Teacher compiles slang dictionary from students


LOWELL (CNN NEWSOURCE) – Anyone with kids knows it’s not always easy to understand what they’re talking about.

One teacher noticed the same thing so he put together his own dictionary to help out the tragically un-hip.

“I want the students to trust me, I want them to engage with me,” James Callahan said.

A lot has changed since James Callahan started teaching — Especially slang.

“The kids use snack as somebody who is attractive,” Callahan said.

At Lowell High, he’s one of the cool teachers. 15 years on the job and still trying to connect with kids on their level.

“Students always had slang terms and I always tried to figure out what they were,” Callahan said.

So this year, he created a list of 63 fresh new words like “slaps and slay, smacks and snack.”

Callahan teaches sociology so it’s fitting he sees it as a big experiment.

“I have to keep it going because I want to be able to understand the language my students are using,” Callahan said.

Some have tried to buy his ‘Gen Z Dictionary’ but no plans to cash in.

In fact, he posted it free on Twitter but as soon as these words get out, they’re out.

“I try to use them but it just doesn’t mean the same,” Callahan said.

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