The Gen Z Slangs

The Gen Z Slangs

The entire generation is dominated by meme culture, constantly changing media platforms, from sharing your thoughts in a 280-character tweet to share with the world what you had for breakfast through insta stories. So many new slangs and abbreviations are popping up daily that it's almost impossible to keep track of them.


With a little help from the internet, not to mention Urban Dictionary, knowing the etymology of these terms will ensure you "slay" your next conversation—and avoid cultural gaps! You'll see what we mean soon.

Ok, boomer!

You must've seen the two-word phrase tweeted on social media, hashtagged on photos, scrawled on notebooks, and worn on t-shirts and sweatshirts: OK Boomer. Ever wondered what exactly is it?


OK, boomer" is a catchphrase and meme used by teenagers and young adults to make fun of outdated attitudes typically associated with older people born in the two decades following World War II, known as baby boomers.


You will find youngsters wearing masks, T-shirts, hoodies with ok, boomer written all over it!


It has definitely caught up with the Gen-Z!



If you’ve kept up with the latest political headlines/ current affairs and aren't afraid to have an opinion against them, you’re likely “woke.” when you're not scared to be 'politically incorrect when you see something wrong, you're called "woke"


It has an African American origin, and is really famous among young adults and teens!


woke had been adopted as a more generic slang term broadly associated with left-wing politics, socially liberal causes, feminism, LGBT activism, and cultural issues.


Big yikes!

 When the word “yikes” isn’t enough to describe an  embarrassing or weird situation, you can just put a big to it and pull out the “BIG yikes.” Not only does this mean all the aforementioned words but it adds an extra level of "cringe needs"


Exclamation youngsters tend to use around parents instead of "crap" or "damn."

Let's just say 2020 was a yikes in a biggish way!



Isn't this one of the most famous slangs of 2020?


You bet it is. The mood is an expression used to describe Something relatable, one might say 'Big Mood.' This implies that your whole being is one and the same with whatever you are commenting on. Like sleeping on the couch, eating chips the entire 2020 is a 'big mood' isn't it?


When someone is “extra”, it means they are unnecessarily dramatic, excessive, over the top or a “drama queen.

Let me give a more relatable example, getting dressed up only to go out to get groceries? That's exactly what's being 'extra' is!

It's like doing the absolute most for no reason!


Don't start recalling your chemistry lessons, that's not what this is. Basic means being mainstream, having no uniqueness, something as unoriginal and unexceptional. Sometimes 'basic girl' is used as an insult among the teens.


Just another word for "showing off."

Nowadays, youngsters have started using the slang phrase “weird flex but OK” as a mocking response to someone bragging about something considered questionable, bizarre, or unusual.


Yeah. Like weird flex but OK.



Lowkey can be used as a way of saying that you liked or done something secretly, modestly, or quietly. Just the way I lowkey don't want to go back to college and start my normal life, I mean just saying!



When you're so hungry that you start getting angry. Isn't this probably the most relatable slang that the Gen-Z has taught us?! 

I’m so hangry right now I could eat five entire pizzas in one sitting!

I can finally prove to myself how this feeling actually exists because I low-key been feeling like this my whole life!



Okay, let's quit kidding and be honest, how many times do we exactly say this in a day? You don't? Oh, ok. Anywhoo


"I’m dead" refers to the fact that your teen is laughing so hard about something that she is dying of laughter. Or being very tired. Or just getting bored. It's multi-purpose actually!


Slay is a way to say someone looks amazing or did something great. For example, One friend might tell another: “Girl, you slew last night's party by your looks and dance moves!"

In 2016, Beyoncé took slay mainstream. She commanded her ladies to get information and slay. The ladies of the world answered with another term originated by queer ball culture: Yas, queen! Slay!


Greatest of all times. 


The absolute best, the absolute best at something.  Of course, the word ‘goat’, not in all caps, is also an animal.  Unrelated meaning.  Unless you think a goat is the greatest animal of all time, then the meaning is related.

Spill the tea

If you hear a teen asking a friend to “spill the tea,” it means that they want to hear the latest gossip of goss as they like to call it. They might say, “Spill the tea! I want to hear what happened after you left the school party”



Lit is just another more popular word for "dope" or "neat" or "cool", which were more popular in the day but have lost their charm after lit came in the market.

The party was lit, ain't it?


No Cap

No cap is used to emphasize when a statement is not a lie or not completely true.

It's used in a sentence that's hard to believe, can be used as an abbreviation for 'for real' or 'no lie'

no cap I miss going out 😭



This has nothing to do with the ingredient. The actual definition of the word can be used to describe something witty, racy, coarse, and humorous—and so folks use salty in relation to bitter behavior. If someone is acting salty towards you, they are likely to upset.


Bye, Felicia

Bye, Felicia is a dismissive term that can be used in a number of different contexts. Most simply and frequently, it is used as a cold way to bid someone a less-than-fond farewell



Short for 'for real.' which can mean a multitude of things from emphasizing that what you’re saying is true, to question the accuracy of someone’s story. This one is, of course, limited to text conversations. Unless you’re feeling brave and would like to attempt pronouncing this out loud.


Someone “snapping” used to mean they had reached their breaking point and had an emotional outburst (usually anger). These days, however, if someone tells you that you’re snappin’, it’s actually a compliment, meaning that you look really well put together.

Hate to see it!

A relatable combination of cringe and disappointment, this phrase can be used as a reaction to a less than ideal situation. Say your friend cheated on a test and was caught red-handed, you might drop a “hate to see it”. Mix it with a sigh and a sympathetic shrug and you’ll be on your way.


When you watch a very cringy show but you can't stop watching it, that's also when you say hate seeing it!

Just as quickly as they fly in, they seem to disappear, banished to the depths of “cringeworthy” terms that ought not to be uttered. Everyone has new sets of such words and thinks it's cool, but as the year ends, the trend of such words ends too.