I can’t stand how my grandkids speak! 139



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I’m sorry my fellow Starts at 60 friends but I’m throwing in the towel. I’m not normally one to give up but I simply have to. I’ve selfied and twerked and yolo’d my way along with the grandkids in an attempt to keep up but I don’t think I can do it any more!

You see, I love my grandchildren; I see all nine of them almost every week. We laugh and we talk, but sometimes I feel like we are speaking entirely different languages. They text me like adults using proper language and fully written out sentences but when they visit in pairs or groups I get lost.

Last week my grandson Rick said a sentence and I think, if my comprehension skills are up to scratch, that it went something like this; “Hey G-Ma I’ve had the most cray cray day. Eloise took a selfie of her and the new pup and then she insta’d it and the feed-b was cray”. I stared at him for a long time with a blank look on my face before I asked him to repeat it in English. What he had actually tried to convey was, “Hey Grandma, Eloise (his sister) took a photograph of herself with the new puppy and put it on the social photo sharing site Instagram. The feedback she received from people who “follow” her was great”.

I adore my grandkids and I do my best to support them, but I fail to understand why they choose to use this in-comprehensive slang when, as Rick proved, they can speak proper English very well.

Some of the words my grandkids throw around are: yolo, selfie, twerk, g-ma, TY, DL, sup, nup, cray, k, aight and idk amongst a litany of others. All of the grandkids are privately educated – their parents work incredibly hard to afford the educations they receive – but at the first opportunity they are happy to throw that out the window and revert to the “street talk”.

For a long while I have tried to keep up and not show my true feelings for this type of language and you could even catch me asking for a “selfie” with the kids while we’re on holidays or saying “yolo” (you only live once) when they offer me a second plate of dessert at dinner. But their conversations are saturated with these words.

I have no problem with the words and I understand that each generation has their own “slang” language. Quite often the words remain the same and just the meaning changes but there’s a time and a place and an audience!

I have no doubt that sometimes the kids are simply pulling my leg when they have a conversation amongst themselves, invite me in and then laugh at my misunderstanding. I don’t mind really even if the fun is at my expense, as long as they are happy and laughing!

But I with the younger generations would choose proper English as a first resort and their trendy speak as something just among their peers.

I’m sorry that I sound so grouchy saying this but I have tried to keep up and enjoy the words for what they are, but I just can’t anymore!

Tell me, does the language our grandchildren use annoy you too? Even if you don’t openly show it, have you had enough of TY, sup and cray too? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below…

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  1. I don’t have grandchildren but I fully understand where u are coming from as a friend said to me the other we just have to accept it and move on

  2. The dictionary changes yearly – go back even 20 years and check out all the words that are no longer in use, and all the new ones that have come in. This language is infinitely preferable to the swearing some use – children and adults alike. If they were using that sort of language then I would complain loudly. As it is it is a sign of the times- we have to just keep up.

  3. What goes around comes around, it is change that teenagers throughout time have evolved, we did it now they do it

  4. It is a fact of life. Every generation is effected by what peers and society determine. The previous generation may struggle with the differences that evolve in their children and grandchildren but that’s life. Accept the differences, give understanding, guidance and love to your grandchildren and they will prosper.

  5. They not only speak like this but walk past them on the street and they are also swearing. Expletives seem to be part of everyday language not only in young people but also in older people.

  6. There will always be kids that come from rough families that will carry on. I think the majority of kids today are lovely and very respectful. I really hate the way like is said every two words though. Drives me crazy!

  7. As a teenager my language was no different then to now, except a few swear words pop out occasionally now!!

  8. Don’t have a problem with the slang so much as the bad grammar lol. The americanisation of our language is a pain and it doesn’t help that ads on the TV compound it. What’s with “gotten” and 2x instead of twice?? Do they actually teach tenses in schools these days and what’s with this misuse of take and bring…..grr rant over for the day.mas

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    • I am with you here. Gotten just drives me crazy when I hear it. And the constant… Like, y’know, like I said, I mean…..on TV and the radio too.

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      • I’m with you Moira. Children are perfectly capable of adapting to suit different situations, so why not adapt their language to older people so they can understand. Plain common courtesy, not that that is a word we hear much these days.
        By the way, being an introvert I was not influenced by peer language.

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