How the Kids Are Talking These Days, Explained
Is “slay” a verb? Or maybe it’s a directive? This is an actual conversation that just transpired here in the Domaine HQ amongst our editors. Indeed every generation has a lexicon of lingo, a stash of favored words for communicating amongst each other, and describing situations and feelings. It’s something that can be dizzying, looking in from the outside. Slang often eludes strict definition, but in search of knowledge, we’ve researched the hottest words of the moment with some help from Twitter (where else?). Read on for a crash course in the 9 terms you’re going to be hearing a lot this year.
Bae (noun / adjective): Slang for babe (or baby, boo, or a significant other). Can also be employed as an adjectival "bae" to generally express affection for anything.
when bae looks good pic.twitter.com/eUFuCvihn9— bæ (@bestofbae) March 17, 2015
cuddling with bae like pic.twitter.com/VQSOkt7QbR— Funny Quotes (@FunnyQuotees) March 17, 2015
Basic (adjective): Best used to describe any person, place, or activity involving vapid, unsophisticated, or obvious behavior, dress, or action.
I only got eyes for one person
Fleek (adjective): “Fleek” or “on fleek,” as it is often employed, functions much in the same way as “on point” and is used to describe a quality of perfection.
Jel (adjective): Shorthand for “jealous.”
Watching the Los Angeles life on snapchat has made me so jel
Lordt/Lort (interjection): Expression putting emphasis on “Lord” used in exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or exclamation.
Ohhhhh lorty lortyy— Lauren Giraldo (@LaurenGiraldo) March 17, 2015
thank the lort for no classes on Fridays
Slay (verb/directive): Used to express encouragement in a situation in which a person is “killing it” (doing a really, really good job/looking really, really great, etc.). Often simply stated as “slay.”
Slay Beyoncé! Slay! pic.twitter.com/0e26mdIolM— Beyoncé Miami (@BeyonceMiami) March 17, 2015
Slay today because it's Monday
Thirsty (adjective): Used to describe someone who is overly eager, trying too hard, or desperate.
If you thirsty, you can't sit with us
Tho/Doe (conjunction): An alternative term for the word "though," often used at the end of a sentence as a grammatically superfluous, but common colloquial add-on.
Rita in that outfit tho
Turnt/Turnt Up (adjective): Slang for excited, crazed, or very intoxicated.
the 405 with no traffic gets me turnt up— Little Esther (@littleesther) March 16, 2015
I wanna be turnt RIGHT now— Lauren Giraldo (@LaurenGiraldo) March 15, 2015
I'd say I'm getting "turnt up" when really I'm just sitting on my couch, trying not to pass out so early.— Native Life (@_Native_Life) March 15, 2015
Did we miss any? Share your favorite slang word in the comments!