We decode 10 slang words that millennials use
Just like fashion, beauty or style has its seasons, language has its trends. And believe us, nothing will make you feel lost or irrelevant if you’re unable to decipher what millennials are talking about. New slang terms come up every so often and we need to keep up! Plus, with the Oxford Dictionary adding in terms like “cray” and “yolo” to the official English language, it’s only right that we learn about pop slang. We decode 10 words below!
Yaassss (no definite number of a’s or s’s) is another way to say yes, but with added amounts of punch and enthusiasm. It’s mostly used to support a thought, comment or to agree on a statement.
How to use it: “Yaassss, we’re having ice-cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yaassss!”
I can’t even
Ever been so speechless that you just can’t find the words? I can’t even is an expression commonly used when someone is feeling overjoyed or exasperated that you can’t even find the right words; depending on the context.
How to use it: “I didn’t expect to win this prize. I’m so shocked, and happy… I can’t even.”
Sorry not sorry
Sorry not sorry is a phrase used when you’re not really sorry or apologetic for a mistake that someone thinks you’re making. In actual fact, you don’t even think you should be apologising, but do it anyway! The term is often used on hashtags too on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
How to use it: “Don’t hate on me because I’m too sassy for you. #sorrynotsorry.”
On fleek refers to something that’s perfect or “on point”. So if someone says that you’re on fleek, accept the compliment graciously! Somehow the term on fleek is often used for eyebrows.
How to use it: “Girl, you’re eyebrows are on fleek!”
As if we’re not lazy enough, we have to shorten all our words into acronyms. TBH means “to be honest” and is usually used before a comment or a joke.
How to use it: “TBH, I think that skirt looks awful on you.”
Bae means “before anyone else,” and usually refers to a significant other and could be argued as a term shortened from babe. These days, girls have been using this term to describe their close gal pals, too. Even our Ed, calls her group of friends, Kra-baes (“kra” is short for Krabi after their epic group trip).
How to use it: “My baes are the best! #mybaesarebetterthanyours.”
You know you can always count on someone in the hip-hop scene to come up with cool phrases. Turnt Up was coined by Wiz Khalifa and it literally means to party hard and go all out.
How to use it: “We’re going to the club and getting turnt up tonight!”
AF is an acronym for “as f*ck”. Often used as an adjective to emphasise and exaggerate a statement.
How to use it: “Beyonce was slaying it AF at her concert.”
Another acronym on this list, NSFW stands for Not Safe For Work.
How to use it: “Don’t watch this video here, its NSFW.”
What name do you use to describe your group of friends that you hang with? Stop using clique (because that’s so passe) and switch it up to squad. Coined by Taylor Swift after this video.
How to use it: “My squad and I are hanging out tonight.”