If you hear your teen say they’re "going to Netflix and chill" with someone, that may be cause for concern. Fusion reported this week that the phrase "Netflix and chill" is teen slang for "hook up and have premarital sex."
The term originally started as a fact — people were going to hop on Netflix, chill and binge-watch a bunch of movies, Fusion reported. But Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr have turned the phrase into a new code word, one that youngsters are using to deceive their parents.
"If you were 16, and your parents caught you texting 'Netflix and chill?' to your girlfriend, they might think you were proposing an innocent night of watching Chopped on the couch," Fusion reported.
But this code word is far from the first to creep up in recent years, especially with the rise of the Internet. Here are nine other new teen slang terms and what they mean.
Parents may find the phrase "doing laundry" in their child’s vocabulary or text messages. This may raise concern if the child doesn’t normally do laundry, which means the child may be up to something nefarious or may be trying to hide something from a parent, according to families.com.
Example: "Yeah, I’m doing laundry right now."
Like "Netflix and chill," the term "on fleek" originated on social media, according to People magazine. The term started as an alternative way to say "smooth, nice, sweet," People reported. Now, it’s become something that means "awesome" or "cool."
Example: "Heather’s birthday surprise was so on fleek."
Bae refers to one’s significant other, partner or spouse, according to The Huffington Post.
Example: "I can’t wait for bae to get home."
"Turn up" can be as modest as having a fun time with someone, or refer to attending a party, The Huffington Post reported. Some teens will use this term to describe alcohol- or drug-related habits, which may concern some parents, too, HuffPost reported.
Example: "Can’t wait to get turned up tonight!"
This term isn’t as tough as it sounds. BuzzFeed defines grind as "the process of doing something difficult." This can be as simple as working a double shift, BuzzFeed reported.
Example: "Sorry, can’t do it. I’m on that work grind."
If your child wants to make cheddar, don’t send him or her to the dairy farm. Cheddar is another word for "money," according to WebMD.
Example: "Let’s go to work and make that cheddar!"
We’ve heard people use "tight" and "dope" to describe something cool. Now, there’s "tope," which similarly means "cool" or "awesome," according to WebMD.
Example: "You’re so tope, man."
No, ratchet doesn’t mean a "toothed bar with which a pawl engages" or "a steady progression up or down," as Dictionary.com defines it. To teens, "ratchet" can mean something "messy" or unkempt, according to New York magazine.
Example: "My room is so ratchet right now."
The word "catfish" refers to the act of meeting someone online, meeting that person and finding he or she isn’t the same as his or her pictures showed. It’s based off the 2010 documentary and MTV TV show of the same name.
Example: "Yeah, I’m worried she might Catfish me."
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.