Your 3-minute crash course in millennial slang
If you’re getting accustomed to terms like bae, salty and lit, you’ve been spending too much time with a millennial.
And if these words are causing you to scratch your head in bewilderment, trust me, you’re not alone.
I now write monthly promotional newsletters for an upmarket beauty brand that attracts the Kim Ks and Kylies of Melbourne. So I suddenly found myself having to consult my 13-year old daughter and 21-year old copywriting assistant – both shameless Instagram addicts – for a crash course in millennial slang.
And boy was I enlightened.
Too good not to share, here it is: the must-have translator for anyone who writes for, markets to, parents or interacts with a millennial. #writingoals
When a young person starts fulfilling adult responsibilities.
A: You’re paying rent now?
B: Yep, I’m adulting.
|‘As [email protected]#k’. Used to describe something to the extreme.|
That guy is cute af
|Used to describe girlfriends, boyfriends and best friends. Some suggest it’s an acronym for ‘before anyone else’.|
A: Is that your boyfriend?
B: Yep, that’s my bae!
|Basic||Used to describe someone who lacks any interesting characteristics.|
Don’t even talk to her, she’s so basic.
|When someone can’t deal with something because it’s too much.|
A: OMG, look at that dog.
B: That dog is so adorable I can’t even.
|Dope||Used to describe something or someone that is cool or awesome.|
Ariana Grande is dope!
|Goals||Something that people aspire to or find inspirational.|
A: Look at that sweet couple over there.
B: They’re relationship goals.
|Jelly||Another word for jealous.|
Look at her with my ex, I’m so jelly!
|When something is off the rails (super fun).|
A: Did you go to that party last night?
B: Yes, it was lit!
|Used to describe something that is perfect.|
Can sometimes be used interchangeably with ‘on point’ and originally used to describe eyebrows.
A: Look at my eyebrows!
B: Eyebrows on fleek!
|Describes perfection and can be used in greater contexts than ‘on fleek’.|
Her outfit is on point.
|Describes an angry person or aggressive behaviour.|
A: Alex makes me so angry.
B: You’re so salty.
|Being harsh, brutal or nasty.|
A: You look bad in that selfie.
B: Damn, you’re savage!
|Shocked or surprised.|
A: Trump got elected president.
B: What?! I’m SHOOK!
|Slay||When someone is excelling at something|
A: Omg, look at Chloe’s dress!
B: Yas Chloe, slay!
|Used to describe a group of friends.|
A: Do you know Ben?
B: Yes, he’s part of my squad.
|To disrespect or trash talk someone (usually in public).|
Katy Perry is always throwing shade at Taylor Swift.
Stay woke about equality.
Zero chill/no chill
|Meaning 1: when one loses the ability to be calm.|
What? Trump got elected? I got no chill!
Meaning 2: when one doesn’t care about anything anymore.
A: That guy attended class in his pyjamas.
B: He’s got zero chill.
Credits go to the wonderful Victoria Zhu for helping me nut this stuff out. Her explanations were #onpoint.