A high school sociology teacher, James Callahan, has become “Internet famous” by documenting a list of African American Vernacular English that his students have adopted.
Callahan has characterized his dictionary as a running list of “Gen Z slang,” that he has been collecting as he overhears it around campus.
Some of the words in his list include “on blast” meaning “expose/call out someone” and “flexed on” meaning “verbal gesture of dominance.”
After his student posted a picture of the list online and Callahan began garnering viral attention, Callahan shared a PDF version of his list and made it accessible to the public.
Some might say Callahan’s student put him on blast after he flexed on them by compiling this list.