Whether you’re a millennial, Gen Xer, or baby boomer trying to stay up to date – or a Gen Z in need of an explanation – here’s a handy “list of 5 popular slang terms and the correct way to use them all”.
To be “extra” is to be unnecessarily dramatic and over the top.
Example : “She celebrated her birthday for an entire month. She’s so extra.”
“Periodt” is a word used at the end of a sentence, meant to add emphasis to a point that has been made. It is often regarded as a more extreme or intense version of “period.” It is also often preceded by the words “and that’s on” to add further emphasis. A comma separates “periodt” from the rest of the sentence. It also sometimes seen as “periot.”
- Situation One : “I don’t want to hear anything else about what I’m doing wrong until you find ways to get yourself right, periodt.”
- Situation Two : “This is the best movie of all time, and that’s on periodt.”
“Tea” is gossip, and “spilling the tea” is the act of gossiping. We can also thank black drag culture for this iconic phrase. “Tea” is also used when one is agreeing with a point someone has just said.
- Situation One : “Spill the tea, what did he say?”
- Situation Two :
A : “And then I said, I can’t support or be with someone who doesn’t love and support me.”
B : “Tea.”
- Lowkey / Highkey
“Lowkey” means slightly, secretly, modestly, or discretely. It’s the opposite of “highkey,” for when you’re sincerely or assertively into something.
- Lowkey : “I lowkey can’t wait for summer to be over.”
- Highkey : “I highkey love snow.”
To be “salty” is to be annoyed, upset, or bitter, usually about something minor.
“You look really salty right now. What happened?”
“I’m mad salty right now though, lowkey.”
In a world dominated by meme culture, ever-changing social media platforms, and the ability to cram your thoughts into a 280-character tweet, your grasp of basic slang can make or break your credibility as a functional and supposedly cool human.