With two teenagers and an almost-teen in the house, I am quickly learning to discern what they really mean when they say certain things. To make it easier for you who either share your home with or otherwise associate with teens or tweens, I will list some phrases and their true definitions here.
(I'm all about helping each other out like that.)
What they say: "Mom, you're such a nerd!"
What they mean: "Mom, I think you are SO cool!"
They say: "I love you, Mom."
They mean: "In the next 3 to 5 minutes I am going to ask you for something."
They say: "You totally embarrassed me!"
They mean: "That was hilarious! Do it again!"
They say: "Can I borrow your black sandals?"
They mean: "Those sandals will be mine within the week."
They say: "I DID clean my room!"
They mean: "I DID shove everything under my bed and into my closet!"
They say: "Mom, Pat's on the phone wanting to know if I can come over. But don't you and dad want to go on a date tonight?"
They mean: "I don't want to go to Pat's house but I want to say that you said I couldn't."
And my personal favorite:
They say: "You're pretty cool... for a mom."
They mean: "I love you."