Today.
‘In order to understand them better, (and) make a connection with them on a personal level, I started asking them what certain words meant.
‘Language is so fluid, and every generation creates their own vocabulary bank of slang. The students created it, I am sort of just the archivist!’
‘The typical teacher-student dynamic involves a rigid power structure, but in my experience, I’ve found that students are more engaged and perform better if I am able to reach them where they are.’
You might want to bookmark the page (James Callahan/Twitter)The list is forever expanding too. After James went back to school following the tweet blowing up, he learned what the word ‘bop’ and ‘jam’ meant, adding them to the list.
But he’s not just doing it for clout, the teacher put forward some initiatives to help the school buy new laptops, asking people benefiting from his dictionary to donate if they wanted to.
A legend, we stan.
You can take a look at the whole document here.
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