Just like any other POP Culture trend , Viral words come in and out of popularity and use in fads and fazes. It only takes a celebrity to mispronounce something or abbreviate something and a global change occurs in ‘language’ land. Some of these words have been trending for a little while and some are just catching on ! However, a lot of these words have been around for decades and used in the very same context, that todays generation is just discovering. It all a little bit of fun, and dare I say, worth keeping an eye on, so we can keep up with change and cultural evolution. God forbid ! being left behind could be worse !
Happy Evolution Folks !
Here’s the alternate to FOMO you never knew you needed: JOMO, aka “the joy of missing out.” Because sometimes, there’s nothing sweeter than curling up in bed with a book on a Friday night, even as the city parties and swirls around you.
*passes by a line of people waiting to get into a club on a slushy weekend in February*
You: Ah. Sweet, sweet, JOMO.
No, this doesn’t describe an aggressive barnyard animal. Goat is actually an acronym for “Greatest of All Time.” The term’s actually been used in sports broadcasting to describe athletes since the 1990s, and pops up in hip hop tracks.
You: “I’m the goat.”
Me: *raise single eyebrow skeptically*
To be exceptionally bitter or agitated. This particular irritation typically stems from a past event that you still haven’t gotten over.
Melissa didn’t ask me to be her bridesmaid even though she promised me she would while we were in college, and I’m totally salty about it.
“Do you see how salty Jen is being? I think she just rolled her eyes at me. Get over it, Jen, the wedding was six years ago.”
“But Melissa, I mean, you were best friends.”
In the game of life, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Of course, there’s a new way to say that in 2017. For the good times, just say “W” (pronounced ‘dub’) and for the bad, simply state “L.” Each initial stands for “a win” or “a loss,” respectively.
“I just copped the new Yeezys.”
“Damn! That’s a W.”
“I just failed my midterm, bad.”
“Man, sometimes you gotta just take the L.”
Thanks, social media for becoming a cesspool of useless plugs. A “plug” is a shameless and blatant endorsement for a product, person, or brand by a celebrity. Think: FitTea ads, make-up promos, or singers dancing to their own songs in a Snapchat. These endorsements are usually paid and often meant to subliminally make their followers want to engage in whatever item or person they’re promoting.
“Did you see Kylie Jenner plug her new eye shadow palette on Snapchat every day for the past week?”
“Ugh, yes. And her friend’s new song was plugged in there, too.”
“Does 50 Cent have to tag his vodka brand in every post?”
“What’s the plug?”
“Oh, of course it is.”
When you’re just over it and can’t even for a minute longer.
“So, how was work?”
“I’m DONE. Done. “
Here’s a bit of social media knowledge for you: If you use Instagram and follow celebrities, you have surely seen a few “FB!” and “LB” messages in their comments sections. No, FB doesn’t mean Facebook, but that’s a good guess. It actually means “follow back,” while LB means “like back.” The purpose of writing these is to get more likes and followers on your Instagram page. Give it a try! (I don’t think it works.)
“Why does every photo on Kylie Jenner’s account say ‘LBLBLBLBLBLB’?”
“Oh, those are teens begging for people to visit their Instagram pages and like their photos.”
Shout out to Taylor Swift for this one. She gave a word formerly reserved for boring book reports a 2016 make-over when she unknowingly created one of the best memes and viral words of 2016. This phrase is best used in response to a request that you would really rather not perform or take part in. This includes: doing work, paying rent, going to meetings, and other laborious activities.
“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.”
Use this response when you 100% agree with a statement. One-hundred percent = hundo p. Only use it when you are positive about something.
“Do you think you’re going to go to the party tonight?”
“Hundo p — let’s split an Uber.”
Birdman made “respek” into an iconic term after his rant on radio show The Breakfast Club. He urged the hosts to show him some respect, by adding some “respek” on his name.
“Please put some respeck on The Dutchess because it is an album of bangers.”
“You need to put some respeck on Beyoncé’s name.”
The traditional definition of the word “dead” is, of course, when someone is no longer alive or living. So the social and viral use of the word is obviously a bit of a stretch, but relates back to the real meaning. One “dies” or is “dead” when a celebrity “slays” or “kills” them.
“Did you see Kanye’s contacts at the Met Gala?”
The new “vibe.”
“I just found this new Instagram account and I love the aesthetic.”
“I just don’t like that artist because I don’t get her aesthetic.”
“This is so my new aesthetic.”
An abbreviation of the word “relationship.” The word describes fans’, or stans’, approval of fictional or desired romances.
“I ship Larry.”
We already learned “dead,” so now we’re ready to move onto another variation on the word. TD stands for “to die.” Most often used when something is too amazing and you’re worried you might just…die.
“Do you like this jacket on me?”
“It’s TD. Buy it.”
Remember that T-Mobile commercial where everyone answered the phone “Wussup?” and it became the most obnoxious greeting ever? This is the 2016 version of that. It is a combination of the word “sup” and “huh,” making you sound confused and interested at the same time. It has its roots in this viral video. It caught on fast enough. Gigi Hadid even did a Vine of herself “suh-ing” earlier this year. (Fun fact: I’m in the background of the video texting.)
When someone acts, looks, or comes off as classless or tasteless. It’s a take on the term “trailer trash” and is quite the insult to either a person or a place, so be wary when using it.
“Did you read Piers Morgan’s comments on Beyoncé?”
FR means “for real.” That’s all.
Low key can be used in place of the formerly popular phrase “down low,” because usually people say low key when they are about to say something they don’t want everyone to know about. It’s almost like a guilty pleasure. It is also the antithesis of high key.
“I low key tripped walking onto the subway today.”
“I am low key addicted to using Kimoji.”
An expression of approval and appreciation, most often used as a term of positive endearment. The opposite of the formerly popular “Bye, Felicia.” Both have their roots in ’90s one-liners. The expression was first used in the sitcom Martin, in exchanges between Martin Lawrence’s character and his partner, Gina.
Celebrity feuds are often described as “savage.” Unlike many of the words on this list, the use of savage in today’s online world follows the accepted definition of the word. The only difference is that, as with most of the words on this list, it’s often used hyperbolically.
“Did you see the GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio rolling his eyes at Lady Gaga?”
An abbreviation of the word “suspect” and “suspicious.” A word to describe a shady situation or person.
“This frat bathroom is so sus.”
“Why is he sussin?”
Lit means something is popping off. It may have its roots in the cringe-worthy celebratory phrase, “The roof is on fire!” For whatever reason, we have accepted heat-related slang as party phrases. But be warned, lit might be on its last leg of relevance. It’s been quite overused in the past couple months. To give you some perspective, when searching “lit” on Genius, there are nearly 100,000 results.
“How’s the party”
“Drake’s Views is too lit.”
To delete someone, or something, out of your life. A broader version of ghosting. It’s often used in the past tense.
“Have you talked to that guy from Tinder?”
“Nah, it’s cancelled.”
This word is BIG right now. There’s a whole #WokeBae phenomenon happening. But the word has its roots in an Erykah Badu song, “Master Teacher.” I like the way The New York Times Magazine puts it: “Think of ‘woke’ as the inverse of ‘politically correct.’ If ‘P.C.’ is a taunt from the right, then ‘woke’ is a back-pat from the left.” Woke statements might also low key stir up drama. The more woke one is, the more sympathetic and knowledgeable one is about a topic or type of person. It is most often used to describe a man who is also a feminist (as most men should be.)
“Did you hear about the guy at the gym who had tampons to give to a girl who needed one?”
“Damn, he’s woke.”
A term of endearment among female companions, especially for your most responsible friend.
“Mom, what’s the weather tonight?”
“Chilly. Bring a coat.”
An abbreviation of the word “sister” as well as an acronym for “sisters in spirit,” a.k.a. your besties. The new way to describe girls in your squad. You probably take lots of Snapchats together.
“SIS, let’s take a group selfie Snapchat!”
When something is really fun, exciting, and enjoyable, it gives you life and makes you live. In many cases it could be read as the typical definition of the word, but in this case it is way cooler.
“I was living for that party on Saturday.”
The new way to greet your group of close friends, or even an individual friend.
We’ve already covered low key, now we have high key. When something is high key, it is the straight-up truth and there is no denying it. Once you proclaim something to be high key, you are all in.
“High key love music.”
Stan is the combination of the words stalker and fan. The plural of the word is stans. A good visual reference is first seen in this Eminem music video, “Stan.”
“I am legit Justin Bieber’s number one stan.”
“Really? Cause that’s kinda creepy.”
In case you ever feel the need to say the most passive-aggressive insult of all, there’s “hunty.” A favorite on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the word combines the terms “cunt” and “honey” to create a dangerously creative term of endearment.[Walks in late to friend’s birthday dinner]
“Hey hunties, sorry I’m late!”
Anyone who isn’t necessary to the situation. Or someone who you or your friends don’t know or like.
“Do you know who that is?”
“No, he’s extra.”
An informal way to address any male. Can also be said with a slight inflection to signify an interest in said male.
“He is a da-ad.”
Note: TOTALLY different than “daddy.”
To perfect or smooth things out, both visually and emotionally. Also when someone carries themselves with extreme elegance and style.
“What’re you doing tonight?”
“I’m gonna finesse my closet.”
“That’s so cool.”
“No man, that’s finesse.”
RT is short for retweet. It is now also used to show agreement.
“Do you like Taylor Swift’s new hair?”
“Yesss, RT RT RT.”
This one letter takes the place of the entire word “very.” It can be used in a plethora of ways. The possibilities are endless.
“This margarita is v strong.”
“Are you excited tomorrow’s Friday?”