Modern slang decoded
Walking around campus, a number of words can be heard in everyday conversation that may be unique or unknown to people who are above a certain age. Slang is something we encounter in our everyday lives and has become part of our culture. Each generation has its own.
Back in the ‘80s, “wicked” became the hottest word out of Sacramento to describe something as awesome or cool.
If you felt like something was unfair in the 70s, you called it “bogus.” A lot of money in the 90s would be known as a lot of “loot.” Even though slang has been around for decades, it is constantly expanding and changing to reflect the modern times.
Here is a guide to some of today’s slang with definitions via urbandictionary.com.
adv., A way to express agreement in a more extreme sense than a simple “yes.”
Ex: Do I want to see T-Swizzle in concert? Yass.
adj., A word to describe an act that is more intense or awesome than the situation calls for.
Ex: That was a savage dunk on that 6-year-old.
n., Someone who acts or behaves in an intense way, often in a more extreme fashion than is necessary.
Ex: Steph Curry is a savage on the court.
adj., A word to describe any person who demonstrates obscenely commercial and overplayed behavior, dress or action. Unsophisticated.
Ex: My sister wears UGGs and drinks Pumpkin Spice everything. She’s becoming pretty basic.
v., To get excited or wild, as in to turn up the intensity, like a dial. Often used sarcastically.
Ex: Turn up at club lib.
adj., A word to describe an individual with reproachable behavior who views him- or herself as a diva.
Ex: “That’s so ratchet. That girl is such a fake model; she definitely bought all her Instagram followers.”
adj., A word to describe an exciting or fun time.
Ex: That frat party with the bouncy house was so lit.
n., An acronym for “Before Anyone Else.” Used as a term of endearment, like “baby” or “babe.”
Ex: Chipotle is Bae.
Equivalent to “on point.” When something is well put together or good looking.
Ex: When she left the salon, her eyebrows were on fleek.
“U mad bro?”
Phrase coined by Internet trolls to aggravate others by virtually poking them in the back of the head. Also used in person to annoy others to the brink of insanity. Also very common in online gaming.
Ex: He fouled me in the middle of the game, and when I called him out, he yelled “U mad bro?”
Used to dismiss someone for being a waste of time. Originated in the movie “Friday” when Ice Cube shoos the namesake character away for asking him for movie, presumably to buy drugs.
Ex: When my Ex sees me and tries to start a conversation, I walk the other way and yell “Bye Felicia.”