Youth culture is notorious for coming up with slang terms. Remember when “haha”, “lol”, “rofl”, “brb”, and other such IM/texting terms were revolutionary?? Pretty much every generation has its own dictionary of slang terms that makes no sense to those on the outside. It seems that Gen Y, though, has possibly become the most creative generation yet. If you’re confused, don’t worry. You’re not the only one.
Some of these new terms are pretty, well, ridiculous to be frank, and we could stand to use them less. Let’s take a look at some of the most confusing terms that popular right now.
“Yas class got canceled today.”
“Do you want to get Chipotle tonight? YAS.”
“Yaaaaaaaasssssssss French Toast Crunch is back!”
This is perhaps the least confusing of the list. A way of portraying excitement, “yas” may be used in place of the word “yes”. The different variations express varying levels of enthusiasm. I’m guilty of using this phrase (pretty often, really) but it begs the question: why can’t we just use the regular English word yes??
“This burrito is bae.”
“Going on a date with bae tonight.”
Oh, where to begin. Most often used as a term of endearment/slang for babe, “bae” is rumored to mean “before anyone else”. Nowadays, “bae” can really be anything, from a significant other to a celebrity crush to your favorite food. My question is, why was this necessary??
3. Bye Felicia
“Oh you don’t like me? Bye Felicia.”
In the context of Gen Y slang, this term is used as a form of dismissal. And I don’t know about you, but I, for one, have a few questions. Namely who the hell is Felicia?? And where is she going??
“Going out with the squad tonight!”
A more modern form of the clique, “squad” is used to describe a friend group. Realistically, I suppose this term actually makes sense. It can stay.
“Sam Smith slayed at the Grammys.”
Used when someone was greatly successful in a venture. The ‘traditional’ use of this word means to kill someone; in the context of this slang expression you would be ‘killing’ a performance, a test, etc. When you think about it this way it almost makes sense, so this term probably isn’t the worst offender on the list.
“I know this one!” you think. Gucci is a brand, right?? Well, yes. However, it has also become a slang term used to describe something that is flashy or cool. And I suppose this could make sense, when you think about it, but…we can do better.
And last but certainly not least…
7. On Fleek
“My hair is on fleek”
“Her eyebrows are on fleek”
If someone could please enlighten me as to how this phrase came to be, I would be extremely grateful. Since I’m not 100% out of the loop, I’m aware that this phrase means “on point” (which is another slang term in itself), or something that looks excellent. Nonetheless, does anyone really understand what it means? Because I know I don’t.
Slang has been around forever, and it’s not going anywhere. And sometimes it can be fun! Be cautious, though. Using these terms too much can lessen the image you portray to others. So have fun, let loose…but use real English sometimes too.
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