The child slang dictionary for cool moms

Last week, I dropped my kindergartener off at school. Instead of the usual hug and kiss, she bid goodbye to me with a dab and then threw up the double peace sign. I told her to have a nice day and she said it would be “dime.” In that moment, I wondered if I was raising a 6-year-old or 16-year-old. But more so, I wondered what the heck dime meant!?


So naturally, I consulted with all of the other parents in the drop off line and double checked my findings with Google (apparently, it means the best, on a one to ten rating scale, it is a ten). Nevertheless, no matter how cool of a parent we think we are, we will never fully master the art of being fluent in the ever-changing world of child slang. What was once “dope” and “rad” is now “Gucci” and “extra.” And don’t get me started on terms like “bae” or “on fleek”—just when I learned the meanings, they became “so 2018.”


Here are the definitions to some common child slang words so you can fit right in with the kiddos, until these words become overused and uncool tomorrow:


BOP: A good song, replacing “jam”


BRAH: A term of affection that can be used to describe boys, girls, parents, etc.




DIME: The best; on a rating scale, a 10.


EXTRA: Over the top, but not in a good way. Often used to describe someone who is trying too hard.


GOAT: Greatest of all time


GUCCI: Something that’s good


HUNDO P: 100 percent


JOMO: Don’t confuse JOMO with its FOMO opposite. JOMO stands for the joy of missing out (whereas FOMO is the fear of missing out).


LIT: Cool


RATCHET: Someone that’s annoying or rude


RIDES: Sneakers, shoes, kicks – you get the idea


SALTY: To act cranky or upset


SAVAGE: Someone who does something without worrying about the consequences


SHOOK: To feel scared or fearful


SIP TEA: Another way to say “mind your own business”


SHIP: Derivative of relationship; another way to refer to your boyfriend or girlfriend


SPILL TEA: To talk behind someone’s back


SKURT: To leave (not to be confused with last year’s word ‘ghost’)


SNATCHED: The new way to say someone is fashionable or on point


STAN: A super-obsessed celebrity fan


SUH: The new way to say what’s up


TEA: The latest gossip


THROW SHADE: Say something negative about another person


TOPE: Awesome; a mix of the words “totally” and “dope”


WEAK: To be entertained or amused


WIG: What you say when something crazy happens (It originated from the thought of a wig flying off your head)


WOKE: A term used to describe someone who is socially or politically aware


YAS: Yes (said with extreme excitement)


Don’t sip tea! If you have more tope words or phrases to add, let us know in the comments below!


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Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky
Lori Orlinsky is an award-winning journalist and bestselling children's book author. She is the mom of three little ladies who keep her on her toes.
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