7 Teen Slang Words & What They Mean

Halloween Group of teensOn fleek

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Have you heard someone say an outfit is “on fleek”?  This phrase blew up last year, and now it seems that everyone’s shoes, eyebrows, and hair are “on fleek,” or sometimes just “fleek.” The term was likely inspired by Nicki Minaj’s song “Feeling Myself.” It means roughly the same thing as being top-notch, but also implies that someone put a lot of effort into their look and the compliments are well deserved.

Yaaas

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This strange little word may have been coined by a Lady Gaga fan in 2014, but it has taken off in the Comedy Central hit show Broad City and across the web in 2015. It’s used when a simple “yes” is not enough. For example: “Would you like this red velvet, extreme cream cupcake?” “YAAAS”

Feels

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This is short for “feelings,” but it’s usually used to talk about extreme emotions, usually sentiment, longing or sadness, evoked by seeing something on the internet, probably Tumblr. You can have the feels. Something can be in the feels. You can even have all the feels, which does seem a bit greedy.

Squad Goals

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Taylor Swift popularized the idea of a #squad with her bevy of attractive, successful BFFs. And now that squad has goals. Their goals mainly consist of hanging out together and posing for pretty pictures, but the teenager in your life might have more aspirational #squadgoals. Ranging from their group of friends looking on fleek to being besties with Kanye and his crew, #squadgoals aren’t always realistic.

Bible

If your teenager is throwing “bible” at the beginning or end of sentences, it probably has nothing to do with going to church on Sunday mornings. You can hold Kim, Kourtney and the Kardashian Klan responsible for this one. They use this as shorthand for “I swear,” or “I’m not joking.””

Shade

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“Throwing shade” is what “talking trash” was in the early 2000s.  If you’re throwing shade, you’re generally making fun of someone you know or giving your friend a hard time for saying something stupid or not being as awesome as you are.

Basic

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More often than not, calling someone basic isn’t a compliment. This word has taken on a new meaning, referring to an unsophisticated young woman who has very obvious taste. But teenagers might use this term as an insult or with pride, so be sure to read any contextual clues before deciding whether or not “being basic” is a bad thing. (It is often paired with a vulgar word for a woman. Think alliteration.)