Millennial slang has low-key worked its way into the modern vocabulary. And I’m totes OK about it and not shook in the least.
I’ve become a bit of an accidental student of linguistics over the last year. First, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the slang of my youth that still creeps its way into my vocab. So I put together this list of 13 Gen-X words you probably still use. Literally. Then I got to thinking about all the Boston slang words that have transcended generations, so I put together a list of those. Wicked pissah!
Now I’m turning to the much-maligned Millennials. Unfairly maligned, I’ll add. As I hinted at above, I’m Gen-X, born in 1977. Like most of my generation, I have no beef with Millennials. And I’m constantly entertained by Boomers shaking their fists at them and writing op-eds about how their generation needs to stop buying avocado toast and start buying houses. Classic Boomer stuff.
21 Millennial Slang Words We’re All Saying Now
Let’s set aside the jokey stereotypes for the time being. Slang championed by Millennials has enriched our vocabulary in ways that my generation’s slang failed to. Sure, at the end of the day, they’re slang words, and slang words are the fads of language: high impact over a short term. Fun for awhile, but ultimately disposable. But damn, some of these ones seem to have real legs.
I used this Thought Catalog piece from 2018 as a jumping-off point. You know, because research is important. I chose an older piece on purpose so I could hand-pick some slang that has endured over the last half-decade and could very well be popping up in our conversations for another half-decade to come. Humblebrag, but I think I did a good job. I high-key hope you enjoy it.