Every once in a while, some skill or habit we think well and truly destroyed rises up once again to slap us in the face. Everyone out there has experienced this.
And then there are the ongoing issues. I don’t need to list them. You know them (only too well!) already.
And then there’s slang.
Yes, it’s an ongoing issue. But it’s a sneaky one; it doesn’t do the decent thing and remain the same. It changes as time goes by. So even if parents teach the old stand-bys, the new stuff can really catch you off guard.
Of course, there are those out there who would be scratching their heads at this point. Slang? What’s the big deal? Who cares if a kid can’t catch onto the latest and greatest hip sayings?
But of course that’s not it at all.
Our AS kids are very literal-minded. This means they have difficulty de-coding ordinary things like slang. For instance, “hot chick.” I kid you not, a friend of mine once told me her son believed this referred to poultry that had been kept in the oven for too long.
Life can be a little challenging if you don’t know what the people around you are actually saying.
The other day, I heard my husband ask our son what was up. He stood up, smiled and said, “me!” We both chuckled. Later in the evening, I heard strange noises emanating from his laboratory (otherwise known as his room), and asked him what was up.
He did the exact same thing.
Now, my son loves his joke. A little too much. He’ll sometimes repeat himself or do the same action that made others laugh in order to make them laugh again. He has yet to really grasp the concept that it isn’t funny the third or tenth time around. And that’s okay. We’re working on that.
But this time I knew it was about the slang.
After some questioning, he finally broke down and admitted that he had no idea what “What’s up” meant. He’d been standing up and saying, “me!” because he took “what’s up” literally. However, his friends at school thought it was his little joke, would laugh, and the issue would go away.
Just like it had with us.
So I congratulated him on his use of humor (intentional or not). Humor is a great way to deal with people and defuse situations. Even sarcastic humor can turn the tide and put the teaser/bully on the defensive.
And then we got serious about slang. Again.
So as I’m writing this, I’m planning to listen, really listen, this afternoon at our middle school chess club. And not just for what I expect to hear, either, which is what most of us hear in the first place.
Tonight, I plan on learning some current slang.
Wish me luck.
Note: It’s always good to go over old slang (so many of us still use it), as well as school lingo and old sayings. What may appear obvious and like old hat to us, may not appear that way to our literal-minded – and yet wonderful – children.