WTF: High School Seniors Taught Us How to Talk like a Teen in 2016
2015 was the year of “on fleek” and #squadgoals, but now that we’ve turned the corner, it’s time to retire some of that old slang and change up your vocab for the new. After all, we live in constant fear of being out of touch, right? (Okay, maybe it’s just me.) We were already surprised recently when news broke last year that LOL was out, so to be absolutely sure that we’re dialed in on how all the cool kids are speaking this year, we asked a group of seniors from Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California for the 411 (no one says that anymore, FYI) on 2016’s hottest slang. Get ready to blow that mind.
1. Lit: An abbreviated way to say literally or an expression for pumped or popular. Ex: “Last night, the office party was lit.”
2. Gucci: Derived from the name of the upscale fashion retailer, this term means “really cool” and is used in the same manner as Paris Hilton’s “That’s Hot” catchphrase of the ’00s. Example: “Your new stand-up desk? That’s Gucci.”
3. Snatched: This is 2016’s response to “fleek.” Snatched means “fierce.” Ex: “Your baby’s gender-neutral name is snatched!”
4. Salty: Bitter, upset. Ex: “She’s really salty she couldn’t give her presentation yesterday.”
5. O.T.P. (One True Pair): Two people who are meant to be together. Ex: “Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are my O.T.P.”
6. Sus: An abbreviation for acting suspicious or being shady. Ex: “My S.O. has been acting sus — he’s either gonna propose or he’s two-timing.”
7. Clutch: This term means “cool” or “job well done.” It’s used similarly to Gretchen Weiner’s “fetch,” but not quite. Sorry, Gretchen. Quit trying to make “fetch” happen. It’s not going to happen. Ex: “Your kitchen remodel is so clutch.”
8. Roast: Something you say after someone gets verbally burned. Ex: “Ooh, you just got roasted!”
9. Fire: Super hot and trendy. Not to be confused with “on fire,” this term in 2016 is just plain “fire.” Ex: “Where did you get those comfy looking shoes? They’re fire.”
10. Ship: A term for when you want two people to be in a relationship with each other. Ex: “I ship Ross and Rachel so hard.”
Do you have a fave slang word of 2016 that we missed? Tweet us @BritandCo!
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