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91%
Gyatt
90%
Bussin'
69%
Finna
54%
Sus
45%
Drip
36%
Cap
35%
Based
34%
Rizz
33%
Fit
30%
Bet
30%
Mid
29%
Chillin

Yes = not cool anymore

No = still cool

As determined by my 17 year old teenage daughter and her high school friends and brother living in California on 3/31. She won't have access to this market and bets, I will simply ask her and friends to answer if each slang word is still cool. If the votes tie for a word, it's not cool.

Since most of these words are new to me, I am using https://www.merriam-webster.com/ to look up the meaning of each word. I welcome suggestions for better sources besides asking this group of teenagers directly.

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I asked my 14 year old sister and 19 year old brother about these. We're all Californian.

Still cool:
- Gyatt (but ironic)
- Rizz
- Mid

Just words:
- Finna
- Chillin
- Fit

Uncool:
- Bussin'
- Sus
- Cap
- Based

My brother thought 'Drip' should be in Just Words, but my sister thought it was Uncool.

This is hopeless. If someone’s dad is saying it no one is going to say it.

Resolution is going to take a bit longer as apparently there is another hot topic that need to be discussed first among the friends which is leading to some tension (it's about a party bus rental for junior prom).

@DavidS it's been a month, can you please resolve?

If this waits too long, it's no longer representative of "the end of March".

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bussin

Urban dictionary in general is a good source for slang definitions.

Finna

To whoever added finna, it's been a part of Black American English for, like, forever lol

You say cool "anymore".
Did you test this first by asking them to vet this list for words that were already cool?

i.e. did you do the process listed of asking this ground of teens to make sure these were were cool by their standards before being listed?

@MatthewLeong great question, yes, I simply asked them to give me some new words that are cool this year (2023). I also tried to ensure I got the spelling right, sus apparently has only one s at the end, and bussin' needs that '.

This applies only to slang I submitted, not additional words submitted by others if any.

@DavidS Sus is shortened from suspicious so the single 's' makes sense.

I'd be interested if you asked them if these are cool right now rather than in 2023; it's a different question, we may already be past prime for many of them.

There's also the confounder that if you say any of them it becomes instantly uncool.

@Mqrius thank you for question and comment.

I asked which words were cool at time of posting. I got the impression some are indeed past their prime but that doesn't mean they are already not cool. I suspect that some words have longer longevity than others. It might be interesting to measure that over time on this platform using polls.

Great callout in the confounder. I will refrain myself from using these words as much as possible. A bussin' accidentally slipped through but it was luckily understood as buzzin' which has a different meaning.

@DavidS - At time of writing, is 'finna' the only word you didn't add yourself?

@MatthewLeong that is correct.

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