7 Youth Words Make Their Way Into The Dictionary: Do You Understand Them?

The 2023 edition of Petit Robert is getting up to date by integrating new words, which are mostly used by young people on a daily basis. The opportunity for parents to understand a little better the language of their teenagers. Details.

  7 Youth Words Make Their Way Into The Dictionary: Do You Understand Them?

The expressions of young people , many parents do not understand them. Often, they tend to scratch their ears, so unpronounceable or simply incomprehensible they seem. Who hasn't already felt like a dinosaur when they heard their decoration talk ? He speaks to you but no, nothing helps: you do not speak the same language or at least not with the same words. At all times, the he youth has had its own language inspired by culture, whether in music or in foreign languages, but now also social networks as for the famous 'tmtc' abbreviated in texting, understand 'yourself you know' . Recently, the 2023 edition of the dictionary the Little Robert has integrated new words into these pages. Words partly used by young people, and which have been popularized in recent years. So if you are parents, and you want to have a clear and understandable discussion with your child again, a little lesson to get up to speed is welcome. Don't panic, it's within everyone's reach, and who knows in the end you too will be able to talk like a 'djeuns'! Follow the leader :

What are the words used by teenagers in 2022?

'Gênance', 'go', 'grazer'... These words surely mean something to you, your children have already pronounced them during a discussion without you having 'captured' them. These words are among the new terms that are now found in the dictionary. Most are derived from colloquial language, such as:

  • 'Embarrassment' : feeling of embarrassment, 'Mom, it's too embarrassing there!'
  • 'Bail' : a deal, a plan and it's been a long time, 'It's been a while since we've seen each other' or 'I have a lease to tell you'
  • 'Go'  : girl, girlfriend, 'It's my go!'
  • 'Grazer' : internet scammer
  • 'Babtou' : a White or a European, it is a pejorative adjective known through the expression 'babtou fragile'
  • 'Instagrameur' : person who creates content (photo, video, story, live, reels etc) on the Instagram social network
  • 'Chiller' : take a good time to do nothing

You should also know that there are a whole host of other expressions which are said by the youngest and which are not yet listed in the various dictionaries, namely:



  • 'Have flow' : a person is stylish, 'This girl has so much flow, it's crazy!'
  • 'It's the' : a person whom one esteems, 'It's blood, it's like family!'
  • 'Une racli' : a girl
  • 'a raccoon' : a boy
  • 'On fleek' : impeccable, at the top
  • 'friend zone' : the friendly zone, a person only wants friendship with another and nothing more
  • 'step' : This is not beautiful
  • 'You didn't bother me' : not to calculate a person, not to be 'sociable'

How are the words that go into the Petit Robert chosen?

Integrate new words into the dictionary, such as Little Robert , does not happen overnight. This requires careful work in advance. 'Robert's teams collect new words from various text corpora, mainly from the media, literature and social networks' , explains the publisher on its website. For these words to be selected, they must meet 3 important criteria: their frequency of use, their distribution on several mediums ' the press, literature, social networks' and finally their sustainability. 'The Petit Robert retains words that last.' Without it, there is little chance that will appear in future dictionaries.

By entering the dictionary, what future for these words of young people?

All these expressions and words of young people have a vocation of generational recognition, voluntarily divisive. But by thus becoming standardized and officially recognized, young people are dispossessed of their exclusivity, and no longer have any interest in using them! And when a 'daron' or a 'daronne' even comes to understand them and use them perfectly, it's even a sign that they have become outdated! Moreover, even the French Academy recognizes that 'has-been', in vogue in the 2000s, has become... 'has-been'!

Source journaldesfemmes.fr