Things our students tell us we can say in public, but we actually cannot:
What it is, yo?
This translates to "What's up?" Cool when our students say it, not cool when Miriam goes up and says it to some people outside a restaurant and all they respond with is "No."
What up, G?
Apparently, "G" means "gangster." Not "gentlemen," "gals," or simply the letter "G." And apparently, a white girl who grew up in the middle of Missouri doesn't get to say it.
As in, "That car is mad awesome." Or, "I stayed up too late and I'm mad tired." Once I said "I'm mad excited to go see Mamma Mia tonight." It didn't come off as cool. I don't care what anyone says, ABBA changes lives. My, my, how can I resist you?
Used in the context of, "I'm gonna rage hard tonight," meaning, I'm going to go out/dance/go to a concert/anything else that consists of staying up extremely late and exerting a lot of energy.
Things our students tell us we can do in public, be we actually cannot:
They taught me how to Dougie and they told me I was really good at it. I'm not.
Go clubbin' with them
No. I'm not going to go clubbin' with you. I don't care if it's the coolest place you've ever been and they don't have a cover and your cousin is my age. No.
Rap all the words to Jay-Z songs
It appears that just because Miriam and I may know all the words to numerous Jay-Z/Nelly/Kanye/Snoop Dogg/etc... songs, it doesn't mean it is acceptable for us sing them in public. I suppose I'll just stick to Cher and Whitney Houston (I'm crying...) songs when we sing karaoke.
Things that my students told me I cannot do in public. Ever:
Throw up peace signs.
Sing Cher songs.
Use the phrases, "Holla!" and "Word!"
Show people how I can make one eye go cross-eyed and move the other one around in it's socket.
Talk about how much I want an apartment bunny.
Challenge people to Man vs. Food competitions/talk about how I could crush them in any Man vs. Food competition.
Do the Pancake Dance. I could have sworn this was cool.