I have a teenage cousin. He’s a real 2. I can’t believe this 11. It’s not even 14 and already he’s in deep 16. The worst part is, he doesn’t give a 20. I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? 12!

What words? What pattern?

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Reflecting on Nothing =

Palindromes centered on at least one letter O (which resembles 0 or nothing)

Also,

As others have suggested, numbers stand for the corresponding letter in lexicographic order.

Thus,

I have a teenage cousin. He’s a real BOOB. I can’t believe this KOOK. It’s not even NOON and already he’s in deep POOP. The worst part is, he doesn’t give a TOOT. I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? LOL!

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    This seems like it could (should) be the answer. If not, it gets the best wrong answer trophy. – Chowzen Aug 16 at 3:03
  • A teenager of my acquaintance (not actually my cousin) tells me that he and his friends laugh outrageously out loud. I don’t know what’s wrong with kids these days. My generation was perfectly content to roll on the floor laughing. Congrats! – Hugh Meyers Aug 16 at 5:46
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    23 - excellent puzzle and solution. Good one for 13 or 16 to ask even a 20? 12 :P – Tom Aug 16 at 8:42

I think the words are

Related to the alphanumerics translation of the numbers.

My stab at this:

I have a teenage cousin. He’s a real 2 B$%^#.....OZO (A real bozo, yes that's the word). I can’t believe this 11 KID. It’s not even 14 NOON and already he’s in deep 16 PROBLEMS. The worst part is, he doesn’t give a 20 TOSS. I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? 12 LOSER!

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    A good start, but the title is key! – Hugh Meyers Aug 15 at 20:39

I hope these initial thoughts are not too elementary but it seems

the symbols of the chemical elements of these numbers start suitable words.

He’s a real 2.

He’s a real 2 - atomic number 2 is helium so he's a real Headache - thanks to El-Guest!!!

I can’t believe this 11.

I can’t believe this 11 - sodium and Na is not applicable or no answer so don't believe it.

It’s not even 14 and already he’s in deep 16.

It’s not even 14 - silicon Si starts Six - and already he’s in deep 16 - sulphur S for Sh!t.

The worst part is, he doesn’t give a 20.

The worst part is, he doesn’t give a 20 - calicum Ca for Care.

I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? 12!

... his reaction was? 12! - magnesium Mg is initials of My God

Title: As I Was Reflecting On Nothing

As = arsenic, I = iodine, W = tungsten,Re = rhenium, O = oxygen, N = nitrogen.

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    For 2, it could also be r13(urnqnpur)? – El-Guest Aug 15 at 20:27
  • @El-Guest, thank you that goes better than what I had. Also really like your answer! – Tom Aug 15 at 20:31
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    Thank you very much, Tom! Much appreciated :) I'm still thinking about 11, because I think there might be something more for it, but I think your answer is great!! (+1) from me for sure! – El-Guest Aug 15 at 20:33
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    @El-Guest - lol :) that does describe some people, but surely OP wouldn't clue that! – Tom Aug 15 at 20:41
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    I’m afraid all my words are rated gallium (General admission) – Hugh Meyers Aug 15 at 20:58

I had two thoughts on this based on the title so:

Guess 1

So I looked at the title and thought of "On Nothing" must mean zero. So an alphnumeric solution should use zero as its index. Giving us: C, L, O, Q, U, & M.

Using that method I came up with this:

I have a teenage cousin. He's a real Character (or Card). I can't believe this Loser. It's not even One and already he's in deep Quagmire. The worst part is, he doesn't give a Uff (like "whew!" or just "uff! really?!"). I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? Mook!

But there is another word in the title which made me think I needed to do more:

Guess 2

"Reflecting (flip order of letters) on nothing (zero index)" -> so reverse the order and we get M, U, O, L, & C. Maybe that's it, maybe it is talking about a mirror or the reflection in the mirror.

Applying this new solution gave me:

I have a teenage cousin. He's a real Mirror. I can't believe this Useless furniture and he's in deep Oak (color or wood). The worst part is, he doesn't give a Look. I mean, I showed him this and guess what his reaction was? Crash (it broke)

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