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15 Dope Words that Millennials are Using

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Keeping up with Millennials and their lingo is tough! But fear not, here's a post that might make it easier for you and make you more #relatable!

1. Adulting

Meaning – Adulting is defined as taking on responsibility, behaving like a grown-up and           engaging in activities that are associated with an independent life. For e.g.: Paying your taxes, learning how to cook or just paying your utility bills.

Usage – Why is adulting so hard? (Often asked by millennials)

2. Bounce

Meaning – Nothing to do with basketballs or bouncy castles. The definition is - To leave

Usage – Let’s pay the bill and bounce!

3. Chill

Meaning – It was initially (and at times still is) used either in place of the word ‘calm’ or ‘cool/easy going’. For e.g. If a discussion got too heated, one would tell the other to chill out (calm down) or when describing someone who is relaxed and not easily bothered, you would say “My parents are pretty chill with me going for parties”. It is now also synonymous to saying “hang out”.

Usage – Can we chill at someone’s house instead of going out for coffee?

4. Dope

Meaning – Dope, depending on the context, can mean cool, excellent or very good. The title of this post might finally make sense to you and just to make it clear, this post has nothing to do with synonyms for illegal drugs (dope).

Usage – How was the movie last night?

              It was pretty dope, you should definitely watch it!

5. Extra

Meaning – Something/someone that is unnecessarily excessive; over the top or over dramatic.

Usage – When someone is uncontrollably crying in a not-so-sad movie, you would describe them as being extra.

6. Fam

Meaning – Fam is short for family and is used to refer to one’s friends. However, it is mostly used singularly to refer to one friend.

Usage – How’s it goin’, fam?

7. Goals

Meaning – To a certain extent, it is similar to the actual meaning wherein it is somewhere one aspires to reach/ something one wants to have but it is used a little differently in a sentence.

Usage – To say to someone that you like their body and would like your body to look like theirs, you would say, “Your body is goals!”

8. Lit

Meaning – Used to describe something awesome/amazing

Usage – Last night’s party was lit!

9. Lowkey

Meaning – Have you heard of the phrase “on the down low”? If you have then that’s great, this has the exact same meaning. But if you haven’t, then fam that’s really not dope. Lowkey is used to describe something that is either on a small scale; not too flashy; to be kept secret or is minimal.

Usage – When you want to have a quiet gathering with your friends you could ask them, “Hey guys! Let’s chill at my place tonight but can we keep it lowkey?”

10. On fleek

Meaning – This is a term that was originally used to describe ‘perfectly shaped’ eyebrows and means to be on point/very good.

Usage – Girl, your outfit is on fleek!

11. Salty

Meaning – This word is on this list because it obviously isn’t solely linked to food anymore. It is now used to describe anyone who is agitated, angry, upset or grudging. 

Usage – Are you still salty about last night? Let it go, she made a mistake.

Honestly, we are living in great times! Now, you can be salty about your food being salty!

12. Ship

Meaning – To ship two people doesn’t literally mean to ship them to a different country, even if that’s what you want to do sometimes. It is derived from ‘relationship’ and is usually used by fans to show their support or approval of a romantic relationship between characters.

Usage – I ship Ross and Rachel. (We shipped them before shipping was even a thing!)

13. Shook

Meaning – It means to be surprised, shocked or scared.

Usage – Can you believe my parents allowed me to go on the road trip?? I’m shook!

14. Slay

Meaning – When one slays, one successfully executes or dominates a task. It is used in the same way ‘killed it’ is used, for e.g.: You killed it on the dance floor!

Usage – Beyoncé slays every performance of hers!

15. Woke

Meaning – To be socially and politically aware and having the knowledge of the ins and outs of the topic being discussed at hand. It is the exact opposite of being ignorant.

Usage – If you want to make a real difference in this world, get woke and stay woke.


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