In case you haven’t noticed, times are changing, and when you’ve finally caught up with the millennial slang, here comes the Gen Z-ers–those born between 1997 and 2012– with their whole other dictionary of terms.
If you hear kids these days talking and thought, “Wait, what does that word even mean?” Don’t worry– you’re not alone. Just like the generations before them, Gen Z uses specific slang words when communicating that if you aren’t a part of that generation, you might get confused.
So here are 10 Gen-Z slang that you might have heard and what they mean:
Gen-Z Slang: Salty
The word salty is used to describe someone who seems to be unnecessarily angry or upset. (Read: Check Out The McDo Crews Taking On The #IPurpleYou Dance Challenge!)
Ex: Stop being so salty about the BTS meal, no?
Gen-Z Slang: Bougie
Describes someone who has very expensive taste or someone who loves luxury.
Ex: She’s so bougie with that bag, ha? Prada ba?
Gen-Z Slang: Simp
Someone who’s trying too hard or doing too much for the person they like, often in a derogatory manner.
Ex: I don’t know, man. He’s a simp for that girl on Mobile Legends, he even bought her skins!
Gen-Z Slang: Bet
A term for agreement or approval.
Ex: Friend 1: Hey, wanna go eat at Burger King?
Friend 2: Ay, bet!
Gen-Z Slang: Stan
A noun referring to an obsessive fan, or a verb referring to the act of being that overzealous fan. It doesn’t always have to apply to celebrities or personalities. You can also stan a friend or a colleague’s actions that are laudable. (Read: ‘To All the Boys’ Stars Lana Condor, Ross Butler Reveal They Love Lumpia!)
Ex: She’s the girl who saved the babies during the PGH fire, right? Sis, we stan!
Gen-Z Slang: Sksksksk
No, this isn’t random keyboard smash. It’s the expression of excitement or when you just don’t know what to say.
Ex: You got the BTS meal na? Sksksksksksk.
Gen-Z Slang: Tea
A word that overlaps with the millennial generation, tea is used to describe gossip or intriguing information.
Ex: Hey, what’s the tea on Maris Racal and Rico Blanco?
Gen-Z Slang: Slay
To do a good job or do your best.
Ex: You uploaded your first YouTube video? Slay!
Gen-Z Slang: This ain’t it, chief
Another term to express disapproval over something you think isn’t right.
Ex: So you’re putting up a community pantry under the name of this certain politician? This ain’t it, chief.
OOMF means “one of my friends” and is a way of mentioning someone without actually having to say their name. (Read: 4 Simple Prayers for Beloved Friends)
Ex: Okay, so OOMF told me that he’s going to have lunch at this awesome place in Morato. Wanna come?