ALA’s Slangs of the Academic Year 2013/2014

It’s most definitely not the end of 2014, but for schools following the British curriculum, the end of the academic year is approaching soon. Each year has its new things whether they are new faces, rules, songs or trends.

This year has had its fair share of new songs and dances. The year has seen the release of Beyoncé’s secret album Beyoncé, the dancing of the Nae Nae and a huge load of slangs.

Speaking of slangs, join ALAians Media in counting down the most popular or used slangs of ALA’s academic year, 2013/2014:

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5. BOO
Despite originally being a sound made to scare people or to show disapproval while watching a soccer match, the word “boo” found its way into meaning “significant other.” However, let it not be mistaken that such a word is meant for couple use only, the single people can’t miss out on the fun. Most texts, whether between couples or amongst friends end “Love you boo” or if ghetto enough “Luhh ya boo”


Have you ever had someone randomly (yet sometimes playfully) interrupt a conversation between you and a friend? Not to worry, to chase them off all you need to say is “FAMZ!” It is as effective as the best insect repellent. It means to make an acquaintance (familiarise) with someone by acting like the famzee knows the famzer already. With the mention of this one word, ALA students are able to keep their interrupters at bay while still creating a friendly atmosphere.


It is so amazing how words which already have meanings take on new ones that aren’t even related to their original meaning. Ratchet is yet another example of such a word. The word has shed its old skin of being referred to as a device and taken on its new definition of someone being extremely ghetto. So, whilst in ALA beware of clapping to accentuate the syllables of your rather loud words, if not you might be called “ratchet!”


Both categories, whether single or taken, have their up and down sides. Depending on who you ask (*whispers* the single ones mostly), one of the peeves of the coupled up ones is how sentimental (A.K.A. cheesy or moist) they can be. What better way to let them know how mushy they are than joking around and calling them “moist.”


This year everyone is about that “Turn Up” life. “Turning up,” meaning letting loose and having fun, has taken ALA by storm. Every party is an opportunity to “turn up!” and even our dear Mr. Peter could be caught using the phrase here and there. By the way, if you ever meet someone who is trying to challenge the status quo and urging others to “turn down,” do as DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon would do, just shout “Turn Down For What?

turn upWhat slangs have been trending for you this academic year?

Finally, to leave you on an ever positive note, from ALAians Media to you, “TURN UP!!!!”

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