THE MILLENNIAL GLOSSARY RETURNS!
Many thanks to the folks younger and/or more knowledgable than myself who contributed verbiage for this new entry into the successful millennial glossary series. With the rise of Gen Z, now, Millennials are practically left in the dust. There is so much more ground to cover! But I am still happy to bring you the fourth volume of cool and hip words:
And I oop: Can be used to express shock, surprise or embarrassment. It originated with Drag Queen Jasmine Masters. You will easily see how and why:
Bang 30s: Yet again, my oldness comes into play. Why would you create a phrase that is syllabically longer than the term is stands for? This is a phrase you use to demand a fight. “Fight,” mind you, is a one syllable word but… *shrug* “Don’t talk about my mom, are you trying to bang 30s?”
Beat: This is an addendum to my previous “beat” entry in Volume 2. I had cited it as a synonym for applying makeup as well as for unattractive. However I’ve since observed it as a euphemism for anything unpleasurable. For example, “Homework is BEAT.”
Big Dick Energy: Metaphorically, it is writing a check for $50,000 without breaking a sweat because you know you got that dough in the bank. More definitively, it is an assured confidence. (See also, apparently: Pete Davidson)
Bless Up: Sigh. While I hesitate to give DJ Khaled crdit for anything, I guess he’s due here. Khaled made this famous as a term of general reverence and gratitude. For example, when your kid comes home to show off an ‘A’ on his exam, one might reply “Bless up, son.”
Bops: This one’s easy and a delight to share. It is an enjoyable song. Credible journalism has even been known to use it.
BSC: An acronym for “bat shit crazy.” (A personal fave.)
Cancel Culture: Not to be confused with “you’re canceled” (as seen in Volume 3); also known as “Call out culture” or “outrage culture.” It is a present-day form of severe, public humiliation to hold individuals and/or groups accountable for wrong actions, often on social media. The resulting punishment is that said individual and/or group is completely and firmly boycotted at infinitum, or, “cancelled.”
Come Thru: Deliberately spelled as such (jnot, “through”), 1. When you are just crushing it – for example, “Come thru and show these kids how a woman does it right!” 2. Completing an action – for example, “Hey, can you come thru with the snacks?”
Crackie: Please note I am copying and pasting this one because I find it a little offensive and won’t mess around with it… it is a Crackhead removed so far from reality that it is funny. (Is it?)
Cross Faded: Being both drunk and high at the same time.
Dead S: Shortened of “Dead serious.”
Deceased: The biggest feeling of feelings. When something is so cute, funny or wonderful, you just want to die because you cannot handle it. I see this a lot on Twitter …. and from Taylor Swift fans. (See also: “RIP,” “Dead” or “Ded.”)
Facts: An expression of agreement. For example:
“Brad Pitt was so deserving of that Oscar.”
FB/LB: Follow back or like back.
Finna: An abbreviation for the phrase “fixing to.” It is typically used in place of “gonna.” If you’re finna do something, you’re going to or planning on doing it.
frfr: For real, for real. For emphasis.
Gassing: To boost someone’s ego; to hype something or someone up.
Gucci: Tis Gucci, guys. It’s so good it’s goooooo-chee. See how clever? (This has been around for a while but I somehow have missed it in previous volumes.)
Go off: I think most of us have used this in the context of ranting, right? As in, “She can really go off about that…” However in our context here, it’s a little more like gassing. It means to get hyped on something. Example: “YASSS, GURL! GO OFF!”
Hardo: No, no, dirty minds, this is not short for a “hard on.” However it is about being a dick. This is that guy or girl in school. You know, someone who tries too hard at everything. They have to be the tops to a fault. “We were late to the concert because Jim is a hardo and took 30 minutes to put in his hair gel.”
Here for it: A statement of support. Learning all this cool slang? I am here for it.
hmu: Hit me up!
Hop off: Another way to say “back up” or “get away.”
Humble Brag: It really isn’t humble at all. But it’s a way to “escape” bragging about yourself by prefacing it with this rather phony show of humility. 😉
Incel: It’s a portmanteau, really. It is a combination to mean “involuntarily celibate.” It also references the fact that stereotypically, these people – usually male – are angry losers.
JW: Just wondering.
Mickey-fickey: Well, quite simply, it’s a less-filthy way to exclaim “motherfucker.”
OK Boomer: It has a shockingly long Wikipedia entry?! But in any case is a term to mock or dismiss someone of the Baby Boomer generation (or, loosely, just an older person) who doesn’t get what you’re doing or saying.
Okurrrr: Let us all thank Cardi B for this one. She has explained that she uses it to affirm when someone is being put in their place:
Pure: The most sweet and innocent. You’ll see this on Twitter a lot, for example:
Video of Chris Evans excitedly petting two dogs to make your day better. He’s so pure. pic.twitter.com/bs3yaLb9oa
— هـ (@lokiiswhore) September 7, 2019
Slaps: If a song slaps, it’s a good bop. For example, “This song slaps!”
Stay up: A way to communicate that “you will be okay.”
Take the L: For “take the loss.” In other words, take the hit, make the sacrifice. But can also reference a failure, i.e. “I really took the L on that exam.”
Thot: Oh my word, I found two definitions here. Firstly, in the hacking world wherein “thot” is an amalgam of “three-one-two.” But more prevalent is that it is an acronym for “That hoe over there.” Sigh.
Weird flex, but ok: To “flex” means to boast or show off, so when you say this, you’re saying “well that’s a weird thing to show off but you’ve made your choice.” Know what I mean?
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And that wraps up another Millennial Glossary! But do tell, what words or phrases did I miss? Volume five will be here in no time!
Need to get up to speed on the lingo of our youths? Here are the first three volumes so you can brush up: