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Modern Life. What is leng? Charlotte Metcalf reveals all

Regulars | By Charlotte Metcalf

Roadman lingo - getting down with the kids

Modern Life. What is leng? Charlotte Metcalf reveals all

He’s leng. She’s soooo leng. This ice cream is leng. That handbag is leng. What on earth does ‘leng’ mean? If you have regular contact with teenagers, you’ll know that ‘leng’ is a superlative term of the highest praise. ‘Leng’ can be applied to anything from an extremely sexually attractive person to a perfectly mixed cocktail or piece of fashionable clothing. The word is described in the Urban Dictionary as a ‘levelled-up version of peng’. ‘Peng’ used to be the popular word for attractive until superseded by ‘leng’, and the two can now be combined into ‘peng-a-leng’. The origins of both words are disputed. According to Reddit, some say it came from a Cantonese phrase meaning attractive but cheap. However, the Urban Dictionary confirms them as ‘roadman slang’ (roadman meaning the ultimate hard man). So it’s more likely their roots are in the word 'kushempeng’, Jamaican slang for high-quality marijuana...

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