Parent’s guide to understanding basic skater slang

Over the years each generation had their own slang. In the 1950s greasers agitated the gravel with their storming machines in search of a baby to apple butter. In the 1960s and 1970s teens left the crib, got into their birth control seats and headed out to go booting. The 1980s were aces and the 1990s were all that and a bag of chips, or so we'd like to believe. The millennium will go down in the record books with its unique slang and so will skateboarding. So what's a parent of a young skater to do when their knowledge of slang has gone twenty three skidoo? Peep this article for starters. Here's a quick look at just some of the basic skater slang:

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The Good

One of the first things parents need to realize is that in a skater's world the word sick is a good thing. When his friend is sick what your child is actually telling you is that his buddy is really good or the bomb for those of you that were raised in the 1980s. Sometimes the word sick is also paired with the words Daag Dawg, which would be the equivalent of saying, "Man Dude he's the bomb." The phrase, "off the hook," also means that something is really good. Stoked is another positive skater slang word. If your child tells you he is stoked about going out with his homies it means that he is excited about going out with his friends.

The Bad

There are also certain words that skaters use to convey a dislike of something. Those words are sketchy, mobbed and suspect. They are all different ways to say that a trick or a person isn't trusted or up to par. For instance your kid might say things like, "That bro's ollies are sketchy," "That dawg's nosegrinds are mobbed," or "His skate photos are suspect."

The Unattractive

Just like other groups of people before them, skaters have their own way of talking about the unattractive stuff associated with their sport. By ugly I am talking about insults and other unpleasantries that befall a skater like a letter in the mailbox, getting schralped or noggled. If your child says, "Bro you've got a letter in your mailbox," it means that his friend has a wedgie which is slightly less uncomfortable than getting schralped. Schralped is the skater's equivalent of road rash. If your child says, "I noggled on the rail," it is his polite way of telling you he injured his groin area on a handrail, which just might translate into a trip to the emergency room.

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Updated Monday, Sep 26, 2011