Do you think of yourself as a cool person and the next moment are struggling to keep up with the jargon that Gen Z keeps coming up with?
Well, you’re probably not as cool as you thought you were.
We agree it’s hard to keep up when new slang words are popping up faster than Instagram reels and Tik Tok trends.
But don’t fret! Here’s your cheat sheet for the trending slangs you need to start using in 2022.
What are slang words?
Slang words include words and phrases that contain a cultural definition or social context rather than a literal one. For example, a popular phrase like “Keep cool” has nothing to do with temperature. It actually means staying calm in a stressful situation.
The use of slang words is not new at all. It dates back to the 17th century when slang words like beard-splitter (a lover of women), gapeseed (an amazing sight), and cramp-words (difficult or obscure words) were in common use. Throughout history, art, music, pop culture, video games, films, and celebrities have influenced and created new slang words and trends. However, nowadays young people tend to spend more time online – and with this change, the internet and especially social media is driving the emergence and popularity of slang.
So hop on the Gen Z bandwagon and add these trending slang words to your everyday vocabulary.
Made famous by Eminem’s song of the same name, Stan is a hybrid of the words stalker and fan. It’s used for a mad fan who is essentially a celebrity worshiper. Stunning someone means you are possessed, but in a non-spooky way.
The word has been around for a while and is used in a variety of contexts. While Salty is used by some when they’re upset about something small, Millennials and Gen Zs use this term when they’re jealous.
You may have heard someone teased by his/her friends for being a simpleton. Simp is someone who will do way too much for a person he has a crush on.
Tell your simp friend that love kills slowly. (J)
Cheugy (pronounced choogy) is a term used for someone who is confidently following an outdated trend that was just cool a long time ago but is now considered essential. Cheugy is also used to refer to something super mainstream.
Do you know someone who is too young to be called a Millennial and too old to be called Gen-Z? Well, this person is a Zennial. This microgeneration refers to people born between 1992 and 1998. They share characteristics of both Millennials and Gen Z. They are addicted to reels and memes, but also concerned about the environment.
A snack is a flattering term for someone you find attractive. So next time you see your boyfriend all dressed up, tell him he looks like a snack!
7. Drink tea
It’s time to stop spilling the tea and start sipping the tea. While spilling the tea means sharing all the gossip, sipping the tea means you sit back and listen to the gossip instead of spreading it. Anyway, who cares!
8. My goodness
If you’re tired of using Daaaaamn to hype someone for looking good or doing something good, it’s time to replace it with Sheesh. Sheesh is also used as an expression when you are impressed or amazed by something.
Slaps is the slang used to describe how extraordinary something is. It’s also another way of saying something is really good or impressive. The term comes from the feeling of receiving an open handshake that is amazing and grabs your attention, but in this case amazing in a positive way.
It is mainly used to describe something tasty. But bussin is also used to describe something great or to refer to other great things, like standout outfits or even hairstyles.
The word might sound negative, but trust us, the vibe of this slang is chic AF! Snatched is used to describe something or someone that is perfect or great. It can be used in place of phrases like on fleek and on point.
The term is often used to compliment someone on their looks or fashion sense.
Next time you walk out that door in disguise, hope you look kidnapped!
This super chic slang was coined by Paris Hilton and rose to fame in 2021. Sliving is a mix of two slang words: “to kill” and “to live” and means to live your best life. You are totally sliving when you excel in your personal and professional life.
If you have a penchant for all things fancy and luxe then you are my friend Boujee. The term is used to describe anything or anyone that is high end or fancy. Although it comes from the negatively connoted word bourgeois, boujee is used in a positive context. The slang came into the limelight with Migo’s song “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert.
CEO might stand for chief executive officer, but thanks to Gen-Zs, the term now means being the best at what you do, and is generally meant as a compliment. However, it can also be used sarcastically in some situations.
We all have that one friend who keeps coming back to that doomed relationship and bringing up the same arguments every time he gets into an argument. Next time just ask her to stop that shit. The term is used when someone repackages the same shit over and over again and sells it as something new.
Have you noticed your date laughing too funny or not wiping their hands properly and immediately turned off? That my friend is an idiot. When someone does something that makes you immediately hate the idea of being romantic with them, it’s called an ick.
17. Ate that
This basically means telling someone they are doing a great job. When a person has done something really well, you can say that they “ate” it. For example, if someone is a champion of poker, you can say “they ate that” if they win.
This list would be incomplete without adding the Kardashian clan. Bible is a Kardashian term that comes from people in court who have to swear on the Bible that they are telling the truth. It means that a person is telling the truth and serves as an admission as to whether or not a person is lying.
19. Rent Free
Can’t help but think about your crush or your ex all the time? The next time you tell someone about this person, say that in your mind they live rent-free. The term is used when you can’t get something out of your brain. It can be a song, a video, an experience or a person, the thing just sticks in there and doesn’t even pay rent for the space it takes up.
20. Out of pocket
When someone crosses that invisible line and says something inappropriate, they said something out of their own pocket. Out of Pocket can also be used for a person’s behavior that is out of control or over the line.
21. Caught in 4k
Popularized by TikTok, “caught in 4k” actually means catching someone in the act. If you have solid digital evidence (like your archived screenshots) proving someone’s misdeed, you’ve got them captured in 4k (which is also the highest video quality).
Next time you have a recording of someone doing/saying shit, use this slang.
You may have heard Diljit Dosanjh’s song called GOAT, which is an acronym for Greatest Of All Time. It was originally used in sports discussions to compliment the greatest athletes in a particular sport. But nowadays it’s used to describe something really good, like a TV show or food. GOAT can also be used sarcastically to make fun of a person or thing.
How many of these cool slang words did you already know, tell us in the comments below.