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Teenage talk translated for book
A- Z of TeenTalk
Lucy says she likes the way teenagers speak
A 13-year-old schoolgirl has published her first book - a teenage translation for confused parents.

Lucy van Amerongen from Box, Gloucs, wrote The A-Z of Teen Talk, to help bridge the linguistic generation gap.

It was penned after she realised her father, Victor, 52, and mother, Amanda, 54, could not understand a conversation with her older sister, Amii, aged 23.

The book contains definitions of 300 terms, including "cotch down", meaning to relax, and "antwacky" (unstylish).

Lucy, who attends Cheltenham Ladies' College, said: "I initially wrote the book because I like the way teenagers speak. It is more expressive. I am bored with all the polite stuff and long words adults use."

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