Thanks to what can only be a perfect mixture of the rise of technology and a failing education system, today’s youth have created their own lingo that at times can only be understood by each other. While some terms or words are thankfully only passing trends, some new words became big enough and held on long enough to make it into the dictionary. Many are the result of combining words in the interest of being Tweet usable for the 140 character maximum and others are from brand new, ridiculous ways to use the advancements in technology. Regardless they are all pretty dumb words to constitute a permanent place in the English vocabulary.
“A relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.”
Basically rich and useless celebrities came up with another reason to spend their money on luxurious vacations.
“A close but nonsexual relationship between two men.”
Really not as dumb as some of the terms, just way overused by the “bros” of the world.
8. Derp (also herp derp):
“Used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.”
Dumb word needed to describe dumb things.
7. Duck Face
“An exaggerated pouting expression in which the lips are thrust outward, typically made by a person posing for a photograph.”
The only good thing to come out of this term being highly recognized is that way less people do the duck face while taking pictures.
6. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
“Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”
Unending happiness created by the fact things in the world are happening without you, also helps you ignore real friends in favor of online “friends.”
“A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.”
Side effects include desperate need of attention, intense narcissism and merciless body-shaming of others. Great. Way to go media users.
“Send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via cell phone.”
Just another classic example of the advancements in technology being used by teenagers in the worst way possible.
“Dance to popular music in sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”
It is not just another dance move, it is THE dance move made popular by Miley Cyrus who is a one woman trainwreck after growing up in the spotlight only made worse by the rise of the internet. It all comes full circle.
“Remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking website.”
For future reference, real life doesn’t have an unfriend button, you have to deal with your sh-t and problems in the big bad world.
1. Obvs, Totes and OMG
“Obviously.” “Totally.” “Oh My God.”
Yes, you can look these up in Oxford’s Online Dictionary which means that the dark side is winning. Technology and texting has led to the annoying abbreviation which is a nightmare for English teachers everywhere, but is sadly creeping into everyday speech as well.