Posted by Rebecca Burstein on August 26, 2014, Updated by Lydia Hrycko on January 24, 2017
Ever feel like kids these days are speaking a different language? Us too, so we did a little digging to help decode the latest teen slang.
Are we missing any phrases from this list? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!
How it’s used: “She tried me, but I shot that nonsense down.”
How it’s used: “Ugh, did you see her body? She’s definitely goals.”
How it’s used: “How are you feeling about your breakup?” “Oh, I’m definitely still salty about it.”
How it’s used: “I feel so woke after watching that Netflix documentary on gun violence in America.”
How it’s used: “I can’t go to that club anymore, the guys there are way too thirsty.”
How it’s used: “Imma let you finish, but Beyonce’s still the Goat.”
How it’s used: “Tony’s been having such a bad week. He's taking Ls all over the place.”
How it’s used: “I was going to let it go, but I’m petty so I burned all his clothes.”
How it's used: "OMG, I love your Instagram aesthetic!"
How it's used: "Did you see Kylie's new plug on Instagram? Yeah, Fit Tea again."
What it means: To send a nasty look someone's way or diss them subtlety.
How it's used: "OMG. Look. LOOK! Miley Cyrus is totally throwing shade at Taylor Swift right now!"
How it's used: "She texted me that she can't make it but her excuse is sus af."
How it's used: "Love you bae."
How it's used: "Beyonce may perform at the Super Bowl AGAIN?! YAAAAASSSS!"
What it means: To back a romantic relationship between two people, often TV characters (that may or may not be dating) or celebrities. Endorsers of the relationship may call themselves "relationshippers" or "shippers" for short.
How it's used: "I ship Beyonce and Jay-Z so much, they can't get divorced!"
What it means: One True Pairing. Used most often to describe fictional characters.
How it's used: "Cory and Topanga are the OTP of OTPs."
What it means: To get ready to party/let loose/go wild.
How it's used: "My house. Tonight. We gonna turn up!"
What it means: Once you're out and partying, likely under the influence, you've entered the past tense of turned up, AKA turnt.
How it's used: "What happened last night at Becky's party? I was so turnt."
What it means: Woman Crush Wednesday. Used as a weekly hashtag on social media, often next to a sexy photo of that week's crush.
How it's used: "My #WCW is J.Lo. Just look at that bod! Don't care what anyone says."
What it means: Because men deserve some love too, Man Crush Monday is the same idea as WCW, but it occurs every Monday.
How it's used: "Ryan Gosling holding a PUPPY? #MCM"
What it means: A plain, boring, unoriginal person.
How it's used: "Um, why would we go shopping THERE? Only basic b*tches wear that."
What it means: Why say that, this or though when you could say dat, dis or doe? Yup, we're asking ourselves the same thing.
How it's used: "Dat [insert noun of choice] doe!"
How it's used: "Low key, did you hear the rumour? Low key doe."
What it means: Throwback Thursday. It began on social media as a hashtag that often accompanied an old photo, but TBT can now be used (gasp!) anytime, on any day, to reminisce.
How it's used: "TBT to that time we only used TBT on Thursdays. LOL."
What it means: Baby. Most often used at the end of a sentence online or via text.
How it's used: [After receiving a selfie from a friend] "Love your new shoes, bb."
What it means: Outfit of the Day. Used to show one's online followers or friends that day's outfit, often with an image that details where each item was bought.
How it's used: "Here's my OOTD! Tap the photo for store info."
What it means: A nasty term for someone who is extremely annoying, gross or a hot mess. And that's putting it lightly.
How it's used: "Ugh, look at her over there. She's so ratchet."
How it's used: "I'm literally slayed by your outfit. Like, I'm dead."