Decoding Gen Z: Trending Slangs You Should Know

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Decoding Gen Z: Trending Slangs You Should Know


Contemporary language is dynamic and constantly evolving, shifting with every generation. It can be challenging to stay current with the vernacular, especially when unfamiliar with the slang and idioms popular among younger cohorts.

This sense of disconnect can sometimes make one feel excluded from inside jokes and tight-knit groups. To bridge this gap, here are some prevalent Gen-Z slang terms and expressions to familiarize yourself with.

W (n.)

In digital communication, typing "W" in uppercase signifies agreement or endorsement, akin to saying "that's a win." For example, in response to a successful idea, one might comment, "That's a big W!"

Conversely, if you disagree or perceive something as a failure, the letter "L" can be used, representing "loss." So, if someone proposes an idea you think won't work, you might respond with, "That's an L.

It’s giving (n.)

“It's giving" is a contemporary idiom that has its roots in digital spaces, notably emerging from Black online circles. The expression is employed to convey a particular ambiance, sentiment, or perception associated with something.

The term 'X vibes' is a concise way to compliment someone or something by highlighting a distinctive and positive quality they possess. It suggests that the person or thing embodies a particular essence or energy.

For example, seeing someone in a vintage outfit, you might say, 'Major 70s vibes!' Used on its own, 'vibes' is a nod of approval or a way to commend someone for a job well done.

If a friend shares a new song they've created, simply responding with 'Vibes!' indicates your appreciation and enjoyment.

Purr (n.)

Popularized by Rolling Ray, a notable LGBTQIA+ influencer, 'Purr' has emerged as one of the most trending slang terms on social media lately. Ray often uses 'Purr' as an expression of affirmation or to reflect his positive feelings, either about himself or others.

Essentially, it's a term of endorsement or satisfaction. For example, upon seeing a stylish outfit, one might exclaim, 'That look? Purr!

Slay (n.)

To 'slay' means to excel impressively, exuding confidence either in one's performance or in simply being oneself.

It's akin to saying someone 'knocked it out of the park' or 'nailed it.'

 For instance, if someone is wearing a stunning outfit, you might compliment them with, 'You're slaying in that look!

Rizz (n.)

Derived from 'charisma,' 'Rizz' refers to someone who speaks persuasively, often with a flirtatious or charming edge.

For example, if Jack is sweet-talking someone, you might remark, 'Jack is really rizzing her up!'"

On God (phrase)

Used to emphasize honesty or sincerity, 'On God' is akin to saying 'I swear to God' before asserting a truth.

For example, when sharing an unbelievable story, one might begin with, 'On God, this really happened to me!

Bussin’ (adj.)

“Bussin” is a term used to describe something exceptionally good, often in the context of delicious food.

For instance, after tasting an amazing dish at a restaurant, one might exclaim, 'This meal is absolutely bussin’!'

Similarly, if you're fond of a particular hotel, you could say, 'That hotel was truly bussin’ for me.'"

Situationship (n.)

A 'situationship' describes a romantic connection that lies somewhere between friendship and a committed relationship.

It's characterized by emotional intimacy, sexual attraction, and shared moments, yet lacks future commitments typical of serious relationships.

For instance, if two people are regularly seeing each other but haven't defined their relationship, one might say, 'They're not officially dating; it's more of a situationship.'

Adding “-ing” to words (v.)

A common trend among Gen-Z is appending '-ing' to nouns to verbify them. For instance, the phrase 'math is mathing' playfully suggests that math is being particularly challenging or troublesome.

As an example, if someone finds a certain subject or situation frustrating, they might say, 'Today, history is really history-ing,' implying that the subject is proving difficult for them.

Sending me (v.)

A colloquial expression similar to 'laugh out loud,' 'sending me' is used to convey strong reactions, be it from amusement, excitement, or even annoyance.

For instance, if someone shares a hilarious meme, one might respond with, 'That's totally sending me!' Or, upon hearing an unbelievable story, you could exclaim, 'That's just sending me!'