Sunday, December 21, 2014

14 Slang Terms that dominated 2014

A lot of weird stuff happened in 2014, from the Ellen DeGeneres super selfieand Charles Manson getting married in jail. But perhaps the strangest of all is the vocabulary we picked up this year.

Like with any job or hobby, there's a necessary amount of jargon that you need to know to get by — or at least understand what people are saying when talking to you.

Here are the words that dominated 2014. It's never too late to brush up on your made-up English.

1. Bae

The internet thought we needed a new term of endearment, so now we have another way to say baby or babe.

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2. Budtender

A budtender is basically a bartender, but instead of alcohol they serve marijuana in various concoctions, like cookies, lollipops and brownies.

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3. Basic

A term used to describe people who fit a laundry list of "basic" criteria. If you line up for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, wear UGGs and listen to nothing but Taylor Swift and Pitch Perfect... you might be basic.

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4. Vape

To vape is to inhale and exhale smoke from an e-cigarette. It was also just named Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary.

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5. On Fleek

When something is "on point," or perfect. It's often used to describe eyebrows or hair, but it also is just another way to say something is cool.

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6. Hangry

When you are so hungry that you start getting really angry.

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7. Yeet

A term that expresses excitement, it's often used when someone scores a three-pointer in basketball.

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8. Bye, Felicia

When someone is leaving or you want someone to leave that you really couldn't care less about. Your amount of caring in you is so minuscule that you just change their name to Felicia.

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9. Normcore

A fashion trend that is characterized by wearing clothes that are average-looking, undistinguished and normal. Normcore's BFFs are white tees and basic sneakers.

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10. #blessed

There was such a huge upsurge in the #blessed hashtag, that even The New York Times noticed. People have been #blessed this year with everything: coffee, rainboots, sunsets, sunrises, dead leaves, kittens -- you name it.

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11. Get Lit

Getting stoned. Usage peaked at Coachella.

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12. Zero Chill

Used to describe something that is completely out of control or someone that is so overly excited that it's annoying.

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13. Turnt

When you're hyped up at a club or party.

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14. Slay

When you really succeed at something.

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About the Author

Prejeesh Sreedharan

Author & Editor

I am a Biotechnologist very much interested in #SciTech (Science And Technology). I closely follow the developments in medical science and life science. I am also very enthusiast in the world of electronics, information technology and robotics. I always looks for ways to make complicated things simpler. And I always believes simplest thing is the most complicated ones.

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