It’s official: When it comes to contemporary slang, “bae”, “squad”, “I can’t even” and “on fleek” are well on their way to losing street cred.
Generation Z has spoken, and the slang vocabulary has morphed again. Still using “yolo” or “totes” as well? Time for a refresher — here’s what to use now that’s goals AF.
The new bro.
Suggested use: Get out of my face, sis, I’m just doing my job!
2. Goals AF
The new “goals”; denotes an aim or achievement.
Suggested use: Her Snapchat video is goals AF! I can’t stop watching it.
The new biatch, but denoting best friends or #girlsquad members.
Suggested use: Can’t wait to party with my hunties tonight!
Short for “suspect”, meaning sketchy or shady.
Suggested use: Did you see the look they exchanged? That was sus.
Used to describe someone who’s trying too hard or being OTT.
Suggested use: I know she’s trying to impress us, but her approach is so extra.
Another word for fan.
Suggested use: I stan Tay Tay forever or I’ve been stanning Tay Tay since her first album.
An ignorant or silly person.
Suggested use: You don’t know what you’re talking about, so shut up, you n00b.
Added to the end of an adjective or verb for emphasis.
Suggested use: I’m pissed boots!
The new ‘on fleek’, or anything that looks really good or on point.
Suggested use: Those kicks are snatched! Where did you buy them?
Short for “perfect”, but also conveys agreement to a cause or plan.
Suggested use: Check out her OOTD, it’s perf!
Short for “One True Pairing” or the perfect couple you admire.
Suggested use: My OTP is Channing and Jenna. If they break up, I can’t even.
Short for “Ask Me Anything”.
Suggested use: I heard about last night, and I’m here if you wanna talk. AMA.
13. Throw shade
To insult or judge.
Suggested use: I was only being honest when I told her she needs an attitude change, but she got mad and threw shade at me.
A dramatic version of yes, denotes approval or excitement.
Suggested use: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yasss!
15. Zero chill
To become agitated or frustrated.
Suggested use: It was clearly her fault, yet she made a scene. The girl’s got zero chill!
16. The struggle is real
Reflects annoyance, or how there is a tough problem being faced.
Suggested use: I forgot my mobile charger today and had to limit my Instagram posts. That was hard! The struggle is real.
Short for “relationship”, it conveys a desire for two people to get together.
Suggested use: Miley and Liam are true soul mates. I will always ship them.
18. Watch Netflix and chill
Hook up slang, where an intention to hang out does not involve wifi or watching anything on a screen.
Suggested use: My parents are out, wanna come over to watch Netflix and chill?
Meaning “wrecked” or basically, destroyed.
Suggested use: Wow, she didn’t see it coming and she got rekt!
Meaning lacking in originality.
Suggested use: Who orders a café latte any more? That’s so basic.