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Suburban Thug: A New Dialect Spoken by Mothers

I'm 32. But sometimes I talk like I'm 16. But not the way that 16-year-olds talk today. Maybe the way that I talked when I was 16. But not quite like that either. It really goes without definition at this point, so I figured I might get to defining it a bit better. Consider this your "Suburban Thug Compendium".

Here are some quick summaries of the various words that creep into my day to day communication:

A term connoting excitement, amazement, or surprise
- "Snap! Way to go!"
- "Snap. I just ran over my kid's Razor Scooter!"

As in "the end", or “that just happened”. A word that adds additional intensity to the accompanying statement.
- I just finished that entire quart of Ben and Jerry's. “Boom”
- I just shared a really powerful example or quote – “Boom”
- "Boom" our minivan just pulled up to the soccer game. It's on.

Do you feel me?
Statements that have similar meaning:
- Do you understand where I’m coming from?
- Agree?

I feel you.
- I understand where you are coming from.
- Agreed.
- No further explanation required.

Fond friends and associates. May also be used to describe your children.
Also used as: “My peeps” or “my people”
- "I'm rolling with my peeps to book club tonight."
- "I've got to take my peeps to swimming lessons this morning."

Let me lay this on you . . .
A forewarning or preparatory statement. Things are about to get pretty serious.
- "Let me lay this on you . . . I've got an idea."
- "Hey beezies - let me lay this on you, I think I'm going to start a Girl Scout Troop. Who's in?"

May convey emphasis, surprise, dismay, agreement, or confusion.
(I’ve realized that this word makes it into about 75% of my sentences. It’s used in so many varieties that I don’t think I can begin to list potential meanings of the word)

- "Knock Knock"
- "Who’s there?"
- "Pest Control Man"
- “Dude. Let me lay this on you – I get my pest control on trade, I’ve got it all covered.”
- Pest Control Man/Kid (turns to friend and laughs). “Dude, she just said dude.”

For a more in depth examination of the term "Dude" I think DJ Waldow sums it up well.

And to prove to you that I am a straight up Suburban Thug, it never crossed my mind that DJ could have meant anything other than the kind of DJ that spins music with Reverend Run. I had assumed that DJ was a real live DJ somewhere at some point in his life. But in real life, DJ stands for David Jason.

Anything that is crazy (and sometimes a fruit consumed at breakfast time)
- "That's bananas!"
- "You guys are driving me bananas!"
- "You are straight up bananas."

A mixture of two words and a term used to identify friends and often used as a greeting between "gal pals".
- "Hey beezy what's up!"
- (plural form) "Hey beezies what's up!"

Smack Down
Impending discipline or corrective action. Also used to convey intensity of work on my iChat status: "Putting the smack down".

- "Do I need to put the smack down on you guys?"
- "That’s it, I’m putting the smack down (you better run)"
- "Excuse me, while I go put the smack down."

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Put some heat on that!
A call to action: "C’mon dude. Get your shoes – put some heat on that!"
An Affirmation: "Way to go! You put some heat on that!"

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
I've learned some good terms from the peeps in my world and they deserve the credit.

Erin (@TM_Erin on Twitter and our Managing Editor)

Burlap Sack

A term indicative of rage or anger.
- “Don’t make me go burlap sack on you!”
Translated: Please don’t make me loose my temper, you’ll be sorry.

Acronym for "Extreme Girl Crush". A term of endearment. Also a strategic meeting used for planning purposes for
- "It's time to schedule our quarterly XGC"
- "XGC at the #rpatz movie!"

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What the what?
A statement of surprise or shock.
- "What the “insert expletive here”

Good Peeps
A term of endearment as in "I really like that person".

Rachael: "Breanne, I really like your mom!"
Breanne: "Yeah, she's good peeps."

Frequent Statements Used Between my Husband and I
(most roads lead back to Will Ferrell whom by the way I would choose to have lunch with if I could choose one person in the world)

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via Voicemail:
- “What the hell bro, did you just throw a burrito at me?”
(Jack Black in "The Anchorman")

In an argument:
"Don’t you put that evil on me Ricky Bobby."
(From "Talledega Nights")

When changing a diaper:
"It's a formidable scent... It stings the nostrils"
(Will Ferrell in "The Anchorman")

The Wolf Pack Speech
"My wolfpack, it grew by one."
(Zach Galifianackis in "The Hangover")

Click to hear "Wolf Pack Speach"

Click to hear "Wolf Pack Speach"

I don’t think my mom and her friends talked like this. As a matter of fact I asked her and she confirmed that they spoke like respectable young ladies. She said it must be all the rap influence. And by rap influence, I mean the kind of influence Coolio’s Ganstas Paradise had on you during a high school stomp. Or possibly the kind of influence that Snoop had on you in the 90’s when trying to commit petty crimes (i.e. trying to steal a park bench from down town for your bedroom) or doing “drive by’s” of boys houses listening to said Snoop. (no guns involved).

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As for my mom - I do know that they got together and watched shows like Magnum P.I. and that she once involuntarily gasped when he took his shirt off. She says that those were the days when men were men.

* look at his super secret mobile phone *

* look at his super secret mobile phone *

Please also note Tom's "Daisy Dukes" below:

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But my mom is down. She's learning new words all of the time and drops them every so often to my delight.

Please add to my Suburban Thug Compendium! What have I missed? Feel free to chime in and leave a few definitions of your own. Word to your Mama!


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