Every year, my school puts out this awesome student-run magazine. This year’s edition just came out a few weeks ago, and two of the articles were HILARIOUS. One was titled Urban Dictionary and the other was called What in the world is a meme?
In the first one, students interviewed teachers and asked them to create their own Urban Dictionary-ish definition of current weird words that people use. In the second one, someone explained what a meme is.
The people who came up with the idea for those articles and the people who wrote them are all absolutely brilliant. As I was reading them and cracking up, I was like, this is exactly something I would write about- so here I am, writing a post about it. Strange how these things work, am I right?
I was about to just take pictures of the pages and post them, but then I realized it was probably an invasion of privacy for me to put all these people’s names on the internet without their permission. So I decided it would be a better idea for me to type it out.
All the quotes that don’t have the name of the person who said them are copied straight out of the magazine. The rest of them are from my friends. Almost zero of the following words are mine. Basically, I had people write this entire post for me- which is fantastic. The only credit I can take for this article is my ability to type.
Okay, I’m done with my attempt at staying out of plagiarism trouble. ONTO THE FUNNINESS.
Teachers explain slang
My outfit was the essence of Gucci glamor.
– high school history teacher
When they dress, it’s all Gucci. (although my daughter says ‘nah fam, we Gucci,’ so I really have no clue.)
– high school dean of students
The same as fire: when a student says something in class that he/she thinks is pretty inspired only to realize that he has just answered the question from 5 minutes ago, and no one is tracking with him.
Man, I just woked that seminar!
– middle school history teacher
What I did this morning at 5:5 AM and then again after my first cup of coffee.
I woke this morning feeling refreshed.
– another high school history teacher
A sandwich is my basic lunch on weekdays.
– the first high school history teacher, again
A ‘Basic girl’. So, if you’re ‘basic,’ or you do something that’s ‘basic,’ it is something a stereotypical girl would do/like. Most popular examples would be: wearing leggings, oversized tee-shirts, or drinking a pumpkin spice latte.
She was so very basic wearing her leggings, baggy T, and sipping on a latte.
– elementary school teacher
That’s my Boujee. How do you even pronounce this? Is it booyah!!! Bam!!!
– Algebra II teacher
Similar to stuck up, rich, and stereotypical.
Wow you’re drinking your latte and wearing all LuLu Lemon, how boujee can you be?
– the elementary school teacher, again
French for boogie.
I boujee in my dance class.
– the second high school history teacher, again
Money or currency.
I’m going to need some boujee for the movies.
– another elementary school teacher
The sound of burning rubber when you peel out in an automobile.
Molly was trying to skrt chapel today.
– head of the high school
How did I do on that math test?…Skrt.
– Algebra II teacher, again
I ate some skrt with berries this morning.
– middle school history teacher, again
When my kids are making fun of my driving.
Wow dad you skrted out of the parking lot.
– high school science teacher
Teenagers explain slang
A brand of really expensive stuff.
I like that Gucci belt you are wearing.
A brand, or it’s good.
Something great and cool.
That party last night was gucci.
Being awakened from sleeping.
I was woken by my dad.
To know/be aware.
Like a sudden realization.
Like discovering something.
I got so woke when I figured out Kylie’s baby wasn’t her husband’s.
Being the same or regular.
That shirt is a basic color.
You’re super mainstream and super does everything that’s trendy.
Basic white girls.
Someone who likes doing/wearing things that are trending/popular.
That new girl is so basic.
Very expensive things or actions.
That Rolex you just bought is so boujee.
To be like rich and up there.
She’s bad and boujee.
Gotta get out of this boujee city.
That restaurant felt so boujee.
The sound that a car makes.
That car went skrt.
Cardi B. says it a lot.
Trying to get out.
I just sort of skrted my way out of there.
I got to skrt away from Annie’s house.
Teachers explain memes
“I have no idea…it is…a double me?”
– beloved substitute teacher
“A meme is a funny picture that has a funny caption that’s clever and timely with the pop culture.”
– the second high school history teacher, again again
Teenagers explain memes
“A meme is a dank gif- it’s just lit, hype, cool, dank, really.”
“There’s no definition. It transcends human conceptualization! It’s a way that all cultures and humans can connect that exceeds normal communication.”
– junior (I think?)
“A meme is a picture with a caption that’s funny…it doesn’t make any sense, but it’s funny.”
– two freshmen
“I don’t know…it’s like a joke off of Instagram? I honestly don’t know.”
“A meme is a hilarious thing that everyone laughs at, and no one really understands.”
– two juniors
“A funny phrase or sentence that is emphasized by a picture.”
“A funny pic/vid w funny captions.”
“Memes are my life.”
I asked Jonathan to ask his friends for input, but my instructions were obviously not clear enough. This is letter for letter of what happened after I first texted him for help:
nvm i thought u we’re saying gucci woke basic boujee and skrt
as like a phrase
i was so confused
A wise man once told me to stay woke and skrt away from them basic girls with the boujee brand handbags like Gucci
this was matthews response
No that’s not what I mean
I mean INDIVIDUALLY
kelvin just said um what and didn’t respond
Oh come on
Tell him I would really appreciate an answer
Well that’s not the way life works
use context clues
was matthews response
Hahahaha okay cool
Does your school have a student magazine/newspaper? Because if you do, I 100% want to know what your favorite articles were from it so I can steal them for next year.
Are any of those words part of your vocabulary? The only word out of those five that I’ve used before is basic. But I might start using skrt. I don’t know why, but I find it to be such a funny term. Before this, I had an okay understanding of the other words except for boujee. I had heard it be used in context, but I still wasn’t really sure what it meant.
Favorite meme you’ve discovered recently? This is hard. I’ve spent way too much time looking at Marvel stuff lately on Pinterest (My friend thought that was funny. She was like, you look at memes on Pinterest? And I said, yea, I don’t know how to find good memes on Instagram, which made her laugh.), BUT now I have a rocking board of Marvel memes so I think it’s turned out for the best. It’s hard to choose, but this one is pretty good.
And finally, A CHALLENGE: ask a parent/teacher/friend/yourself to define gucci, woke, basic, boujee, or skrt and use it in a sentence. Or you can do what Matthew did and make one big hilarious creative sentence with all of them.