Millennials, Generation X, and Baby Boomers compete to see who interprets Generation Z lingo the best. Representing the millennials we have physics teacher Devon Collins and history teacher Anne Trexler. The forgotten generation of Generation X is not forgotten in this competition and is represented by history teacher Laura Jones and Spanish teacher Jill Carroll. And finally the Baby Boomer generation is represented by biology teacher Carol Campfield and librarian Rosemary Wheeler. Let’s get into the Generation Z Lingo Competition!
Period: a word used after a statement to emphasize its finality
- Collins: “End of statement”
- Trexler: “Done. Enough. Conversation is over!”
- Jones: “The end. We’re not gonna talk about it anymore”
- Carroll: “That’s it. No more”
- Campfield: “It’s an amount of time”
- Wheeler: “The end”
The millennials and Generation X both score two points, while the Boomers score one thanks to Ms. Wheeler.
SMH: acronym for shaking my head
- Collins: “I don’t know. I got nothing”
- Trexler: “Shaking my head”
- Jones: “Shaking my head”
- Carroll: “So much homework”
- Campfield: “Smack my head”
- Wheeler: “I have no clue. So much honey.”
Mrs. Trexler and Ms. Jones score a point for their respective teams, bringing their score to three points each; however, the Baby Boomers don’t score here and remain stagnant at one point.
Spill the tea: when one tells an especially juicy bit of gossip
- Collins: “Tell me what’s going. Like spill the beans”
- Trexler: “Give me all the gossip”
- Jones: “That’s gossipping”
- Carroll: “Gossip. It means tell them what’s happening, what’s going on.”
- Campfield: “Told a secret”
- Wheeler: “Is it spill the beans?”
All teams score two points. The millennials and Generation X battle it out with five points each now, while the Baby Boomers rise to three points. Can the Boomers tie it up or will the millennials or Generation X win it all? Onto the final round!
Capping: lying or over exaggerating
- Collins: “Setting a limit”
- Trexler: “You’re lying”
- Jones: “In my lingo capping means you’re killing somebody… but I don’t think that’s what it means anymore. Does it have anything to do with Colin Kapernick?”
- Carroll: “It means don’t hold back. Tell me what’s going on.”
- Campfield: “Man the kids say that to me all the time! I don’t know. Correct punctuation.”
- Wheeler: “End of discussion. End of the talking. End of the conversation.”
And with Mrs. Trexler correctly identifying “capping” as lying, the millennials win the game with six points! The Generation X group falls in second with a close five points, while the Baby Boomers scored three. Congratulations to our millennial team for winning the Generation Z Lingo Competition and thank you to all of the participants!