We created this millennial slang dictionary to help marketers decode words and phrases trending on social media. And since these trends change constantly, this entry is regularly updated with additions, deletions, and new examples.
November 2016’s new additions are highlighted and include: curve, GOAT, receipts, feels bad man, and smol. This month, we’ve also retired “fomo”, “keep it 100”, and “zero f*cks given” because, tbh, they’re on their way out and there’s so much else to choose from.
Read on to get up to speed with the latest millennials slang.
As f**k, extremely
“Drunk af rn” (see “rn”)
Baby, sweetie, honey; significant other
“Going grocery shopping with bae”
Describes an individual or an individual’s behavior when he/she/it lacks originality, goes along with mainstream trends
“I’m wearing boots, leggings, and drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte #basic”
Expresses when something is too ridiculous, funny, overwhelming, or unfair for one to form an articulate response
Variations: I can’t even, literally can’t even
“At a cat café for the first time. Literally can’t even.”
To deliberately ignore or sidestep an obvious expression of interest
“I was trying to get this girl to go out w/ me but she curved”
feels bad man
Used to denote the feeling of failure, or sympathy for someone else’s failure
Variations: feelsbadman, feelsbadman.jpg
“I spilled my lunch all over myself in front of my boss. Feels bad man.”
Label applied to an aspirational group, person, object, or quality one aspires to have. Typically used as a hashtag.
“Love T Swift and her whole crew #squadgoals”
Acronym for “greatest of all time”
“Beyonce is the GOAT. Hands down. No arguments.”
no chill (zero chill)
Reckless or irrational behavior, a lack of self-control
“Jill has no chill calling Nicole out like that”
Evidence of a person’s hypocrisy, often pulled from past social media or text conversations
“Jake called me basic for my PSL yesterday, but I have receipts from his Insta of him with one at least a dozen times last year.”
“Drunk af rn” (see “af”)
To endorse another couple’s romantic relationship
“I ship Barack and Michelle Obama so hard #powercouple”
To do something really well, “kill it”
“Just got a promotion because I slay every single day”
Shaking my head. Shorthand for disapproval or scorn in the face of perceived stupidity or injustice.
Variations: smfh, smdh
“Jim spent his whole paycheck on lotto tickets smh”
Something extremely small and cute
“That kitten is so smol. I want to squish its face.”
To be honest, often used when admitting something that shouldn’t be admitted
“Not a very big fan of that outfit tbh”
Wanting something especially bad, desperate, too eager
“She’s so thirsty” [for him to call her]
To obviously show disapproval, give side eye, talk trash
“Can’t enjoy my meal because those ppl keep throwing shade.”
tbt / wcw / mcm
Social media abbreviations used on particular days of the week: Throwback Thursday, Woman Crush Wednesday, Man Crush Monday. Usually paired with hashtags.
“Monday’s our two-year wedding anniversary, but he’s my forever #mcm.”
“V bummed I can’t go to the party tonight”
Friends; one’s squad. Popularized by Drake in his song “Know Yourself”
“Spent the day shopping with my woes”
Socially and politically aware. The term gained popularity via the Black Lives Matter movement with the hashtag #staywoke
“At this town hall meeting just trying to stay woke”
Variation: yas, yusss
A more emphatic word for “yes,” used when really happy or excited about something
“She’s on her way over with pizza and wine YASSSS”
Important word we left off the list? Need a word or phrase better explained? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and comments. And if you want to relive the good old days of what was popular just a few months ago, check out these recently retired words and phrases.
// Retired millennial slang
A dismissive goodbye, someone’s leaving and you couldn’t care less (from the 1995 movie Friday)
Ashley: “Fine then, I’m leaving”
Lauren: “Bye Felicia”
dat ___ tho
Signifies something particularly awesome
Variations: dat ___ doe
“Dat pizza tho”
Response to something so funny, ridiculous, or adorable that one instantly “dies” of laughter
Variations: i’m dead, dead., ded
@John my mom just referred to one of my ex-girlfriends as “you know, the basic one”
Fear of missing out
“I really don’t feel like going out tonight but I’ve got serious fomo”
keep it 100
Stay authentic, true to oneself, on top of one’s game; keep it real. Usually expressed with the ‘100’ emoji.
“Love my barista b/c he’s super friendly, never messes up my drink, and always keeps it 100”
Netflix and chill
“Who’s trying to Netflix and chill?”
On point, perfect
“Girl your eyebrows are on fleek”
Ready to party, hyped up, crazy
“Where’s the party at? Trying to get #turnt”
“Yes or yes?” Added to the end of a statement for humorous emphasis. Unlike the typical “y/n” (yes or no) construction, “y/y” does not offer an option to disagree.
“Bill Murray is the most hilarious human alive y/y”
zero f*ks given
The act or state of not caring about an outcome
“Three essays due tomorrow and I haven’t even started #zerof*ksgiven”
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in November 2015 and has been updated as trends have shifted.