Dear 100 Hour Board,
You know you're old when you are annoyed with the Board for having an incomprehensible typo in an announcement and then find out via Urban Dictionary that "stan" is actually a real verb now (and that it seems to have been used correctly).
So... what else are you saying? I guess I mean: what other relatively new words (or new meanings of old words (like "extra")) do you actually find useful in your day-to-day life?
-The Man with a Mustache
Dear Mustachioed Man,
Here are my top 5 slangs for youths:
- Oof: An exclamation used when something bad or disappointing happens, such as bombing a test or getting rejected.
- Fam: Fam is like the hip new gender-neutral version of dude (although I would argue dude is gender-neutral). I think it's short for family, and while I use it with my family I also use it with my friends.
- Yeet: Yeet can be used as an exclamation or as a verb. Exclaiming yeet expresses excitement, although it is often used sarcastically. Using yeet as a verb means to throw something with force.
- Mood: You say mood when you agree with a statement someone has said. It expresses that their feeling is relatable.
- Rip: Rip is basically the same as oof.
Now you can be hip with the jive the youth be spittin'.
Dear Mustached Man,
I'm like Tipperary and also use the word "fam". But I usually use it in the sense when I'm looking for used furniture and I don't approve of what I see. "That's too high fam." "That ain't it fam." "You kidding me fam?" But in general, I use the original phrase, "I got you fam."
Other than that, I don't use any of the other words mentioned in the other answers. (Except when I describe 90s Disney movies, which are classic).
After completing my answer, I realized I say the phrase, "this ain't it chief." Not super often, but I just posted a Facebook status using it.
But bonus word! It's not a new word, but I've been using the word "yonder" a lot. I served in the South over 4 years ago, but recently picked it up. I started to use it for fun and now it's in my normal vocabulary.
Carl: "Goldie, where's *item we have yet to unpack*?
Me: "Oh it's over yonder in the second bedroom in *certain marked box*."
It's so fun to say!
Yikes, dude. You didn't know you were old? Because I did. SAVAGE.
But like, you want to know what the cool kids are saying nowadays? Here's the tea, sis. You just have to scroll the dank meme pages and say one-word phrases that make no sense in response to anything and everything you see, hear, smell, read, or touch. I'll give you a head start.
See a Trump tweet? Let's cancel this bigot already!
Greta Thunberg? She is SO woke.
Have you been mildly inconvenienced? Tragic.
Kid's diaper stinking up the house? Oof!
Dear Mustachio-d Man,
I didn't feel like I used a ton of slang until I read the other writers' answers and realized that apparently I do. Slang words I frequently use include...
- Woke: someone who's up to date on social issues. We stan a woke activist who isn't afraid to call out racism
- Oof: just experienced/witnessed something embarrassing? Oof.
- Yikes: basically the same as oof, but can be used to great comedic effect if someone shares some crazy story and you just respond with, "Yikes"
- RIP: Rest In Peace, but for not people. I'm v behind on grading, RIP my sleep schedule
- Classic: claaasic Alta, trying to stay relatable by using probably slightly out of date slang
- Mood: my students made fun of Donald Trump today, and it's a mood
- Tea: if you want to know all the hot goss, but don't want to say, "hot goss"
- Extra: sometimes you just want to be extra, you know?
- VSCO: this one isn't by choice, but I frequently have to tell my students that I don't want to hear any more of their VSCO girl sounds ("And I oop," "sksksksksks")
I'm still one of the younger writers on the Board, and I had no idea what 'stan' was. In fact, I know next to no slang, and tend to never use it. Then again, my idiolect seems to be rooted in the 1800s, so take it as you will.
I've found myself saying "classic" and "iconic" a lot lately, and I actually kind of hate myself for it.
I swore I wasn't going to give in to the new trendy fads that pass for language these days, but a moment's introspection forced me to acknowledge that I hit all of of Tipperary's top 5 quite handily. (Yikes.)
Fortunately, my language has not yet degraded to the level of Twitch and Discord emotes, although the amount of times I have had to actually stop myself from responding to a miniature tragedy with "pepehands" in real life leaves me convinced that it's only a matter of time before that too becomes natural and I lose the ability to properly communicate with other human beings. That or it means I'll be uniquely equipped to negotiate with our AI overlords once the singularity rises from the ashes of human civilization. I'm not sure which outcome is worse.