The HOCO Promposal



This last weekend was “homecoming” at my daughters’ high school.  Of course, there was the big pep rally, the football game, and the homecoming dance.

What was a high school dance like when you were in school?

While my oldest is in college, my middle and youngest daughters go to a fairly large high school with 2,600 students.

With the homecoming dance this year, my youngest daughter went with some of her girlfriends but some of her observations were:

The event cost $25.  While there were some decorations, aside from the DJ, each student got a bottle of water.

The event was capped at 1,200 students.  Apparently, there were students that created counterfeit tickets to sneak into the dance.

To verify tickets and for each student to get wanded to get in the dance, took over an hour.

In the dance itself, my daughter said that if you weren’t on the dance floor you were being watched.  They had a cherry-picker platform over the crowd, with attendants outside and inside of each bathroom.

While she had fun, it was sad to hear the lengths that the school and the students had to go through to keep the peace at the dance.

For you dads that may be a bit older, teens use the term HOCO for homecoming.  While my girls don’t use this term. They did make it clear to me that I cannot use this term.  Ever!

This brings me to today’s topic which is not only “banned words” or words that dads should never use but also keeping up on slang to ensure you are not oblivious to what’s really going on.

Here is a smattering of words my daughters’ insist I never use:

  • Cray-cray:   Another term for crazy.
  • What’s the T?  Gossip, backstory.
  • Awks – Awkward
  • OMG – An abbreviation for “oh my gosh” or “oh my God!”
  • YOLO – You only live once
  • Hangry – Hungry and angry
  • The Floss, Dapp or any dance move.

While these are a small part of some of the terms used, it is also a good idea to make sure you are listening out for cues to ensure their development and safety.

If you aren’t sure what a slang term means, the website Urban Dictionary can help. It is dedicated to keeping up with today’s slang and is a resource that parents can use (be warned that it is user submitted content and may be crude).

There are also phone apps that can help you translate teen slang. The Acronyms and Abbreviations Dictionary App and the Chat Slang Dictionary App are just a few examples of mobile apps that can help you decode your teen’s secret language.

For a great article on the topic, check out the article from Very Well at the link below:

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