If there's a distinctive characteristic that defines millennials, it’s probably their affinity for taking a simple word, redefining it and subsequently making the rest of us feel ancient.
Millennials, or Generation Y, are the group of people born between 1981-97 and guilty of using terms such as “bougie,” “lit” and “extra.”
Just last month, Merriam Webster and Dictionary.com added a combined 300 words to their repertoires in their effort to keep up with the ever-changing vernacular. Love-it-or-hate-it words like “squadgoals,” “cat lady” and “yas” made the cut.
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Oxford recently added 300 new words to its dictionary, and many of them are millennial inspired.
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If you think standard English is the only correct form, lexicographer Jane Solomon will set you straight.
“There's not just one correct English… As a lexicographer, I do not define how the language is used, the speakers do. And if speakers are using a certain set of words, then that is correct English,” Solomon told CNN.
That being said, this is by no means the definitive list of slang — or even definitions for that matter — especially given the shelf life they have in pop culture. We've created a list of the more common slang terms with definitions gathered from Urban Dictionary and Refinery29.
Millennials may have popularized specific words, but the origins of many are rooted in different communities.
“Shade,” for example, initially comes from black and Latino gay communities according to an article by Business Insider.
So, what’s the most popular word millennials use? That may be hard to pinpoint but based on the words we’ve found, one of the most popular things millennials want to express is a word used to describe something “cool.” Now, that’s dope.
Take a look in the slideshow above to see dope millennial slang terms and let us know if we missed any in the comments....Read more