I’m a little late this year, but I’m here. Back with the annual slang glossary to help all the old folks stay fresh and cool with the latest hip lingo.
Special thanks, as always, goes out to my Facebook homies for their assistance in my very important research. If you need to review any of the previous volumes, you’ll find links to volumes 1 – 5 at the bottom.
Buckle up, kids. Here we go….
/remember: “I don’t remember.” For those of you who do not “speak” HTML, that forward slash indicates the end of something, essentially. As in “No, stop.” Isn’t it nice that HTML is creeping into our real-life everyday vocab?
Ate That: Surprisingly, it’s an indication of success. As in, “100% on that test?! You ate that, man.”
Bants: A short version of “banter.”
Based: Well, the easiest definition for me to understand was as shorthand for “based on facts,” but there’s a bunch of definitions out there. Y’all can go figure this one out.
BEC: This one totally cracked me up. It stands for “Bitch eating crackers” and almost seems like another way to cite a “Karen.” As in, “you’re just mad cause she’s a BEC.”
Bones/No Bones: We can all thank Noodles the Pug for this one. I ain’t mad about it. There’s even an adorable book about it now.
Booed Up: You are taken! Paired up with a significant other. (Congrats!) ❤️
Bozo: I am happy to say I knew this word. It’s been in my own vernacular for ages. Nice to see it making a comeback.
Cake: Has someone recently complemented your cake? Woo hoo! That means you have a great ass.
Caught in 4K: Let’s put it this way, stupid criminals are typically “caught in 4K.”
Cheugy: I think the word “cheugy” is already cheugy (out of style). I haven’t heard it in a while, but I’ve never included it before so there it is. Here is a creepy dude teaching us how to pronounce it.
Coin: I discovered a few definitions for this term however as it was originally referred to me was as a “shiny” replacement.
Cope, Cope Harder: Something to say when you want to aggravate someone who’s flailing. The example on Urban Dictionary cracked me up:
Person 1: Bro why did you cook the dog? I loved him.
Person 2: Cope harder, Bozo.
Creps: A synonym for “sneakers.”
Doing the Grown-up: Look at you two, getting it on…. “doing the grown up!” (Hopefully not in public.)
Drip/Drip So Hard: Adjective to describe your outfit- similar to swag. And if it’s real special, you drip so hard.
Dub: As in the “W” — the win. Get the dub, team.
Fit Check: This is a way of saying “check out my outfit.” It’s commonly used on social media paired with a photo of one’s outfit and used as a hashtag, #FitCheck.
Ghosting: A lot of us know this one, right? Please not that if you do this to someone while you’re dating or in a job interview process, you’re a dick.
Good Fit: A term for exclusivity. “Only good fits allowed.”
Guap: Totally thought this was gonna be short for “guapo,” which is Spanish for “handsome.” But it’s a euphemism for a lot of cash.
Hit Different: When positive expectations are exceeded. “This pizza is great, but that spaghetti hits different.” (Points for the spaghetti!)
Hot Girl Summer: How have I not included this yet? And how are we still saying this? Are we still saying this?
IWTF: “I want to fuck.” (You do?)
Key Smash: Wow. This was more information about a slang term than I ever imagined I’d find. But a “key smash” is literally that — a random smashing of the keyboard that conveys intense or overwhelming emotion. However, there is apparently an art to this skill. For the perfect key smash, you must use the “Home Keys” on your keyboard; a,s,d,f,j,k,l, as well as g and h. The typical start letters are “a” and “j” but any of them can really be used. AND, once you have perfected your key smash, you can begin throwing in letters from the other rows for a personal touch. Isn’t that exciting? Further research indicates this a staple of the LGBTQ+ community.
Living Rent Free: Admittedly, this is one of my personal faves. There’s always a lot of shit living rent free in my brain. And there is also a very needy and costly dog living rent free in my home.
Looking For the Askers: Well, obviously, I found out “askers” is people who ask questions, and I guess sometimes you gotta look for ’em.
Maskfish: Covid gave way to some new slang (i.e., “maskne”). This is when you meet someone during the Pandemic only to discover that who they truly are in subsequent interactions, sucks. Or, more literally (and perhaps more cruelly), when someone who is/was attractive with a mask on, takes it off to reveal they are… not.
No Cap: A cleaner alternative to “no shit.”
Opp: Thought this was obviously an abbreviation for “opportunity” but it is, in fact, short for “opposition.”
Pog: Does anyone remember when POGS were all the rage for about eight minutes in the 90s?! This is actually derived from that. It’s an expression of excitement. (Because I guess Pogs were…. exciting?)
QTNA: Questions that need answers.
Ratio: When a reply or comment on social media gets more likes than the original post it replied to (See also: You Fell Off).
Red Flag Emoji: STOPPIT! RUN! GO BACK! RED ALERT! Is this the internet’s “flag on the play?” I think it is. 🚩
Say Less: When you understand something so fully and clearly, you don’t need any further explanation. You might comment “I’m on it. Say less.”
Secure(d) the Bag: You did it! You got your money! (I agree that “secured the bag” sounds way cooler.)
Seethe: My research indicates this is a bit of a “Karen” response. When an annoying or self-righteous nerd rages on internet about something arbitrary, you might tell them, “Seethe more, asshole.”
Sending me: “Sending me” is the new “I’m screaming” or “I literally cant.” (See: Volume 1)
Skrrt: The act of screeching, be it in your car or when you pass a hottie on the street.
Stonks: A retort when one has made a financial faux pas. “You traded your car for a bike? Stonks.”
Studious Foo: What a compliment! You’re a responsible, studier, kid. A studious fool. (I guess the ‘L’ is extraneous.)
That’s Gas: Used as a synonym for with “fire,” “rad,” “dope,” etc.to indicate something is great. (Have we brought back “rad” yet? Let’s keep on that.)
The Blueprint: Other than being a pretty great album from Jay-Z in 2001, it refers to someone who’s so amazing and perfect, they are THE BLUEPRINT. You know who you are. 😜
Understood the Assignment: Ya nailed it. Good job.
You Fell Off: A phrase typically used on Twitter to mock someone for a bad take. Sometimes it’s used as a way to ratio (see also: ratio) the unaware victim. And this was an odd aside from Urban Dictionary that made me laugh but also cringe : “Most people using this phrase lack a strong male role model in their life and don’t know what grass feels like.”
Zaddy: I won’t even tell you what Urban Dictionary had on this. Let me just say “hot, older guy.” Personally, still creeps me out. The only Daddy I ever wanted is my father and I certainly ain’t calling anyone “Zaddy.”
OKAY, KIDS AND GROWN UPS, WHAT DID I GET WRONG? WHAT DID I MISS?
TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS SO I CAN ADD IT TO VOLUME VII.
For previous editions, click: VOLUME I // VOLUME II // VOLUME III // VOLUME IV // VOLUME V