I am a dork. I have always been a dork. I love sci-fi and fantasy. I still watch Star Trek reruns (yes, any season, that’s how big a dork I am.) I collect comic books. I can tell you which robots come from which movies. I am a dork.
Here’s the problem…teens don’t say dork anymore. I don’t think they did even when I was a teen (not that long ago.) In my manuscript I said dork, dweeb and a couple of outdated words from the 80’s…not sure why, as I was a little kid then.
I had to face the facts, as much as I like being a self-proclaimed dork, using it in my manuscript was a no no. I needed to freshen up my dialogue so I substituted words like tragic and freak. I even discovered that douche-bag is coming back into style, though for the life of me I don’t know why.
I realize this makes my manuscripts sound a bit negative, but really it’s not. My positive words were fine, even made one up, but I was having trouble with the few instances that I needed characters to be, well, a little mean.
So what do teens say instead of dork? What positive slang do they use? I’m curious what you all think, especially those of you who are teens or have teenaged kids.