September 21, 2014

When watching “The Maze Runner,” the sci-fi dystopian flick based on the hit book by James Dashner, one might be struck by the fact that they have no clue what those slang terms are that Dylan O’Brien and co. are hurling at each other.

From “shank” to “klunk” and back again, many of the words that the trapped-in-a-box Gladers use in their strange little world are foreign to our ears, but not anymore: MTV News sat down with O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster for a little vocab test, and the boys passed with flying colors.

“It’s really slang, like, ‘Hey, man. Hey, shank, what’s going on?’” Lee explains of their first word. “But it could be derogatory as well.”

That clears it up… I think. Luckily, O’Brien was on hand to make things even more clear by using the word in a sentence: “Man, this shank’s always taking my pencil.”

“The Maze Runner” is in theaters this Friday, September 19.