The new slang teens use to insult boys who are 'too nice' to girls

Gen Z teens and tweens likely picked up the use of the slang word "simp" from social media usage.
Editor's Note: After we first published this story we received reader feedback about the term's derivation and use in pop culture. We've updated the story to reflect those additional details.

(CNN)Shannon was used to her socially awkward son being bullied by other boys at the private school he attends in Atlanta.

But when she picked him up from school in mid-January and her eighth grader told her he was being called a "simp," Shannon, who's only using her first name to protect her son's identity, didn't know what to think.
"He's telling me this and I'm driving and I'm trying to make sense of it," she said. "I'd never heard the word."
    "He told me, 'It basically means that I'm just being nice to girls because I like them,'" she said. "I was like, wait, my kid is being picked on for being nice to girls?"
    Her son had told her he'd recently been put in the "friend zone" by one of the girls, who made it clear she wasn't interested in dating him. They had continued to