Younger generations are always coming up with new terms. But today, thanks to the Internet and social media, the speed with which new words and phrases are appearing is downright dizzying. So we rounded up some of the most popular terms that even the edgiest of Millennials might not fully understand. So read on—and feel free to drop any of these on Snapchat whenever you like. And for a nostalgic trip through the world of outdated slang, check out 100 Slang Terms From the 20th Century No One Uses Anymore.
No, not the hot beverage you drink with your grandma. Tea in slang terms means “gossip.” So when someone tells you some tea, it means you’ve got the dirt on them. And for more great trivia, don’t miss the 50 Awesome Facts About Everything.
Yes, this is a reference to the famous Canadian actor/rapper. It’s used to describe someone who is overly emotional—or who mopes—and is likely listening to an emotional song at the same time. For instance, if you’re feeling all Drake right now, be sure to read the 70 genius tricks to get instantly happy.
This is another word for a backhanded compliment. So when someone is unsults you, they gave you a compliment that’s actually a complete insult. So beware of unsults. That said, there’s no need to beware of actual compliments, like the 20 Compliments Men Can’t Resist.
Pronounced exactly how it’s spelled, this is a word you would use in place of a certain benign expletive when you really want to exaggerate how amazing something is.
This one may seem strange at first glance, but it breaks down like this: “One hundred percent.” The term is used when someone approves of or agrees with something.
Originally, this term was used in the ’90s to describe being scared of someone. Now, to be shook means to be overwhelmingly impressed by something. And for more on cutting-edge lingo, here are the 20 New Words Introduced in 2017.
Yeet is actually a type of new dance that became famous through Vine. Although the trend originally started in 2014, it didn’t become big until a kid named Lil Meatball went viral doing it. The term has now even evolved into a word for expressing excitement, particularly when someone shoots a three-pointer in basketball and they know it’s going in.
To be woke is to be politically aware, to know what’s really going on in the culture at-large. The term specifically refers to those who possess a robust and informed knowledge of racial and social injustices.
Younger people these days love using the letter “V” in place of “very.”
This term refers to someone who is in need of help. So if someone says they need some milk, they may not mean a certain calcium-loaded creamy white beverage.
Younger generations these days use “dead” to describe feeling really excited about something. Example: “Your dress is so amazing I’m dead.”
It’s describes someone who’s not just cool, but who also has plenty of power and influence—and probably tons and tons of Instagram followers. And if that makes you jealous, don’t worry: Here are 20 Ways to Make Your Instagram Way More Compelling.
The slang term for receipts is shorthand for “evidence of something.” Typically, this evidence comes in the form of screenshots of texts. Example: “Johnny texted you that he loves you? Show me some receipts ASAP.”
When someone is acting all “extra,” it means they’re behaving in an over-the-top manner. It could also mean someone is trying really, really hard.
In the age of social media, it’s no wonder this term was invented. Putting the letter “F” in front of Instagram means that it’s a fake or secret account.
This is an adjective that is used to describe someone that’s angry or has an attitude.
This means that someone has revamped themselves—and their look—from the bottom up.
Do you know the term “low key?” Meet the opposite. When something is high key, it’s 100 percent (or, if you’ll recall, hundo p) true and you’re fully committed to that opinion.
This is a mashing together of “mobile” and “upload.” Example: “You’re on vacation? Mupload me some snaps.”
Being thirsty means you desperately need something, and it’s typically used to refer to sex or affection from a specific individual.
Here we have, once again, a shortened word. This one takes just the first three letters of it’s origin word, “suspect.” It’s typically used online to refer to something that’s sketchy, shady, or suspicious.
This term goes hand in hand with lit. When something is fire, it means it’s awesome, great! But beware: When using it, don’t say something is “on” fire; you simply say it’s “fire,” as if fire is an adjective and not a noun.
Here we have another noun acting as an adjective. When someone has the sauce, they are incredibly confident, stylish, and attractive. It’s used a lot of times to describe someone as being well dressed.
This is used the same way bounce was used a few decades ago. To skrrt is to bounce—to leave—out of a place. It comes from the sound a car might make when leaving quickly.
One of the most common and overly used words on this list is bae. Although some might know it, others might not hear it as often. A bae is someone’s significant other. What isn’t necessarily common knowledge is that bae is technically an acronym: before anyone else. Like FOMO, bae is used so often that it became a word of its own.
This stems from relationship. However, ship is used when speaking about a fictional couple or desired romances. You can even call someone a shipper, meaning they’re a fan boy or girl of a particular fictional pairing.
To smash is to have sex. By using the term, it usually implies that the sex is good.
Here we have another set of words being pushed together: true and real. Although it’s a bit redundant, since they pretty much mean the same thing, it’s apparently what the cool kids are saying these days.
One of the few terms that actually might sound familiar to those born before 1990, cheesin‘ is when someone unabashedly—and without irony—smiles for pictures.
This is sort of like thick, but is used to describe a female figure that is slim but still voluptuous. It’s definitely not an insult, but a major compliment. Think Kim Kardashian West. And for more head-turning A-listers and their enviable physiques, learn What Celebs With Perfect Bodies Do Every Day.
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