I had a talk with my students:
Mr. C: Getting into trouble all the time is not good for your reputation. Do you know what I mean?
K: We know what reputation is, we ain’t slow. Like if I’m upstairs and I be diggin’ my finger in my nose, then people gon’ think I’m triflin’.
Mr. C: I didn’t say you were slow. That’s not exactly the same thing, but close enough.

Wet Dog

8th graders:
K: Mr. C, why do people say that when white people sweat, they smell like a wet dog?
Mr. C: Do you know what a wet dog smells like?
K: Nah. But, I’m just sayin’, my momma say, “It is too hot outside, these white people need to get inside befo they smell like a wet dog.”
Mr. C: Well it just means that people stink, because they don’t wear deodorant or they just have body odor, and it smells like a wet dog.
K: That’s triflin’
Mr. C: Yeah.