Once we became accustomed to words like “dope,” “word,” and “sick”, a new generation introduced their vernacular.
Social media has changed the way we talk. Words need to be abbreviated, and many times one word must assume a whole phrase.
Generation Y’s (Millennials) and Z’s (those born after 1995) have learned to be concise, descriptive, and to the point as technology and social media encourage less characters/keys being used to get one’s point across.
So here’s a guide to what the young ‘uns are saying:
- GOAT: Greatest Of All Time (you may see pics of goats in Tom Brady jerseys…..”
- BAE: one’s love, or babe. Stands for “Before Anyone Else”
- Lit: Cool or Awesome!
- Woke: aware of social issues
- Gucci: Good or cool
- Hundo P – Short for “I’m 100% positive/certain”
- Squad/Fam: Group of close friends
- Throw Shade: Make fun of/criticize, give a nasty look at someone
- Curve: To reject someone romantically
- Salty: Bitter about something or someone
- Ghost: To ignore someone
- Skurt: to leave, tell someone to go away
- Sip Tea: mind your own business
- Ship: relationship
- Troll: Those who say nasty things online
Netsanity provides this breakdown:
And for those of you who need some help translating your kids’ texts:
And we can’t forget the emoji’s. These allow a visual, pictoral way to get one’s message across:
With building and maintaining strong relationships, communication is key. For us old dogs, we might need to learn some new tricks.
Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.
She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada