‘Dece’, ‘Jank’ or ‘Jelly’… Lost? Look up this dictionary

I am well ‘jelly’ of my ‘ill’ kids. What on earth are they saying to their ‘bros’?
How’s your day so far? Is it ‘dece’, ‘savage’ or ‘rare’? If so, lucky you. Beverley Turner decodes the digital dictionary her children use everyday online for the rest of us – young and old.

Derp, YOLO and Jank make it in to new dictionary
Parents who are baffled when their children tell them someone is “derp” or that “YOLO” are to be given a helping hand with a new slang dictionary.

Dece? Butters? Jank? Parents, if you have no clue about these words your kids frequently use online, a new dictionary may come to your rescue.

A digital dictionary that helps parents understand their childrens’ online banter has now been developed. The dictionary gives parents an insight into the new generation of words used frequently on social networks and online chats.

For instance, it would tell you that dece means decent, jank means gross and butters is ugly, while naughty and savage are both words meaning good. Jelly is jealous, tekkers means skills and swag is confidence or style.

Derp stands for brain-damaged and prep for stuck-up, while words for stupid include blond, noob, dub, tool and basic.

Claire Hardaker, professor of Linguistics at Lancaster University, working with Disney, has translated passages from Romeo and Juliet and Oliver Twist into the language young people use online, ‘The Times’ reported.

“Children have always been wonderful innovators who delight in creating new words — in the 60s and 70s, hip, whizzo and fab, in the 80s and 90s, gnarly, phat and the bomb — and with young people increasingly communicating online, soaking up dozens of new words, slang language is evolving at lightning speed, particularly words of praise or insult,” she said. “Research suggests the ability to learn new language after our teens is drastically reduced, so it can be harder for parents to be attuned to the linguistic evolution. This can result in a mismatch between what they think their children are saying and what their language actually means,” she said.

The dictionary has been set up by Disney’s Club Penguin, an online world with games and activities for children.

According to a survey by Disney, nearly two thirds of parents in the UK admit that they have a poor grasp of the language their children use online. Half do not regularly monitor their child’s online activity.

The new dictionary detailing online slang was released after a poll found the almost 70 per cent of parents had “no idea” what their children were saying.

Some of the words that have made it to the list are jank, meaning disgusting, bad or useless, derp, slang for a stupid person, YOLO, an acronym from you only live once, and butters, which means that someone is ugly.

The poll to coincide with the start of an online safety campaign found that 66 per cent of 1,000 parents questioned with children aged between six and 14 said they hadn’t a clue about language used by their children online.

The poll also found that just under 50 per cent of parents don’t monitor their child’s online activity and that 90 per cent would like websites to make it clearer how to ensure children are kept safe when they browse the web.

To launch their safety campaign, It Starts With You, Disney have released a digital native dictionary to help parents understand what their children are saying.

The words included are:


  1. Epic – used when something is awesome or amazing
  2. YOLO – an acronym for you only live once
  3. Bro – a boy’s best friend
  4. Like a boss – well achieved
  5. Dece – means decent
  6. Cushti/Kooshty – decent
  7. Naughty – it is good
  8. Savage – it is good
  9. A touch – means something is good/positive
  10. Reem – cool
  11. Swag – from the word swagger, it means style/confidence
  12. Fetch – awesome
  13. Rare – desirable
  14. Jock – cool/athletic
  15. Player – Cool/attractive
  16. FTW – for the win
  17. Sick – cool
  18. Rents – parents
  19. Fly – cool
  20. Keed – kid joke
  21. Ill – amazing
  22. Legit – good/authentic
  23. Tekkers – skills


  1. Crab/crabby – crap/crappy
  2. Derp – stupid, taken from a character in South Park Mr Derp
  3. Spinout – means weird
  4. Gate – hate
  5. Butters – means ugly, from butterface, as in “nice body, but her face…”
  6. Lowe that – can’t be bothered
  7. Bun – general term of negativity/ swear word
  8. Bov – means don’t care
  9. Jank – means gross/disgusting.
  10. Ratchet – a new version of chav, a variation of wretched
  11. Beach – bitch
  12. Prep – snob/stuck up
  13. Outers – out of order
  14. Basic – simple/unintelligent
  15. Noob – new inexperienced player/stupid
  16. Troll – intentionally mean
  17. Dub– unintelligent
  18. Jelly– jealous
  19. Tool – unintelligent/annoying
  20. Blond – unintelligent
  21. Creep/creeper – stalking/weird person
  22. Owned – embarrassed
  23. Neg – annoying
  24. Beef – problem
  25. B@ – banned
  26. Pwned – To be made a fool of or proved wrong.

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