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Millennial Slang You Should Know While It’s Still In Use

Hurry! These words are being used by teens and millennials now but may go out of vogue in the next ten minutes.

USA Today has a list of 15 words and phrases teens/millennials are using that may be confusing to people over the age of 30. Here are the ones I see and hear most. Note: some of these will be NSFW.


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1

Fam

 

 

Somebody’s group of friends or just one really good friend.

“I forgive you. You’re my fam!”

 

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2

Lit

 

 

Something that’s hot and happening. It’s the new, hip version of ‘cool.’

‘You need to see Logan. It was lit!’

 

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3

Thirsty

 

 

Thirsty means desperate, over – eager, or impatient, especially in relationships.

‘Bob’s never gonna get with Sally if he keeps acting so thirsty around her.’

 

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4

Shade

 

 

Means putting someone down or dissing them, usually used with a variation of ‘throw.’

‘I hit Ted because he kept throwin’ shade at my bae.’

 

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5

Salty

 

 

Being angry or bitter at a specific person.

‘She’s still salty with me because I threw shade on her roomate.’

 

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6

AF [NSFW]

 

 

AF stands for ‘as f***’ and is used to emphasize something else.

‘Stayed up late listening to Chris Meaux’s lit podcast last night and now I’m tired AF.’

 

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7

Hundo P

 

 

This one’s short for ‘hundred percent,’ though not shorter than writing out ‘100%’ if you’re texting or using social media. Used to describe something really awesome (lit) or certain. It’s kind of like ‘totally.’

‘The PolyPoHo is Hundo P the only thing I listen to on Friday mornings.’

 

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8

Savage

 

 

Saying something raw or uncensored or unexpected. Kind of like having no filter.

Earl: ‘She told me she wasn’t Hundo P into me anymore on the day my grandma died.’

Fred: ‘That’s savage!’

 

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9

Clap Back

 

 

A snappy comeback you know will push the other person’s buttons and rile them up.

‘Jaycee kept making fun of my shoes, but I said at least I still have all my hair. He wasn’t expecting me to clap back.’

 

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10

Goals

 

 

Means exactly what goals means (something desired or worked towards) but is used as an adjective instead of a noun. Means ‘desirable’ in most uses.

‘The way they look at each other is goals.’

 

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