Jank — The Language of Youth

It’s finally here, my turn as the older generation.

For the past couple of days, I’ve traveled with two of my young employees at a business conference. There’s something about spending time in close quarters that allows you to bond. So I’m hanging out with Haleigh and Samantha, or Hay and Sass, as they’ve now been nicknamed. And I’m learning a whole new language.

I’d never heard of the term jank until yesterday, but now I know our hotel is jank. What this means is our hotel is of, ahem,questionable quality.

One thing I do know, the language of youth has definitely changed since I passed that era. I feel out of the loop, although I’m sure there’s a more updated way to say it. However, after thirty-six hours, I’m catching up quick.

Have you noticed? The more you spend time with someone, the more you mimic their speech patterns. Which is why choosing carefully who you surround yourself with matters.

No matter what context the people in your life fill, they will influence your decisions and behaviors. At work, bosses, employees, and co-workers can alter your choices. If you want to succeed, the wise person spends time in the presence of the successful.

Do you need to improve in the areas of honesty, integrity, and wisdom? Seek out those who exemplify those qualities.

Or if you want to find out how to reach a younger generation, hang out and learn their language. Because if you assume you understand without experience, you might wake up one morning to discover you’re no longer cool, but have unknowingly become jank. If you’re unsure, check the Urban Dictionary — but be warned, some definitions come in a colorful language all their own.

Thankfully, Hay and Sass, assure me I’m not there quite yet.

How do you stay current at work? Do you weigh carefully who you allow to influence your choices? What areas in your life are jank?

1 Corinthians 12:2 (NIV)
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

AnitaFreshFaith at Work
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Expert, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri with her family.

Contact her via http://www.freshstartfreshfaith.org or anita.freshfaith@gmail.com

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Hay and Sass talkin’ jank!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. LOL…this was great. I know just what you mean. However, I’m betting that these two fine ytoung ladies are in awe of you and your expertise! How wonderful that they are hanging with you too!

    Reply

    • You are too kind Deb. We did stay up most of the night bonding, and I had the amazing privilege of sharing how much Christ loves us and is willing to listen to our concerns. These young ladies not only make me laugh, but they warm my heart.

      Reply

  2. Posted by cindy on March 17, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    I love reading your post u have always inspired me…I will always hold u dear in my heart Thank u for the time in Glends shop….God Bless U…

    Reply

    • Thank you Cindy. Your kind words warm my heart, and I pray you are blessed with peace and joy. May God always show you His special touch so you know you are never alone! The world is better because you exist.

      Reply

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