The halls of McMahon are filled with loud, sometimes confusing chatter. McMahon has its own unique dialect, which can often be hard to decipher. For some, they don’t know exactly what the words being spoken mean, and are left wondering if they should even be laughing at some of the things they say. Nevertheless, the slang used here at McMahon is a staple of our student body, and one of the many things that makes our diverse school unique. Here are seven of the most popular slang words/phrases used in the school.
Ex: “It was such a hotboi scene” -John Gatt (‘19)
Hotboi is the perfect word to describe someone or something that brings negative and unwanted attention to a situation, aka making the situation “hot.” It is very similar to the word “sketchy,” and is also used to describe a situation that is not ideal or uncomfortable.
No Fives (noun)
Ex: No fives
No Fives is a negative reaction or a rejection of something they are told. For example, if a friend is telling a story and the other friend thinks they are exaggerating a detail, they might say “no fives.” It can also be used to describe something that somebody doesn’t want to do. It is basically a hard no.
Ex: “Copy”- Nik Wilson (‘18)
Copy is straightforward, and is almost always used in a one-word-sentence form. It basically means “okay” or “I understand what you’re saying.” For example, if you’re waiting for one of your friends to pick you up and they send you the “on my way text,” ‘copy’ would be an appropriate response.
Ex: “Slow for that”- Emma Hargrove (‘18)
Slow is another straightforward word, essentially meaning “bad.” However, it has a much broader application than the word bad. It can be slow for the amount of homework that you have, it can be slow for when a prospective date turns you down, or it can just be slow for when something doesn’t go your way.
Ex: “Wtw for tonight”- Rocco Luppino (‘18)
Wtw is an abbreviation for “what’s the word,” but its an abbreviation used so often that it’s easily recognizable in text form. Wtw is simply a fast way to ask what your friend’s plans are. Wtw is something you send your group chat when you want to know what everyone is doing on that given night.
Ex: “I’m wavy.” -Bret Rodgers (‘19)
Wavy is personally my favorite word on this list, and it’s also the hardest to give a concrete definition to. If someone is wearing a cool new t-shirt, that shirt might be described as wavy. If someone posts a picture in front of an interesting background, that picture might be described as wavy. If you had a fun night and did something new but fun isn’t quite the right word to describe your experience, then you could say you had a wavy night. It’s closest synonym is probably “interesting,” but even that doesn’t do wavy justice.
Ex: “Fro lost his woolies” -Andres Arbelaez (‘18)
Wooly is a word to describe a girl. If a group of guys is talking about a cute girl, they could call her a wooly. If a guy has been talking to a girl for a little while but isn’t ready to call her his girlfriend, he might call her his wooly. This is another straightforward slang, since it is just another word for a girl.