Shout Out

“It is too late to study Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.”~ Henry David Thoreau.

Over on Weekly Prompts this weekend, partner GC and I have a challenge that is a little out of the ordinary. Our challenge is Invent Slang.

General Teen Slang

We invited our readers to adopt the teen trend of replacing words/phrases with something they have made up themselves and we suggested they caption an image with an invented word/phrase.

Slang words and phrases have always been around, and usually, these invented words and phrases make very little sense. I’m unsure why, but some of the modern ones irritate me (almost as much as abbreviating everything).

One such expression is Shout-out – Give a shout out to someone.

When I first heard that phrase I couldn’t understand why someone had to shout out, shout out what? Then I learnt it meant praising someone – saying thank you for a job well done, or something like that.

Why couldn’t they say thank you, or well done in the first place, it carries more importance than a casual slang phrase. If someone said publicly – Thank you so much to Susan, I would appreciate plain English far more than Give Susan a shoutout!

What I find difficult to understand is why everyone else behaved like sheep and followed suit (at least sheep have a reason), even the grown-ups began to imitate the teens and use the phrase.

Following a little research, I found out the late rapper Tupac Shakur has been credited with the invention of Shout Out as a phrase of encouragement, though his actual words were “I give a holler to my sisters on welfare.”  I am thanking/praising the female members of my family for needing welfare benefits?

Back to the task in hand – my invented captions probably make no sense either, but that’s the point… right?

You know what? It’s harder than it sounds!

Guess which one is mine

Damage This!


Leaking freak!

© 2020 weekend challenge Invent Slang from Weekly Prompts.

Weekend Challenge – Invent Slang!

18 thoughts on “Shout Out

    1. It belonged to my late husband, one of his many hobbies was buying classics and doing them up. I can’t remember the model of this one but I do remember him saying it wasn’t one of the best.

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      1. It looks similar to an MGB but I’m not sure it was. we used to have a mustard MGB when we were first married, great fun it was too. I might ask his friend, he will definitely know. Thank you, Yvonne.

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      2. Ken and Yvonne,
        His friend tells me the car was a 1979-80 MG Midget. I took the photo in 2006 and he still had the car when he died in 2013 🙂

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      3. Yvonne, I’m so sorry, you will have gathered that I sent a reply to you that was meant for someone else and on another subject. My apologies.


  1. In Australia we have lots of slang….. but I’m not up with this modern stuff
    we have old Aussie slang like
    ** Blue — that’s a fight
    ** Bluey — a red-headed mate
    ** Bluey — a warm winter coat
    ** Dry-as-a-bone — a bushman’s raincoat
    ** Ankle-biter — child
    ** Billy-lids — the family children
    ** Wuss — a coward
    ** Yobbo — a loud person
    ** Rowdy — the quiet mate…

    Cheers Sue…”your shout”…

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    1. My husband used the term ankle biter for a crawling infant. Wuss is used here too as is Yobbo we use it for a good for nothing teenaged lad one who causes trouble.
      Dry as a bone used more of less the same as you, no leaks. 🙂thank you Ivor

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  2. There’s a certain radio station that the presenter is always giving ‘shart arts’ too. I know he means well, but I find it annoying. On a visit to London, pre lockdown, someone warned me in their local accent to be wary of the ‘Miley Cyrus!’ 😃

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    1. I think if the Queen said it in her Royal English then perhaps people would realise just how ridiculous it sounds! On my, so someone’s made up slang for the virus! A big insult to Miley Cyrus too. Thank you Trev 🙂

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    1. Although this post was written in advance, I had it in my head that is was for next week so hadn’t bothered about making up slang captions. I juggled my schedule at the last minute but thinking up something last night was not easy to do.
      Thank you, Derrick.

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  3. Ha! I love your made up slang and captions to your photos! I’ll damage that ice cream while I sit in the leaking freak! 😀 😛

    I like making up words and phrases…but they never catch on. Darn. 😛
    Or I use well-seasoned slang from decades gone by to see how people will respond. Some people laugh. Some roll their eyes. Some don’t even get it. Ha. 😀

    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. It’s not easy making up slang words, is it?
      You should try the decades-old Cockney Rhyming slang. Most of the time I don’t understand a word that’s being said, but that’s because I’m not a Cockney, not a Londoner and I live 200 miles north in a county where we have our own unique Yorkshire sayings! 🙂 Thank you, Carolyn 🙂

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