Sorry guys, but it’s time to retire some of your fave terms (I’m looking at you “on fleek,” “preach” and “squad”) and instead, familiarize yourselves with some ~new slang~. Check out 10 words you should know in 2016 below, and remember, if you’re questioning whether or not you’re using the term correctly, just don’t.
What it means: Refers to something that is pretty effing amazing.
Me: “Did you seen 1D perform on ’SNL’?”
Friend: “Yeah, that set was lit.”
TrashSteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: Indicates something or someone is terrible, similar to “garbage.” (“Today smells like warm garbage.”) Basically, anything that’s worthy of being thrown out.
*Sees the L train is down for the 294th time this week*
*Turns to friend*
Me: “The L train is trash.”
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What it means: To reject a person, place or thing.
Me: “Should I swipe right? One of his ’interests’ is Nickelback.”
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What it means: To metaphorically rake someone through the coals or rather, burn them.
Me: “My roommate used up the last roll of toilet paper and hasn’t replaced it in three days.”
Friend 2: “DRAG HER TO THE GROUND.”
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What it means: Fam is singular and is short for “family.” Your squad is your group of friends, but your “fam” is directed towards one individual.
Text from friend: “When are you free?”
Me: “idk fam but I’m missing squad.”
WokeSteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: Being aware — specifically in reference to current events and cultural issues.
Person: “I don’t think women are ’better’ than men, so therefore I wouldn’t consider myself a feminist.”
Me: “You need to read some Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Or listen to some Beyoncé. Stay woke, dude.”
Keep itSteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: To approve of something or someone.
Me: “What do you think of my new Twitter avi?”
Friend: “Keep it.”
High-key/Low-keySteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: High-key refers to something needing to be said out loud. Low-key is the opposite. Both can refer to an intense like/dislike.
“High-key don’t wanna move from the couch today. Or ever.”
“I’m just low-key in love with him, OK?”
Here are both used in the same sentence:
“Low-key need to go to the gym; high-key want Taco Bell.”
LiveSteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: Refers to something as being cool/exciting/fun; can also be interpreted as extreme/intense.
“That bio lab was way live.”
“Prof. Styles was way too live in bio lab today.”
SavageSteffi Tsai/MTV News
What it means: Hard-core/badass.
Friend: I ate an entire tube of cookie dough while watching one “Making a Murderer” episode.
Me: That’s just savage.