In this ever-changing era of internet lingo, you’ve probably come across an unfamiliar word or phrase while scrolling your social media feeds. As one of Speakeasy’s youngest tribe members, I take pride in keeping the basement up to date on what the kids are up to these days, and that includes slang.
Here’s my guide to a few currently trending terms to help you stay relevant online and off.
AF: An abbreviation of the phrase “as f**k,” which is used for emphasis. For example: “I went to Sushi Bayashi for lunch and their dragon roll was tasty AF!”
Curve: To reject, ignore or stand someone up. For example: “My mom completely curved me when I asked her whether or not the Easter bunny is real.”
DM: An abbreviation for “direct message,” a feature on several social media platforms where you can send pictures or messages directly to one person. It’s useful for sharing private information that you wouldn’t want your followers or friends to see. For example: “Hey, I just got a new iPhone and lost all of my contacts. DM me your phone number?
Extra: To act over-the-top or exaggerated. It’s both an attitude and a description of how something looks. For example: “Jennifer was being so extra with her glittery onesie and purple boa.”
Ghosting: Ceasing all digital communication with someone to avoid confrontation, usually in the context of dating. For example: “I just hate it when guys ghost on me after they realize I own five cats.”
Lit: Refers to something that’s wild, exciting and/or excellent. For example: “This Spotify playlist is lit!”
Fleek: Originally used in a 2014 Vine video to refer to a pair of perfectly-groomed eyebrows, but now describes almost anything that’s been done perfectly. For example: “Wow, Jerry, did your lawn guy just visit? Because your hedges are on fleek.”
Shook: Describes the feeling of being shocked, surprised and/or scared. For example: “My ex just called me out of the blue. I’m shook.”
Woke: To be knowledgeable about current affairs and social justice issues. For example: “I just read this blog post about new internet lingo. I am so woke right now.”