Slang words refer to words used in informal situations. College students have their own way of communicating, which adults can find difficult to understand. These slang words are not the normal part of everyday vocabulary except if you are at college when it becomes an essential way of communicating. These slang words give the students a sense of belonging and play an important part in their lives whilst they are studying.
Unreal means cool or brilliant
Textbook English This play is brilliant.
Slang This play is unreal.
Budge up means move up and make space for me
Textbook English Please move up so I can sit next to you
Slang Budge up so I can sit next to you
Ace means perfection or awesome
Textbook English This view is awesome.
Slang This is ace.
Full of beans means full of life or full of energy
Textbook English The child is full of energy and is always on the go
Slang The child is full of beans
A piece of cake means something is easy to do
Textbook English This jigsaw puzzle is very easy.
Slang This jigsaw is a piece of cake.
Smashing means brilliant
Textbook English The play was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Slang The play was smashing. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Flog means to sell or get rid of something
Textbook English I do not want these skis anymore. I will sell them.
Slang I do not want these skis anymore. I will flog them.
Not my cup of tea means something that is not my scene or I don’t like
Textbook English I do not like eating curries.
Slang Curries are not my cup of tea.
Awesome means brilliant/amazing
Textbook English Your acting was brilliant tonight.
Slang You were awesome tonight.
Hang out means to spend some time together
Textbook English Let us spent some time together on Saturday
Slang Let us hang out on Saturday.
Chill out means to relax or unwind
Textbook English We should relax on Sunday and read the newspaper.
Slang We should chill out on Sunday and read the newspaper.
After-party means informal party after the main event/party
Textbook We have a smaller party that starts after the golf game
Slang There is an after party starting at midnight tonight at Alex’s house.
All-nighter means staying up all night
Textbook John stayed all night to prepare for the exam
Slang Annabel, I need a caffeine fix as I did an all-nighter to prepare for the exam today!
B.Y.O.B = Bring your own beer
Textbook Bring your own booze/beer
Slang Richard is having a B.Y.O.B party on Saturday
Veg out means to relax and do nothing
Textbook Since the exams are over I just want to relax and do nothing
Slang As the exams are over, we can veg out
Slang plays an important part in the lives of students. It can be seen as impolite outside of college life but it is an acceptable way of communicating whilst at college. These slang words can be found on the Internet and social media has increased the usage of these words in part due to mobile phones. Slang is now a major part of student life.
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