Top Buzzwords You’re Likely To See Trending On Social Media This Year

Millenials are so quick to invent and re-invent words on social media that it may seem impossible to keep up. So if you have just acquainted yourself with terms such as Bae and Slay, then brace yourself as we look into these latest millennial slangs/words to watch out for in 2018.


In 2017, extra, as a buzzword, was used as a way of explaining that something, or someone, wasn’t necessary. In 2018, the word’s meaning has been updated. It now describes someone whose reaction or behavior is unnecessary and over the top.

How to use it: ‘Man, Josh is being so extra today.’


Most will be aware the term ‘on fleek’ has been around for a while. Its most common use, if you are aware of it, is to describe perfectly arched brows.

However, in 2018 ‘on fleek’ also gets an update and can now be used an adjective; one that basically describes almost anything that is on point, or on trend.

How to use it: ‘Your eyeliner is so on fleek!’


Though basic started to gain some ground in 2017, expect to see it become even more heavily used over the coming months.

According to Urban Dictionary, basic describes someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or simply worth devoting time or attention to.

How to use it: ‘He’s too basic to even carry on a semi-intelligent conversation.’


If you’re ‘woke’, you know this word is set to have a major mainstream moment in 2018.

The term is used to describe a person’s awareness of a particular topic. The more ‘woke’ one is, the more sympathetic and knowledgeable one is about a person or issue.

The term is also often used to describe a man who is also a feminist.

How to use it: ‘She/he is so woke’.


Low key can be used in place of the formerly popular phrase ‘down low,’ meaning something you don’t want everyone to know about.

How to use it: ‘I low key hate butterflies… don’t tell anyone.’


The word, understood to be coined by millennials, is used to describe any and all duties, and activities, associated with being a grown-up.

Generally speaking, it’s best to use the term if you are actually a millennial, lest you come across as a person who is unable to function as a mature adult.

How to use it: ‘I cannot be bothered adulting today.’

If you want to check out of adult responsibilities you can say: ‘I can’t be bothered adulting today’.


If FOMO gets you down – that’s fear of missing out – then the joy of missing out, or JOMO is the perfect antidote.

In 2018, there’s a greater trend towards doing things that make you truly happy. So, rather than just saying yes to everything, this year, embrace all things JOMO, and just say no – but with joy.

How to use it: ‘I can’t make it to the party – I’m staying in tonight and I’m bursting with JOMO.’


In 2018, if you’re exceptionally annoyed or bitter the term you want to use to show you’ve got your finger on the pulse is ‘salty’.

How to use it: ‘She was really salty because she lost the game.’


‘Done’ also gets a trendy reworking this year as a very apt way to describe feeling tired, exhausted or just plain fed up.

How to use it: ‘I am so done with today.’

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