Brah

@much2say (38813)
United States
May 8, 2017 4:28pm CST
I guess I am not so "hip" anymore . More than ever, I realize I don't understand language of the youth anymore. "Brah" is said by my daughter and many of her middle school friends. I even heard it on a cartoon the other day. What the heck is "brah"? I don't think it's what it was in my time. My Hawaiian friends used to say "brah" instead of "bro" - but I don't think it's about addressing a friend anymore. Kids today seem to use "brah" as if to mean "wow" or "really" - not excitedly but sarcastically. I think. So after school the other day, my daughter texted me to say that they reintroduced chocolate milk at the school cafeteria. Another text afterwards she said "yessssssssssssss!". And my text reply back to her was: "Brah." Do you hear words coming out of young folks that you don't really understand? Are you going to jump into the youth language bandwagon to stay "hip"?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
9 May 17
My oldest daughter uses just letters to say things. I only understand some of it. Lol. She always says brb or ttyl. Be right back and talk to you later. I'm okay with not being hip. ;)
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
9 May 17
See, I am so not hip that I didn't even know what brb was (I actually knew ttyl ). When we got my daughter a flip phone, she immediately got into abbreviating everything through text: k, y, n, and other stuff I can't remember - drive me nuts !
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• Jacksonville, Florida
9 May 17
@much2say Yeah my daughter says them all the time and I always tell her speak English please! Lol
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
@LovingMyBabies In full English !
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@marguicha (91898)
• Chile
8 May 17
I have the same problem in Spanish with my grandchildren. I have decided (amd told them) that either they modulate when talking to me or they won´t get an answer. And, besides that, I will ask an explanation for any word that I don´t know. I used to have a wonderful language. Not anymore, not with the youngsters.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
9 May 17
Ah, I imagine it's even harder for the grandparents. I tell my kids to speak properly around the grandparents because they really won't understand. I guess these language changes must happen with every language . . . I guess the young generation universally wants to have their own "dialect" so to speak.
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@marguicha (91898)
• Chile
9 May 17
@much2say I tell my grandchildren that I´m a deaf ol´ witch so that they should speak loud and clear.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
@marguicha . . . do you actually say "bruja"?
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• United States
10 May 17
Lisa Frank should now have Brah stickers lol
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
Sparkly rainbow brahs . . .
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• United States
10 May 17
@much2say There are plenty of those about Much hahahaha
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
8 May 17
I taught high school for years. I never could keep up with the slang.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
Oh gosh, as a teacher I'm sure you've heard all kinds of language trends! Yah, I don't think I want to add any more to my vocabulary .
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@Essjayd (1620)
9 May 17
Lol that's the way the kids want it. I can remember us inventing words or alternative uses for completely innocent words so we could effectively talk about staff, plan the weekends party or swear without them ever knowing what we were on about in high school. I've no doubt they knew what we were doing but you can hardly send a kid to the office for. talking about flower arranging and knitting even though we definitely weren't the type of kids to do either :) ;)
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
9 May 17
@much2say I heard plenty, but no profanity. The kids knew I wouldn't tolerate that.
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
8 May 17
Some of'em are so hip, it's a wonder they can see past their own pelvis
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
9 May 17
Oh don't even say "pelvis" to middle schoolers . . . they will giggle .
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@pgntwo (21625)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
9 May 17
@much2say yes, this is true. Reminds me of Beavis and Butthead, a very silly TV cartoon.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
@pgntwo We know Beavis and Butthead quite well! Uhuh, uhuh . . .
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• United States
8 May 17
I thought brah was bro too. Hah. I guess I am not hip either. :)
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
That's the first thing I would have thought - so I don't know how it changed! Or maybe somebody just started it and they're all just wrong!
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• United States
9 May 17
@much2say Yes I think its all wrong! Hahaha
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
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11 May 17
I used to have a colleague that writes shout outs with letters like JGH, ATM, IKR , I do not know what these means.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
I only know ATM there . . . but that's Automated Teller Machine that takes place of a bank teller. We need a dictionary to people who talk like this!!
@Marty1 (32513)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10 Aug
I have no idea what this means either! If you ever find ot be sure to pos as I am not hip at all!
@rebelann (39647)
• El Paso, Texas
9 May 17
Oh no, I'm not even going to try to get hip, I wasn't when I was young so why try now, right?
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
I haven't looked at a real dictionary in a while now . . . I imagine it must be double the thickness of what we remember it to be. And there's probably tons of words we had never even heard of !
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@rebelann (39647)
• El Paso, Texas
10 May 17
Yeah, scary @much2say I don't even think what they say would have meant the same thing when I was a kid, it's as if English has completely changed.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
11 May 17
@rebelann It has changed! And is still changing!
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@DianneN (76157)
• United States
9 May 17
Lol! I'm so out of the loop. I never heard it. I will have to rely on you for updates on the new lingo.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
Oh gosh - don't rely on me for lingo updates - I don't even have a clue!! I go into the elementary school all the time, but I don't step foot in middle school as often . . . so I get my new lingo dose outside of school. I need a translator .
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@DianneN (76157)
• United States
10 May 17
@much2say So hilarious. I'll just remain clueless.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
11 May 17
@DianneN I'll keep my ears open, but I'll remain clueless too .
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• China
9 May 17
I lose count of how many cyber language or hot words that I can't understand,but I can't see my way to go with the tide.There is a word "Brahman" in my dictionary,I know it is another thing in meaning.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
Brahman - oh yes, that is a completely different meaning! Does this happen in Chinese language too? My friend made me aware of some Japanese words that young people use . . . I would never have guessed the meaning!
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• China
11 May 17
@much2say Too many ! Those hot words in Chinese language are popular with youth.For example, the fans -people who admire famous person-has the same sound with bean noodles in Chinese,then the young people here all call them bean noodles.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
@changjiangzhibin89 That's so funny! Sometimes when we were in stores, my sister and I would notice that Japanese people were around. A Japanese person is called "Nihonjin" . . . but we never said that because of course they would understand. The word for carrot is "Ninjin" - sort of similar. So whenever we saw Japanese people, we'd say "Carrot!" .
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• Otis Orchards, Washington
9 May 17
It would have been really funny if you daughter texted back something like, Very funny, Mom. Or,Mom, learn want the word means before using it! It reminds me of a story a young lady told me several years ago. She came home from school and her mother had made cookies. She took a bite and said, "Mom, these are really bad!" Her mom asked, "Bad? What's wrong with them?" The young lady said, "No, Mom, when someone says something is 'bad' it means it's good." To answer your question, no, I don't jump into the youth language bandwagon to stay "hip." But if someone says something to me that I don't understand I would like to know what was meant.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
Story time by @RichardMeister . Yah, I've heard that . . . and I know what she meant !
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@celticeagle (117647)
• Boise, Idaho
8 May 17
My grandson is not doing that. My granddaughter was more social and she did.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
I guess when one is around people a lot, it just kinda happens. Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where one person started eating a Snickers with a fork . . . and somehow it caught on and everyone started eating a chocolate bar with a fork?
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@celticeagle (117647)
• Boise, Idaho
9 May 17
@much2say .....no.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
8 May 17
I don't use it, but I understand it. Lit is a big one these days.. meaning good, or awesome. I knew my kids enjoyed our vacation because they said it was lit.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
Omg. I just asked my daughter about "lit" and she goes "Yah, I've heard other kids say that!". Where have I been . . . I've never heard that one!!! Is that lit as in lit up - like a candle?
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• United States
9 May 17
@much2say I guess so.. I just hear them say things are lit.. no idea where it started.
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@jstory07 (66068)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 May 17
I do not really care what they say. As long as they are not cussing me out.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
Oh, they best not cuss you out! But I will say so many kids these days have bad potty mouths . . . I don't like that at all.
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@jstory07 (66068)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 May 17
@much2say I do not like that either.
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@UncleJoe (9747)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
10 May 17
Yes. My teen grandchildren speak a language I don't understand.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
I think teenagers come from another planet - that would explain everything .
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@jaboUK (53541)
• United Kingdom
9 May 17
I don't really mix with young people much, so that sort of thing passes me by.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
But good thing - then you don't have to deal with deciphering what they are trying to say !
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@amadeo (63936)
• United States
8 May 17
first I do not like the sound of the word Brah.I know I am hip.I am from the old school.The young one are snowflakes.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
8 May 17
I know . . . when someone says "brah" I think of a female undergarment . Yes, you are the hippest @amadeo !!!!!!
@LadyDuck (151957)
• Switzerland
9 May 17
My niece sometimes say words that have no meaning to me. I surely do not jump into the youth language, I do not care to stay "hip", I do not like slang.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
10 May 17
I'm sure we had our slang back in our time . . . but I cannot see past my own time . A lot of things kids say are just beyond me now - I hear it but don't care to use it myself.
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@LadyDuck (151957)
• Switzerland
11 May 17
@much2say We had not so many slang words as they use now. I remember we had a few that I never used in presence of my parents, they did not appreciate at all.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
12 May 17
@LadyDuck I guess the current generation can thank technology and social media to help spread their funny words. My parents could barely understand basic English - so we could never use slang on them at all .
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@JudyEv (121042)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 May 17
I'm not sure you should be using the word at all if you're not sure what it means!!
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
22 May 17
I know, that's a dangerous move, right?
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@JudyEv (121042)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 May 17
@much2say It's like the Korean backpacker we met who was using the 'F' word over and over and didn't know it might offend someone.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
24 May 17
@JudyEv Oh my - how embarrassing! I wonder how he picked that up . . . and I hope someone told him to stop!
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• Calgary, Alberta
13 May 17
Brah is like a dumb jock's way of saying Bro. I kept on hearing that word with the dumb jock characters in American television
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
22 May 17
I know I've heard that all my life. But I don't get how kids are using it like "whatever" or "seriously?". I think I saw them use it on an episode of Teen Titans Go . . . it drives me nuts!
• Calgary, Alberta
22 May 17
@much2say I see English as a decaying language right now because the slangs are taking over that it is so scary.
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@much2say (38813)
• United States
24 May 17
@CaptAlbertWhisker I know all languages change in time, but yah, English seems to be rapidly changing to the point where it's kinda messed up. I hate all the cussing that goes on . . . all these young folks are like f this and that . . . it sounds so uneducated and raw - terrible!
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