Every culture creates there own unique words so they can openly express themselves in the group. These words are called slang and many people use them. It has became more prominent with this generation as they now have technology to create this wide community of teenagers. As a teenager myself, I tend to find myself using slang words on a daily. I come from a small community that is population is all Aboriginal and I encountered all the slang words (or at least I think so). From the ones I did, here are my favorites…
Oh a simple phase. It is a short form abbreviation of “lets go then.” Normally when people use it, they bring out their Niish accent to enhance what they are saying. It is quite popular around here and during powwow season they make merchandise showing off our Ojibwe slang. Walking around the Rez, you hear everyone use it, elders, adults, teens and even kids! I find it quite amusing when I hear people use it, I even find myself using it sometimes ironically.
“Wanna go to the store?”
Another one I like is... HOLAH! All my fellow Natives probably heard it in their mind. It reminds me of my nookomis (grandma) when she is very scared, surprised or just in awestruck. For my Non-Natives, means holy nut with a little Aaniishnabe touch. Living on the Rez, I hear it used quite a lot, it is either in a loud voice or a shocked whisper. I find it funny every time I hear it because all I can hear is my grandma’s loud shout.
“HOLAH, ever expensive!”
Feel free to leave some of your favourite slang words and if you want to research more of native slang you can click right here. Slang is an amazing thing. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to express ourselves to our full potential. I know I would not be the same without it so continue expressing yourself and explore the amazing world of slang because slang is so easy, even kids can use it!