Growing up in an electronics-filled world, millennials developed a creative lingo that reflects their way of communicating in a digital age. Comprising a range of shorthand, conjoined words, abbreviations and phrases, this slang is used by those born between the early 1980s and 2000s. It emerged as this generation was searching for words that are not only convenient, but take less time to type. The result? A sometimes confusing hodgepodge of acronyms or phrases that can seem like gibberish to the outsider. Want to try your hand at decoding some of these phrases?
- I can’t even
When you feel so overjoyed or exasperated that you can’t even find the right words.
How to use it: Take a look at those cute shoes on sale. I can’t even.
- On fleek
To describe something that is perfect or “on point”. Used by millennials as a compliment to their friends.
How to use it: Wow, your hair is on fleek today.
Short form for “to be honest”.
How to use it: TBH, I think the way you play guitar is amazing.
Refers to “I know right?” A response to what someone else just said, when they agree with it strongly.
How to use it:
Person A: I love that band. They’re so talented.
Person B: IKR.
Totally. It’s the millennials’ way of being more time-efficient by not saying the last two syllables of the word.
How to use it: I totes need new shoes.
- Squad goals
Goals for your friendship group. Normally used at the end of a directional statement.
How to use it: Bro! John got his team riding back in Lamborghinis, Squad Goals.
Whether you’re working with Millennials or managing a team of them, this guide could definitely come in handy in deciphering their exclusive lingo.