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Your Millennial Slang Translator – V2.0

You asked. We answered.

It’s been almost a year since we published our record-breaking post: Your 3-minute crash course in millennial slangAnd just as I was starting to use them with confidence, words like ‘bae’, ‘lit’ and ‘salty’ are already yesterday’s news!

But luckily for me, I have some trusty millennials nearby to keep me ahead of the game. 

Ready to be relevant AF? Let’s go.

 

Cancelled

To dismiss or reject something or someone.

Example:

A: He wore tracksuit pants to our first date…

B: That’s it, he’s cancelled!

Dead

Describes a reaction to something extremely hilarious.

Example:

A: Look at what Alicia posted on Instagram…

B: OMG, I’m dead!

Extra

Unnecessary over-the-top behaviour or characteristics.

Example:

A: Did you see Coco wearing her matching lemon pantsuit and fur coat?

B: Oh, she is so EXTRA!

Fam

A term to address people you consider family.

Example:

Can’t wait to see my fam!

Irl

An acronym for ‘In Real Life’.

Example:

A: Ben’s such a troll on Twitter!

B: I know, but he’s a massive sweetheart irl.

JOMO

Forget FOMO. JOMO (‘Joy of Missing Out’) is the one you’ve been waiting for!

Example:

A: Peter! Where were you yesterday!?

B: In bed, watching Netflix… pure JOMO.

Legit

Real. Totally serious. Legitimate.

Example:

A: Wait… he played you a love song on his ukulele?

B: Yeah, legit!

Low-key

To give something little emphasis. Can also be used to describe ‘modest’ or ‘quiet’.

Example:

A: How are you feeling?

B: I’m low-key stressed about my exams.

Kween

The sassy way of spelling ‘queen’. Used to describe someone who is SLAYING (aka nailing it).

Example:

A: Did you see Beyoncé’s new music video!?

B: Yes! What a KWEEN!

Seened

When someone reads your message but doesn’t reply. (Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.)

Example:

A: Did Jake reply to your message?

B: No, he just seened me.

Slide into DMs

When someone flirts with you via direct message (DM) on Twitter or Instagram.

Example:

A: How did you and Sean meet?

B: Well it all started when he slid into my DMs.

Smh

When something is obvious. It’s an acronym for ‘Shaking My Head’.

Example:

A: Did you know that Trump is a narcissist?

B: Oh, smh.

Suss

Short for the word ‘suspicious.’ It can also refer to finding information.

Example:

A: What’s Annie doing with Sam?

B: I don’t know but I’ll suss it out.

Tfw

An acronym for ‘That Feeling When’. Usually used to describe a very positive or negative feeling.

Example:

A: Tfw your best friend starts dating your ex.

B: Legit? That’s rough, man.

Vibing

Describes an interest between two people.

Example:

A: How are you and Chris going?

B: Yeah, we’re just vibing.

Yeet

A way to express excitement or say ‘yes’.

Example:

A: Are you ready to dance tonight!?

B: YEET!

Credits go to the wonderful Victoria Zhu and Sara Burke for helping me nut this stuff out. Their explanations were once again #onpoint.