WATCH | You grew up abbreviating words in texts and now you speak in #millennialisms -- things like IMHO, LOL, BTW, YOLO and FOMO. Meanwhile, your parents are still speaking in full sentences and you wonder why they look so perplexed when you talk to them. Here's why: They really don't understand you!
All those short-cuts they take makes them very difficult to understand.
We spoke with millennials on the street and older generations, including a few people staying the Los Angeles Jewish Home. One lady, Myrtle Feenberg, is 100 years old and still very much "with it." She tells her great grandchildren to "talk a little more natural" and says millennials would be easier to understand if they stopped all the abbreviations.
Many of these millennial phrases are seen with a hashtag before it, such as #YOLO #BAE and #ONFLEEK. That's because many of these words started in social media where hashtags are used to categorize posts so they can be searched.
So what does this all mean? If someone says that you are "on fleek," that is a compliment. It means you're on point or looking good. If a millennial responds "YASSSS," That means they enthusiastically support you.
You might have thought you were "dope" but according to this generation you are seriously "un-cool" if you don't know these key phrases:
YOLO = YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
ON FLEEK = ON POINT
BAE = BEFORE ANYONE ELSE or BABE
YASSS = AN ENTHUSIASTIC YES
DABBING = A DANCE MOVE THAT SHOWS VICTORY, OFTEN USED BY ATHLETES AFTER WINNING.
THIRSTY = TOO EAGER
How well do you know your generational slang? Go to next screen for definitions.
FUDDY DUDDY ; HI DE HO
DON'T HAVE A COW; THREADS
HANG LOOSE; KEEN
CAN YOU DIG IT?; BRICK HOUSE
FUDDY DUDDY= old-fashioned person HI DE HO = Hello
DON'T HAVE A COW = don't get so excited
THREADS = describing clothes
HANG LOOSE = relax, take it easy
KEEN = describing someone who you think is great
CAN YOU DIG IT? = Asking if someone agrees with/understands you
BRICK HOUSE = Describing a person with a good body