Teen slang can be baffling to older people – so spare a thought for one barrister who had to translate a teen's texts into standard English during a criminal trial this week.
Mark Paltenghi, of Atkinson Bevan Chambers, was prosecuting in the trial of four teenagers accused of firing at people's houses in Dagenham, East London. The prosecution alleges that the group discussed the incident in a series of text messages. But the jury needed some help understanding them.
According to the Court News UK, the defendants burst out laughing when Judge Patricia Lees asked them: "Do you agree with these translations?"
The defendants are Scott Stokes, 20, his brother Jason, 18, and Anne-Marie Madden, 25. A 17-year-old can't be named for legal reasons.
All four deny all charges, including affray, possessing firearms or imitation firearms. The trial continues.