Candy Spelling: I live a couple of blocks from UCLA, and I like to listen to the slang the students use when I'm walking around the campus or in the local coffee or yogurt stores. I think it helps me keep up with what's hot and what's not, or what's cool and what's a fool, or whatever the current language is for what's really good and hip.
The more I walked my dog around campus and Westwood Village, the better I got at high-fiving and low-fiving and making secret hand gestures with my fingers. I fantasized I might be able to shave a few years off my age if I could make the right moves and utter the proper phrases. I was stylin'.
So, you can imagine how delighted I was when I found out that UCLA students -- my own neighbors -- released a list that even today's "didiots" (stupid people, like me) could follow to find out what's right in today's slang. Could I become a total "G" (impressive person) by using the right words? Would I feel young and hip and cool, able to converse with the local college students?
With a nod to UCLA and its 20th anniversary list, and USA Today, I want to share what I've been learning. Stay with me, mamas. Chillax, and get G with me.
• Awkward turtle -- It's not a tipsy reptile, but a comment made in an awkward situation, normally not addressed to the one causing the awkwardness.
• Booty call -- Not back-to-school shoe shopping, but a request for sexual favors.
• Roll mad deep -- Unlike that famous fight on my husband's show, "Dynasty," this actually means to go out with a large bunch of people.
• Split game -- Not a sports term, but meaning to flirt with someone or get him interested in you.
• Sister from another mister -- No, your mother wasn't fooling around. This is for that close friend who feels like she could be a sibling.
• Skrilla -- I had no clue about this one, but heard it in stores. It means "money."
The only thing I didn't find out is if "awesome" is finally on its way out. Guess I'll have to return to campus soon.
|Candy Spelling, author of "Stories from Candyland," had a 50-year hiatus from writing. In 2007, Candy was asked to start blogging ... and has been writing ever since. Candy added "proud grandmother" of Liam Aaron McDermott, born in 2007, and Stella Doreen, born in 2008, to her list of life's special treasures.|