Youth Language Glossary (2020)

Uploaded: 2021-02-05
Languages: English
Collected from: 2014-01
Access category: Open
To: 2020-12


The Youth Language Glossary (2020) is based on donations of terms by young users since 2014, together with terms recovered from social media postings and publications. The dataset comprises a list in alphabetical order of terms typical of Youth Slang in the UK.

Subject keywords: Lexicology, Sociolinguistics, Youth language, slang, British English
Data types: Written
Funders: N/A
Associated AIFL centres: Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)
License: non-commercial


The list of terms that follows was compiled from donations by young slang users, informal surveys of usage, interviews and discussions with slang users, their friends, teachers and parents and agencies working with young people between 2014 and the end of 2020. The list covers UK usage: it does not record the jargon of fashion or entertainment, colloquialisms used by those over 25, highly localised dialect or ‘familect’ (nicknames, etc. invented for use within a family setting). Any compilation of this kind cannot hope to be fully comprehensive and will require additions and updates. You can find elsewhere on this site instructions on how to contribute or comment. The material, much of it first collected in the Slang and New Language Archive at King’s College London, is in simple format, presented as headwords and definitions, without pronunciations, etymologies, links or other apparatus employed in traditional dictionaries. This is in order to make it immediately accessible to both non-specialists and specialists, and to allow its contents easily to be converted into checklists or teaching materials for use, for example, with slang user informants, students, teachers and parents. Also on this site is a separate lexicon of ‘street’ slang in use by gang members, their associates and imitators and in rap and Drill music lyrics. Associated publications: Thorne, T. (2014). The New Canting Crew. in J. Coleman (ed.), Global English Slang. Routledge. Thorne, T. (2014). Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (4th Edition). Bloomsbury.

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