Apparently I am one of these “millennials”, being a 1980s baby. According to the media, we have our own vocabulary. Allegedly, we also have our own traits, but that’s not something I want to blog about. I don’t think you can stereotype an entire generation based on the “era” they were born in. I just want to learn about this vocabulary that I should be speaking…
Bae = before anyone else… This is apparently what you call your wife/husband/partner. Facebook has taught me that this is some kind of an affectionate term. Facebook has also taught me that this is what women (generally) call their husband/male partner. I’m yet to read it used by a man towards a wife/female partner. When I first started seeing it written, I thought it was a spelling mistake. I thought people were misspelling “babe”.
Feels… “Feel” what? “Feel” doesn’t explain what you feel. Are you happy? Are you sad? Are you euphoric? Are you angry? (Maybe they’re thirsty (see below))…
I can’t even… I think I began to lose my temper the first time I heard this “phrase” being used. I wanted to scream “you can’t even, what?” It turns out it is me that is “not getting it“. If you hear “I can’t even” it means that they’re not happy. Just an FYI…
Netflix and chill… Wow. I have really been misusing this combination of words. My brother set me up with Netflix. All these times I’ve said “I’m chilling with Netflix” or actually invited someone to come and watch Netflix with me (and who have declined), in the millennial vocabulary of nonsensical speaking, when I’ve announced it to the outside world, I’ve really been announcing loads of sexual encounters?!
Thirsty… I always thought if you were thirsty, you need a drink. Or, knowledge. Apparently, in the world of millennials, if you’re thirsty, you need attention. I hope that attention keeps people hydrated and educated.
Turnt… This is the new, cool and improved word for drunk. I’ve never heard it used until I just read it, so I’m guessing it’s not that popular. What’s wrong with plain, boring “drunk”? Wazzed is also the new “drunk”.
Yas… A word of approval. Basically, a misspelling on the world “yes”. This word is one reason why kids today struggle to spell properly.
YOLO = you only live once… There is a small chance that, once in a while, I have been guilty of using this phrase. But I hope that I haven’t overused it. Or used it in the wrong “setting”. I wouldn’t make a cup of tea and announce that with “YOLO”. Actually, I wonder – are there any “correct” settings to use these awful millennial words and phrases?
There are loads of these words and phrases that define millennials – but I just don’t associate them with myself (except YOLO). I read these words and I think “I need 17-year-old sister to translate this for me”. For most of them, I don’t understand them. Feels? Just describe the emotion. What millennial phrases have you heard that you don’t understand? I totes want to hear about them.