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10 Slang Phrases That We Hope to Never See Again in the New Decade

Slang gets a bad rap from older generations who think us young folk are too lazy to reach for a thesaurus. But what older people don’t know is that sprinkling our vocabulary with bright and shiny slang words is a creative exercise. Why say something straightforward when you can embellish it a bit with a fun phrase or two? But like any new object, when something is played with too much, it loses its initial allure. 

Recently, pop culture writer Joe Berkowitz asked his Twitter followers what slang words from the 2010s they hoped to never see again with the dawning of the new decade.

From “slay” to “spirit animal” Berkowitz’s 20,000 followers had no problem sharing the slang words they’d be happy to leave behind in the 2010s. We compiled a list of the top 10 most liked and retweeted options. Take a look at some of the winners below!

1. Slay

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Twitter seems to largely agree that the term “slay” has become over-used and over-exposed in the latter years of the 2010 decade. However, other Twitter users were arguing that it only became over-used when it was appropriated by the mainstream from largely POC and LGBTQ communities. “Nope,” said Twitter user @ShrimpLingSoup. “The black lbgtqia community will decide when slay dies, just like they decided the time for #slay to be born”.

2.  On Fleek

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The slang term “on fleek” was invented by Kayla Newman in 2014. It quickly went viral and everyone from Ariana Grande to Sir Patrick Stewart was getting in on the action. Unfortunately, it’s possible for slang to become distinctly un-cool once it’s used too much. We vote for this phrase to be left behind in the 2010s.

3. Slaps

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Twitter user @leowulv is tired of hearing the phrase “slaps” as a way to describe something that is mediocre at best. “Saying something “slaps” when it’s deemed to be generally very good” he said on Berkowitz’s Twitter thread. “I guess it was fine when talking about a song but I def. have heard ppl say stuff like ‘damn, this burrito straight slaps’ and… just no”.

4. Adulting

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“Adulting” is a term millennials invented to describe their disillusionment around the transition from childhood to adulthood. As millennials began to grow older and pay taxes, get their oil changed, and buy checkbooks all by themselves, they began to celebrate their small victories online by calling these small wins “adulting”. Quickly, a wave of criticism was leveled at the term for celebrating behavior that many considered just doing the bare minimum in life.

5. Stan

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The user of the word “stan” as a way to say you’re a fan of something “makes me want to murder people,” says Twitter user @Limeylizzie. And while we agree that the word is pretty over-used, we have to admit that we’ve been guilty of heavily relying on this word ourselves sometimes.

6. Clapped Back

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“Clapped back” is a phrase that was born out of necessity. The internet has given birth to a culture of online haters and public shaming. All this hate has made it necessary for people (usually celebrities) at the receiving end of criticism  to have an opportunity to respond to hate. Thus, the “clap-back” was born. But, what used to be a term of empowerment has become hokey and outdated.

7. Spirit Animal

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“Calling a thing that is not an animal your spirit animal. Likeee saying @lizzo is your spirit animal. No, Lizzo is a person,” says Twitter user @K_Trappp. “You can look at a baby giraffe and say ‘hey that’s my spirit animal’ but not with humans!”

8. “I did a thing”

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People started using the phrase “I did a thing” especially in the captions of their Instagram posts to describe pretty much…anything. Twitter user @PrairieDawn2011 hates this phrase “especially when ‘the thing’ is getting like an inch of hair cut off”. We agree that people can be a bit more creative when describing current events in their lives.

9. Bae

Bae, which comes from the acronym “Before Anyone Else” became woefully overused in the 2010s. Everything from one’s actual S.O. to a delicious burrito was described as “bae”. As Twitter user @deidralouisee so eloquently put it: “As a whore for linguistics and social changes around language evolving, and evolving forms of communication- I love all generational slang BUT bae can kiss my ass”.

10. Karen

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In the 2010s, “Karen” became shorthand for an annoying lady who used her white privilege to her advantage at the expense of others. However, it became tired after people start using the phrase at the end of every sentence in order to add some humor to an otherwise humorless statement. “Dropping a random woman’s name because you can’t think of a joke, Karen”

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Brand safe – All Of The Moms And Abuelas Who Made Our 2019 A Little Sweeter

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Brand safe – All Of The Moms And Abuelas Who Made Our 2019 A Little Sweeter

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Abuelas and mamas are the best. They’re wise, fierce, cranky, and, if you’re lucky, they are so loving. That is why it’s so important to pay them the respect they’ve earned, while also celebrating their incredible life. People should honor their grandparents each year as if it’s their last — and in a way that they’d love. In 2019, there’s no denying that they delivered!

Here’s a look at all of the abuelas and mamas who killed it in 2019.

This abuela who did a Mariachi howl after getting surprised on her 93rd birthday

A family in Arizona surprised their 93-year-old abuela on her birthday and holy hell was it sweet. As soon as nana opened the door, her family started playing mariachi music, and she loved it! We have no idea how many people were in that house, but by the sounds of it, there was a lot. Her stunned face clearly showed she had no idea a birthday party in her honor would be behind the door.

This mama who threw a lowrider birthday for her baby boy.

One Twitter user, who goes by the name of @whoissd, went viral when she had a birthday celebration for her son that emphasized just how much teaching the old to the new is vital. For her son, Silas Cash’s, first birthday, SD threw an authentic lowrider party — complete with the recognizable cruisers in attendance. For her son, Silas Cash’s, first birthday, SD threw an authentic lowrider party — complete with the recognizable cruisers in attendance.

This mom who hosted a job fair for her kids to teach them about life.

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One mom’s Facebook post went viral after she shared that she hosted a makeshift job fair for her children after they kept asking for a higher allowance. “My children continue to ask for a new cell phone, an allowance, and to go places,” the mother, Shaketha Marion McGregor wrote in her Facebook post. “Yesterday I told them that I’ve heard their requests and that I’ll have a surprise for them today when they get home from school. SURPRISE!!! It’s a whole hiring event. If you want it, work for it, earn it!”
And yes, she even had an in-home credit union (wait, what even is that? These kids are about to be ready for when #adulting hits them). McGregor’s Facebook post has already gotten over 212K likes, 35K comments, and over 130K shared on the social media platform.

This mom who still crushes on the father of her kids after all of these years.

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Earlier this year in May, Rocio Andujo tweeted about her parents’ love story. The 21-year-old from Texas shared that her mom and dad, Rosalia and Robert, have been together for 27 years. Like any good romantic drama, their love affair started with friction. Dad, the playboy of the block, was head over heels for mom, who knew better than to give the player any play — until she did. “My mom always knew my dad was a ladies’ man & wouldn’t really take any girl serious so she always rejected him… because she didn’t want to be just another girl on his list (her words),” Rocio, who works as a server while attending college, said, according to BuzzFeed. “After a year & months of my dad chasing after my mom & trying to get a chance with her she finally gave him a chance since she saw that he kept insisting and insisting even after she would reject him.”

Apparently, her pops was sprung, and everyone around them took notice.
“Everyone could see how in love my dad was with my mom and everyone would get surprised because they had never seen my dad so in love with a girl before,” Rocio wrote. But Robert wasn’t the only one all heart-eyes in the relationship. Rocio discovered something recently that proves that her mom has been equally enamored all these years: a collection of all the flowers that Robert gave Rosalia during all the years they were boyfriend and girlfriend. “No one knew my mom had kept those flowers. She also still has the first bouquet of roses he gave her,” Rocio said.

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Sponsored post – 7 Spanish Slang Words To Use, Because Being Basic Is Never An Option

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Sponsored post – 7 Spanish Slang Words To Use, Because Being Basic Is Never An Option

 The beautiful thing about the Spanish language in Latin America is that it’s constantly evolving and changing. Spanish slang is incredibly diverse, so depending on where you are in Latin America, a word or a phrase can have different meanings. 

Maybe you are a fluent Spanish speaker who just wants to expand your Spanglish vocab, or maybe you’re just dipping your toes in learning Español; well, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, mitú partnered with Toyota to bring you a list of some of the most used slang words and phrases from across Latin America. Get ready for a quick Spanish slang crash course, 100% wow factor guaranteed! 

 1. Try “Tato” as another way of saying, “Okay, sure.” 

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Tato is popular in the Dominican Republic, and is a great way to say, “Okay, sure.” It comes from “esta todo bien.” If you’re feeling it, you can also use the term with a little sass and attitude. Say you want to mess with your friends and throw a little good-natured shade their way, just throw a “tato” into the conversation. For instance, when your friend is talking about how they’re going to give up online dating, but you know that they’re addicted… tato.

2. Use “Janguear” when asking your homies to hang out. 

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Janguear is also spelled “hanguear” and is used in Puerto Rican slang when asking someone to hang out. It’s the perfect example of how Latinos make their own Spanglish words that eventually catch on. Asking people to hang out is something we all do all the time, and now you have a fun new way to ask. Try it the next time you make plans con tús amigos. 

3.”¿Quiubo, Parce?” equals “What’s up, bro?” 

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If you find yourself in Colombia, you’ll likely hear “¿Quiubo?” as a popular greeting. It means “How ya been?” or “What’s up, bro?” It’s always good to know the common slang greetings when it comes to different Latino cultures. You bust this out at a party, and you’ll feel cultured AF. Your Colombian friends will also be hella impressed and you’ll feel like a star. Plus, if you ever find yourself visiting Colombia, you can use it in your conversations with the locals. 

4. Speaking of bros… “Chamo” for “Bro” or “Dude.” 

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If you really want to fit in with your amigos Venezolanos, refer to the guys as “chamo” when you’re talking. Chamo/a is slang for “dude” or “bro,” and it’s used primarily by younger people. So…throw it in the next time you hit the arepa stand and you’ll definitely sound hip and like any other Millennial in Caracas. 

5. “Sale” for “I’m down” 

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We can’t do a Latino slang list without heading to Mexico! You’ve heard of “dale” and vale, well “sale” is the Mexican equivalent. It’s often used as agreement to something – for example, if one of your cuates (also Mexican slang for friends) is inviting you to go out, you will simply reply “¡Sale, vamos en tu Toyota!” 

6. Switch “Chévere” for “Cool.” 

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There are never enough ways to call something “cool.” Why say that something is so awesome or so great when you can say “¡Esta bien chévere!” As the first major influencer of Afro-Caribbean culture to the world, Cuba popularized the word through their mambo songs. Chévere is also a popular slang word used in other Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. 

7. “Re Copado” for “Awesome.” 

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Isn’t it insane how many different ways there are to say that something is cool or awesome? That’s the beauty of Latino culture. For instance, Argentinians will use “re copado” for saying something is… well, cool or awesome. Like when your mom says you can come over and do laundry at her house…that’s totally “re copado.” 

There you have it! Those are 7 easy-to-learn Spanish slang words and phrases to put into your vocab. Bust these out with your paisanos, carnales, parces, panas, and friends! It’s pretty amazing how many options you have when speaking Spanish across Latin America. 

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