What you’re about to see is ‘Callahan’s Generational Z Dictionary,’ an awesome collection of phrases that Mr. Callahan (@lhs_sociology), a sociology professor at Lowell High School, has learned from his students over the years.
Usually, when grownups try and use slang they picked up from younger generations it doesn’t go over so well. It can seem stupid, or like they are trying too hard, or they might even use it completely wrong leading to an epic #fail.
But this teacher nailed it. He’s not trying to be cool and use the lingo, instead, he’s just trying to be his natural teacher-self and document it all.
Thanks to Twitter user @mewtailv2, the world got a chance to see the sweet list and they are loving it.
The neatly organized list features a column on the left that gives the term or saying, next to a column on the right that provides the teacher’s interpretation of the slang.
The results are hilarious to say the least. “Big mad = very mad” and “beat your face = apply makeup,” these are just a few of the classic examples you’ll find on his list.
Here are screenshots from the list, you can thank us later.
A force = Unnecessarily excessive effort
Bang 30s = To fight someone, as in a physical altercation
Beat your face/cake your face = Apply makeup
Bops = A modern enjoyable song
Bouta = I am about to…
Bread = Future money
Catch a fade/catch these hands = To get punched and/or knocked out
Clap back = Respond to an insult with an equal or greater insult
Clapped = A crazy person; someone who was punched
Crackie = Someone who juuls/smokes
Cross fade = Double inebriated
Deadass = I am serious; Are you serious? may be used as a question or statement of fact
Dead dogs/on dogs: See: deadass
Extra = Too much
Facts = I agree with what you just said; a confirming question; may be used as a question or statement of fact
Finesse = To steal
Finna = I or we are planning something
Flexed on = A verbal gesture of dominance
The game = life
Gassing/Hyping = Offering compliments; feeding one’s ego; “I’m trying to be like you.”
Gotta blast = I have to leave
Hardo = A try-hard
High key = Very obvious
Hip/get hip = Adopt a new trend
Hop off = Mind your own business
I’m dead = That was amusing
Jams = An old enjoyable song
Jawn = Thing, object, person, place
Low key = Not obvious
Mad mad/Big mad = Very mad
No cap = I am serious/no lie/for real
Nunya = None of your [business]
On blast = Expose/call out someone
Opp = Playing the opposite side; snitch; enemy
Periodt = See “facts”
Pull up/Come thru = An invitation
Put someone on = The act of getting someone on a trend
Rashing = To make fun of someone
Real one = Valid person – someone you trust
Run that = To take; to start
Secure(d) the bag = Money received
Shlitty = A good time
Sis = Exclamation of disbelief/universal nickname
Slaps = Of high quality
Slay = Do really well
Smacks = A tasty treat
Snack = A person who looks good
Stay up = You will be ok
Sus = Suspicious; shady
Take the L = Willingly making a sacrifice
Tea/Spill the tea = gossip
That ain’t it = Unacceptable – I do not approve
Tight = Extremely mad
Tryna = Trying to
Tweakin = Overreacting; ecstatic
Valid = Of high quality
We love that = Ironic/sarcastic response to something bad
Wig snatched = A term for an impressive or unimpressive act/appearance
Witchu = With you
Yahurrd = Are you aware
You got jokes/big jokes = A sarcastic acknowledgement of an unappreciated joke/insult
Yerrr/yerrr = Affirmative; call for attention
People agree that the reason these lists are so significant is that it’s a sociology professor who made them.
The definition of sociology is: the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings.
The fact he teaches sociology is what makes this special.
— ? (@BlvckCloud_) May 1, 2019
He’s literally taking his study and applying it directly to his classroom, using his students as his subjects – brilliant.
— Seo Belmont (@BelmontSeo) April 30, 2019
While some of these terms were relevant back when I was in high school, we’ve come a long long way.
We’ve come a long way since 2014 pic.twitter.com/RaV1DlX2p9
— Sergio (@BerlangaS_) May 1, 2019
Some people made jokes on the professor…
Famous last words pic.twitter.com/1VkyQhJy96
— Daily Daisy (@Daisy4Smash) April 30, 2019
Best one pic.twitter.com/UICu404QzF
— DJ Cwittz Natsu (@DJCwittzNatsu) May 1, 2019
It’s a complicated time pic.twitter.com/3OvG2zlZAI
— Meg Walsh (@gay_disco) May 1, 2019
Needless to say, the Internet loves this professor and his list
‘Valid person’ OF ALL THE DEFINITIONS ???? I love him
— Mariah Leonard (@mariahlleonard) May 1, 2019
“a true gentleman and a scholar”
you are a true gentleman and a scholar.
— BabanaJama Mama (@gettingconfetti) May 1, 2019
“high key a real one”
I'm dead, your sociology professor is high key a real one ?
— Δυmmy the Ascension Arc (@globethrobbers) April 30, 2019
One of his students included classroom visuals showing how he’s using the slang to teach history, even more brilliant
he had these up a few weeks ago too LMAOOOO pic.twitter.com/6VZcHWI4II
— la miki minach (@bevndakwe) May 1, 2019
His list is now growing thanks to Twitter users who feel the need to add words like “yeet” and “kobe” to his chart
Explain yeet to him, it'll need its own chart
— Exen (@exentrik137) May 1, 2019
“Kobe” for accuracy, “Yeet” for distance + velocity
— Sixfour (@sixfour_music) May 1, 2019
Mr. Callahan gives us hope for the future
It’s 2019. The world is a dumpster fire and no one can agree on much. However, that will not stop the Internet from coming together to make Mr. Callahan’s Generation Z Dictionary more complete. pic.twitter.com/CDakAMx85h
— Dizzy (@DizzyGirlSusie) May 1, 2019