I officially knew I was not cool anymore the first time I heard the phrase “on fleek.” Although I’m certain my coolness status flew out the window years ago, I like to think I’m usually on top of trends, or at least aware of their meaning. But that fateful day when I read the caption “eyebrows on fleek,” I knew without a doubt that my time using slang (or rather, pulling it off) had come to an end. I can feel my 23-year-old brother rolling his eyes from here.
There’s a scene in the most recent episode of Showtime’s Affair, where a 40-something woman yells to a loud bar full of college students, “Hey Millennials!! What does FOMO mean?” It about sums up how I’m starting to feel when I see some of the new nonsense being thrown around.
So naturally, I thought it would be a good idea to break down a few that have surfaced recently so that you can decide for yourself whether you want to try and slide them into your vernacular, or watch wistfully as younger, hipper people use them with ease. At the very least you’ll know what all the cool tweens are saying. So here is some new (ish) slang that makes me feel old, and what they actually mean. (Bonus: If you’re short on conversation topics at family gatherings this holiday season, you can try teaching some of these to your grandpa—and suddenly feel young and spry again.)
Here’s a fun new word for gossip or the scoop on something. And by fun I mean totally confusing if you are a 32-year-old woman trying to sprinkle it in without warning to your friends. Here is what I said that made everyone assume I was drunk: “Guys, did you hear the tea about Gwen and Blake?”
To me, this is sort of a synonym with thirsty, but that alone may show my ignorance. The definition of extra is anyone or anything that’s excessive or trying too hard. Here’s how to use it if you see me wearing that new hot pink lipstick I should return: “Lyns, stop being so extra.”
I can get down with this one. It stands for One True Pairing and it’s basically the couple that you think is the perfect couple (see: the term “ship” below). In a sentence: Mindy Lahiri + Danny Castellano = OTP.
Of course there is an update to “on fleek.” Do you see how that happened? We haven’t even published this piece and my intro is already outdated. In a nutshell, if it looks good it’s snatched.
I hate this one so much, but at least it sort of makes sense. It basically is short for relationship, except it can be also be used as a verb for endorsing two people pairing off romantically. An example sentence that I will never be able to pull off: “I ship Felicity and Noel so hard.”
Apparently this is when someone gets something they don’t deserve or didn’t work for. Ya know, like Santa Claus aka Kris Kringle? A sample usage: “Woah he got promoted already? I’m calling kringled.” Another sample usage: Don’t use this because I just made this one up to test you guys.
This one also makes me mad but I’ll probably use it in a tweet before the year is through. A hunty is your BFF or your friend group (dare I say squad?). P.S.—There are a few variations on this one so Urban Dictionary it with caution.
This one has roots in an Eminem song so basically it’s vintage to the kiddos using it. It means being an overzealous fan of someone. ‘Stanning’ is also an appropriate use of the slang. Ex: “Lyndsay totally stans Adele’s new album.”
9. “Netflix and Chill”
I KNEW THIS ONE! Which means it’s probably almost out the door. It refers to a text you’d send someone if you wanted them to come over and hook up—not binge watch old The Office episodes.