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hammerklavier
12-10-2008, 12:19 AM
I need kid slang for "Chickened out" (or if they still use that); specifically an 11 year old asian in Seattle.

jennifer75
12-10-2008, 12:28 AM
Today? Twenty years ago? Fifty years ago?

PattiTheWicked
12-10-2008, 12:30 AM
"Don't be a wuss."

hammerklavier
12-10-2008, 12:34 AM
How would you put that in the past tense?

johnnysannie
12-10-2008, 12:41 AM
You wussed out, dude!

Deb Kinnard
12-10-2008, 02:46 AM
My 14 year old claims she'd just say, "He chickened out." Apparently around Chicago it's never gone out of usage.

Of course, YMMV.

Kitty Pryde
12-10-2008, 03:16 AM
wussed out
wimped out
he was too wussy to (do whatever)
he was a pussy (I hate this one, but I hear little boys say it all the time)
there's the ever popular, 'what? are you chicken? booooooock bock bock bock bock!' (those were chicken noises there)

sheadakota
12-10-2008, 03:17 AM
My 11 year old son votes for Chickened out- he says he wouldn't use 'wuss' (But we live in a rural area)

Calla Lily
12-10-2008, 03:53 AM
My 17yo says "pussied out" or "wimped out."

My 13yo agrees with "wimped out.

IceCreamEmpress
12-10-2008, 04:54 AM
"Chickened out" is still popular here on the East Coast of the US.

WendyNYC
12-10-2008, 05:15 AM
My 9-year-old says "chickened out." I don't think she knows what "wussed out" means yet, but it's likely things change from 9 to 11.

Soccer Mom
12-10-2008, 05:51 AM
My 10 voted for "chickened out." They still say it (complete with bawk, bawk noises and flapping arms. Trust me on this one.)

hammerklavier
12-10-2008, 06:02 AM
You guys are amazing!

Don
12-10-2008, 06:04 AM
My 10 voted for "chickened out." They still say it (complete with bawk, bawk noises and flapping arms. Trust me on this one.)
You've got 10 kids?

Wow.

But at least I understand you a lot more now. :D

Soccer Mom
12-10-2008, 09:12 AM
You've got 10 kids?

Wow.

But at least I understand you a lot more now. :D

Um, sorry. Cub scouts. I left out a word. I'm their DEN MOTHER.

Whew! (I only have two boys!)

RunawayScribe
12-10-2008, 09:55 AM
Wimped out, wussed out, chickened out? The pussied out one (I hate that one too) seems a bit strong for an average eleven-year-old, unless he was raised to talk like that.

Ulee_Lhea
12-10-2008, 11:23 AM
I hear "choked" sometimes (meaning backed down or lost one's nerve).

Dude, I tried to talk to her but I totally choked!

AmandaAcidic
12-10-2008, 02:19 PM
I would say he punked out

Madisonwrites
12-10-2008, 06:53 PM
Just be careful when adding slang to your book. All the terms mentioned are fine, but imagine reading a book that had a sentence beginning with, "I'm real jiggy with..."

Jiggy? It went out in the 90's. Be careful that the type of slang you use is the type that will never go out of style:

Dude!

Cool!

Awesome!

Depending on your character, you might even could get away with narley. Just don't date your book cause it will show.

Good luck and happy writing! :D

Madisonwrites
12-10-2008, 06:54 PM
Oh, one more thing. Kids and teens in books don't have to use slang to sound like kids and teens. Right moods and characterzation (yeah, I can't spell that word) will do it for you.

stormie
12-11-2008, 06:30 PM
I vote for "chickened out." It seems to span the decades.