I’m sorry. I know I promised my next installment in adult themes in young adult literature today. It was going to be about sex in kid’s literature but I was out late last night and didn’t get to the promised essay. I will resume this series on Wednesday.
Instead of writing on my blog (bad Kate!) I was at an amusement park enjoying an after hours Halloween Scare night! It just happened to be a buy-one-get-one-free night for the local college kids, so I spent last night surrounded by the 18-22 year old crowd. Needless to say, I was listening in on many conversations while I waited in line.
The phrase du jour? Epic Fail. When the girl in front of me at the ticket line realized that she had forgotten her cell phone her response was, “I know. I’m an epic fail.” When a guy leaped off of a bench, he noted, “Awww, Dude. That was an epic fail.” Two notes on that one: “dude” is still being used (????) and I’m not sure what would have constituted an epic success in that situation.
Also, there is a certain subgroup of young adult that speaks every sentence like it’s a question. I’m going to approximate a conversation I listened in on.
Do you know Ella? She that girl with the long blond hair that looks kind of funny but she’s super nice? She one of my suite mates? We went to Satan House? She. Totally. Freaked. Out. Like, not just scared but crying. We tried to get her out but there wasn’t any way to get out? I felt really bad.
I immediately liked the girl who was telling the story. She was very sympathetic, talked super fast, and so earnest it made me want to smile. Of course all proper names have been changed to protect the innocent. So, the fast-talking, earnest questioner may have to find a place in one of my manuscripts.
So, what young adult slang have you noticed lately? Do you have a child that uses some phrase that catches your ear? Or do you like to make up young adult phrases in your writing hoping one will catch on?