Talk (or Txt) the Talk to Stay on Trend but Don’t Be NIFOC

Updating your vocabulary is as important as updating your wardrobe or hair style if you want to stay au courant.

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scrabbleThe update of the official Scrabble dictionary this month, the first since 2011, included the word “shizzle”. No, I didn’t know what it meant.

Updating your vocabulary is as important as updating your wardrobe or hair style if you want to stay au courant. Besides, it’s useful for boomers to know the language the kids or grandkids are talking.

And Scrabble players take note: Words number 3, 5, 8 and 9 are now legal in Scrabble.

Here are 10 words and texting acronyms that are trendy. How many do you know? (Answers on the next page.)

1 Shade
2. WBU
3. LOLZ
4. Belfie
5. Bezzy
6. SMH
7. YMMD
8. Dench
9. Cakeage
10. NIFOC

Click through for the answers!

1. Shade
A putdown or piece of sarcasm that is so subtle it can be misread as not a putdown.

2. WBU
What have you been up to? What ’Bout You?

3. LOLZ
Laugh out loud at somebody else’s expense

4. Belfie
A selfie of one’s behind

5. Bezzy
Best Friend

6. SMH
Shaking my head, like, I don’t believe it, too much for words. We don’t have to tell you what it means if you add an F or MF before the H.

7. Dench
Nice, awesome, excellent.

8. Cakeage
The charge at restaurants for serving cakes and desserts brought in from outside sources, as corkages is the charge for serving wine from outside.

9. YMMD
You made my day

10. NIFOC
Naked in front of computer. This one is NAFB — Not Appropriate For Boomers.

And, oh yes, shizzle. It means “sure,” as in, fo’ shizzle.