“What?”, “quoicoubeh!” For some time certain expressions, each more surprising than the other, have been emerging. The era of the verlan of the 90s is well over. No more “class in Dallas” or the various expressions associated with Max, Raoul or Blaise. Generation Z and others are taking over. More or less well, depending on your opinion, but one thing is certain: times change, as do the dialects of the new generation.

Since 2015, it must be admitted that certain expressions have taken shape through social networks. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and especially TikTok. These platforms adored by “djeuns” are enjoying real enthusiasm. Even if certain expressions are born without having real meanings, they are still used and are a real fad. Ephemeral, lasting, it depends on the interest of the community for the sentence.

If we dig a little deeper, we can see some aspects of these recurring phenomena. As Auphélie Ferreira, professor of language sciences at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, explains, “teenagers sometimes need to designate new things, but also use language to identify with a group, it allows them to s to integrate into a group of friends, even to identify with a generation in the broad sense”.

Moreover, beyond wanting to make the gallery laugh or to be the creator of a word or an expression, a desire to separate from the elders. “A way of distinguishing oneself from adults, of not being able to be understood by outside members of the group, which is done for example a lot in college, where it is fun to see the teacher not understanding what is going on. say”, as the teacher for Europe 1 adds. “They are also at an age where they feel a little more free to play with the language and its injunctions. This is the moment when we assert ourselves, we we seek ourselves and we want to distinguish ourselves from external members and from older people or people who have authority.”

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