If you’re in your 40s, 50s, or beyond, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what on earth “spilling the tea,” “Lit,” or “fleek” means. That goes especially for the latter, since no one seems to know what exactly “fleek” means. However, if you want to decipher what the millennial is saying it would be better for you to learn.
Today there are so many new slang words floating around on social media and live conversations that it’s confounding to many people, and you find them walking around with a blank look on their faces. Some of these words are a mix of shorthand, conjoined words, abbreviations, and phrases that came about because of a meme or even a mistake on social media that people found funny and useful for communicating in a digital age.
And thanks to the Gen Z’s obsession with texting and Twitter, a lot of abbreviations have become common speak. Sometimes, it almost seems like people are speaking gibberish. All you need to do is to take a quick stroll through the streets of Instagram and Twitter and you’ll come across a word or two, or three that will make you feel lame for not understanding them.
Although some of these words have existed for a while, here are a few that are still trending. This may help the parents to decipher the foreign language of the millennial and not be in a state of total disillusionment.
Adulting –All the boring crap that grown ups do. if you’re slogging to work and paying your mortgage and cooking your dinners and washing and ironing your clothes, you are definately in the adulting world right now. It sucks sometimes , but it’s a reality for all the big boys and girls. Yes, even for the millennial.
Bae- No, it’s not short for babe or baby. The letters actually represent the phrase “before anyone else,” usually referring to the speaker’s significant other.
Bougie-A disapproving term for people obsessed with wealth or its trappings.
Bruh – It is slang for bro or brother.
DM –DM’s are direct messages on Twitter and Instagram.
Extra– If someone calls you extra; you’re either trying too hard or being over the top. However, anyone from a teacher who gives too much homework to that loud, drunk birthday girl stumbling around in a plastic tiara can be described as extra.
Fam: A shorter form of word family.
Fierce– When someone is looking so beautiful and powerful at the same time, this word is used to describe that feeling.
Finsta– This is slang for “Fake account of Instagram”.
Glow Up– It means to upgrade appearance to a better version and enhance looks.
GOAT- Often accompanied with the requisite goat emoji, GOAT is an acronym for “greatest of all time,” and pops up a lot when people start arguing about sports.
Guac- It’s just guacamole. That’s all.
Hangry- The feeling of anger or irritability you get when you’re hungry.
Hundo P- This means 100%. That’s it. Use it instead of “of course” or “definitely.”
It’s me- This version is often used as a term of agreement and self identification. It means the person identifies with the topic, and can relate to it, without wanting to explain at length.
Jelly- It is to say “jealous.” not in a negative way but said as a compliment.
JOMO- We’ve all experienced FOMO, or the “fear of missing out,” but JOMO describes the opposite. If you’re more than content to stay in and watch Netflix, that’s the “joy of missing out.”
Kk- Kk originated in online gaming forums as an abbreviation for “okay, cool,” except the two Ks refer to the more informal “k, kewl.” Put it together, and it usually signals “messaged received,” or “gotcha.”
LB- Instagrammers know that LB stands for “like back,” while FB similarly means “follow back.” If you start seeing these all over your post’s comments, know that some people want tit for tat – essentially I like your photo, you like mine.
Lit –“Lit” can mean cool, amazing or awesome, especially when it comes to parties but some people also use it as a synonym for drunk or high. Get Lit-It is used to say “party hard”. Moms, you’ve been warned.
OG- It means original gangsta. But it is used for someone who is quite popular and famous among the group or at school. It is used in a positive way as a sign of respect.
OTP- Stands for One True Pairing. Your OTP is a couple you are emotionally invested in. It is could be any celebrity couple.
Predictive-Describes something that is generated based on predictions made automatically often by some sort of algorithm.
Roasted– this means to argue with someone verbally to the extent that they are somewhat defeated in your quick tongue battle.
Ship- Ship is one of the most important terms on the Internet. It comes from the word relationship. Do you just know that two people belong together? Well, you’re by definition “shipping” them.
Spilling the Tea- It basically means pretending not to notice when something crazy or scandalous is happening around you. when you are spilling the tea that usually signifies that gossip is being shared, and therefore the tea is a little more difficult to swallow.
Snatched– Snatched is the new fleek. It’s used to describe anything that looks really good or on point. Anything from your eyebrows to your outfit can be snatched.
Sus– Sus comes from the word suspect. It’s the Internet’s word for sketchy or shady.
Sis-Sis is the new bro. However you’d use bro, just replace it with sis and you’re good to go.
TBH- This one is pretty easy to guess. It means “to be honest” and is usually followed by either a joke or a more sincere comment.
Time suck–An activity that takes a lot of time you could have used to do more productive things.
TL; DR–This abbreviation stands for “too long; didn’t read.” It’s used to summarize the key point of a long text.
Throw shade– its meaning is quite opposite from its literal one. It means to disrespect someone.
Thicc– It is latest slang came up and used to describe people having bigger body parts that are bigger than usual. Normally describes someone’s booty.
Trolls-They don’t live under a bridge and they won’t ask you to answer three riddles before passing by. They are just jerks who say awfully nasty things to strangers on social media.
Yass- This one is best expressed “YASS!” and maybe even with a few extra s’s — for added emphasis. That said, this one’s pretty simple: It simply means “yes!” in a more enthusiastic and slightly more annoying way.
Have I covered it all? No? Then be so kind and do Educate me. Post them in the comments if you please.