Charlotte Hilton AndersenUpdated: Jan. 06, 2023
Yolt is the new yeet. Brush up on these unofficial vocab words.
Can you hang?
Want to up your cool factor? Be a hipster? Understand the youths? Become a venture capitalist (or just sound like one)? Or maybe you’re just looking for some more creative ways to insult people? We’ve got you covered with this list of slang words you need to know this year. And you know these slang words are legit because when I read them to my three teenagers to make sure I was using them correctly, they said, and I quote, “Big yikes, mom! This is the cringiest thing I’ve ever heard.” To which I replied, “…OK, Zoomer.” I win. If you missed last year’s list, here are the 30 slang words from 2019 we love.
Sounds like a you problem
Have you ever had someone vent to you or ask for your help and you weren’t sure how to say no politely? Well, don’t say this. This is a retort used to wake someone else up to the fact that they are responsible for their own drama and not to involve you—in the least empathetic way possible.
Someone “snapping” used to mean they had reached their breaking point and had an emotional outburst (usually anger). These days, however, if someone tells you that you’re snappin’, it’s actually a compliment, meaning that you look really well put together. Looking for something a little more conventional? Try one of these 52 little compliments guaranteed to make anyone smile.
Spilling the tea
Got the insider scoop on some really good gossip? If you share it then you’re spilling the tea. Often used by YouTubers to get more clicks from people who are dying to know a secret (that is available for the entire internet to hear). Also, maybe check out these 11 tips to stop being so judgy.
Being on fire, literally, is a bad thing. Being on fire, figuratively, means you’re on a roll. Being fire (again, figuratively) means you’re amazing. But if someone tells you that you’re straight fire? You’re an absolute sexy beast and you should keep doing whatever it is you’re doing. Likewise, these 13 funny compliments are sure to win anyone over.
When the word “yikes” isn’t enough to describe an unfortunate, embarrassing, or weird situation, you can pull out the “BIG yikes.” Not only does this mean all the aforementioned words but it adds an extra level of cringeworthiness. In the mood for more interesting vocab? Here are 20 words that are their own opposites.
Hey parents, these days it’s not enough to embarrass your kids. If you really do something humiliating, strange, or silly (aka something completely normal that no person other than your teen would notice) then you’re “cringey.” If this gets said to you, make sure you know 10 ways healthy people handle rejection.
That’s a choice
This is the perfect slang for when you want to acknowledge someone’s decision while still being mildly disapproving. For the ultimate in passive-aggressiveness, say it with as little emotion as possible. Find out the brand new words added to the dictionary in 2019.
It may sound like snakes trapped in a paper bag but whether this is texted or said aloud, it’s a new way of saying something is funny by signifying laughter. It’s most commonly used by VSCO girls. And hey, it works, because it’s nearly impossible to say with a straight face. Or just check out these 50 funny animal pictures that are guaranteed giggles.
The humble punctuation mark, the period, has been going through an evolution thanks to texting. It used to be that it was just proper punctuation at the end of a sentence but now most of the time people don’t bother adding it on—unless they want to really emphasize something. Saying or texting “periodt” is the verbal equivalent. It means “and this is final, I’ve proved my point”! Do you know the 13 rules of texting etiquette?
Take it to da house
Cheering on your favorite sports team? Bellow this phrase to encourage them to play hard and score big—not only will you sound like a true fan but it has the added bonus of embarrassing any teen in the vicinity. Everyone wins!
Last year we were introduced to “mood,” as in “that’s a mood,” to describe a picture that evokes a powerful and relatable feeling. This year, because nothing can be simple, we’ve upped the ante by adding a misspelling to it. It’s the same slang, just somehow cooler? Find out the slang words you didn’t know were in the dictionary.
“Oof” is the catchphrase of a character on the popular game Roblox, used when he makes a mistake. (Apparently he’s from the Midwest? Oof-da!) Kids have taken it offline and now saying “big oof” means you made a slightly bigger mistake. It’s a mix between saying “my bad” and “facepalm.” Do you know the origins of these popular slang words?
The D List
You’ve heard of A-list, B-list, and even C-list celebs but where do you go when you need to describe someone below reality TV stars? Straight to the D-list. These are people just famous on Instagram or YouTube and are only known for being influencers…of something. Find out 16 more text abbreviations you really need to know by now.
Ever posted something online for free only to discover how many people want to argue with you about a free gift? “Can you deliver that free couch to me?” “Can you throw in the TV in the picture too?” It comes from the old adage of “beggars can’t be choosers” and shows you how they very much will still try. The worst part is choosey beggars often get insulting fast. “You’re a terrible person and you deserve to die—the only thing my child dying of cancer wanted for his birthday was your TV! And your Xbox! For free!”
What happens when a bunch of well-meaning people try to “out virtue” everyone else to prove what a good person they are. Eventually, it turns into the worst kind of echo chamber where only the most extreme views are rewarded and anyone who tries to disagree or add nuance is attacked.
This is an acronym for “bathroom time off,” meaning the breaks you take during your workday to “go to the bathroom” but instead of just doing bathroom stuff you’re surfing the web, playing candy crush, sexting, or otherwise just chilling on the porcelain throne and avoiding your responsibilities.
First, there were Boomers, then came “OK boomer” (as a snide comeback to an older person), and now we have a name for the generation of people saying “OK boomer”—the Zoomers, or generation Z. It is a beautiful irony that Zoomers are now linked through rhyme to the older generation. Meanwhile, Gen X and Gen Y are running the country. Can someone please make a witty limerick now?
Anyone with hormones is familiar with the concept of feeling horny but in this day of Tinder hookups, people are craving something more personal. Saying you’re “heart horny” means you’re not just looking for sex but are desiring a real romantic connection. Awww! Make sure you know these 10 slang words used on dating sites.
Add this to the long, long list of ways to say someone is high! If there’s one consistent thing about drugs across the board, it’s that it makes people get really creative in describing doing them. Slang for drugs is often regional, like these slang words only people from your state will understand.
Good vibes only
In a time where negativity and bad news spews like an open firehose from the Internet, it makes sense that people are craving a little space for positivity. If that’s you, proclaim “Good vibes only!” to let others know that you need a break from all the bad stuff. Then put your headphones in and slowly walk away. With roots in the ’70s, this could be one of the vintage slang words that need to be brought back.
Just like you’d snip the ending off of a bad scene in a movie, now you can clip out the bad parts of your movie reel of life. Or at least you can try by using this word. Saying something is “clipped” means that a situation or event is totally over, with no hope of redemption, the end.
Weird flex but okay
Flexing on someone is a way to one-up or prove you are better than someone else but by using it in this phrase, you’re expressing surprise at the strange way someone chose to try to beat you.
Potatoes are delicious but make no mistake if someone calls you this, you’re anything but tasty. Calling someone a potato means they’re too dumb to be sentient while also being incredibly boring. Sad bonus: Calling yourself a potato means you think you are unattractive and your body is shapeless and lumpy. Get a look at these 11 words and phrases that used to be insults but are now compliments.
Originally Published: March 12, 2020
Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Charlotte Hilton Andersen, BS, MS, has been covering health, fitness, parenting and culture for many major outlets, both in print and online, for 15 years. She's the author of two books, co-host of the Self Help Obsession podcast and also does freelance editing and ghostwriting. She has appeared in television news segments for CBS, FOX and NBC.
What are Gen Z slang words? ›
- Glow-up: Think of this term as a way of describing how someone improved from where they used to be.
- Slay: This word means to do something well or to do a good job.
- Bet: Bet is a way of saying “yes” or “OK” or “it's on.”
- Vibing: Gen Z is big on vibes.
Oxford Dictionary announced the Word of the Year for 2023, which summarizes the year very nicely. Every year Oxford selects a word to be added to the dictionary. This word usually depicts the current state of the world. This year, that honour goes to 'goblin mode'.What are popular slang words right now? ›
- no cap. You've likely seen cap and no cap used on social media, but these terms actually pre-date social media and Gen Z by several decades. ...
- cheugy. Are you cool or are you cheugy? ...
- drip. ...
- hits different. ...
- main character. ...
- snatched. ...
- bet. ...
Results are in and “bae” (“term of endearment or labeling something as good or cool”) is the most annoying idiom of the year. Next is “on fleek” (“perfectly executed or extremely good, attractive or stylish”). Coming in at third most annoying is “bye, Felicia” (“a dismissive goodbye”).What's the most popular word in 2022? ›
Merriam-Webster dictionary chose 'gaslighting', after a 1,740% rise in searches for the term this year. According to the OED it means “manipulating (a person) by psychological means into questioning his or her own sanity”.
Slang is vocabulary that is used between people who belong to the same social group and who know each other well. Slang is very informal language. It can offend people if it is used about other people or outside a group of people who know each other well.What does 🗿 mean in slang? ›
By placing the stone face emoji at the end of a message, you're saying in a dry and deadpan tone, “I'm annoyed and over it.” You can also just comment a series of 🗿 if you're too annoyed to care.What is the 50 slang? ›
Enduring '50s Slang Terms
For example, some people still say they're “having a blast,” “getting their kicks,” “on cloud 9,” “catching a flick,” “making out,” working a “gig,” and calling “dibs.” Then there's “nerd,” “spaz,” “pad” (your home), “the heat,” “no sweat,” “hip,” and lots more.
(vulgar); (slang) A badass is someone who is very tough or mean. Don't mess with him, he's a real badass! (slang) A person who has extreme attitudes and behavior and is admired by others. In this sense, calling someone a badass is a compliment.What is Gen Z TikTok? ›
A platform for a new generation of thinking
Gen Z TikTok users are also more likely to discover new brands and products on the platform, and they love creating tutorial videos about their favorite finds.
Why does Gen Z say slay? ›
Wall said using “slay,” which to Generation Z means “good job” or “killing it,” is one of the many examples of how she and some of her older colleagues miscommunicate. Miscommunication also happens through uses of punctuation, phrases and emoji. Cringe Quiz: Are you fluent in Gen-Z office speak?What's a Gen Z word for cool? ›
In Gen Z slang term, “fire” means something is really amazing or cool. They also use it to express excitement or point out a new trend within their culture.How do you pick your word for 2023? ›
- Reflect on the Past Year. To start, find a notebook or journal. ...
- Think about your values, intentions and goals for 2023. There's a difference between values, intentions and goals. ...
- Brainstorm. At this stage, look back through your notes. ...
- Make a Vision Board. ...
- Live your Word.
- Because (conjunction) ...
- TBH (abbreviation) ...
- Fluffernutter (n) ...
- Amirite (interjection) ...
- Copypasta (n) ...
- Deplatform (v) ...
- Whataboutism (n) ...
- FTW (abbreviation)
Yeet is a slang word that functions broadly with the meaning “to throw,” but is especially used to emphasize forcefulness and a lack of concern for the thing being thrown. (You don't yeet something if you're worried that it might break.)What is a number 1 slang? ›
to do a "number one": to pee, to urinate. idiom. to do a "number two": to poop, to defecate. idiom. "Number one" and "number two" are expressions often used by parents and children when talking about going to the bathroom.What are some gangster slang words? ›
- BG -n.- Baby Gangsta; an adolescent gangster.
- bluh -n. - a slurred pronunciation of Blood. ...
- Cuzz/Cuzzo -n. - Crip. ...
- G -n. - a gangsta. ...
- OG -n. - Original Gangster. ...
- overhoe -n. - derogatory term towards a Ova Soldier gang member.
- suwitchboy -n. - derogatory term towards a D.T.B ganster.
A slang phrase used instead of "what's up" or "how's it going." The phrase is often used by teenagers as a greeting to a friend or new acquaintance. However, the term can be used in a confrontational manner like when Nicki Minaj called out Miley Cyrus during the 2015 VMAs.What are some street slang words? ›
Whether you're a boomer, a Gen Z, or a millennial, read on to slay your next conversation!
- Periodt. ...
- Snatched. ...
- No cap / cap. ...
- Shade. ...
- Flex. ...
- Low key. ...
- High key. ...
$100 bill is occasionally "C-note" (C being the Roman numeral for 100, from the Latin word centum) or "century note"; it can also be referred to as a "Benjamin" or "Benny" (after Benjamin Franklin, who is pictured on the note), or a "yard" (so $300 is "3 yards" and a $50 bill is a "half a yard").
What does 20 mean slang? ›
What's your 20? is part of a system of radio codes called 10-codes. They developed in the late 1930s when police squads began using two-way radio to communicate. One was 10-20, meaning “location.” Asking What's your 20? emerged as a way to seek another's whereabouts.What is slang for shut up? ›
belt up (slang), shut your mouth, hold your tongue, put a sock in it (British, slang), button your lip (slang)What are the 3 most powerful words? ›
- Stake Your Claim and Own Your Own Power. Women are too often reluctant to claim their own power. ...
- Gloria Steinem—Michele's Professional Role Model. ...
- Hear More Stories and Read Michele's Blogs and Books. ...
- Order Dr.
- Abnegation. Denial; renunciation of a doctrine or belief.
- Ambigue. An ambiguous expression or statement.
- Athleisure. Comfortable and casual footwear & clothing designed for exercise and rigorous activity.
- Broigus. Angry or irritated.
- By-Catch. ...
- Blert. ...
- Comp. ...
- "Let's cancel this meeting" ...
- "What can I do to support you right now?" ...
- "I really appreciate you" ...
- "I'm rethinking my position on this" ...
- "Here's what I learned from my mistake"
Slang refers to a type of language that's too informal to use in certain situations. You can tell a word or phrase is slang when it becomes uncool to use it after a while — like "groovy" or "far out." Often, slang terms are considered vulgar or offensive to use in polite conversation.What are some black slang words? ›
- beat box. to create rhythmic percussive sounds with your mouth, especially when accompanying rhymes or rapping.
- bling. flashy jewellery worn to create the impression of wealth.
- chill | chill out. to relax and take it easy.
- da bomb. excellent, extremely good.
- dis | diss. ...
- funky (1) ...
- funky (2) ...
- hang | hang out.
Lol is an acronym of laugh out loud. It can be used as an interjection and a verb. Lol is one of the most common slang terms in electronic communications. Even though it means laugh out loud, lol is mostly used to indicate smiling or slight amusement.What does 🥜 mean in slang? ›
The Brief: The peanuts emoji 🥜 is often used as an innuendo for ejaculation/orgasm.What is a basic B * * * *? ›
What does basic bitch mean? Basic bitch is a term used to condescendingly refer to women who have predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior. The term has been criticized as misogynistic, though it has been reclaimed, to some extent, by women who have been labeled basic bitches.
What are the most popular words 2022? ›
According to Global Language Monitor (GLM), “denier” and “COVID” are the two most used words in 2022. The group tracks usage across the internet as well as in print, online, and social media.What are the latest trending words? ›
- FINFLUENCER. Meaning: A specific type of influencer who focuses on money-related topics. ...
- NOMOPHOBIA. ...
- FITSPIRATION. ...
- STAN. ...
- AWESOMESAUCE. ...
- LOW-KEY. ...
Gaslighting spent all of 2022 in the top 50 words looked up on the dictionary's website, earning it the title of word of the year.What are the most used slangs? ›
The most well-known slang words and phrases in America are “ghosted,” “salty,” and “on point.” 58% of Americans don't know what the 'Rona' means.Can you tell me 10 new words? ›
- 10 new English words for 2021. Read Time. ...
- Adulting. Definition: The action of becoming or acting like an adult. ...
- Awe walk. Definition: Taking a walk outside and making an effort to look at the things around you. ...
- Contactless. Definition: not having to physically touch or interact with people. ...
- Doomscrolling. ...
- PPE. ...
- Quarenteen. ...
|New Words to Use||Meanings|
|Acquiesce||accept something reluctantly but without protest|
|Align||place or arrange things in a straight line|
|Amend||make minor changes in a text in order to make it fairer|
- Rural. ...
- Sixth. ...
- Sesquipedalian. ...
- Phenomenon. ...
- Onomatopoeia. ...
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. ...