Is it really lit, fam?
Some words are considered slang until their usage becomes so widespread that it is officially added to the dictionary. Hudson Valley students are no strangers to slang terms, as they can be caught referring to things as “lit” on a regular basis.
With terms being thrown around from word of mouth, students at Hudson Valley feel that they do not always know what some of the words they hear mean. The majority of slang terms don’t actually pass the trials of popularity and simply trend for a while before slowly dropping out of usage into the bottomless abyss of slang terms past.
With many words being passed around to students, you are bound to find students who are using words and phrases like, “it’s lit fam,” or, “suh dude,” and don’t know their meanings or origins.
Hudson Valley students were challenged to know some of the most popular slang terms of the year, as well as their definitions. “Lit,”which was the slang term students recognized the most, but prompted some different student opinions about what it really meant.
“MOC,” which stands for my own creation, was a word some students had difficulty knowing the meaning to. Emily Lougee, a business administration major, had a guess of it meaning,”most often curious,” and Mercedes Barns, a digital media major, guessed it meaning, “majorly out of context.”
Thalia Slade, a criminal investigation major, came up it possibly meaning, “mimicking other certain [kinds.]”
Although students struggled with certain lesser known slang terms, they were more relatable to the term, “shizzle.” The word which is a different way of saying, “sure”, has been around for a few years making students have many variations of the word.
Individual studies major, Talib Kingwood, suggested that it meant “to dance.” Gabriel Dejesus, a criminal justice student, said he uses “shizzle” to refer to his friends, while several others said they use it as an exclamation for occasions of astonishment.
The term “STS”, which means “smirk to self”, was another difficult word for students to come up with. Math and science major Laura Ciotoli guessed it meant, “something to say.” Theyah Gary, an individual studies major, guessed it meant, “stop the script.”
Ryan Kucskar, a digital media student, suggested it meant, “same taco sandwich,” while Dejesus, stayed with the food theme and suggested it could mean, “stabbing the sandwich.”
In the end, only Tywan Paytan, a construction management major, knew the answer. “Smirk to self; I saw it on Twitter,” he said.